Meet Our Pocatello Montessori Teachers and Staff

Pocatello Valley Montessori is passionate about Montessori education. Our teachers are educational guides, introducing children to learning opportunities. This approach to education allows children to pursue their passions, at their own level and pace. As children progress, the teachers continue to guide, gently drawing them into new and progressively more challenging learning experiences.

Our Pocatello Montessori Teachers

Our teachers send a regular email to parents of our students. It is the best way to stay informed about what your child is learning at school. Sign up for the newsletter in the form at the bottom of this page.

Toddler Montessori Guide (Ages 18-36 months): Morgan Kirkham

Miss Morgan — Lead Montessori Guide, Toddler

Miss Morgan is an experienced child care provider and the lead guide in our Montessori Toddler Program.

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Primary Montessori Guide (Ages 3 to 5): Shelley Schaugaard

Shelley Schaugaard
Miss Shelley – Lead Montessori Guide, Primary Classroom

Miss Shelley is excited to be a part of the Primary Classroom, which is a Montessori preschool and kindergarten program. She has almost 15 years of experience teaching and mentoring children in many different settings.  Prior to coming to Pocatello Valley Montessori, she taught preschool in her home. She finds the excitement and enthusiasm that kids have for learning at this age such a joy to be a part of, and she loves to be able to provide a child’s first introduction to school in an atmosphere that feels safe, loving, and nurturing.

Shelley has a Montessori Early Childhood diploma for children age three to six with The North American Montessori Center and has a Bachelor’s degree from BYU in History. She and her husband, Chad, have four children ages 8 to 17 years-old. Sign up for Ms. Shelley’s newsletter.

Primary Montessori Guide (Ages 3 to 5): Amy Holgate

Miss Amy – Lead Montessori Guide, Primary Classroom

Miss Amy came to Pocatello Valley Montessori school after spending several years working as a paraprofessional in the local schools. She became intrigued by the Montessori philosophy while attending education classes at Idaho State University. Coming into the Montessori classroom felt like “home” to her as she embraced the individual paced instruction. She loves creating practical life material which teach young children useful skills like buttoning, sweeping, pouring, and simple food preparation. In addition to fostering specific skills, Practical life materials are often the children’s first introduction to the classroom and help a child develop inner discipline, self-regulation, focus, and concentration.

Amy is pursuing her American Montessori Society accreditation at the Montessori Institute at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She and her husband have three daughters. Want to receive Ms. Amy’s newsletter? Sign up here.

Lower Elementary Montessori Guide (Ages 6 to 9): Sandra Morgan

Miss Sandra – Lead Montessori Guide, Lower Elementary Classroom

Miss Sandra grew up in Utah; however, after living in Chubbuck for the past 23 years, she is happy to call Idaho her home. She and her husband, Rich, have six children, all of whom have benefited from a Montessori education. Naturally loving and caring by nature, Sandra loves working with children and is passionate about the Montessori method as an approach to life and learning. She has a Montessori Lower Elementary diploma from the North American Montessori Center, and is the teacher of Pocatello Valley Montessori’s Lower Elementary program. She has a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from BYU.

Outside of the classroom, Sandra’s favorite pastime is cheering on her children from the sidelines as they participate in sports and musical activities. She also enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with family. Ms. Sandra’s newsletter is available here.

Pocatello Valley Montessori Staff

Director: Allison Knight

Miss Allison – Director

Miss Allison came to Pocatello 15 years ago to attend Idaho State University and fell in love with the area. She and her husband, Ross, have two wonderful children, both of whom attend PVMS. Allison has grown to love the Montessori philosophy and its values. Miss Allison has a Masters of Business Administration from Idaho State University and brings to PVMS insightful business expertise. She is excited to be an active participant in the growth of PVMS.

Miss Allison is passionate about learning and enjoys continuing her education. She enjoys spending time with her family exploring Idaho.

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School Board Chairman: Rich Kirkham

Rich Kirkham is the chairman of the PVMS School Board

Rich is the President of Commercial Real Estate Services headquartered in Pocatello Idaho (Dale’s Inc). In 2002, he founded the successful The Academy Charter School in Pocatello, a Harbor School that has grown to serve nearly 500 children in the Pocatello-Chubbuck area.

Rich graduated from BYU in 1980 with a degree in Business Management and continued his Masters of Business studies at Idaho State University. He is a successful entrepreneur who owns and operates Commercial Real Estate Services, Contractor Sales, Dale’s Auto Supply, Meridell Park Events Center, and Dale’s Outdoor Advertising. Rich has served on a number of local boards including the Bannock Development Board, Valley Pride, The Chamber of Commerce, and the Idaho State University Symphony. A passionate Rotarian, Rich is the 2015-2016 President of the Pocatello Rotary Club.

Other Staff Members

Matt Kirkham – Billing Manager

Nicole Corbridge – Primary Assistant Teacher, Miss Shelley

Stephanie Harman – Primary Assistant Teacher, Miss Amy

Misty Bayliss – Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher

Kayla Furhman – Summer Program

Misty Ralphs – Music Specialist


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