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.
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.
Ramsey began her work in Montessori as an assistant in 2014, after receiving a B.S. in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. She completed her AMI Montessori Elementary training through the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee, and became a lead guide in 2016. Her special interests include paleontology, mathematics and art. She enjoys exploring the outdoors with her wonderful fiance, Ian, and their two adorable dogs, Nessie and Dot. In her spare time she can be found up on a rock wall, making pickles or practicing the banjo.
Wellness Program Instructor
For more information about our staff, please look below (listed in alphabetical order)
Lead Guide Wenatchee
Lead Guide Cashmere
Lower Elementary Co-guide
Upper Elementary Lead Guide
Lower Elementary Co-guide
Angelica has worked as a childcare provider and classroom assistant for many years. She holds a PreK Assistant Certificate from Guided Montessori Studies and has a passion for including bilingual singing and dancing in her careful and loving instruction. She got her start in Montessori at New Friend School, working with the beloved Martin Sorom until he passed away and she came to join Joyful Scholars. Angelica's family is her inspiration. Her husband Jose Luis directs a prominent Hispanic radio station in Wenatchee, and her daughter Miroslava (Betsy) works with him. Angelica draws from the painful experience of losing their precious two-year-old daughter years ago, who had special needs. She says this gave her the desire to work with other children, and she continues to share her enthusiasm and love with all her students.
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.
"...your mindfulness and thoughtfulness of everyone in the classroom is simply amazing".
- JSM Parent
"We see the proof everyday in our energetic son, who can't wait to get to school every morning, and is so excited and overjoyed about learning."
- JSM Parent
"We LOVE Joyful Scholars Montessori - thank you for all of the hard work and time you put into making JSM such a wonderful place to go to school."
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Registration for the 2018/2019 school year will be open to the public on March 1st. However, observations can be scheduled now!
Our new Junior High program is set to start this upcoming school year 2018/2019! Read here for details.
We are in the process of adding a NEW Primary classroom location in Cashmere. Currently we are taking applications for the part-time and full-time wait list. Spaces will be very limited. Please contact us for more information.
Joyful Scholars is the only preschool through junior high in the valley that provides a traditional Montessori education. In addition, it's the only private school with a focus on bilingual instruction. Students enjoy a low teacher-student ratio, project-based learning, individual instruction, and a host of exceptional learning activities.