Chelle Downey-Magee


Ms. Chelle was “sent to the office” at Issaquah Montessori in 2009, after teaching in Montessori early childhood and lower elementary environments for more than twenty years. She loves preparing the environment for the teachers, interacting with children and parents, and only misses the classroom occasionally.

Over the years Ms. Chelle has learned to appreciate that in the Montessori environment the peaceful, purposeful child is allowed to be a curious, collaborative member of a classroom community, and then follow that path into the larger world.

​She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Union College and a Master of Education from the University of Washington. Her Montessori credentials include an Early Childhood Certificate (3-6) as well as an Elementary Education Certificate (6-9) from the National Center for Montessori Education, and an Administrator Credential from the American Montessori Society. She is currently working towards an Infant-Toddler credential at Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest. Within the larger Montessori community Ms. Chelle serves on the board of the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association and is a member of the PNMA Verification committee. At the state level she’s the independent school representative to the Early Learning Advisory Council.  Ms. Chelle enjoys travelling, fiber arts, reading about travelling, baking and walking.​

Kim Droppo

Assistant Director

Ms. Kim joined the IMS community in August 2013, as assistant director. In addition to that role, she’s been a toddler assistant teacher and primary intern teacher. Ms. Kim earned a BA in Finance at Gonzaga University and a BA in Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of Washington. She also completed her Early Childhood credential at the Montessori Center for Teacher Education in Bellevue, June 2019. She is currently working towards an Infant-Toddler credential at Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest.

Ms. Kim lives in Carnation with her husband, and three children (all of whom are away at university). In her free time, she enjoys reading, crafting, volunteering with Girl Scouts, and spending time with her family.

Ms. Kim became familiar with Montessori education in the fall of 2000 when her son attended preschool at Evergreen Academy in Woodinville. Her daughters later attended Montessori middle school at Arbor Montessori Schools. She says, “I love the Montessori philosophy for education because it allows the child to explore their natural inquisitive side, it holds them responsible for their own work, and encourages them to reach their fullest potential.” Ms. Kim loves the community, the family, the feeling of home, at IMS.