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Our school and staff maintain memberships with the Oregon Montessori Association (OMA), the North American Montessori Teacher’s Association (NAMTA), the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), the American Montessori Society (AMS), The International Montessori Council (IMC), Oregon Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and others. These memberships keep us in touch with current issues and recent developments in the field through publications, conferences and workshops. We also support both the Montessori Institute NW (MNW) as well as Heart and Hand training centers here in Portland and occasionally host student teachers. Many of these organizations are also available to parents as great resources. If you are interested in further information, we are happy to provide it
Head of School / Owner
Stacey Edwards Russo is originally from a small farm town just west of Chicago. She moved to Portland in the Fall of 2011 with her husband Michael. Her “Montessori” story began over 15 years ago after she graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Through the magic of serendipity, she discovered the brilliance of Montessori, and was trained as a primary directress. For the past 14 years she has served as a classroom guide, educational director, school director and owner.
Stacey has taught in classrooms in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York and even Poland. In 2011, she received her Master's Degree in Child Development with a specialization in Program Administration from the Erikson Institute of Chicago. Through her work with the Montessori Accreditation Council of Teacher Education (MACTE) she has assisted in the accrediting process of Montessori teacher training centers all over the United States as well as in Canada, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Saudi Arabia. Now she proudly sits as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of MACTE. She is a past board of the Oregon Montessori Association (OMA) and holds personal memberships with NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), AMS (American Montessori Society), NAMTA (North American Montessori Teachers’ Association), and AERO (Alternative Education Resource Organization). Currently Stacey is attending Heart and Hand Teacher Education Program in expectation of receiving her infant and toddler Montessori teaching credential in 2016.
Stacey loves to explore the world’s landscapes by hiking, biking, running, camping, picnicking and most of all, spending time with family and friends.
In Stacey’s own words:
CVMS is committed to hiring quality professionals. All classroom guides hold certifications in the Montessori method of education from MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education) accredited AMS (American Montessori Society) or AMI (Association of Montessori International) training centers. Classroom Assistants have education and/or experience in Early Childhood Education.
All staff members are required to have first aid and CPR certifications, hold a current Oregon food handler’s card, be registered with the Oregon Central Registry as well as fulfill a minimum of 15 hours of additional professional development each year.
Crane Room Guide
Erin Scovill was raised in Portland, Oregon and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Portland State University in 2005, with an emphasis on Elementary Education. As she was earning her degree in 2003, she began assisting part-time at a local Montessori School. It is there that over the next nine years she was taught and grew her love for the Montessori philosophy. Erin came to Child’s View initially as an afternoon assistant during the 2010-11 school year. She stepped into the role of summer elementary camp teacher and full time classroom assistant.
In 2014, Erin earned her AMS Montessori Primary credential and has moved into the role of afternoon co-teacher; helping maintain the integrity of our Montessori all day program. Erin loves gardening, art, hiking, hot springs, traveling, concerts and disc golf.
Ethan's interest in the Montessori method of education was sparked by watching his niece develop in a Montessori classroom. His observations inspired him to attend the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New Rochelle, New York. He completed his Montessori training coursework in 2007.
In the summer of 2006, Ethan joined CVMS as a school assistant, helping out where needed in both of our primary classrooms, as well as the office. The following year, he became our lead aftercare teacher. Since, he has worked in collaboration with our lead guides to help create an energy-filled aftercare program. In his spare time, Ethan enjoys going on and creating adventures with his 8 year old son.
Stephanie is overjoyed to join the Child’s View community as the elementary guide. Her love of Montessori education began as a toddler in Ohio, where she couldn't wait to go to her Primary classroom every day. Her passion for learning continued during her studies of Psychology and Theatre at Colgate University in New York, and Yoga and dance in California, Thailand and Australia.
While teaching art classes to elementary students and working in the aftercare at her daughter's school in 2010, Stephanie felt the Montessori materials calling her from the shelves. As soon as she read that the goal of Montessori education is peace for the world, she knew it was time to begin the Montessori teacher training.
After she trained with the first class of elementary teachers at Montessori Northwest in 2012, Stephanie earned a Masters in Education from Loyola University. She enjoys music, hiking, gardening, laughing with friends and reading with her daughter.
Linda is originally from Wisconsin and recently moved to Portland with her husband after retiring from a career in Information Systems Management at several Fortune 500 Companies. Her experience includes project management, direct team supervision and change management. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Alverno College and a Master of Science Degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch. In her spare time, Linda enjoys gardening, hiking, cooking, spending time with family and discovering the northwest.