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 Courtney McWilliams Courtney McWilliams Executive Director
(503) 427 – 0803

Before Courtney came to our school, she worked for over 20 years in corporate executive and leadership roles for various Fortune 500 companies. Her interest in Montessori began when her son went to a toddler program at Mead Montessori. Courtney has a BS in Organizational Development from Austin Peay University, M.Ed from Loyola, and is AMI trained at the Elementary level from Montessori NW. She moved here from Knoxville with her son, Ben. They love to travel, ride bikes, and anything to do with trains!

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Photo of Alex Migliaccio Alex Migliaccio Administrative Assistant
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Alex has been with our community for three years. Working at our front desk, Alex’s expansive language skills make her an effective communicator. Besides being fluent in Spanish and English, she brings a wealth of managerial and organizational skills. She ably managed The Barefoot Sage for 12 years, and has a strong background in customer service. When not at the front desk she is studying the Martial Arts of Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She is also an avid reader.

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 Lora Modlin Lora Modlin Guide – Mahonia
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Lora moved her family from Kansas City, Missouri in the fall of 2012 to be the guide in Wy’East. In 2015 she moved into Mahonia to open our fourth older elementary classroom. She completed her BA in K-12 art education, holds a certificate of AMI elementary Montessori training from The Montessori Institute of Milwaukee (WI), and has an M.Ed. in Montessori Education from Loyola, Baltimore. She has continued her education by receiving training in Compassionate Communication, Neuro-Semantic Language Learning Theory (NsLLT), Visual Thinking Strategies, Mathematical Mindset, Amy Lang’s Birds + Bees + Kids, and Our Whole Lives as well as various classes to support neuro-diversity, anti-bias, trauma-informed teaching, and conflict resolution. Lora is passionate about being a life-long learner, the sciences, arts, and giving her students the space to explore their cosmic task.

Montessori Adolescent Corps

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Support Staff

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Photo of Jean Monda Jean Monda Student Special Services
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Jean has a MS in Speech Communication, ASHA certification CCC-SLP, and holds an Oregon Board SLP license. She worked as a Speech/Language Pathologist 14 years with Portland Public Schools, 20 years with GBSD, and officially retired in 2014. She is beginning her 4th yr with our school. In her spare time she enjoys reading, sewing, gardening, time with family camping, and going to the beach.