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.

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Photo of Tami O’Kinsella Tami O’Kinsella Director of Education
(503) 427 – 0803

Tami has worked in six Montessori schools in five states over much of the last three decades. She holds an AMI Primary and Elementary Montessori teaching credential and has worked with children in Toddler, Primary, Younger, and Older Elementary classrooms. In addition, Tami has a BA in English, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and Washington and Oregon State Teaching Licenses at the Early Childhood through Middle School grade range.  She has also studied and worked in Special Education, and made an extensive exploration in Non-violent Communication. Tami is keenly interested in affirming the brilliance of all children and creating safe spaces for human thriving.

Photo of Kim Oda Kim Oda Guide – Columbia
(503) 427 – 0803

Kim is AMI Elementary Certified, has an M.Ed in Elementary Ed, and a BA in English and Japanese language and literature. Before joining us, she taught in Japan for 5.5 years, and taught at an AMI school in Hawaii. She does this work to grow peace and constructive action. She loves to surf, commune with nature and food, and explore.

Photo of Faith Olinger Faith Olinger Guide – Pacific
(503) 427 – 0803

Faith graduated from The University of Tampa with a BS in elementary education, and from Loyola University with a Masters in Montessori education. She completed her AMI Montessori training in Milwaukee, WI. Faith loves spending time with family and friends, traveling the world and reading historic novels!