The Bend Montessori staff are dedicated and highly qualified. They bring a tremendous depth of knowledge in their subject areas. Their commitment to Montessori principals and experience with early childhood education benefits every child in our school.
Louise Wilson, Elementary Guide
Louise has a wise passion for Montessori education that she shares with our small, compelling group of elementary students. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Elementary Education from Metro State College in Denver, Colorado, and immediately sought her Montessori credential from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder. She has been teaching in Montessori programs since 1993, as she traveled with her Marine husband to California, North Carolina, and Okinawa, Japan.
She received her Montessori Lower Elementary Diploma in 2013 from the North American Montessori Center. Louise has been instrumental in the establishment of our Lower Elementary program. She currently serves as the Central Oregon Representative for the Oregon Montessori Association.
Kevin Dorrity, Primary Guide
Kevin brings a gentle grace to our primary classroom. In 2011 he received his Montessori Primary Training from the Montessori Institute Northwest in Portland, and his Masters in Montessori Education from Loyola University in Maryland, one of the oldest AMI training centers in North America. He then landed in Bend as a Primary Guide. He believes this is a great opportunity at this early point in his Montessori career to work with Bend Montessori School to help make real the vision we have of Montessori education through elementary age in Bend.
Hannah Ross, Classroom Assistant
Hannah has been working with children for many years as a nanny and proud aunt of eight. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts and a degree in Sociology. Soon after she moved to Austin, Texas to be a nanny for two years. She moved back to her hometown of Bend, Oregon in February of 2015. She was born and raised in downtown Bend and has strong ties to the community and an immense love for the town and people in it. She hopes to bring her passion for children and learning to Bend Montessori and potentially turn this passion into a career.
Erin Collins, Yoga Specialist
Erin is delighted to share yoga movement, breathing, laughter and fun with the children. Her classes encourage the children to breathe, remind them to love and help them find peace for themselves with these tools. Her love light shines brighter each time she has the chance to share yoga at Bend Montessori School. Erin teaches yoga at Bend Senior Center and the Juniper Fitness Center in addition to working as a registered nurse.
Cullie Treichler, Music Specialist
Cullie is passionate about teaching children (and adults) to sing and thrive through rhythm and song. She loves to engage the whole person in the wonder of musical exploration through a wide variety of rhythm and singing activities. She believes the creative process of musical self expression shared in community is vital for a healthy society.
Christina Snyder, Movement Specialist
Christina is a certified Jazzercise instructor, currently studying for her Personal Trainer certificate. She understands that many people have a difficult time sitting still. The activities she leads help children develop motor skills, grow in coordination, and gain knowledge of their bodies. She encourages students to run, dance, hop, skip, and explore the world through movement. Christina and her family appreciate the active lifestyle they are able to live in Bend.
Darlene Becker, Art Specialist
Darlene is the founder of Base Camp Studio, a local non-profit that works to cultivate creativity and provide opportunities for engagement in the arts. As a mother, Darlene recognizes the need not only for exposure to arts throughout childhood, but also the need for a space to come together and share the experience with others. As an art therapist Darlene understands the undeniable power of the creative process. As an artist Darlene has experienced the power of the creative process for her own self-expression as well as the connections that shared art experiences can bring both to the individual and to the community.
Kirin Stryker, Science Specialist
Kirin is a licensed science teacher with the state of Oregon and holds a Masters Degree in teacher education from Eastern Oregon University. Her interest in real world science began with a Bachelor’s degree in resource conservation from the University of Montana and developed over 15 years as a middle school science teacher and natural resource educator. Kirin’s passion for science and education continues with her additional work with the Environmental Center’s EarthSmart education program, Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours, and teacher trainings through Oregon Natural Resources Education Program.