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.

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Photo of Sarah MacRae Sarah MacRae Guide – Wapiti
(503) 427 – 0803

Sara MacRae has worked in Montessori since receiving her Primary Certification from MNW in 2010. She took the elementary training in 2012-13, and completed her M.Ed. the following summer. She also took an Inclusive Education course from the Montessori Institute of San Diego. After working with children toddler age through upper elementary, she is excited to be in our Wapiti room. She loves to make things with her hands, particularly knitting and sewing. Contact:

Photo of Ute-Anja McDonald Ute-Anja McDonald Guide – Chinook
(503) 427 – 0803
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!

Photo of Alex Migliaccio Alex Migliaccio Administrative Assistant
(503) 427 – 0803

Alex has been with our community for three years, and 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.

Photo of Lora Modlin Lora Modlin Guide – Mahonia
(503) 427 – 0803

Lora started her career teaching in a Kansas City public Montessori program before moving to Oregon with her family to join LCMCS. She has a BA in Art Education, a M.Ed. in Elementary Education, and holds an AMI Montessori Elementary certificate and an Oregon Teaching License. Lora’s specialty is bringing creative arts into the classroom, especially three-dimensional work. She is passionate about biology, ecology and environmental sciences, and shares her love of theater and performance arts with the students.

Photo of Jean Monda Jean Monda Student Special Services
(503) 427 – 0803

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.