Educational Staff


Amy Livingston ~ Sun Room (Children's House) Guide


Amy joyfully serves as the Sun Room Children's House Guide. A seasoned Guide at SunGarden since 2014, she worked first as an assistant and then a Guide in Utah for several years before relocating to Oregon. In addition to her eight-year tenure in Montessori classrooms, Amy also has extensive experience nannying and has worked for many summers with deaf children in Ghana. Amy brings a bright and lovely presence to the children with whom she works.

AMI Primary Diploma – Montessori Institute Northwest
Master of Education – Loyola University Maryland



Alex Hammond~ Garden Room (Children's House) Guide

Alex has been leading our Toddler community for the past year here at SunGarden, and a Children's House classroom for the three years prior. Alex brings a sweet and caring presence, as well as a passion for Montessori education to her role as the Garden Room Guide.

AMI Primary Diploma – Montessori Institute Northwest


Denee' Longan~ Rose Room (Toddler) Guide 

Returning to SunGarden, having previously served as a Garden Room classroom assistant, aftercare guide and administrative assistant, Denee’ Longan guides our toddler community with patience and grace. In addition to her multiple roles at SunGarden, Denee’ has guided her own Children’s House classroom, run an infant-toddler community out of her home for three years, and worked at Childpeace Montessori in their toddler aftercare program. Denee’ has two active boys, ages two and eight; one of them a Sun Room alum and the other currently attending SunGarden. 

AMI Primary Diploma – Montessori Institute Northwest                                                                       Master of Education – Loyola University Maryland


Casey Duffy ~ Garden Room Assistant

Casey Duffy joins the Garden Room after a year working in our toddler program, and experience as a nanny, a doula and a mother. She is currently going through the AMS Primary training course, and brings a peaceful and nurturing presence to her role working with the toddlers. Her patience and lovely singing voice are a special part of the community. 


Matt Jenkins ~ Garden Coordinator and Facilities Director

Matt has been working for SunGarden for the past year after working at Near North Montessori School in Chicago, IL as their Urban Farm Assistant. In addition to being an integral part of our school’s outdoor program, Matt has experience as a chef and children’s cooking teacher, and brings a passion for gardening and sustainable living to this role. Matt is very excited to further develop SunGarden’s outdoor program, and cultivate even more gardening experiences for the children. Matt brings a gentle presence, good humor and a love for the outdoors to his role in our community.


Ashley Welp ~  Aftercare Guide ~ Bio and Photo coming soon!