The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist.’ - Maria Montesori
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.
Lead Teacher - Toddler
Miss Morgan is an experienced child care provider and the lead guide in our Toddler classroom. Morgan is one of the founders of the school. She became acquainted with the Montessori Method when her oldest son was just a toddler. She enrolled him in a Montessori preschool and then worked tirelessly to start Pocatello Valley Montessori School. Morgan is a valued and long-term founding member of the school community.
Lead Teacher - Primary
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 individualized instruction.
Amy holds an American Montessori Society accreditation from the Montessori Institute at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She and her husband have three daughters.
Lead Teacher - Primary
Miss Stephanie was born and raised in Pocatello Idaho, educated through Idaho State University receiving her early childhood development certificate, and has her Primary Lead Certification. She became intrigued in the Montessori way through her affiliation with the Pocatello Valley Montessori School as an assistant. She has had a passion for teaching for many years. Her experience ranges from working in various childhood development centers, operating her own pre-school and raising 5 children. When she isn't teaching, Stephanie enjoys watching her children grow in their various talents and activities, spending time with her husband, being outdoors, helping others, cooking and crafting.
Lead Teacher - Primary
Summer worked for the Blackfoot school district for 5 years and came to work at PVMS in 2018 as a classroom assistant. Summer is excited to be teaching. She has demonstrated her ability to respect each students learning needs while embracing their curiosity.
Miss Summer received her Primary Lead Certification in 2020.
Lead Leader - Primary
Miss Ash went from a parent volunteer to an assistant before becoming a lead Montessori guide at PVMS. She has years of experience in the toddler, primary, and lower elementary programs.
Before teaching in a classroom, Miss Ash used the Montessori method as part of her homeschool curriculum. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and two stepdaughters. She also enjoys being outdoors and exploring her creative side through multiple mediums.
Miss Ash has completed her Montessori Certification through North American Montessori Center. She is also an assistant instructor at The Sage Brush Art School in Chubbuck.
Lead Teacher - Lower Elementary
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 has a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from ISU.
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.
Miss Karli started as director of the school in 2018. Karli has a MA in Social Work from Fordham University, and is currently completing her Montessori Administration diploma with CGMS. With 3 children of her own in the program, Karli was familiar with the school and came well recommended as an active, passionate, involved parent. Karli gives great first-hand advice to incoming parents and supports the staff so they can spend more time serving your children