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I knew from a very early age that I was going to be involved with the education of young children. At 18-years-old, I became an Au Pair for a Count and Countess at Lindenberg Castle in Denmark. I took care of their three children for a year and then returned to the U.S. to start my studies in child development.
I received my B.A. from San Francisco State University and started working as an assistant in a Montessori school in the Upper Elementary 9-12 age class; I found them to be very intelligent and challenging. The following year, I tested my interests with the Lower Elementary 6-9 age students; their socializing and emotions ran high. Later on, an opening in the Primary 2-6 age class became available and there I had found my niche. I stayed as an assistant for many years until one day I realized that “I could do this,” and become a Directress (as they were called in those days).
Pursuing my teaching niche, I attended the college of Notre Dame, California, then received my American Montessori Society (AMS) certificate and taught for eight years until my son was born. My daughter, born two years later continued my “Montessori in the Home program” until our family settled here in Washington. I returned to the Montessori Primary classroom teaching for five years, realizing again that, “I can do this” and opened my own Montessori School in the year 2005.
Opening the Montessori Farmhouse School has been my lifelong dream - creating an environment where nature plays a key role in the education of young children. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part in a child’s life, and to provide children with the skills to become independent learners, growing up so they can make a difference in their world.
Primary Montessori Teacher, is from Portland and attended Western Oregon University in
Monmouth, Oregon, receiving a degree in Gerontology. For years, previous to her undergraduate degree she
taught swimming lessons and worked in day-cares. Following her degree she became a Wellness Coordinator
at a retirement community, guiding older adults on healthy living though mind, body, and spirit. After a
couple of years her and her partner, Nels moved to upstate New York for his schooling program. At this time
she found an intergenerational daycare program which provided care for older adults and children. This
lovely experience reminded her of her love and connection to children. After a short time, she discovered a
Montessori School in her community, which was quite familiar, as she is a past Montessori child herself! As
Grace’s love for the Montessori Pedagogy grew, she decided to find a program to further her education and
train. This led to a three year program in Boston, MA, where she bounced between teaching during the
school year in Rochester, NY and training through an AMI (Association of Montessori International)
program in Boston. Following her graduation and her partner's completion of his program, they decided to
settle down in Tacoma, WA. She is absolutely thrilled and grateful to be here at the Montessori Farmhouse
guiding the White Chickadees.
Primary Assistant, is so excited to join the community here at Montessori Farmhouse! A Pacific
Northwesterner from birth, she grew up just north of Seattle. Her and her husband married and moved to
Port Orchard back in December because they fell in love with a little house in the woods. Sally has over a
decade of experience working in education with various ages and abilities; her favorite thing about learning is
that it's a life-long process, and she believes in curiosity, questions, and learning from mistakes. In her spare
time she loves to write and read stories, work and daydream in her garden, cook and eat delicious food, and
chat with the various birds, bugs, and animals that come to visit her home.
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Administrative Assistant, was born in Walnut Creek CA. and moved to Gig Harbor when she was
3 years old. Hanne was taught Montessori up until 4th grade. She has helped her mom Annette with the
school since it has been open. She graduated Gig Harbor high school in 2013. She spends most of her time
sailing as she is training for the 2020 Olympics in the Laser Radial. She enjoys baking, being in the sun and
playing with her family dog, Bailey.
Primary Assistant, was raised in the Olalla area, where she lived until she got married and
moved to Tacoma with her husband in December of 2000. She became a full-time mother in the summer of
2005 and by the summer of 2008 had three amazing children. Breeayn fell in love with Montessori when her
middle child started Kindergarten at a public Montessori in the Tacoma School District. After spending
hundreds of hours volunteering at that school, she decided it was time to get back to work…and what better
place to start than a Montessori school in the woods! When she’s not at work or volunteering her time,
Breeayn enjoys being with her family and creating quilts to share with those she loves.