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
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.
Susie 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
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!
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.
Ashley Mallyon
Trailblazers Teacher
Bio coming soon