Educational Staff


The Sun Room ~ Children's House Community


Liz Lachmar ~ Sun Room Assistant

Amy Livingston ~ Sun Room Guide


Amy joyfully serves as the Sun Room Guide. A seasoned Guide at SunGarden since 2014, she first worked as an assistant then a Guide in Utah for several years before relocating to Oregon. In addition to her 8-year tenure in Montessori classrooms, Amy has extensive experience nannying, and has also 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 Northwest

Master of Education ~ Loyola University Maryland



Liz joins SunGarden after working for a year in another Children's House community. Having completed the AMS Primary training course, Liz brings a strong understanding for the theory behind the special work taking place in the classroom! We are happy to have Liz as a part of the Sun Room community.


The Garden Room ~ Children's House Community


Casey Duffy ~ Garden Room Assistant

Alex Hammond~ Garden Room Guide


After Guiding our Toddler community for a year, Alex now leads the Garden Room classroom as she begins her second year at SunGarden. Prior to working at SunGarden, Alex worked for three years in both Toddler and Children's House communities in Corvallis. 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 Northwest





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







The Rose Room ~ Toddler Community


Emma Cecil ~ Rose Room Assistant

Denée Longan ~ Rose Room 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 three and nine; one of them a Sun Room alum and the other currently attending SunGarden. 

AMI Primary Diploma – Montessori Northwest                                       

Master of Education – Loyola University Maryland

Emma joins us after working in the toddler community of another Montessori school. She brings a sweet and patient presence to SunGarden, as well as a high regard for the independence that this environment cultivates in each child.


Andrea Schultz ~ Rose Room Assistant

Andrea joins SunGarden with several years of experience providing inspiring learning environments for children, from toddler-5th grade. Andrea is a mother of two adolescent boys, and a tangible reserve of patience and love for young children. She enjoys the gentle pace of the toddler community.



Outdoor Program, Aftercare & Community Support


Ashley Welp ~ Aftercare Guide

Matt Jenkins ~

Garden Coordinator and Facilities Director


Matt has been a part of the SunGarden community for two years, 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 joins the SunGarden community with a background in Children's Theater, a love for language and literature, and an intrinsic understanding about the importance of empowering children in becoming the individuals they are.