Educational Staff

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The Sun Room ~ Children's House Community

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McKensie Kilbane ~ Sun Room Assistant

Amy Livingston ~ Sun Room Guide

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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

 

Bio coming soon!

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The Garden Room ~ Children's House Community

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Kristin Bouwmeester ~ Garden Room Assistant

Alex Hammond~ Garden Room Guide

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After Guiding SunGarden's Toddler community for a year, Alex now leads the Garden Room classroom as she begins her third 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
 

 

 

 

Bio coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Rose Room ~ Toddler Community

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Ashley Welp & Jamie Brunmeier ~ Rose Room Assistants

Casey Duffy ~ Rose Room Guide

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Joyfully stepping in to guide our toddler program is Casey Duffy. Casey is beginning her third year at SunGarden, having assisted last year in one of our Primary classrooms, and working in the toddler community our founding year. Casey’s experience with young children comes from her experiences as a mother, a nanny, a doula and as AMS-certified Primary Guide. Casey’s unique background and training brings a strong understanding of Montessori pedagogy to her role working with toddlers, and further compliments her peaceful nature and approach to working with families.

Assisting Casey in the Rose Room this fall are Ashley Welp and Jamie Brunmeier. Both Ashley and Jamie have worked in Primary and Toddler communities, and have an established relationship with many of our families. Casey’s already-strong partnership with Ashley and Jamie provides a cohesive, steady and joyful learning environment for the children of the Rose Room community.

 

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Outdoor Program, Aftercare & Community Support

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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.