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 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.

Administrative Team

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Children’s House

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Photo of Sherry Budge Sherry Budge Assistant – Sea Otter
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Montessori Foundations

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Photo of Beverly Bassett Beverly Bassett Guide – Willow
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After she received a BA in Human Studies from Marylhurst University and her Primary Montessori training from Montessori Northwest, Beverly taught in primary classrooms for several years in the Portland area. She has worked in school administration and initially came to us as our Office Manager in 2010. Beverly spends her free hours reading, hiking, and bird watching with her family. She and her husband have two grown sons and four grandchildren, two of whom attends LCMCS.

Younger Elementary

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Older Elementary

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Montessori Adolescent Corps

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Support Staff

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Photo of Cece Bockenstedt Cece Bockenstedt Student Special Services
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Cece has been involved in Montessori education since 1993 when she chose it after a long walk down a longer pier with her 4-year-old nieces. She has her AMI certification at both the Primary and Lower Elementary levels.  After 21 years of work in the classroom Cece was ready for a change. She happened upon a dyslexia consultant training that set her on an unexpected and extremely satisfying course. She now identifies students who show signs of dyslexia and helps to ensure that they get the kind of assistance they need.  Cece does this by consulting with the parents of these students, providing training for their teachers and materials for their classrooms and, on occasion, she works directly with the student(s). Outside of school she enjoys dance, music, puttering, and visiting with friends, family, forests and rivers.