Children’s House/Kindergarten Staff

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
Ms. Emily Johnson : Teacher's Aide

Ms. Emily Johnson

Teacher's Aide

Ms. Johnson has been a teacher's aide in Mrs. Reed's Children's House Class since 2015. she attended Indiana University with a B.A. in Fine Arts and spent some time in Niger, West Africa as a volunteer in the Peace Corps.

Ms. Johnson is the mother of two girls, one a former CMS student, and one currently enrolled in Mrs. Montgomery's Children's House classroom. She is certified Yoga Instructor and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and reading.

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.