Chelle Downey-Magee


Ms. Chelle was “sent to the office” at Issaquah Montessori nine years ago, 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 most recently an Administrator Credential from the American Montessori Society. Within the larger Montessori community Ms. Chelle serves on the board and as treasurer of the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association, as a state representative to the Montessori Public Policy Initiative and as the private school representative to the Early Learning Advisory Council for the Department of Early Learning.  Ms. Chelle enjoys travelling, fiber arts, reading about travelling, family history and walking.​

Kim Droppo

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The friendly face found at the front desk is Ms. Kim. She’s adept at corralling paperwork, organizing schedules, interacting with children and keeping the school generally on track. If she’s not at the desk she might be working with toddlers, on the playground, or attending to minor maintenance issues.

Ms. Kim earned her BA, with a degree in Finance, at Gonzaga University. Currently she is working toward an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of Washington. She lives in Carnation with her husband, three very busy adolescents(20, 17, and 15), 2 dogs and a Guinea pig. 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.”