Ms. Rachel joined the IMS community in the fall of 2014 as an assistant teacher and intern.
She attended Central Washington University and completed the Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Education Course in Federal Way at the Montessori Institute for Teacher Education at Spring Valley. Ms. Rachel also completed the Infant/Toddler Credential course at Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest.
When not at school Ms. Rachel enjoys hanging out with friends and family (parents and an older brother and younger sister), running, hiking and riding bikes.
Ms. Rachel appreciates the Montessori philosophy because it encourages every child to discover their own capabilities; they figure things out, get so excited that they can stop, and then teach their peers. They come in not knowing their capabilities and have so much fun discovering and exploring. Ms. Rachel has found everyone at IMS to be so kind and helpful.
Ms. Cortney is in her third year at Issaquah Montessori School. She has spent the better part of the past nine years working in Montessori environments. Ms. Cortney obtained her Montessori training at Montessori Teacher Preparation of Washington in Kent. She is currently working towards an AA degree in Early Childhood Education at Lake Washington Technical College.
She lives in North Bend with her husband and their cat and fish. When not at school Ms. Cortney enjoys baking, exploring the world from the passenger seat of the car and watching waves at the beach. She loves travelling, and learning about anything and everything!
Ms. Cortney was drawn to Montessori because the children could be independent, they could do for themselves. The children got to pick their curriculum for the day and seemed to be happy and proud of their work. She appreciates that the IMS community is family-oriented and that each child is appreciated for their uniqueness.