SRM Staff

Our Teachers

Teresa Walker

Teresa Walker

Lower Elementary

Teresa is the co-founder of Six Rivers Montessori. She has worked in both the Upper and Lower Elementary classrooms over the last ten years. She has Montessori Primary training through the Montessori World Education Institute and has twelve years of experience as a Montessori Assistant.

Teresa loves music. She created and directs the SRM Music Program to the delight of all. She has three levels of Orff Schulwerk training and holds an international Orff Teacher Certificate from the San Francisco International Orff Institute. Additionally, Teresa earned a Masters Degree in education from Humboldt State University and published a thesis on Self-Efficacy in the Montessori Classroom. She is excited to be the Guide in the Lower Elementary at Six Rivers Montessori this year.

Michele Gilbert

Michele Gilbert

Upper Elementary

Michele is an NAMC trained Montessori teacher with a National Board Science Credential as well. She taught for the Philadelphia School district for 17 years before moving to Arcata. Michele loves to incorporate the local environment as well as outdoor education lessons to enhance her program. She believes that especially during the pandemic it’s important to get children outside to learn. The Annual Birdathon is an example of how Michele integrates this type of learning.

Michele’s program also fosters students to find their voice in this world through Montessori Peace education. Students participate in Model UN and community service projects as part of the completion of the program.

Michele wants to build upon the success of in-school teaching last year during the pandemic, incorporating more community driven service projects collaborating with local organizations like Friends of the Dunes and North-coast Environmental Coastal program (NEC). Her students are participating this September in Coastal Clean up. This is a continuation of their clean up work last year with NEC’s support.

Office Manager

Ev Drakoulias

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.