Staff

Administrative Staff

Mrs. Noble : Owner

Mrs. Noble

Owner

Mrs. Noble founded Capital Montessori School in 1988 and has been the school's only owner. Helping children achieve their maximum potential through the Montessori Method has become her lifelong passion.

When her firstborn turned three, Mrs. Noble became more and more challenged to meet her child's academic desires. Desiring the best for her daughter, she began researching her options when she ran across the Montessori Method. After seeing the results in her own children, she has made it her life's work to help other children reach their full potential.

Mrs. Noble has been involved in Montessori education since 1982. She has taken both the Primary & Elementary Montessori training at Spring Valley Montessori. She and her husband have two grown children.

mrs.noble@capitalmontessorischool.com
Mrs. Merissa White : Director

Mrs. Merissa White

Director

Mrs. White has been with the school since its founding in 1988. She started as a student, and has been working full time at Capital Montessori School since 2000. Since 2000, she has worked in various capacities including secretary and head teacher of the Upper Elementary class before becoming full time director.

Mrs. White is a 2000 graduate of Washington State University with a B.S. in Biology with extensive course work in chemistry and education. She also completed her Montessori Elementary & Primary Certifications.

Mrs. White is passionate about Montessori education. She is the product of a Montessori education, and wants to give others the same opportunities. Mrs. White has three children who attend CMS as well.

merissa@capitalmontessorischool.com
Mrs. Christina Ehlers : Assistant Director

Mrs. Christina Ehlers

Assistant Director

Mrs. Ehlers has been working in the CMS office since 2003. Mrs. Ehlers has several years of experience in customer service including three years at a Tacoma travel agency. She attended Western Washington University. Her son, Ryan, was a student at CMS from 2002 until 2008 (he graduated). Mrs. Ehlers puts her years of customer service into action every day by serving CMS parents at the front desk.

christina@capitalmontessorischool.com

Children’s House Clark

Mrs. Jessica Clark : Head Teacher

Mrs. Jessica Clark

Head Teacher

Mrs. Clark is returning to CMS after an almost five year hiatus. She took time off after the birth of her youngest son in 2012. Mrs. Clark is excited to be working with all of the classes this year as a floater. She is outnumbered in her own home with four boys and her husband, even the dog is a boy! In her spare time Mrs. Clark enjoys setting up book fairs and helping children find books to read and helping them learn to read. You may find Mrs. Clark around town doing book events. CMS is very excited to have Mrs. Clark rejoin the team.

clark@capitalmontessorischool.com
Ms. Amalia Kadden : Teacher's Aide

Ms. Amalia Kadden

Teacher's Aide

I am very excited to be joining the CMS team this year! I have lived in Olympia most of my life and I have many years of experience working with kids of all ages as a nanny and childcare provider. Teaching and having an influence in a child's life is something that is very important to me. I strive to be the best educator and role model I can be!

Some of my hobbies include art (painting and drawing) and spending time with my sweet pup!

Children’s House Reed

Mrs. Tanya Reed : Head Teacher, Children's House

Mrs. Tanya Reed

Head Teacher, Children's House

Mrs. Reed started teaching at CMS in 2003 and has been teaching since 1993. Mrs. Reed comes to CMS from a very diversified and well traveled background. Since beginning her teaching career, she has lived and taught in both Flagstaff and Los Angeles. Mrs. Reed's passion for the kids is evident every day at CMS. She is passionate about Montessori education and the children she teaches it to.

Mrs. Reed is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a BA in English Language & Literature. She is also an AMS certified Montessori Primary Teacher.

Mrs. Reed is married to her husband, Erik, whom she met in high school. They live in Shelton with their two children: Cody & Tatiana (both graduates of CMS). In her free time, she enjoys reading on a wide variety of subjects, and working on her family's small hobby farm.

reed@capitalmontessorischool.com
Mrs. Dinah Nikanowicz : Teacher's Aide

Mrs. Dinah Nikanowicz

Teacher's Aide

Before coming to Capital Montessori School, I was an Assistant Teacher at the Early Learning Center at SPSCC. I have also worked at an Elementary School in Hawaii prior to moving to Washington as a Para-educator. I've worked with children of all ages from infants to 6th grade. Kids are my passion and I love playing, learning, and growing with them each day.

I have one son, Daniel, who is currently enrolled in Mrs. Montgomery's Children' House classroom. We are so excited to be a part of the CMS family.

Ms. Nasrine Abdulghani : Teacher's Aide

Ms. Nasrine Abdulghani

Teacher's Aide

My name is Nasrine, I have been working with children for about four years now. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and fluent in American Sign Language. I am very excited to join the CMS team and look forward to working with the children.

When I am not teaching, I like to hike, bake or read.

Lower Elementary

Mrs. Noble : Head Teacher

Mrs. Noble

Head Teacher

Mrs. Noble founded Capital Montessori School in 1988 and has been the school's only owner. Helping children achieve their maximum potential through the Montessori Method has become her lifelong passion.

When her firstborn turned three, Mrs. Noble became more and more challenged to meet her child's academic desires. Desiring the best for her daughter, she began researching her options when she ran across the Montessori Method. After seeing the results in her own children, she has made it her life's work to help other children reach their full potential.

Mrs. Noble has been involved in Montessori education since 1982. She has taken both the Primary & Elementary Montessori training at Spring Valley Montessori. In addition to being the owner & administrator, she is also one of our Elementary Teachers.  She and her husband have two grown children.

mrs.noble@capitalmontessorischool.com
Mrs. Stephanie Noble : Floater

Mrs. Stephanie Noble

Floater

Mrs. Noble began working at CMS during the summer of 2018. She enjoys working with children and their families and is working as a substitute teacher in all classrooms and age groups. She and her husband have one son, born in early 2018, and look forward to him joining a Montessori classroom when he is old enough.

Stephanie has a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Communications from Arizona State University. She also holds certifications in insurance, nursing, and as a notary.

Stephanie completed a year of field work in public education, but Montessori is her passion and she is excited to be a part of the CMS family.

Upper Elementary

Mrs. Merissa White : Head Teacher

Mrs. Merissa White

Head Teacher

Mrs. White has been with the school since its founding in 1988. She started as a student, and has been working full time at Capital Montessori School since 2000. Since 2000, she has worked in various capacities including secretary and head teacher of the Upper Elementary class before becoming full time director.

Mrs. White is a 2000 graduate of Washington State University with a B.S. in Biology with extensive course work in chemistry and education. She also completed her Montessori Elementary & Primary Certifications.

Mrs. White is passionate about Montessori education. She is the product of a Montessori education, and wants to give others the same opportunities. Mrs. White has three children who attend CMS as well.

merissa@capitalmontessorischool.com