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/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.
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: Debbie Lumpkins
Debbie received her Bachelor’s degree and K-12 teaching credential from California State University, San Marcos. She spent 14 years as both an assistant and a guide at Ramona Community Montessori, the school which her two children attended, and 6 years teaching middle school math and science, utilizing her single subject math credential.
Debbie moved to Oregon in 2012 to find a slower paced life in a place surrounded with natural beauty. She lives on 21 acres with her daughter, grandson, 5 alpacas, and a variety of cats and chickens.
In her spare time, Debbie enjoys nature photography, knitting, and hand making greeting cards.
Infant Head Teacher: Kathy Harmon
Kathy was raised in a large family in Ireland and came to America to work at an Irish Catholic Church in San Francisco where she met her husband a U.S. Navy Navigator. Kathy has being married for thirty nine years and has one son and a dog . Kathy worked in Real Estate and Property Management in California for over fifteen years and later with her husband in her families moving And storage business. Kathy and her husband moved to Redmond, Oregon in 2004 when her son was eleven years old so he could be raised in a smaller community where people knew each other and had a good sense of community. Kathy studied Early Childhood Education at American River College and volunteered at her son’s elementary school. She studied for her CDA in Oregon and is currently completing her studies for her NAMC training. When she came to Oregon she decided that she was going to change her career and work in a field that she felt she had a strong calling for, working with children. She has worked for many years with infants through preschool age children and for the last several years with infants, her age group of choice. She loves to nurture and help the infants become independent as they grow. Kathy has traveled with her family to England, France and her home country Ireland. She loves to read and spend time with her family and friends in her spare time.
Primary Assistant/Student Teacher: Trishelle Linschied
Trishelle is currently earning her Montessori certification through the Christian Montessori training center based out of Roseville, MN in collaboration with Bethany Global University. She recently earned her Associates degree in intercultural studies at school in Minnesota while also studying early childhood education. After Trishelle earns her certification, she is excited to continue teaching while looking for opportunities to continue to travel when possible.
Trishelle was drawn to the Montessori method after reading Dr. Montessori’s biography and being inspired by her work and admiring the lifetime of effort she put into making sure children would be understood for who they really are.
Primary Assistant: Gabriel Foltz
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Casa Assistant Teacher: Alecia Craig
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Infant Assistant Teacher: Morgan Jones
Morgan has many years experience doing in home childcare. She has experience working with infants and toddlers and spent the last 4 years being a stay at home mom, while doing in home childcare part-time. She is new to Montessori but can truly see the benefits of a Montessori education, and can see a difference in her own children in just a few short months. Morgan has lived in Redmond for 10 years, and is planning on raising her two children here in beautiful central Oregon. Her and her two children love to get out and explore central Oregon, go hiking, play at the local parks, and listen to live music.