Childpeace Staff

Childpeace Montessori School attracts some of the most talented and dedicated people from all over the country. Our staff come from a wide variety of backgrounds and they bring a diverse range of skills and expertise to our community.

James Moudry
Head of School

 

 

 

 

 

Rose Rodgers
Assistant Head of School for Operations

Rose joined the Childpeace staff in 2000 with an interest in education that was fostered by time spent as a writing tutor and assisting with children's art classes. She has a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Public Management from Portland State University. She manages the billing, accounting and HR responsibilities for the school.

 

Amanda Donigan Gibbs
Program Director for Toddler Community/Children's House/The Terrace

Amanda graduated from St. Edward's University in Austin, TX with a degree in Communication. She worked at Childpeace as the Willow room assistant for three years before completing the Montessori training at Montessori Northwest in Portland and her Master's in Education from Loyola University. She returned to us in 2015 to be guide of the Sage Clubroom. In her free time, she enjoys reading and being outdoors with her dog.

 

Dawn Cowan
Program Director for Elementary

Dawn came to Childpeace in 2000 to found and Guide our Lower EL program for its first five years. She holds a B.A. in History from Portland State University and a Master's in Education from Loyola College in Maryland. After spending some time at home with her young family, and guiding at West Hills Montessori Elementary, she returned to Childpeace as the Elementary Admissions and Program Coordinator and Childpeace parent.

 

 

Regina Feldman
Program Director for Middle School

Regina joined the Metro team in 2019. She was born and grew up in a small town in the Austrian Alps. Regina holds an MA in Medical Anthropology, a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, and she completed the NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2008. After teaching college and working as an editor, Regina served as a humanities guide in Montessori high schools and middle schools in Cleveland, Ohio and taught in an international program in Beijing, China. She enjoys cooking, yoga, traveling, hiking and camping with her family.

 

April Slabosheski
Community Coordinator

April holds a B.S in Community Education & Engagement from the University of Wisconsin, Milwakee and an M.A Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan. She is originally from Wisconsin and moved to Portland in 2014. April has worked at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocost Education coordinating volunteer educators, museum docents and Holocost survivor guest speakers. She also worked at Oregon Humanities doing a variety of programs expanding and deepening community. April is excited to learn more about Montessori and to meet the Childpeace community. She loves biking, reading poetry, going for long walks and learning how to cook new things.

 

Nicole Banta
Communications & Development Specialist

Nicole graduated with a Master of Public Administration specializing in Nonprofit Management from Portland State University and a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Oregon. She joined Childpeace in 2018. Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, hiking throughout the pacific northwest and exploring Portland with her three young boys.

 

 

 

 

Brittany Brazell
HR Coordinator

Brittany holds a Bachelor's in Psychology from Sonoma State University with a focus on Child and Adolescent Studies. She grew up in Los Angeles and moved to Northern California wine country right after high school. She lived in Sonoma County for over 10 years and loved living around the beautiful grass covered rolling hills and vast vineyards. Wanting to experience life in a bigger city and take advantage of the amenities that come with it, Brittany moved to Portland in 2016. Portland has proved to be a great combination of city and neighborhood with access to so many outdoor adventures! She is excited to join the Childpeace Montessori community to support all of the individuals that support the growth and development of the students. Most of her free time is spent eating her way through Portland and exploring the natural beauty of Oregon.

 

Ellen France
Accounting Specialist

Ellen grew up in the Chicago area and has an accounting degree from the University of Illinois. She lived in the Bay Area for 15 years and has called Portland home since 1995. She has held various accounting positions in public accounting, high tech, hospitality, non-profit and education. Ellen is a volunteer SMART reader with hearing impaired children. She has two grown daughters and spends her free time cycling, practicing yoga, baking and vacationing with her husband on their tandem bicycle.

 

Jenny Siebenaler
Bookkeeping/Morning Receptionist

Jenny moved back to the beautiful Pacific Northwest after over a decade spent living in other parts of the country. She joined Childpeace upon her return in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Pownall
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Linda is mostly an Oregon native, growing up on family farms in Yamhill County, moving to Portland for college, then making her home here. She held jobs in various fields, but primarily spent 1984 to 2017 in opera & musical theatre, filling a myriad of Stage Management & technical, office & box office, and child management roles for Portland Opera/Broadway in Portland, Northwest Children's Theater & School, and Portland Civic Theatre, among others. But she also long had the goal of being a part of the academic realm, so she was thrilled for the opportunity to join Childpeace in January of 2018, and has been happy to be here ever since!

 

Dr. Elizabeth Schwarz
School Psychologist

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Child Development and Family Relationships and then taught preschool for two years before returning to complete a doctorate degree in Educational Psychology. Elizabeth has been a Licensed Psychologist in Oregon since 2005. Before working for Childpeace, she worked in community mental health and private practice and spent time at home with her two young children.

 

 

 

 

Bryan Sakamoto
IT

Bryan moved to Portland in 2010 and started working at Childpeace shortly after. He enjoys hiking, cooking, photography and design.

 

 

 

Curtis Knapp
Facilities & Security Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caspar Sonnet
Facilities & Security Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

Albert McDonnell
Kitchen Manager

Albert came to Oregon in 2009 after living in Alaska for 25 years. He spends part of each year in Juneau fishing commercially for salmon on his gillnetter the Grey Seas. He is also a lifetime musician specializing in upright bass. His group Arabesque performs every Wednesday night at Hoda's on SE Belmont providing music for bellydance performers. His wife Maren is the Pine Room Guide and his daughter attends Childpeace.

 

Jennifer Rotter
Kitchen Assistant

Jennifer was born and raised in Portland, OR. Before joining Childpeace in 2016, she worked as a cook at Providence Child Center for Medically Fragile Children. She enjoys parenting her son Conrad, camping, hiking, photography and painting.

 

Toddler Community

Jennifer Lyons
Laurel Room Guide

Jennifer has worked at Childpeace since 1993. After completing her Assistants to Infancy training in August of 1998, Jennifer became a TC Guide. She is devoted to children’s causes and is a court appointed child advocate.

 

 

TBA
Laurel Room Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amalia Juan
Laurel Room Assistant & TC EMC

Amalia has been working with children for a little over 3 years. Previous employment was at Providence Wee Care, she has 2 boys of her own, 2 1/2 yrs and 11 years. She enjoys staying home cleaning her house and just trying keep up with everyday life of being a mom.

 

Analyn Nguyen
Oak Room Guide

Lynn completed her AMI Assistants to Infancy certification in August 2002. She has been with the Toddler Community at Childpeace since 1997, working as an assistant and, since 2001, as the afternoon supervisor as well. She is originally from the Philippines and is bilingual. Lynn lives in Portland with her husband and her son Jonathan, born in 2005.

 

Tyne Ritenour
Oak Room Assistant

In 2005 Tyne graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor's degree in history. She obtained her first teaching position at Escuela del Sol Montessori in Albuquerque where she worked for four years in various roles before moving to Oahu, Hawaii with her husband and two children, Porter who is now 13 and Mason who is now 11. She worked as an assistant in the Toddler community on Oahu at Hoaloha Kai Montessori for three years. After the school closed, she went to Montessori Northwest for her A to I training in 2014 and graduated the following summer. She and her family relocated to Portland in 2015 and they just love it! For the past three years she was employed at Sunstone Montessori as an Assistant Guide with the Toddlers. She am an avid knitter and a plant lover with 3 cats and many fish.

 

Maggie Donaldson
TC Afternoon Supervisor

Maggie was born and raised in Northeast Portland. She completed her Associate Infant and Toddler credential through the American Montessori Society in 2009. In 2014 she completed her Primary training through Montessori Northwest. She then went on to complete her bachelors degree in Human Studies through Marylhurst University. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and traveling.

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Preite
TC Afternoon Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

Children's House

Stephanie Wiant
Maple Room Guide

Stephanie has enjoyed being part of the Childpeace community since 2003 as a parent and a CH guide. She is mother to three amazing Childpeace alumni who experienced the toddler community all the way to Metro Montessori Middle school. Stephanie grew up in Pittsburgh and received her Bachelors degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She was an Interdisciplinary Studies major with a focus in Psychology, Education and Creative Writing. She holds an AMI Diploma from Montessori Northwest, and a Master’s of Education in Montessori from Loyola College. Most recently she received a certificate for Montessori Inclusion. In her free time she enjoys podcasts, reading, cooking, hiking and camping in the beautiful Northwest.

 

Wendi Taylor
Maple Room Assistant

Wendi was born and raised in Portland and graduated from Portland State University with a B.A. in English Literature. Since coming to Childpeace in 1992, she has worked in many different capacities. In addition to her work with children, she has renovated many houses and owned and operated a furniture store. Her son Thomas graduated from the Children’s House at The Terrace and the Lower Elementary.

 

 

 

 

Maren Thomas
Pine Room Guide

Maren received her AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Institute Northwest in 2003 and her B.A. in Human Studies from Marylhurst University in 2004. After working in the Childpeace Club Rooms, she spent five years as a lead Guide at Juneau Montessori School in Juneau, AK before returning to join the Childpeace community in 2009.

 

Sadie Soliman 
Pine Room Assistant

Sadie graduated from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014 with a focus on intaglio printmaking and sculpture. She joins Childpeace this year after assisting in other CH Montessori classrooms in the Portland area. Sadie enjoys teaching art techniques and concepts to children, honoring the child, exploring peacefulness through creativity and hiking around the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting Louisville Kentucky to visit family and friends.

 

Anastasia Shulevitz 
Spruce Room Guide

Anastasia graduated from Lewis and Clark College, received a Primary Level AMI Diploma in 1995 and worked as a CH Guide at Childpeace from 1995 - 2000. She returned to Childpeace in 2008 as an assistant, and is the parent of three Childpeace students.

 


Susan Harris
Spruce Room Assistant

Susan graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin with a B.A. in Studio Art. Susan worked at Childpeace before becoming a mother, and returned to Childpeace in 2004 after three years at home with her son Max.

 

 

 

Venus Zaron 
Willow Room Guide

Venus was a Montessori child and has two children at Childpeace. She is from Austin, TX but the NW is her favorite of the places she has lived. Venus is trained at the Assistants to Infancy (The Montessori Institute) and Children's House (Ohio Montessori Training Institute) levels and has a Master's in Education. After some classroom experience elsewhere, she joined the staff of Childpeace in 2011. She loves ballet, Greece, cooking and celebrating holidays with her children, and studying human development and dance history.

 

Lindsay van Warmerdam
Willow Room Assistant

Lindsay is an Oregon native, born in Scio. She holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Montessori Education as well as AMI Primary Certification. She was the Lead Guide and Assistant Director at Happy Valley Montessori School prior to having children. Lindsay took 3.5 years off from work to be with her children, after which she wanted to transition back into the Portland Montessori community in a more supportive classroom role to allow herself time and space to be present with her family after work hours. Childpeace is well known as one of the top Montessori schools in the country and she is excited to be a part of such a supportive community. She spends her free time with her family, running, doing yoga, reading, hiking, rafting and camping.

 

Crystal Harris
Trillium Room Guide

Crystal joined the Childpeace community after gaining over 13 years of experience working in a variety of roles in Montessori settings, including as a primary guide. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies with a minor in applied linguistics from Portland State University and an AMI primary teaching credential from Montessori Northwest. Crystal is a native Oregonian, and lives with her husband Richard, her son Wylie, and two aging cats, Tuxedo and Otto, in Portland. They enjoy playing music, crafting and exploring the outdoors together. Crystal was drawn to Montessori education by its emphasis on building confidence and independence in young learners and she is honored to play a role in helping students flourish in an educational setting.

 

Natalie Orr
Trillium Room Assistant

Natalie came to childpeace in 2017 after three years assisting with children in Montessori education. She moved to Portland from the Olympic peninsula and discovered her passion for working with children. Natalie spent two years studying biology on the island of Oahu before traveling to Europe and the West Indies. She enjoys hiking, dancing, spending time with her dog and playing the guitar and violin. Natalie finished her B.S. in Social Sciences and is excited to be living and enjoying all the beauty that Portland has to offer.

 

 

 

 

Becky Poulos  
Sage Room Guide

Becky assisted in a primary classroom for four years, before moving to Portland from Chicago in June 2018 to receive her AMI Primary Diploma at Montessori Northwest. She also holds a B.A. in Music Business Management from Columbia College. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar and sharing her love of music with children.

 

Caity Dudley
Sage Room Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Terrace

Pam Bishop
Terrace Guide

Pam received her AMI Primary diploma in 2003 and guided a Children's House in West Linn for 3 years. She then completed her Master's in Education at Loyola College, and became the Guide of the Children's House at The Terrace in 2007. Her B.A. degree from Fordham University is in Art History and Studio Art.

 

Shanon Schollian
Terrace Assistant Guide & Intergenerational Liaison

Shanon graduated from Pacific Northwest College of Art with a BFA in sculpture. She began at Childpeace in 1995, working as an Assistant for the Terrace along with other roles in the community, and has returned after being home with her daughter Charlie. Shanon’s interests include art, sewing, gardening, canning, camping and playing with her daughter. She also teaches art and craft workshops for Multnomah County Libraries.

 

Sarah Rinzler
Terrace Assistant

Sarah became interested in Montessori while looking into preschools for her son, Judah. It wasn’t long before she was hooked on Montessori theory and began to realize how good it felt to put these ideas into practice with Judah. She honestly never knew that kids could be so independent and capable! She moved to Portland from Corvallis in 2013 to begin her teacher training at Montessori Northwest, which she followed up with my Master's degree from Loyola University. After her training she worked as an assistant at a local Montessori school for two years, then joined Childpeace in 2016. Outside of work, she is happiest being with Judah, her "colorful" group of PNW friends and her family in Connecticut when she can make the long haul.

 

Elementary

TBA
Juniper Room Guide

 

 

 

 

 

Casey McGray
Juniper Room Assistant

Casey is a graduate of PSU, with a BA in Arts and Letters, and spent a year studying abroad in France. She enjoys exploring new places, local and abroad, and she hopes to travel to every continent at some point. She loves creating, either through crafting, baking, or writing. She grew up in the Columbia River Gorge and appreciates calling the PNW home.

 

 

 

 

Rachael Morris
Myrtle Room Guide

Rachael graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Spanish. She has worked with children in Bellingham, WA in an urban farm environmental education program. She loves to dance, play soccer, read and ride her bike.

 

 

TBA
Myrtle Room Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denise Dodge
Redwood Room Guide

Denise is a native of Washington State and joined our staff in 2014 after working as one of the founding Elementary Guides in a Nyon, Switzerland bilingual Montessori Elementary program. She holds a B.S. in Biology and prior to becoming a Montessori Elementary Guide, she spent 12 years in Hospital services coordinating blood and tissue donations. She has also worked in outdoor education with the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Reserve as an Estuary Education Interpreter and for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a Production manager for their EstuaryLive programs.

 

Sierra Enright
Redwood Room Assistant

Sierra moved to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark College where she graduated with a degree in English and Psychology. She is originally from the Seattle area and has a deep love of reading, baking, hiking and kayaking.

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Bollinger
Birch Room Guide

Claire received her AMI elementary certification in Bergamo, Italy after assisting in other Montessori schools. She has a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. She joined Childpeace in 2005.

 

 

TBA
Birch Room Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Houston
Hawthorn Room Guide

Stephanie graduated with a B.A. in Cultural Studies and French from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Upon graduation, Stephanie joined the Peace Corps and spent several years living and exploring West and North Africa. She completed her Montessori Training and Master's Degree at Loyola College in Maryland and has worked for the past 10 years in both private and public Montessori schools. She has returned to Oregon, with her family, after many years in Nevada. In addition to classroom time, Stephanie enjoys biking, cooking, knitting, travel and walks to the dog park and playground.

 

Daniel Withers
Hawthorn Room Assistant

Daniel is a native to Tucson, Arizona where he received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Linguistics where he studied behavioral rule adherence and models of word recognition. Daniel worked for a number of years at Hermosa Montessori School in a variety of roles. He has recently moved to Oregon with his fiancée and has fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest. Besides his interests in pedagogy, Daniel is an avid reader, hiker and gardener.

 

 

 

Greg Lawrence
Larch Room Guide

Greg received a B.S. in Biology from Portland State University before completing his AMI elementary training at the Montessori Institute of San Diego in August 2002. He has a great deal of teaching experience, including time spent as an assistant and a Guide in local Montessori elementary schools. Greg joined Childpeace in 2002.

 

 

Josh Prewitt
Larch Room Assistant

Josh is the assistant in the Upper Elementary Larch Room. Josh joined Childpeace in 2002 and has worked in both Lower and Upper Elementary programs. He has an AMI Primary diploma from the Montessori Institute NW and a BA in music from Portland State University. Josh has toured and recorded professionally with several bands including the Five Fingers of Funk and Tezeta Band. Josh enjoys woodworking, blacksmithing, felting, all kinds of art and gardening.

 

Katie Westmoreland
Upper El Spanish Teacher

Katie joined Childpeace in 2006 after teaching Spanish for several years in a variety of independent schools throughout the Northwest. Here at Childpeace she has enjoyed creating and implementing the Spanish program used in the elementary classes. Katie graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in Spanish literature and studied in Morelia, Mexico and Madrid, Spain. She also spent time on a fellowship studying cooking in the Spanish Basque country. In her free time, Katie enjoys gardening, sewing, cooking and spending time with her husband, Chuck and daughter, Libby.

 

An Vu
Aftercare Supervisor

An graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in English Literature and History. He enjoys photography, reading, being married, and his young son Jonah and daughter Mae. An came to Childpeace in 1995.

 

 

 

 

 

Tierney McBride
EL EMC & Pod Support

Originally from San Francisco, Tierney graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Linguistics and has been working in education ever since, from Pre-K to high school and across three states. She came to Portland in 2017 and to Childpeace in 2018 and is excited to be exploring the Pacific Northwest and deepening her understanding of Montessori philosophy and pedagogy.

 

TBA
Elementary Aftercare Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TBA
Elementary Aftercare Assistant/Art Room Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mercedes Brehmer-Bieker
PE Teacher

Mercedes is a Detroit, Michigan area native but has been calling Portland home since just after graduating from college. She has a long history with both kids and fitness. She has a BA in psychology from the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!!!), was AMI trained at the Primary level at MNW (and ran a her own school for 9 years) and has an M.Ed. from Loyola College in Baltimore. She is also certified as both a Personal Fitness Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor, and is experienced at teaching several formats including Zumba, U-Jam, WERQ (all dance fitness formats), POUND, PiYo, Insanity and Core de Force as well as strength training classes. She is a Master Trainer for WERQ dance fitness. She is also the mom of a HS freshman and a 4th grader, 2 crazy dogs and at last count, 4 fish. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading voraciously and making things. And she is super excited to get your kiddos moving!!

 

Metro Montessori

Regina Feldman
Program Director

Regina joined the Metro team in 2019. She was born and grew up in a small town in the Austrian Alps. Regina holds an MA in Medical Anthropology, a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, and she completed the NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2008. After teaching college and working as an editor, Regina served as a humanities guide in Montessori high schools and middle schools in Cleveland, Ohio and taught in an international program in Beijing, China. She enjoys cooking, yoga, traveling, hiking and camping with her family.

 

Jonathan Erickson
Metro Guide

Jon came to Metro Montessori in 2012 after taking the NAMTA Orientation to Adolescence. He holds a Masters in the Art of Teaching from the University of Alaska and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Montana. He has worked in public elementary, middle and high schools as a Math, Science and Forensics teacher, an Indian education counselor, a Native Youth Olympics coach, and in a behavioral needs classroom. He has studied abroad in New Zealand, and worked on a sailing catamaran and a goat farm in Hawaii. Jon and his wife Alli are parents of two Childpeace children. Jon is our middle school specialist in STEM-based work; he enjoys teaching physics of the bicycle, fisheries management and working in the greenspace.

 

Sara Adams
Metro Guide

Sara Joined the Metro Montessori team in 2014. She began her Montessori journey as a student teacher at The Grove School (a Montessori charter middle and high school) as she attended the University of Redlands for her BA and English Language Arts secondary teaching credential. She spent time working in primary classrooms as she earned her AMS Primary credential and an MA in Montessori Education from St. Mary’s College of California. She then returned to her favorite age, middle school, as an English Language Arts and Humanities guide at Metro. Some of her favorite learning cycles at MMM have been ethics, gender equity, creative nonfiction, National Novel-Writing Month, and archaeology. Sara’s hobbies include being in nature, drinking coffee, and puns.

 

Jimmy Whipps
Metro Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chara Stamp
Metro Guide

 

 

 

 

Jenny Edwards
Metro Math Teacher

Jenny was born and raised in Eugene, OR. She moved up to Portland in 2007 after graduating from the University of Oregon with her Masters in Education. She taught math at the Young Men's Academy at Jefferson High School and then at da Vinci Arts Middle School. Jenny had her first son and then a year later had her daughter, and went back to working at a childcare center so she could be with them throughout the day. She worked at a Montessori preschool, then ran an in-home daycare until they started school. She has spent the past three years teaching math at a local public Montessori charter school. Jenny had her second son in 2018, and he keeps her on her toes! She loves spending time with her husband and kids, going on adventures, swimming, hiking and working on projects around the house.

 

Heidi Skildum
Metro Spanish Teacher

Heidi is a passionate teacher who believes that communication is vital for building empathy and curiosity in global citizens. She also believes that language acquisition is possible for EVERY student. St. Paul, Minnesota is her hometown and she spent most of her adult life in Northeast Iowa. She studied at Luther College in Decorah, IA where she majored in Spanish and English while also minoring in Secondary Education. As a student, she studied in Mexico, Chile and Argentina. After college, she worked at a retreat center in the Eastern Cascades, on organic farms, and for a couple of non-profits before she joined the staff at Decorah High School in 2012. While at DHS, she taught both English and Spanish to 9-12 graders. She and her boyfriend moved to Portland a year ago and she spent last year working as a 5th grade homeroom teacher at Arco Iris Spanish Immersion Charter School in Beaverton. She is beyond thrilled to be at Metro Montessori this year and cannot wait to help language come alive for her students. When not teaching, you will find her running wild in Forest Park, practicing yoga or climbing at Planet Granite, and relaxing on the front porch with her pup, Luz.