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Working well with young children requires training, talent, mature judgment, and practice. Our staff is the most important aspect of your child's environment. We furnish the Children's House with wonderful activities and attractive surroundings because children are naturally drawn to things that are esthetically pleasing, comfortable to use, and well designed to achieve their purpose. Nevertheless, it is in selecting our adult staff that the school ultimately distinguishes itself, as any experienced Montessori parent will tell those who inquire. We bring together individuals with the right qualities and background and then enable them to practice their profession in the way they know best serves the children and their families.

Nick Stocco Nick Stocco, Administrator

Kathy Cotner Kathy Cotner, Primary Guide (Tanager Meadow)

Merrett Krahn Merrett Krahn, Primary Assistant (Chickadee Grove)

Amelia Combes Amelia Combes, Primary Assistant (Chickadee Grove)
Amelia has been a Montessori preschool assistant in Portland and Beaverton for a dozen years. She's been with MCH for over 6 years, taking leave only while her son Garrison was a baby. Originally from Kansas, Amelia has an Associate degree from PCC. She, husband Jeffrey, and Garrison live in the Beaverton/Hillsboro area.

Erica Garcia Erica Garcia, All School Support
Originally from Santa Rosa, CA., Erica moved to Portland in 2009 and has been with us since 2012. Erica has worked with both Toddler and Primary classes on a daily basis and has also been in charge of our kitchen and laundry activities in the past. Erica has studied Early Childhood Education at the master's level, and she hold a bachelor's degree in human services. She has also worked for a law firm. Erica and her husband Paul, a professional photographer, live in the Pearl District with their sons Lazarus and Elias.

Laura Gossett, Toddler Assistant (Owl Mountain)
Our new assistant in Owl Mountain, Laura worked as a class assistant in France and the Caribbean, as well as doing home care for families in Europe and the US. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee. She is originally from Chattanooga and has more recently lived on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Hannah Krafcik Hannah Krafcik, Primary Assistant (Tanager Meadow)
Hannah joined MCH after moving to Portland from New York City in 2016. She has a background in administration and marketing with nonprofit cultural, social, and educational programs, as well as being a trained dancer. She is now focusing her interest on early childhood development. In Portland she has also worked with children at the Zenger Farm and has a strong interest in developing environmental education. Hannah has a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida and a master's from NYU..

Veronica Kazakoff Veronica Kazakoff, Toddler Guide (Owl Mountain

Ryan Mudd Ryan Mudd, Toddler Assistant (Heron Cove)

Julia Norman Julia Norman, Assistant Administrator/Toddler Assistant
Julia Norman is a native of Florida and a graduate of the University of Georgia. She has a master’s degree in education from Loyola U. in Maryland. Before moving to Portland in 2012 she taught at Northwoods Montessori School in Atlanta, Ga. Julia has contributed to MCH in many ways in the classrooms and office. She currently assists with the administrative work and is a morning assistant for the Heron Cove toddler class.

Julia is an accomplished photographer and enjoys other arts and crafts, as well. She has traveled extensively abroad and enjoys sharing her experiences and adventures with children in stories, photos, cooking, and more. Like many of our staff, Julia attended Montessori schools herself as a child.

Emily Regenstreif Emily Regenstreif, Toddler Assistant (Heron Cove)
Portland native Emily Regenstreif is in her fifth year as a toddler assistant in Heron Cove. Previously, she spent 7 years working at the Mittelman Jewish Community Center, primarily working with the day camps, vacation camps (ages 3-12), and the drop-in childcare program (ages 6 months - 5 years).

Emily is an avid sports fan, especially college basketball, and she also enjoys creative writing and writing movie reviews. She has volunteered with programs like Kids on the Block and The Oregon Food Bank.

Andrea Roberts Andrea Roberts, Toddler Assistant (Heron Cove)
Andrea joined the Montessori Children's House staff in 2011 as a toddler assistant. She has more than fifteen years of experience working in Portland-area Montessori schools, including Childpeace Montessori and Montessori of Alameda. Andrea has been a lead teacher in our toddler community during the summer. One of her many strengths is that she speaks Spanish.

Andrea majored in Early Childhood Education (with a minor in art) at Grambling State University in Louisiana. She lives in North Portland and enjoys cooking, baking, and painting in her home art studio. At MCH one of her signature contributions is to organize treats and greetings for staff birthdays and other special occasions!

Eliza Rinaldi

Allie Mgrublian Allie Mgrublian, All-School Assistant

Courtney Walsh Courtney Walsh, Primary Guide (Chickadee Grove)
Courtney has extensive experience working with young children in both the classroom and the home. At MCH, she directs our Chickadee Grove Montessori Primary class. Before joining our staff when we opened in 2010, Courtney worked in the Primary (3-6) classrooms at West Hills Montessori for three years, where she also supervised during extended hours.

Courtney is a native of northeastern Washington. She earned her AMI Primary Diploma at Montessori Northwest and a B. A. in Psychology from Portland State University and holds her Masters of Education from Loyola U. of Maryland. An avid bicyclist and outdoor person, Courtney is an active member of the National Ski Patrol. She and her husband Mike live in Milwaukie.

David Cannon David Cannon, Founder/Owner
After teaching in the Montessori Elementary program (ages 6-12), David spent 20 years as the administrator of two other Montessori schools in Portland and has helped start several new Montessori schools. As a board member of the Oregon Montessori Association (OMA), David helps with advocacy and has served for many years as the OMA's treasurer. David has also served on the board of other nonprofit organizations and as a city planning commissioner and member of the City Club of Portland's Research Board.

David has a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and did graduate work at the University of Illinois. He earned an AMI Montessori diploma in Washington, DC before moving to Portland to teach. His son and daughter attended Montessori schools, live in Portland, and are now engaged in teaching, public service, and the arts. David and his wife Jo live in SW Portland and enjoy hiking, travel, music, and being with their grandchildren.

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