School


Montessori

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Bethany Byington
Lead Guide Wenatchee


Carmen Leal
Bilingual Assistant


Sarah Wittman
Lead Guide Cashmere

Primary Staff

Cara Hackenmiller

Lower Elementary Co-guide 


​Grace Spencer 
Lower Elementary Assistant


Kelly Silva
Upper Elementary Lead Guide


Ramsey McCord

Lower Elementary Co-guide 





Specialty Staff

Cara has been teaching elementary grades 1-3 since 2006.  A National Board Certified Teacher, Cara is passionate about Montessori education and recently added elementary Montessori certification to her repertoire, and was named a 2013 honoree of the Wenatchee World's 30 Under 35 award.  Her special interests include language acquisition, mathematics and science education. Cara enjoys working in the garden with her three children, Landin, Graysen, and Lila (not pictured), her husband Dustin and their dog, cat, and chickens.  Cara is delighted to fulfill her dream of building a safe, nurturing and engaging place for her children to learn to the best of their ability, while making life-long friends in the process. 

Carmen Leal
Bilingual Primary Assistant

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Elementary Staff

Kelly Silva
Upper  Elementary Guide

Bethany Byington
Lead Guide Wenatchee

Nicole Long
Wellness Program Instructor

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Bethany is an education enthusiast and mom of many. She has seven children of her own -- five boys and two girls. Due to her large family, she is very familiar with the variety of personality types and learning styles that children have. She has homeschooled all of her children in some manner at various times. As a Montessori primary alumna herself, she is thrilled to be back in the classroom as the Primary Class Guide. Bethany is Primary (3-6 years old) Montessori certified. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies with a focus on family studies and psychology from Central Washington University. A summa cum laude graduate, Bethany applies her passion for learning to all she does in her classroom.

Kelly is a proud mama of Nicholas and Elisabeth, both of whom are extremely joyful Joyful Scholars. Kelly and her husband Leonard moved their family to Wenatchee in 2013, and consider it one of the best decisions they've ever made. They love experiencing the four seasons and taking part in many of the family-friendly activities the valley offers. As JSM's Primary Reading Guide, Kelly gets to combine two of her favorite things: working with children and sharing her love of reading. Prior to working at JSM, Kelly worked in an integrated special education preschool classroom and one-on-one with preschoolers with autism. She has held many positions at summer camps over the years, including everything from Counselor to Director of Logistics. She also has a background in banking, finance, and administration.

Director

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Brook Hinton
Adolescent Community Guide

Sarah Wittman
Primary Guide - Cashmere

Brooke Hinton

​Lead Guide

Ramsey has over five years of experience working in Montessori Education. She began her work as an assistant. She was immediately taken by the beauty and warmth of the environment and excited by the progressive, child-centered curriculum. She became a lead guide in 2016, upon earning her AMI 6-12 certification through the Milwaukee Montessori Institute. Additionally, Ramsey holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. Ramsey moved to Wenatchee in the summer of 2018. She enjoys all of the outdoor activities the valley has to offer, and spends her weekends climbing, skiing, and hiking. She is always accompanied by her wonderful husband Ian and her two big dogs, Nessie and Mogul. When not outdoors, Ramsey enjoys reading and creating art, passions she loves to share with her students.

Adolescent Community

Cara Hackenmiller
Co-Founder and Lower Elementary Co-Guide

Ramsey McCord

Lower Elementary Co-Guide

Nicole Long

Wellness Program Instructor / Upper Elementary Assistant

For more information about our staff, please look below (listed in alphabetical order)