Head Of School: Bobbie Bolton
Bobbie has a long history of child care and was introduced to Montessori through some of the many families she nannied for when she was younger. She became dedicated to the educational method after enrolling her own child in a wonderful Montessori program in Southern Utah. This dedication led to her serving as marketing director and co-president for Montessori charter school start-ups in both Utah and locally in Bend. While working for the Bend charter it became apparent that there was great demand for Montessori education in Redmond and, after the Redmond district expressed a lack of interest in a charter of their own, Bobbie and her husband Craig decided she needed to take the next step and opened High Desert Montessori in the fall of 2016. Bobbie’s passions include outdoor education, animal husbandry – specifically horses, and Irish history and culture.
Head Teacher/Lower Elementary Guide: Louise Wilson
Louise earned her Bachelors in Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She is an AMS certified Primary Guide, trained at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies, and received her 6-9 training from NAMC. Louise has been a Montessori Guide for over 20 years, having worked in Montessori schools all over the world while following her husband’s military career. She has resided in the central Oregon area since 2000 and lives happily with her husband and their two rambunctious golden retrievers. In her spare time, Louise is an avid runner and seamstress.
Upper Elementary Guide: Pascaline Klein
Pascaline holds an international masters degree in paleontology from University of Sorbonne in Paris. Due to her father’s medical work, she spent her childhood in France, Africa, and South America. Pascaline received her 9-12 Montessori certification from NAMC and has taken on our upper-el class under the tutelage of Louise. Pascaline is fluent in French, Spanish, and English and you can hear her speaking to the children in French throughout the school daily. In her spare time, Pascaline enjoys hiking and camping with her son Nolan, a student in our lower elementary classroom. Her passions include science and the arts.
Primary Guide: Toni Grinder
Toni has a background in childcare, including running her own home childcare business, and earned her Montessori primary certification from NAMC. Toni has lived in central Oregon since 2011, served on the Montessori charter founding board in Bend, and along with her husband and two children loves animals, and the great outdoors! Her educational passions include math, outdoor education, and practical life skills such as the care of animals, gardening, and care of the land.
Casa Lead Guide: Drew Gannon
Drew has a background in teaching at the preschool level and has worked with children for years. She is currently finishing her degree in Early Childhood Education and plans to extend her studies to work with different academic levels and age groups in the future as well as her NAMC infant/toddler training. Drew has lived in Central Oregon most of her life and plans on raising her two young children here as well. In her spare time, she lives a very active lifestyle and enjoys hiking and traveling. She also runs an independent business sewing infant and children’s’ clothing.
Primary Guide: Jennifer Gottfried
*Bio Coming Soon
*Pics & Bio Coming Soon