Children go through critical stages of development during their early years and having consistent, high-quality care has long-lasting effects on their overall development.
At GSM we pride ourselves on the consistency and the tenure of our staff. Families select our Montessori program for many different benefits; one of them being the knowledge that our guides will be able to provide a stable, safe and nurturing environment for their children throughout the length of their preschool and kindergarten years.
Ms. Patti received her AMI Primary training and certification at the Montessori Education Center (now MNW) in Portland, OR. She has been a Lead Guide/Educator in Montessori Schools in ID, OR and WA. Her administrative experience has been in Idaho. She is a child development specialist and Positive Discipline Educator. She hails from the Gem State of Idaho and has been in the metro area for 18 years. Patti received her education in Idaho universities and Marylhurst University. She has continuing education in Landmark Worldwide Forums, Seminars and their Leadership Training Program, Introduction Leaders Program. Ms Patti loves history, including visiting all types of museums, combing bookstores and specialty shops (gifts and cards), gardening, reading, dancing and live music in various genres. She loves staying at the coast! She enjoys cooking and baking and an occasional wine tour. Ms. Patti especially values time spent with family and friends, laughing and eating together. Her dedication to Montessori education has been ongoing for over 30 years.
Eva joined our staff as the Bookkeeper in May 2018. She has been married for over 18 years and has two adult daughters. She was born and raised on the island of Guam and moved to Salem, OR in 2000. She later moved to Vancouver, WA in August 2003. Eva works for the Diocese of Oregon full-time as the Payroll & Accounts Payable Administrator. Prior to joining the Diocese of Oregon she worked for 16 years as an Accountant with the State of Oregon. Eva enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to different countries with her husband. Together they have explored nine different countries thus far.
Elaine is the Guide (lead teacher) in the Orca Class. She was born in London, England although the majority of her childhood and teens were spent in Hertfordshire. She moved to Vancouver in 1978. She has two sons. She began teaching Sunday school at Good Shepherd in 1989 and learned about Montessori from teaching the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. In 1999 she became an assistant teacher at Good Shepherd Montessori. She studied ECE at Clark College and completed her American Montessori International – Primary level certification in 2005.
Romy is the PM Assistant in the Orca class with Ms. Elaine. She has been at Good Shepherd Montessori since 2011, and has been in the Early childhood field for over 20 years. She has taken several classes in ECE, and recently earned her CDA. She has been married for 24 years and has three children. She enjoys camping, and going to the beach. She also enjoys walking with her dogs, and taking a ballet class.
Stephanie is the Before-Care assistant and morning assistant in the Orca Classroom with Ms. Elaine since 2009. In 2007 she received level one Catechesis of the Good Shepherd certification and is currently taking ECE classes and working towards receiving her Associate’s Degree in Early Elementary Education. She has been married for 21 years and has two children. She likes to read, hike with her family and explore the world she lives in.
Michelle is the Guide (lead teacher) in the Chickadee classroom. She has always loved working with children beginning in high school and caring for children with medical needs. In 2004 she started serving in the children’s ministry at COGS. Her interest in Montessori began in 2006 as an assistant and she was certified in level one Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Christian Education. In 2013 she received her AMI Primary level certification at the Northwest Montessori Training Center. She has two active, wonderful boys and enjoys gardening and being active outdoors. One of her goals is to see every National Park in the United States.
Julie is the AM Assistant in the Chickadee Class with Ms. Michelle. She grew up in New England which is where she met and married her best friend. In 1995 they decided to pack up their three children and beagle, Bud, and make the trip west. She always knew she wanted to work with small children, so she started volunteering at her daughters pre-school. When a position opened she applied and stayed there for 13 adventurous years. In 2014 she joined the team of teachers here at Good Shepherd Montessori. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, photography and travel.
Erica is the PM assistant in the Chickadee room, as well as the After Care assistant. She moved here from Houston, Texas in June 2019. She earned a degree in Human Development from the University of Houston. She discovered her love of working with children though volunteering with organizations including the Houston Literary Foundation and KidVenture. She regularly taught Sunday school and babysat during high school and college. When she is not at school you can find her at home with her dog and two kitties. She loves photography and baking for friends and family as well.