The highly qualified staff at the Chaminade University Montessori Laboratory School are professionally trained Montessori teachers who have graduated from Chaminade University of Honoluluís Montessori Teacher Education Program. Teachers either have their Bachelorís degree or their Master's degree in Early Childhood Education 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.
Kathleen Evans M.Ed., (Ed.D.)*
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. She also coordinates collaborative relationships with other divisions such as the behavioral sciences and nursing programs at the university to utilize the Montessori Laboratory school for student mentorships. Ms. Evans has been a leader in assisting schools through the national accreditation processes with both NAEYC and AMS.
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.
Maria Lee, BS AMS Credential
Ms. Lee is a Montessori 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.
Cori Beckmann, BS AMS Credential
Ms.Beckmann is a Montessori 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 will continue her education to pursue her Masterís degree in Special education beginning in 2013.
Elizabeth Santa Ana, CDA
Ms. Santa Ana has been a kumu hula and teacherís aide and teacher assistant in various early childhood and Montessori classrooms for over twenty years. She is presently working on completing her bachelorís degree and Montessori credential at Chaminade University of Honolulu.
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.
Tina Iguchi- BS,(M.E.d)*
Ms. Iguchi is presently completing her mastersí degree in early childhood education with a Montessori credential and is completing her student teaching practicum field experience at the Montessori Laboratory school until June 2013 when she expects to graduate from Chaminade University.