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!
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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.
Laurie Ray Ballew
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!
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.