The Lewis & Clark Montessori School draws talented & dynamic individuals from diverse backgrounds. The staff bring a wealth of experience in classrooms & life to our students and community. Every day, they show their dedication to Montessori children and education in general through their tireless work on behalf of our students.

Our staff has a combined total experience of over 100 years in Montessori education and are led by AMI Montessori-trained administrators. Our teachers are all AMI Montessori-trained and Oregon licensed or Charter School Registered. In addition, most of our guides and administrators have Master’s degrees.

Click on the images below for contact information and to learn more about our guides, assistants, administrators, and support staff.

Leadership Team

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Suzanne Haddix

ELL & Reading Support
Work Phone: (503) 427 – 0803


Suzanne brings 18+ years of experience supporting student success – developing culturally appropriate strength-based client relationships, utilizing a trauma-informed lens, supporting parent-school relations, and leadership development for BIPOC, Migrant, LGBTQ+, and neurodiverse students. She has had the pleasure of partnering with agencies such as PPS, Multnomah County Juvenile Court, MESD, APANO, IRCO, SEI, NAYA and El Programa Hispano as well as district, county and neighborhood nonprofits. 

Suzanne has experience supporting English language and literacy acquisition in pre-K through adult education settings. She received training in ESOL at PSU, SIOP and GLAD instruction at PPS, as well as a visual approach to language development through the Apricot Center in Portland, and 10+ years of on-the-job training in Montessori education. 

Her B.S in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies minor from Santa Clara support her passion for cultural learning experiences. She has served on the board of Frente Comun in North Portland and the Russian Speaking Youth Leadership Conference in the metro area. 

Bilingual in Spanish/English, conversational in Mandarin and dabbling in several other languages – Slovenian, Korean, Ukrainian, French, Russian, Japanese – Suzanne, and her two teen daughters love language learning 

She returned to her childhood home in Damascus to raise her two daughters on their edible acre where they can be found gardening, herding ducks, dancing ballet folklorico, Nuno felting, listening to Kpop and baking potica.

Administrative Team

Student Support & Auxillary Staff


Younger Elementary

Older Elementary

Montessori Adolescent Corps