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

Photo of Arlene Schroeder

Arlene Schroeder

Guide – Willow
Work Phone: (503) 427 – 0803


Arlene grew up in South Jersey a few miles from Philly. She earned her degree in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College. Arlene studied, lived and worked in England for several years and met a community of adolescents who introduced her to Montessori.

After travelling in Europe and working a variety of jobs, Arlene returned to Portland and completed her Primary Montessori training at MNW and earned a MA in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has over 20 years teaching experience and guided a primary classroom in Vancouver, WA for 18 years before joining LCMCS full time in 2019.

Arlene enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. She has been to many countries, some memorable experiences include: riding in a hot air balloon in Turkey, hiking a glacier in Iceland and sleeping in a cave in Tunisia. She enjoys sharing stories of her travels with the children.

When she is not working, Arlene likes being with her family. She enjoys crochet, attending fiber festivals, reading, cooking, long walks and trips to the coast.

Administrative Team

Student Support & Auxillary Staff


Younger Elementary

Older Elementary

Montessori Adolescent Corps