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Butterfly Room

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.  I taught preschool for 3 years at Moore Avenue Children’s Center in Eureka, California. I also worked for 1 year at Little People’s Corner also located in Eureka.  I left teaching in 1991 for a job at the local newspaper (Eureka).

In 1996 my husband and I moved up to Vancouver, Washington.  I found the Montessori Training Center in Oregon City (the Montessori Institute Northwest).  I received my AMI Montessori Diploma in June of 1998 and then I gave birth to my one and only child 2 weeks later.  I stayed home and was a nanny for 2 years and then started working at Aquinas Montessori in September 2000.  My daughter, Mia, started here in 2001, she was in Tami’s class for 4 years. Mia was enrolled at Cascadia Montessori before her completion of high school in 2017.

our school is open during our summer school session through July 31, and then we will open again on August 26th, 2020. Children 5 and older are required to wear masks.