Guides


Betsy Martin
Balsam Root Guide: Lower Elementary
Betsy received her AMS Early Childhood certificate in 1989 and her AMS Elementary I certificate in 2007  She holds a B.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology.  Betsy joined the Montessori School of Yakima community in 1995. She enjoys the outdoors in many ways, including walking, skiing, camping, and gazing at the view in her yard. At home, she enjoys gardening and playing with her cats, goats, and chickens.

Jocelyn Lea
Balsam Root Guide: Elementary
Jocelyn received her AMS primary teaching certificate in 2007 and her Elementary I and II in 2016. She also holds a BA in Liberal Studies. She joined the Montessori School of Yakima in 2004. She loves spending time with her daughters and husband. She enjoys photography, snowboarding, skiing, traveling, food and hiking.

Ashley Weber
Balsam Root Assistant: Elementary
Ashley assists Betsy and Jocelyn and joined MSY in 2016.

Cathrine Maddon
Iris Guide: Upper Elementary
Cathrine received her AMS Elementary I & II certificate in 2011.  She is Washington state certified with a B.A. in Elementary Education K-8 from Heritage University.  She joined the teaching community at Montessori School of Yakima in 2010. She finds joy in spending time with her family and experiencing nature.

Margot Pierce
Sage Guide: Primary
Margot  joined the MSY Community in October, 2013.  She has worked as a camp counselor, naturalist, and environmental educator in a variety of settings.  Margot has a Bachelors of Science in Natural Resource Management/Environmental Education and Interpretation.  Margot is currently completing the Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest (MEIPN) Primary Montessori Certification program, and became  the Lead Teacher in Sage in January, 2016.

Ana Cuevas
Sage Assistant: Primary
Ana assists Margot and has been a part of our community since 2015.

Maleah McPherson
Dogwood Guide: Primary
Maleah McPherson joined the MSY community in 2015. She is currently finishing her AMS primary certification with Age of Montessori. She has a Bachelors of Science in Recreation Management and a Master of Arts in Environmental Education. Before coming to MSY, she worked with children in summer camps, outdoor education camps, science camps at Pacific Science Center, and elementary schools. In the summer, Maleah lives up in the mountains and enjoys camping with her daughter and husband.

Shanice Johnson
Dogwood Assistant: Primary
Shanice assists Maleah and joined our community in 2016.

Jordan Schilperoort
Daisy Guide: Primary
Jordan has completed the MEIPN teaching program and is excited for her fourth year of lead teaching in the Daisy room!Jordan spent last year taking early childhood education classes at Yakima Valley Community College.  She earned an Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education in June 2016.  She joined our teaching community in 2010 when she began assisting in After School Care. Jordan also assisted in the elementary classroom and ran Early Morning Care.

Cheryl Smith
Daisy Assistant: Primary
Cheryl assists Jordan Schilperoort, and has been a part of our community since 2006 .

Shannon Delp
Willow Guide: Primary
Shannon  is going into her fourth year as  the Lead Guide in Willow. Prior to being Lead, she has assisted in Montessori classrooms since 2004.

Linda McCoy
Willow Assistant: Primary
Linda has been with MSY since 2007. She has assisted in several classrooms, worked our Early Morning Care, and filled the position of our float. She assists Shannon.

Denise Thompson
Sunflower Guide: After School Care
Denise joined the MSY staff in 2016 as our lead in the Sunflower Garden. Denise has many years of experience working with children in a variety of settings.

Anita Vargas
Sunflower Assistant: After School Care
Anita joined MSY in 2015. She assists Denise and is a floater assistant.