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Donna Hargrave

CMS Founder and Former Administrator I am often asked the question when working with this age group, “How do you do it?”.  For me, it isn’t a job but God’s wonderful plan for me that I am following and it totally fulfills my needs. You see, I have always wanted to become a teacher of some…

Nina Draper

My name is Nina Draper.  I was born in San Francisco, California.  I became interested in
Montessori when I visited a classroom during my Early Childhood Education training.  I received my A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Development in 1987 from the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California.

Lea Wheeler

Dragonfly Room Lead Teacher HI, I’m Lea and I am a graduate of University of California at Santa Cruz with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. I went on to receive my AMI certificate at MNW in 2005.  I joined the Camas Montessori Staff in 2013, bringing 7 years of Montessori Primary teaching experience to the…

Jessica Huynh

Bumblebee Room Lead Teacher I started working at CMS in 2005. I had never heard of Montessori before and I was amazed at what I saw the children doing. I learned so much and quickly realized that this was what I wanted to do. In 2009, I became a lead assistant.  I loved being an…

Brandi Nester

Ladybug Room Assistant My name is Brandi. I grew up in the Camas area and graduated from Camas High School. My career started with an internship from the high school called the Paper Maker Preschool. I then went to college up north and perused my AA in Early Childhood Education. I am honored to be…

Kelsee Smith

Butterfly Room Assistant Hi. My name is Kelsee Smith. I was born in Washington, yet raised in Oregon. I moved back to Washington a few years ago and have been working with children ever since. Family is very important to me, so I have always loved the time I have spent with children, especially my…

Sara Melton

Butterfly Room Lead Teacher  Hello! I have lived in the Camas/Washougal area my whole life. I am honored to be a part of the lives of our youngest community members.  My husband and I have three children, ages 13, 9 and 6.  Let me just say that there’s never a dull moment in our household. …

Jessica Hoffert

Bumblebee Room Assistant Hello! My name is Jessica Hoffert and I am so excited to be a part of the Camas Montessori community! I have had the privilege of working with children of all ages and needs for the past 15 years. I enjoy being a positive influence in young children’s lives and building strong…

Lynn Shades

Ladybug Room Teacher Hi, my name is Lynn Shades,  I hold an AMI (Association Montessori International) diploma for ages 2.5 – 6+ that I received in 1995.  I have over 25 years of experience in the teaching profession.  Much of my focus has been on guiding children, coaching families and mentoring colleagues.  I have also been a key…

Romy Stallings-Barnes

Dragonfly Room Assistant I have been working in Early Childhood Education for over 25 years. I have had opportunities to work with different learning styles of educational programs, as a lead teachers, co-lead, and teaching assistant. For the past 10 years I have been a teaching assistant with Montessori primary children. I have a CDA…