Children’s House/Kindergarten Staff

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Mrs. Merissa White : Head Teacher

Mrs. Merissa White

Head Teacher

Mrs. White has been with the school since its founding in 1988. She started as a student, and has been working full time at Capital Montessori School since 2000. Since 2000, she has worked in various capacities including secretary and head teacher of the Upper Elementary class before becoming full time director.

Mrs. White is a 2000 graduate of Washington State University with a B.S. in Biology with extensive course work in chemistry and education. She also completed her Montessori Elementary & Primary Certifications.

Mrs. White is passionate about Montessori education. She is the product of a Montessori education, and wants to give others the same opportunities. Mrs. White has three children who attend CMS as well.

merissa@capitalmontessorischool.com
Mrs. Dinah Nikanowicz : Teacher's Assistant

Mrs. Dinah Nikanowicz

Teacher's Assistant

Before coming to Capital Montessori School, I was an Assistant Teacher at the Early Learning Center at SPSCC. I have also worked at an Elementary School in Hawaii prior to moving to Washington as a Para-educator. I've worked with children of all ages from infants to 6th grade. Kids are my passion and I love playing, learning, and growing with them each day.

I have one son, Daniel, who is currently enrolled in Mrs. Montgomery's Children' House classroom. We are so excited to be a part of the CMS family.

Ms. Kimberly Tweed : Teacher's Assistant

Ms. Kimberly Tweed

Teacher's Assistant

She grew up in Shelton, Washington and is the fourth of nine children. She went to Prairie Bible College in Alberta, Canada and majored in Drama, receiving a BA in Fine Arts in 2008. While leading a youth group at Shelton Church of the Nazarene she took classes online through Northwest Nazarene University to earn a MA in youth, church and culture in 2013. She worked at an afterschool and day camp in Seattle with elementary children from 2014 until the COVID shutdown in early 2020. Ms. Tweed is excited to be back working with young children.

Her hobbies include reading, writing, walking/hiking in nature, cooking and baking along with spending time with family. CMS is very excited to have Ms. Tweed join our small community.

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Mrs. Tanya Reed : Head Teacher, Children's House

Mrs. Tanya Reed

Head Teacher, Children's House

Mrs. Reed started teaching at CMS in 2003 and has been teaching since 1993. Mrs. Reed comes to CMS from a very diversified and well traveled background. Since beginning her teaching career, she has lived and taught in both Flagstaff and Los Angeles. Mrs. Reed's passion for the kids is evident every day at CMS. She is passionate about Montessori education and the children she teaches it to.

Mrs. Reed is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a BA in English Language & Literature. She is also an AMS certified Montessori Primary Teacher.

Mrs. Reed is married to her husband, Erik, whom she met in high school. They live in Shelton with their two children: Cody & Tatiana (both graduates of CMS). In her free time, she enjoys reading on a wide variety of subjects, and working on her family's small hobby farm.

reed@capitalmontessorischool.com
Ms. Nasrine Abdulghani : Teacher's Assistant

Ms. Nasrine Abdulghani

Teacher's Assistant

My name is Nasrine, I have been working with children for about four years now. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and fluent in American Sign Language. I am very excited to join the CMS team and look forward to working with the children.

When I am not teaching, I like to hike, bake or read.