Sally Welder, Owner/Administrator - Sally attended Gonzaga University and received her B.S. in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She completed her Montessori Early Childhood training and received her certificate in June of 1972. Sally taught at the Flathead Montessori School until 1977. Sally and Terry began the Kalispell Montessori Center in 1977 and they have been co-administrators since that time. Sally has done additional graduate work in the field of education and business management at the University of Montana. Sally has been treasurer of the Flathead Child Care Association, instrumental in forming the Montana Montessori Educators Organization and a past president to Glacier National Park Associates. In 1993, Terry and Sally were hosts to the American Montessori Society heads of school retreat in Whitefish. Most recently, she has been studying various computer capabilities for business and education. Sally is also the director of our teacher education program and an evaluator for the Montessori Accreditation Council on Teacher Education (MACTE).
Jean Presnell, Office Manager/Administrator- Jean has worked with children in the Flathead Valley for over twenty years- and always with a smile. She was born and raised in Oregon, but moved to Kalispell in 1975 to begin a family of her own. Fortunately, in the summer of 1999, Jean began working at Woodland Montessori and has loved it here ever since.
Jean has two beautiful daughters and four wonderful grandchildren who are the light of her life.
Crystal Hutchisson, Early Childhood Teacher - Crystal Hutchisson, long-time Montana resident, currently lives with her husband, three kids and a dog in Columbia Falls. She attended the University of Montana to pursue a career in accounting, and then worked for many years as an office manager; however, she found this line of work terribly dry and uninteresting. She then moved on as a substitute teacher for School District Six where she found her true calling: children. This later led to a position at Children’s House Montessori School. She quickly became intrigued with the Montessori philosophy and wanted to know more. She completed the Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Program in 2002 and has enjoyed fulfilling her passion ever since. Crystal has been a teacher at WMS since 2006. She looks forward to fully engaging her future students’ natural and individual learning potential.
Ginni Sibley, Early Childhood Teacher - Children have always been a part of Ginni’s life and work. She began studying child care and home economics in high school. She completed her Associates degree in early childhood education from Western Montana College and her early childhood certification from the Montana Montessori Teacher Education Institute. Ginni has worked with Head Start, Bear Paw Parent Co-op, and the "Curious Minds" teacher lab at Western Montana College, where she observed and worked with children in the Reggio Emillia method of education. Ginni has been a teacher on this campus since 2001. She has four children and five grandchildren.
Kara Kress, Early Childhood Teacher - holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder (2000) and AMS Early Childhood Montessori Certification. After many years working in various children’s programs, she began teaching at Woodland Montessori in 2005. Following a break from 2007-2010, she has returned to the classroom and now also enjoys being a Montessori parent.
Angie Baker, Early Childhood Teacher - After completing a Bachelors degree in Education through MSU Bozeman and working as a Title I teacher in Belgrade, Angie moved back to Columbia Falls and began working at Woodland Montessori. Angie completed the Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Education Program and acquired an AMS credential in 2013. She is excited to begin her career as a Montessori teacher.
Kendra Welder, Early Childhood Teacher - Kendra is a long time resident of Kalispell, Montana and mother of two Montessori students, Gannon and Lennon. Kendra has been involved with Montessori since 2002. She has taken the lead in developing early learner programs for young Montessori students at schools in Kalispell and Missoula. Additionally, she has had experience working with Montessori students ranging from infancy through sixth grade. Kendra graduated from Flathead High School in 1998. Since that time she has participated in the Montessori teacher training program. Kendra returns to us after two years spent attending FVCC in pursuit of her business management degree.