Head of School / Owner

Stacey Russo

Stacey Russo

 

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 13 years ago after she graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Through the magic of serendipity, she discovered the brilliance of Maria Montessori, got trained as a primary directress and has been working in Montessori education for the last 12 years; the past 7 as a director of education for large schools in both Chicago and Manhattan.

 

Stacey has taught in classrooms in Michigan; Wisconsin; Illinois, New York and even in Warsaw, Poland. In 2011, she received her Master’s Degree in Child Development and Administration from the Erikson Institute of Chicago. Through her work with the Montessori Accreditation Council of Teacher Education (MACTE), she has also been fortunate enough to assist in accrediting Montessori Teacher Training centers all over the United States as well as in Canada, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Saudi Arabia. Now she proudly sits on the Board of Directors for both MACTE and the Oregon Montessori Association (OMA). She holds memberships with NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), AMS (American Montessori Society), OMA (Oregon Montessori Association), NAMTA (North American Montessori Teachers' Association), and AERO (Alternative Education Resource Organization).

 

Stacey loves to explore the world’s landscapes by hiking, biking, running, camping, picnicking and spending time with friends and family.

 

In Stacey’s own words:
“I have always wanted to lead a Montessori program that focused on peaceful living and provided many outdoor experiences. As it has for the last 25 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 a 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

Jessica Mallett

Jessica Mallet

 

Jessica grew up in Denver, Colorado and attended a public Montessori school through 6th grade. She moved to Portland in 2004 to attend the Montessori Institute Northwest. Her AMI Primary Diploma was conferred in June 2006 and in June 2007 she received her Bachelors Degree in Human Studies from Marylhurst University. Jessica joined CVMS in January of 2009 in an administrative role and quickly moved to become the Lead Guide of the Crane classroom. 

 

Jessica loves gardening and finds it especially rewarding when preparing meals with edibles from her yard. She is teaching herself how to sew using a machine she inherited from her grandmother and enjoys backpacking with her husband.  

 

Crane Room Assistant Teacher

Erin Scovill

 

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 as our Afternoon Assistant during the 2010-11 school year. During the Summer she stepped into the role of Summer Elementary Teacher. During the school year she is the Crane Room Assistant Teacher.

 

Erin loves gardening, art, hiking, hot springs, traveling, concerts and disc golf.

 

Dove Room Guide

Jerusha Costello

Jerusha Costello

 

Jerusha has been working in the field of early childhood education for 16 years. She holds an AMS Montessori teaching credential for children ages 2.5 through 6 years from Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute (ADMTEI). She first started as an assistant in an in home Montessori Preschool in 1998; she fell in love with the philosophy and soon after began her training.

 

In the Fall of 2008 she moved to Portland and became a lead guide at a local Montessori school, where she worked for the next 4.5 years. Jerusha began working as a guide at CVMS in June of 2013. She is an avid lover of nature and animals, which is one of the many reasons has become a great addition to our community. When she's not working in the classroom she's spending time with her husband, son and house full of animals. She enjoys gardening, hiking, practicing yoga, creating Batik clothing or just simply curled up with a good book.  

 

Afternoon Teacher

Ethan Scheible

Ethan Scheible

 

Ethan Scheible joined the Child's View staff near the end of summer 2006 as our School Assistant, helping out where needed in both classrooms, as well as the Office. The summer of 2007 he became our Aftercare Teacher. As our program moved into an All Day Montessori Program, Ethan took on the role of All Day Montessori Afternoon Teacher. He has also worked as Classroom Assistant. 

 

His interest in the Montessori method of education was sparked by watching his niece develop in a Montessori classroom. Ethan completed his Montessori training coursework at the Center for Montessori Teacher education in New Rochelle, New York the summer of 2007. Ethan is also the Dad of a young son.

 

 

 

Afternoon Assistant

Sue Dobson

Sue Dobson

 

Sue joined the CVMS community in September, 2013. She is originally from Niagara Falls, New York and attended Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania majoring in English with a focus in Theatre. In 2008, she, her spouse and step-daughter moved to Portland! Much of her career so far has focused on managerial positions in the customer service sector; these experiences have already proved to be useful as Sue is very patient, understanding, observant, a great listener and extremely articulate with staff and children alike. In her spare time Sue enjoys, dancing, watching movies and cuddling with her husband.

 

 

 

 

Memberships and Associations

 

Child's View school & staff maintain memberships in 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 the Montessori Institute NW (MINW) training center here in Portland and annually host practice teachers.  Many of these organizations are also available to parents. If you are interested in further information, we are happy to provide it.

 

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