Montessori Laboratory School : About the Staff

About the Staff

Chaminade University Montessori Laboratory School- L Robert Allen Professional Teaching Staff

The highly qualified staff at the Chaminade University Montessori Laboratory School- L Robert Allen are professionally trained holding Master's degrees, bachelorís degrees, and Montessori Certification through the American Montessori Society. The education division student interns and other college students that may utilize the Montessori Lab School as a training and observation facility are under the direction and supervision of the professional teaching staff.

Director/Faculty Liaison- Montessori Teacher

Kathleen Evans M.Ed., (Ed.D.)*, AMS Credential
Kathleen Evans has her Bachelorís Degree in Early Childhood Education and Montessori Certification through AMS. She also has a Masterís Degree in Education and will complete her doctoral degree in educational leadership in adult higher learning this year. In her role as the director of the school Ms. Evans addresses the administrative as well as teaching needs of the school and also acts as a faculty liaison to the Chaminade University Education Divisionís Montessori and Early Childhood Education programs and other programs at the university. She is actively involved in the teacher training program as an instructor, mentor, and university supervisor to student interns. In these roles she coordinates collaborative relationships with other divisions and programs at the university to utilize the Montessori Laboratory School for student mentorships and acts as a liaison for the Lab School with the community. Ms. Evans has been a leader in assisting schools through the national accreditation processes with both NAEYC and the American Montessori Society.

Assistant Director/Montessori Teacher

Jo-Anne Lewis, MSCP, MST, AMS Credential
Ms. Lewis has mastersí degrees in counseling psychology and in the science of teaching. She also holds a BS in Home Economics and her Montessori certification through AMS. Ms. Lewis was a co-founder of the Montessori Laboratory School when it first opened in 1982 and served as the field services director at the Chaminade University Education Division. She has also instructed as an adjunct faculty at the Chaminade University for both the behavioral science program and Montessori and early childhood teacher education programs since 2004. Ms. Lewis is currently a university supervisor and student intern mentor. She presently acts as assistant director and mentor teacher at the Laboratory school.

Montessori Lead Teacher

Leah Walker, M.Ed., AMS Credential
Ms. Walker is in her first year as a Montessori lead teacher joining the Lab School after completing her Masterís degree and AMS credential at Chaminade University of Honolulu. Ms. Walker received her Bachelorís degree in French with a minor in history. Ms. Walker attended Montessori schools from primary through elementary schools and has also worked in Montessori schools or Montessori summer camps since high school most recently in Honolulu for the past two years.

Montessori Teacher

Maria Lee, BS AMS Credential
Ms. Lee is a Montessori Head teacher. She has been at the Lab School since 2006. Ms. Lee graduated from Chaminade University earning a Bachelorís degree in Early Childhood Education and her AMS credential. She has worked with children ages 3-8 years old in various types of educational and religious programs. Ms. Lee is presently continuing her education and pursuing her Masterís degree in education.

Montessori Teacher

Cori Beckmann, BS AMS Credential
Ms. Beckmann is a Montessori head teacher. She has been at the Lab School since 2007 leaving for a brief period to rear her two daughters now attending the school. Ms. Beckmann graduated from Chaminade University earning a Bachelorís degree in Early Childhood Education and her AMS credential. She has worked with children ages 3-8 years old and is presently is continuing her education to pursue her Masterís degree.

Support Staff

Stella Chappell
Ms. Chappell has worked in preschool and Montessori classrooms for the past twenty four years and is support staff at the Chaminade University Montessori Laboratory School- L Robert Allen.

Student Teachers

The Chaminade University Montessori Laboratory School- L Robert Allen is continually supporting the mentorship of both Montessori and Early Childhood education student teachers. For the 2012-2013 term the following student teachers will be completing their practicum hours at the Laboratory School.

Montessori Student Teacher

Jianying (Jane) Lou
The Chaminade University Montessori Laboratory School- L Robert Allen is continually supporting the mentorship of both Montessori and Early Childhood education student teachers. For the 2013-2014 year Ms. Jane Lou will be completing their student teaching and field/practicum hours at the Chaminade University Montessori Laboratory School to complete her Masterís degree in Education and American Montessori Society credential.