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.
Miss Karli started as director of the school in 2018. Karli has a MA in Social Work from Fordham University and 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
Lead Teacher- Toddler
Miss MinDee joined our school in 2021 as a teacher assistant in the Toddler classroom. After completing her MACTE Toddler Teacher Credential from the Prepared Montessorian in 2022 she was ready to step into the Lead Teacher role. She is always an uplifting and positive presence to her students and fellow staff members. She loves the independence that Montessori encourages, and advocates for each child to take charge of their own education at an early age. Miss MinDee has three sons of her own, one of which attends PVMS. Outside of work Miss MinDee loves to spend time with her family, attending her boys' extracurricular activities, volunteering, and bowling.
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 Rachael began working at Pocatello Valley Montessori in the fall of 2018 as an assistant, and now leads her own class. She loves that the Montessori approach encourages students to find their own intrinsic motivation to learning, allowing them to enjoy learning starting at an early age. Her calm demeanor makes her classroom a soothing environment to all of her students and colleagues alike. In her free time, she loves to garden, hike, read, and create beautiful floral arrangements.
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 Teacher - Lower Elementary
Miss Jocelyn has been with PVMS since 2020 where she worked as an assistant before moving in to the Lead Elementary Teacher role while completing her Elementary Education Degree from ISU.
Lead Teacher Upper Elementary
Miss Kara has worked at PVMS since 2021 beginning as an assistant before moving to be the Lead Upper Elementary Teacher. Miss Kara is currently working on completing her Montessori Elementary Credential through the Prepared Montessorian. Miss Kara enjoys making everyone feel safe, understood and welcome, making her a natural teacher and mentor. In her free time she loves collecting and researching rocks and crystals, road trips, and exploring new hobbies.
Before and After Care Lead
Miss Anj was born and raised in Idaho and educated in early childhood development. She began working at PVMS in 2018 in the before and aftercare program, which she now leads. In addition, Miss Anj works as an assistant in our primary program, and has completed her Montessori Assistant Certification. Miss Anj always has a fun craft or activity up her sleeve, and is adored by all her students.
Miss Taylor is an incredible resource to our students and staff alike, helping children learn important conflict resolution skills and how to cope with difficult emotions. In addition to being a vital member of our staff, Miss Taylor is a valued parent with a child of her own in our program.
OUR PRIMARY ASSISTANTS
Miss Stephanie's Class
Miss Summer's Class (Morning)
Miss Summer's Class (Afternoon)
OUR ELEMENTARY ASSISTANTS
Miss Annie's Class (Morning)
Miss Sandra's Class (Morning)
Miss Sandra's Class (Afternoon)
BEFORE AND AFTER CARE
OUR SUPPORT STAFF