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 Montgomery

Mrs. Erin Montgomery : Head Teacher, Children's House

Mrs. Erin Montgomery

Head Teacher, Children's House

Mrs. Montgomery is one of our Children's House Head Teachers.  She received her certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies online program and finished her residency in Indiana at Geist Montessori Academy. Prior to CMS, she ran her own in home child care center.  She loves animals and lives on a small farm with her family. Her two daughters also attend CMS in the Elementary Class.

montgomery@capitalmontessorischool.com
Mrs. Estela Brittain : Teacher's Aide

Mrs. Estela Brittain

Teacher's Aide

Mrs. Brittain was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras where she attended the National Autonomous University of Honduras. She received her bachelor degree in Foreign Language and taught in a traditional school setting for 8 1/2 years in Honduras. She then moved to Alaska for 10 years where she had her first Montessori experience. Mrs. Brittain worked in a Montessori school for 4 years in Alaska and recently moved to Washington with her husband, cat and son who is currently attending CMS in the upper elementary class. CMS is very excited to have Mrs. Brittain join our team.

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 CMS Elementary students). 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. Jessica Biscay : Teacher's Aide

Ms. Jessica Biscay

Teacher's Aide

I have been apart of the CMS family since August, 2017 as an assistant teacher. I'm currently earning my Montessori teaching degree through Spring Valley in Federal Way and hope to become a lead teacher some day! I live with my boyfriend of 4 years, and we recently bought our first home in Rochester. We currently don't  have any children of our own, however, we are working on getting licensed to be foster parents. Teaching is my passion and I love waking up everyday to do what I love and to learn something new with the kids!

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. Jessica Clark : Floater

Mrs. Jessica Clark

Floater

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
Ms. Arianna Sanchez : Teacher's Aide

Ms. Arianna Sanchez

Teacher's Aide

Ms. Sanchez has been a teacher's aide in Mrs. Reed's Children's House classroom for two years. She has been attending Puget Sound Community College finishing her Associates in Arts degree. Ms. Sanchez is currently helping out in the Upper Elementary/Middle school program under Mrs. White. She loves working in the classroom and enjoys sharing many giggles with the students. In her free time, she enjoys photography and playing with her dogs.