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 Kristine Coates Kristine Coates Guide – Osprey
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Montessori Foundations

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Younger Elementary

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Photo of Laurel Clohessy Laurel Clohessy Assistant – Columbia
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Older Elementary

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Photo of Yvanna Caamal Yvanna Caamal Assistant – Wy’East
(503) 427-0803

Yvanna is from the region that surrounds LCMCS. She was born and raised in Estacada,
Oregon, and, lucky for us, she stayed! She has earned an Associate’s degree in Dental
Management and she is currently working on a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.
Yvanna has one child, Aracely. Yvanna loves to travel with her husband and her
daughter.

Yvanna parents are from Yucatan, which is a state on the Southern side of Mexico. Not
only does this give her a rich heritage to share with our students but also, Yvanna is bilingual!
This gives students in Wy’East (and throughout our school community) another person with
which they can have opportunities to practice their Spanish.

In relation to her position, Yvanna says she decided to become part of the community
because she loves teaching and being a source of motivation for students. Yvanna feels that
teachers do more than teach and that their impact extends far beyond the classroom.
Teachers are more than educators, according to Yvanna. They are mentors, a confidant and a
friend.

Photo of Cameron Coates Cameron Coates Guide – Oregon Trail
(503) 427 – 0803

Montessori Adolescent Corps

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Support Staff

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Photo of Doug Carnie Doug Carnie Robotics Coach
Photo of Julie Chura Julie Chura Student Support Services
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