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

Stacey Russo
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. Stacey is trained as a primary directress; for the past 17 years she has served as a classroom guide, educational director, school director and owner as well as business consultant.

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. For 7 years she sat as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of MACTE. She is a past Vice Chair and Advocacy Chair 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), AERO (Alternative Education Resource Organization) and CN&N (Children and Nature Network).

In the last 3 years, Stacey has put all of her efforts into serving the needs of local families in Southwest Portland by expanding CVMS from a 2-room primary center to a 7-classroom community that spans 3 locations! Above all, she loves finding moments to laugh with husband Michael and learn more about the world through the eyes of her 4 children ages 12, 4, 2 and 1!

In Stacey’s own words:

I have always wanted to lead a Montessori program that focused on peaceful community-based living and provided many outdoor experiences. As it has for the last 30 years, this school will continue to benefit the future of the 21st century child by providing confidence, self-discipline, problem-solving skills, self-direction, independence and interdependence, while guiding children through experiences in peace and nature. I am thrilled to continue to pursue Maria Montessori’s vision of a more peaceful world through the education of young children in our community.

Classroom Guides

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 training institutions. 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 24 hours of additional professional development each year.



Linda Russo
Administrative Assistant

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.