Merissa White – Director
My name is Merissa White and In love Montessori education! As a Montessori student myself, I benefitted from the Montessori method and became an avid supporter of this model of education. After attending Washington State University where I graduated with a BS in Biology with coursework in chemistry and secondary education, I returned to Olympia, (where I had grown up) and joined the team at Capital Montessori as the office manager. It didn’t take long for my love of teaching to bring me into the classroom working with upper elementary aged student. I then completed my elementary Montessori teacher training an later completed the primary teacher training program as well.
Over the years I have served as a lead teacher for both elementary and pre-school aged children as well as an assistant teacher at times. About 5 years ago I also earned my State of Washington certificate for K-8th grade and I oversee the elementary and middle school programs at CMS which are approved by OSPI. Working with children of all ages is my passion I learn new things along with them each and every day!
Outside of teaching, I love coaching youth soccer and working with our local Scouts BSA programs. I am an avid reader, scientist, piano player, and I enjoy crafting and baking as well. I love the Montessori allows me to share these passions with my students.
My husband and I had the privilege of adoption two amazing children and then having one biological child as well. It has been an amazing journey of parenting and as I write this, our oldest has graduated high school and our youngest has entered middle school. All of our children have attended Montessori and I whole heartedly recommend this program to everyone. As a teacher and a parent, I have seen the impact Montessori education can have on children. I truly believe it is a revolutionary model of education and the most fun you can have teaching and learning!
Christina Ehlers – Assistant Director
Mrs. Ehlers has worked for Capital Montessori School for 20 years in the office and enjoys the daily smiles from students and parents. She is passionate about customer service and working with our families. Mrs. Ehlers has a small family locally and her now grown son was a graduate of CMS years ago. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, and enjoying nature. She is looking forward to another year of smiles and growth.