Staff

   Montessori Children’s School Staff

Mary Kern
Administrator
Bio coming soon
Ashley James
Explorers Teacher, Extended Care, Webmaster
Bio coming soon
Satia Widmann
Philosophers Teacher
Satia has been teaching for more than 30 years. She graduated from Mills College with a Bachelors of Arts and then received her Master of Arts at St. Mary’s in Moraga, California. Satia received her Primary Montessori diploma from St. Marys. She completed her elementary training in 1993. Satia is married and has 3 children, Ailea, Tehya and Nico. All her children are graduates of Montessori Children’s House. She loves to read, dance, travel and be the best teacher she can be!
Cathy Cobarr
Philosophers Teacher
Bio coming soon
Judilyn Duba
Explorers Teacher
Judilyn knew she wanted to be a teacher from the time she babysat as a teenager. Her schooling gave her bits and pieces, but it was only when she studied Montessori that she felt like she had come home. The bits and pieces were fused together with a philosophy for life that keeps her excited to share the world with children. Judilyn loves all the arts and has a passion for igniting the creative spirit in her students. She loves learning new things and each day some new wonder presents itself. Judilyn has a wonderful husband (Walt) and a grown up son (Terry). Away from school she enjoys dancing, quilting and her friends.
Martine Imboden
Explorers Teacher
Martine was born and raised in Switzerland and had the privilege to be a Montessori student during the first 2 years of school in her life, which had a lasting impact on her. Martine loves math and geometry and feels that her understanding of such subjects is directly connected with the sensational experience of those curricula. When she came to San Luis Obispo, Martine took the Montessori training from Montessori World Educational Institute (MWEI) and became a teacher. Now she is a mother of three wonderful boys and enjoys her free time being in nature, reading and traveling back home.
Shelley LaMasa
Explorers Teacher
Shelley graduated from Cal Poly in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Child Development with a minor in Psychology. She received her Preprimary Montessori teaching diploma in 2013. Shelley likes to work out at the gym lifting weights and is an avid indoor cyclist!
Suzie Lickness
Stargazers Teacher
Susie has a California teaching credential and taught 2nd grade as well as English as a 2nd language for 11 years in Pasadena, Mexico, and San Juan Capistrano. After taking time off to raise her 5 children, she is delighted to be here at Montessori Children’s School. She is proud to say that all of her children have enjoyed the Montessori experience and 4 of them at this school. As a parent, and now a teacher, Susie appreciates the caring environment provided to all children as well as learning how to learn and learning how to care for one another. She is honored to be here teaching Spanish and guiding children in the Stargazer class to explore the world around them.
Nancy Dwyer
Stargazers Teacher
Nancy Ales Dwyer earned her B. S. in Child Development in 1980 and her M. A. in 2002 from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Since 1995 she has trained students to be Montessori teachers with the Montessori World Educational Institute (MWEI). Nancy also taught at Cal Poly in the Child Development department for 7 years. She has been married for more than 28 years to Tom, a retired locomotive engineer. They have a daughter, Sarah who was married in 2012 to Preston King. Nancy’s hobbies include sewing, reading and most currently, taking pictures. The Dwyers have traveled to Italy twice and Ireland once in the last 8 years. They are looking forward to spending more time traveling.
Laurie Ray Ballew
Stargazers Teacher
Laurie has over a decade of experience with children. The last several years she’s worked at MCS in the Stargazer classroom. Laurie has her Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology from Cal Poly. She received her Montessori training in 2008. Laurie loves hanging out with her family. She is married to Jacob and they have a son Jasper. Laurie also likes hiking, camping, reading and really crafty projects!
Jillian Morris
Stargazers Teacher, Extended Care
Jillian Morris has been at MCS for 3 years. Initially, she was an extended care teacher and now is also a support teacher in the Stargazer classroom. She loves getting to spend time with all the ages of children here! She is from Hollister, CA. and attends Cal Poly with a major in Psychology. Her college internships included tutoring students at Pacific Beach High School in SLO, and home tutoring with Foster Youth of San Luis Obispo County. She has also taken courses in Montessori from the Montessori World Educational Institute. In her free time, Jillian loves traveling, being outdoors, hiking, spending time with friends and big family, gardening, anything crafty, movies and she is a proud do-it-yourselfer!
Cassie Lorton Idler
Trailblazers Teacher
Cassie has been teaching for more than 5 years. She received her Associate of Arts degree from Cuesta College in Child Development. Cassie received her PrePrimary Montessori training in 2011. She loves to kayak, hike and paint in her spare time. Cassie married Bryan Idler in 2014.
Alexis Reynolds
Trailblazers Teacher
Bio coming soon
Bridget Schinerer
Extended Care
Bridget is a 4th year student at Cal Poly, majoring in Child Development and minoring in Psychology, Spanish, and Latin American Studies. She grew up in the Bay Area with her three younger siblings and fifteen younger cousins. She has loved spending her whole life around children, both in her family as well as babysitting, working at daycares, and volunteering at summer camps. In her free time Bridget loves to spend quality time with friends and family, drink lots of coffee, and travel the Spanish-speaking world. This is her third year at MCS and she is excited to be here for another year as an extended care teacher.
Sarah Miller
Extended Care
Sara is currently a student at Cal Poly, pursuing a major in Child Development. She hopes to go on to get her Montessori diploma and become a Montessori teacher. She loves all the experience she is gaining and all the amazing people she gets to spend time with working at MCS. In her spare time she likes to paint, sew, throw pottery, hike and spend time with her friends, boyfriend, and kitten Nyla.
Ashley Mallyon
Extended Care
Bio coming soon