Children’s House/Kindergarten Staff

Children’s House Garcia

Ms. Sonette Garcia : Head Teacher

Ms. Sonette Garcia

Head Teacher

My name is Sonette Garcia and I recently moved to the area from Burien, WA. I am blessed with 4 children (3 boys and 1 girl, currently a student here at CMS) and expecting 1 more baby boy due to arrive in March.

I studied sociology at the University of Washington, but found my way to Montessori in 2008. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with the philosophy, career path and the joy that comes with working with children.

In 2015, I began my training to become a Montessori Certified teacher. I completed my classes in 2016 and received my certificate for the academic portion. I began my internship that next year. Having a major life change halted my internship and I am eager to get back on the path of completion.

I am excited to be a part of the team at Capital Montessori School and grateful to be working in my field of passion.
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.
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.