"Children are born with wings.

Teachers help them fly!"

Mrs. Kisela- Upper Elementary Teacher
  1. I have a degree in Accounting from the University of Washington and worked for several years as an Assistant Controller.
  2. When my children started attending Monroe Montessori, I discovered how much I enjoyed being a part of their classroom.
  3. All three of my children attended Monroe Montessori from preschool through sixth grade (my oldest is now at the UW).
  4. I have worked in Kindergarten, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary for a total of about eight years now as an assistant.
  5. I guess I really wanted to be a teacher when I grew up!

Mrs. Webster-Transition Preschool Teacher
​​I am a longtime Snohomish resident and graduated from Snohomish High School in 1995. I have been in the early childhood education field for 23 years. I started as a school age assistant in high school. I have experience working with kids from the age of 6 weeks to 6th grade. I received my Montessori cerification from North American Progressive Montessori Teacher Training Center (now known as NAMC) in 2002. I mentored under long time Montessorians Bob and Judy Behen. The Behen's have owned and operated Montessori schools for more than 30 years.

I truly believe in the Montessori method because it has stood the test of time and we know it works. I hold this quote deep to my heart by Michael J.Fox, especially having an autistic child....."If children aren't learning the way we teach, then we need to teach the way they learn!" The Montessori method is a wonderful vehicle in allowing teachers to do that. When I am not teaching I enjoy reading, spending time with friends and being a very active part in my three children's lives thru coaching, volunteering and just the utter silliness that comes with being mom of 3!

Mrs. Moody - Preschool Teacher
I have been part of the Montessori community since 1992. I graduated from Central Washington University in 1996. My undergraduate degrees are in Psychology, Family Studies and Child Development. I received my Montessori Certification from Seattle University in 1997. My favorite thing as a teacher is teaching children to read! The look in their eyes the first time they read a word is priceless. They are so proud and feel so accomplished. I love the individualized learning that Montessori offers. It helps each child reach their potential through hands on exploration of materials. I embrace different learning styles to help each child become a successful learner. Children's curiosity should always be encouraged and welcomed. I watched my son flourish through Montessori Elementary at our school and he took many of those life skills with him on to higher education.

In my spare time I enjoy gardening, camping, and spending time in our family cherry orchard in Wenatchee. I love making homemade jams and pies. I carry this over into my classroom and enjoy cooking with the children in my class. Everything from homemade tortillas, homemade applesauce to holiday Yule logs, children love to be in the kitchen and so do I. I look forward to meeting your young learner sometime soon!!
​Ms. Baerg- Toddler Teacher
​1. I am passionate about the growth of toddlers and love sharing in their delight.
​2. I love the Montessori method.
3. I am a mother of two.
​4. I enjoy cooking and the outdoors.
5. I enjoy teaching cultural cooking to elementary students after school.

Mrs. Gleaves- Kindergarten Teacher
  1. I began teaching career at age 9, by teaching youngest sisters to read.
  2. I love language; words, rhymes, whimsical thoughts, as exemplified by the likes of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein.
  3. I enjoy sharing the "magic" of science while encouraging excitement and curiosity.  It encourages questioning, hypothesizing and "what do you thnk?" brainstorming, as well as demonstrating ways we can "find out".
  4. I believe strongly that young children can rise to high expectations and respond well to consistency and natural consequences.
  5. I spend untold hours of free time attempting to improve at the art of dressage, and marvels at the parallels between the teachings of classical dressage masters regarding training of the horse and Maria Montessori's teachings regarding her methods of teaching young humans.

Staff Bio's - 5 Things About Me



Director: Thea Heineman  front-office@monroemontessori.com

Office Phone: (360) 794-4622

Office Hours: 8:00 - 4:30

Direct Classroom Line

(360) 794-0827 Enter * followed by ext. #


​Ext. 12 A1 Tristi Moody-  tristi@monroemontessori.com 
Ext. 13 A2 Kristin Baerg- baerg@monroemontessori.com

Ext. 14 A4 Tamara Webster- webster@monroemontessori.com 
Ext. 15 B1 Ginny Gleaves- gleaves@monroemontessori.com 

Ext. 16 B2 Rhonda Dean- dean@monroemontessori.com 

Ext. 17 B3 Amy Wright-  wright@monroemontessori.com 

Ext. 22 C1 Melissa Joly- joly@monroemontessori.com

Ext. 19 C2 Ann Kisela-

Ext. 20 C3 Deca Fletcher- fletcher@monroemontessori.com

Enrichment Teachers

Art Education: Tone McCreary  (student art examples on ArtSonia)

Music Education: Lisa Hanson

Spanish Instruction Elementary: Deca Fletcher
Physical Education K-6: Candi Reeves

Yoga Instructor: Nikki Watts

Carpentry Instructor: Dale Dupuis

After School Enrichment Programs

Thea Heineman

Before School Care/After School Care

LaRhae Thompson 

Clubhouse Care

LaRhae Thompson


Individual Attention • Inspiring Curriculum • Dedicated Staff • Since 1978

​Ms. Joly- Preschool Teacher
Melissa is a Rhode Islander who holds a Master of Science degree in Enviromental Toxicology and a B.S. in Soil & Water Resources. Prior to joining Monroe Montessori School, Melissa worked at Woodinville Montessori School as a kitchen manager is 2012. Melissa has also worked in outdoor environmental educational centers as a low-ropes course group leader, ran a small business as a professional organizer, and spent nearly a decade serving new mothers and newborns as a Leche League Leader and Certified Doula.

In her first third of life, Melissa managed a worldwide clinical trial for a pharmaceutical company, interpreted data as a technical writer and scientist for drug metabolism and discovery studies, and wore a lab coat as an analytical chemist.

Melissa's interest in the Montessori method was sparked more than a decade ago, as a parent partner teacher in a lower elementary Montessori classroom with her oldest daughter. Melissa was invited into MEIPN training in 2013, and earned her American Montessori Society Early Childhood Certification in June 2015. Both Melissa's daughters continue to thrive as Montessori-schooled outdoorsy kids who share her passion for connecting with family, traveling in their campervan, mushrooming, walking barefoot in the woods, cooking at home and building community.

Mrs. Fletcher- Lower Elementary Teacher
  1. I grew up in Brazil in the wonderful city of Rio de Janerio
  2. Right from when I was a young girl I have loved teaching others.
  3. I love to go on hikes with my family to see the mountains and trees.
  4. So far I have visited three different continents
  5. I cherish good coffee and chocolate.  I enjoy cooking with friends and family and I practice yoga.
Ms. Wright- Preschool Teacher
  1. I love teaching!  I have been teaching young children for over 20 years.
  2. I love to get my class excited about upcoming lessons & new units of study.
  3. I have a 15 year old daughter and a 21 year old son.
  4. I love spending time with my friends and family.
  5. In my spare time I like to scrapbook.
Mrs. Dean- Preschool Teacher
  1. My interest in learning about the development of the child started with the birth of our own two boys 39 years ago.  When I decided to send my children to Monroe Montessori School it was the beginning of my love and appreciation  for the Montessori Method.  It is a life long journey of learning and growing.
  2. Having lived on a farm most of my life, I consider myself a "Jane of all Trades".  I was raised on a chicken farm.  As an adult I have raised raspberries, strawberries and cucumbers commercially and always had a garden growing.  Over the years we have raised sheep, geese, rabbits, and cattle.  I still would like a reindeer!
  3. In the most respectful way I believe in being a good steward towards the children enrolled in our school.  They are our future!
  4. I have a children's book idea  in my mind.  It involves scarlet runner beans and the botany that goes with them, teepees and children dreaming of what they would like to be when they grow up.
  5. I have the most wonderful five grandchildren!  It has been my great pleasure having all but Levi, who is three months old, in my class.  What a joy it has been watching them grow and develop into the learners they are.

As Director, I am proud of the exceptional teachers we have at Monroe Montessori School. Please feel free to contact me. My office hours are 8:00 - 4:30.