Sally Black Welder, Director 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 1976. Sally and Terry Welder began the Kalispell Montessori School in 1976 and she was an administrator there until 2001. She is currently the administrator of Woodland Montessori School. Sally has done additional graduate work in the field of education 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. Sally has been pursuing a degree in Business from the University of Montana. Most recently, she has been studying various computer capabilities for business and education. She is director and teacher at MMTEI in Kalispell since 1997 as well as a satellite campus in Boise, Idaho. Sally is also a frequent presenter at national conventions for Montessori education.
Terry Welder has Early Childhood and Elementary 6-9 and 9-12 Certification in Montessori Education. He also has K-12 Teaching Certification for the State of Montana and Guidance and Counseling Certification for the State of Montana. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English. Terry has worked as a teacher and administrator at Kalispell Montessori Center for more than 25 years. He was a long standing member of the Glacier Institute Board and he works part time as a curriculum development specialist for the education book, Work House, has received National Awards from the Department of the Interior and from the Council for American Indian Interpretation. In addition to serving as a teacher trainer on Montana Montessori Teacher Education Institute staff and other Montessori training centers, Terry is a Montessori School Consultant.
Marli Davis has a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Montana. She attended a Montessori Teacher Training for 6-9 year olds at Seattle University in the summer of 1984. Before becoming a Montessori teacher, she taught grades K-5 for eleven years in the public schools in Missoula and Kalispell. Marli joined our staff in 1985 and completed her Montessori Elementary I Certification that year. She received recognition as an outstanding math teacher from the State of Montana 1991. She attended the National Montessori Convention in Chicago in April 1992, and in San Diego in April 1997 and 1999. Marli has continued to be a lifelong learner, she has taken classes in computers so she could be “computer literate” with her classroom children. More recently she has completed the year-long study of both Early Steps and the Criss program. In the summer of 1994, Maril took a class at FVCC and introduced new ideas to help children learn more efficiently and effectively. In 1997 she took a class at FVCC on Learning Disabilities to help meet the needs of all her students.
Katy Meyers has a B.A. in social work from David and Elkins college in West Virginia. She received her Pre-Primary (Early Childhood) Credential in June 1980, and had been a Montessori directress teaching in Lemond, Pennsylvania before coming here in August 1982 to join our staff. Katy has worked with Human Resources to crate a video on early childhood for parents. She has spoken at several organizational meetings about the Montessori Philosophy. Katy is also trained to administer the Gesell Developmental Examination. In the summers of 1991, 1994 and 1996 she attended the Orff Music Workshop at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and has received the Level III certificate. In 1992 Katy was a Montana exchange teacher in Japan and has shared this experience with her classes since then! In 1997 she attended the International Montessori congress in Uppsala, Sweden, and the National Orff-Schulwerk convention in Seattle, she presented workshop on Asia at the National Center for Montessori Education workshop in 1999.
Angela Hong - like many teachers, Angela followed her children into Montessori. Impressed with the community and the philosophy, she joined the staff of Woodland Montessori in 2004 and completed the Early Childhood certification in 2007. She holds an undergraduate degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters from the University of Oregon. Her degrees are in architecture, with an emphasis on children’s spaces and sustainability. She also received a minor in psychology and for the past two years has enjoyed facilitating the Positive Discipline classes for parents.
Kari Schein has been a Montessorian for 15 years. She was trained at CMTE/NY and acquired an Elementary 642 Certificate. She also works for CMTE/NY as a Montessori Teacher Trainer and Field Consultant. Kari earned a BA in Interpersonal Communications from University of Montana, but quickly changed to education. She began her career in teaching at Kalispell Montessori Center in Montana. In 1996 she was lured to the SW to teach at The Montessori School of Albuquerque. This year (2009) Ms. Kari will step out of the classroom into position of Director of Development. She is excited for this new path in her Montessori Career. Ms. Kari will be heading Montessori parent education, developing curriculum, mentoring teachers and working with all the classrooms. Outside of school, Ms. Kari, her husband and daughter can be found climbing rocks, skiing, biking, running and enjoying the outdoors. Ms. Kari also enjoys knitting, reading and keeping up with her yoga and pilates practice.