Lead Teacher – Cub
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.
Assistant Teacher – Cub
Ms. Teresa joined the teaching staff of Issaquah Montessori in the fall of 2020 as an assistant teacher in Cub. She’s been a part of the IMS community much longer in various other roles. Ms. Teresa grew up in southern California, attending Hunting Park High School. Prior to joining IMS, she worked in other Montessori schools for eight years.
She lives in Carnation with her son, daughter, and Mr. Paulo. When she’s not at school, Ms. Teresa enjoys watching mukbang videos and working in her garden.
Ms. Teresa appreciates the way that the children to have the freedom to decide what they want to do. She also appreciates the open and welcoming IMS community.
Assistant Teacher – Cub
Ms. Griselda joined the IMS community in the spring of 2021 as an assistant teacher in Maple; during the summer she became part of the toddler community in Cub. She grew up in Venezuela, and studied at Fermin Toro University, earning a degree in computer engineering. Now Ms. Griselda is learning all about working with young children!
Ms. Griselda lives in Sammamish with her husband and sons. In her free time, she likes to read, travel, and eat.
She was attracted to Montessori by the way of teaching that is unique, because the independence it creates in the child is amazing. Ms. Griselda is in love with the entire Montessori community, and it’s reach here in this country. “It also recognizes the importance of the child in learning since the models imposed are coordination, order and control, thus giving multimodal learning.”