SRM Staff

Our Teachers

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Bridget McBride

Lower Elementary

Bridget began working in a Montessori elementary classroom as an assistant over 25 years ago. She received a B.A. in Meaning, Culture and Change from World College West in 1990. Her undergraduate work included teaching in China for nine months and over two years of volunteering in the children’s center at La Casa de las Madres, a battered woman’s shelter.

She completed her AMI Montessori elementary training in 1992. For over nine years she directed her own elementary and primary school. She earned an M.A. in Education from Humboldt State University and has pursued doctoral studies at California Institute of Integral Studies.

Bridget is a founding member of Six Rivers Montessori and has served as a head teacher since its inception. She is the mother of two lovely children.


Michele Gilbert

Upper Elementary

Hi! My name is Michele Gilbert, a Philadelphia native, who has transplanted to beautiful Humboldt County this summer. I previously taught K-5 Science, 3rd grade and 5th grade for the School District of Philadelphia. In the summers I worked as a Naturalist for the Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture Camp. At the camp I took students from all over the world along the Wissahickon Valley Park trails and taught Nature Journaling.

I received my Elementary Education degree from East Stroudsburg University and Masters in Integrated Science from the University of Pennsylvania. I also obtained a National Board Certification in Adolescent Science. Presently I’m completing an Upper Elementary Montessori Certification Program through the North America, Montessori Center.

Some of the highlights of my teaching career include starting an Urban Teaching Community Garden, mentoring a First LEGO League (FLL) team, and designing curriculum that secured grants which led to a playground being built, 46 trees planted, a greenhouse shed built, and a trip for my students to see the Red Knot migrate to Cape May.

I am relishing in the opportunity to share my experiences with the Six Rivers Montessori students, families, and staff and contribute to the growth of our school.

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Our Office Manager

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Debora Jacobsen

Hi, my name is Debora and I have spent the last twenty years working with children of all ages. I started out teaching high school English at Fortuna High. After ten years I opened a home day care and preschool, and for part of that time I also worked in an office similar to this one. In addition to that I served on the Board of Six Rivers Montessori for three years.

My oldest son has been a student here since Six Rivers began and now my youngest is here, too. We love coming to school in the morning because we all get to come to the same place! I’m excited to now be a part of the day-to-day operations at the school and feel very blessed to be a part of this community.

Our Classroom Assistants

Sue Bullock

Lower Elementary

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Teresa Walker

Music Teacher

Teresa Walker

Nondiscrimination Policy

Six Rivers Montessori does not exclude or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin (ancestry), religion (creed), age, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, disability, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by Six Rivers Montessori directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which Six Rivers Montessori arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to these statutes at Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84, and 91.