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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Photo of Ana Karina Quintana Huizar Ana Karina Quintana Huizar Administrative Assistant
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Ana has been with LCMCS for almost it’s entire existence. As part of the Administrative team, she serves as the Enrollment Coordinator and is the first point of entry for many of our students. She joined the school in 2008 working as a Spanish instructor in the after-school program. Ana was soon invited to work full time as an educational assistant in the mornings and a teacher of the Spanish language in the afternoons. This continued for several years as Ana offered support to teachers and students at the elementary level. She has received professional development through Montessori Educational assistant training and in second language instruction for students. Eventually Ana was moved into an administrative position due to her organizational skills and her ability to interface with an increasingly diverse population.

Ana has much to offer from her background and training. She grew up in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She lived in the same house with her mother, her siblings, her maternal grandparents, 3 uncles and 5 aunts. After she married, she moved to the California due to an employment opportunity for her husband at the time. They moved to Portland 2 years later and she and her sons have lived in the Portland, Oregon, area for the past 14 years. When asked about her family, Ana said the following: “I have 2 amazing kids that are the love of my life, their names are Diego (Senior) and Santiago (8th grader). We love to travel and do all kinds of activities together. We are very close to my mom Ana Maria and my sister Sofia and all of her side of the family.”

Besides working at LCMCS, some of Ana’s favorite activities are the following: Hiking, traveling with her boys, painting, cooking and going to the movies.

Children’s House

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Montessori Foundations

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Younger Elementary

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Older Elementary

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Photo of Kevin Hammond Kevin Hammond Assistant – Mahonia
Photo of Lael Hatch Lael Hatch Guide – Sacajawea
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Montessori Adolescent Corps

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Photo of Susan Hardenbergh Susan Hardenbergh Guide – MAC
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Most of us first knew Susan as a parent, with a son and a daughter who both attend LCMCS. But her years of experience working in the classroom and special education recommended her to us for other roles, and she started assisting in the Kindergarten and then Younger El classes. Susan has an MAT and BS in Anthropology and is an Oregon Licensed Teacher. Her Spanish and Fiber Arts skills make her an additional resource for others.

Support Staff

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Photo of Suzanne Haddix Suzanne Haddix Student Support Services
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Photo of Kami Hettwer Kami Hettwer Music Teacher
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Kami spent 17 years teaching music in Salem schools before arriving at LCMCS. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Willamette University and specializes in elementary, choral, and instrumental music. She is a member of the Oregon Music Educators Association, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and is the Executive Director of the Salem Youth Symphony.