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.
Hello, my name is Julie Sylvia.
My teaching philosophy was influenced in my formative years by my mother’s pursuit of a doctoral degree in humanistic education, then further shaped by my own educational path. My path included a college with “an integrated Quaker philosophy, Dewey’s experiential approach to education and a global curriculum intended to produce ‘world citizens.’ ” I followed this with an internship and then a job at an outdoor education center in the woods of Upstate New York. Later, I earned a literature degree at the University of Southern Maine, did a stint as a farmer’s apprentice at a draft horse-run organic farm in Maine, and took a year of training in fine woodworking at College of the Redwoods.
In more recent years, I have volunteered extensively at Northcoast Preparatory Academy (where my sons attended high school), including acting as running coach there for 8 years and then starting up Northcoast Preparatory Academy’s middle school cross country and track and field program, which I coached for 3 years.
I am honored to serve as the upper elementary teacher at Six Rivers Montessori this year.
Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher
Born and raised in Arcata, Andrea began working with children teaching piano at Suzuki Summer Academy in 1997. Since then, she received a B.A. in English Literature from Humboldt State in 2006 and worked in a traditional classroom, an afterschool program, and later became a reading instructor in Portland, Oregon while continuing to teach piano to children and teens.
In 2012, she earned an M.A. in Education from Loyola University in addition to receiving her AMI Montessori Elementary diploma. She began working in Montessori classrooms, first as an assistant, then as a co-teacher, and finally leading her own classroom in Vancouver, WA.
After welcoming their son Leo into the world, Andrea and her husband relocated to Arcata in the spring of 2018 in order to be near family. She is delighted to be home.
Our Head of School
Hi! My name is Katheryn Schopp, and I have been working in education for 10 years, starting as a math tutor and instructor. My later work experience ranged from teaching preschool students to working as a private school principal in inner-city San Francisco.
I am an alumna of the University of Cambridge where I earned a master’s degree in educational psychology. My undergraduate major at New College of California was in whole-person developmentally focused education, which I embarked on after working for a while in technology, mostly at Intel Corporation.
I am originally from rural Washington State and am enjoying the nature that this area has to offer. I am so pleased to contribute my skills to help Six Rivers Montessori flourish.
Our Classroom Assistants
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