Faculty/Staff

Highly Trained, Specialized Faculty
Since Montessori focuses on developing the potential of each child, it relies on specially trained teachers and unique teaching materials. McMinnville Montessori School proudly offers the highest levels of expertise to guide our students. Our faculty, in addition to their undergraduate studies, have completed intensive, rigorous training to specialize in the Montessori method.

Shazia AbdullaShazia Abdulla
Head of School

Shazia discovered Montessori more than fifteen years ago, and has completed all three levels of Montessori training. She moved from Pakistan to the United States twenty years ago, and made her home in the Montessori community. She has lived and traveled all over the globe and has gained a myriad of experiences in both establishing and growing schools. Having worked at all three levels has given her a broad and profound understanding of Montessori philosophy. When she is not at school, she enjoys cycling, reading, seeing live music, eating, and is a great sous chef in the kitchen. Shazia loves to travel every chance she gets and enjoys discovering the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Shazia is thrilled to join this sweet community here in McMinnville and is looking forward to getting to know all of the familes.

Weylin OliveWeylin Olive
Primary Teacher

Weylin received his A.M.I. teacher training from Montessori Northwest in Portland, OR and his Master’s in Education from Loyola University in Maryland. He has been teaching for four years and has over ten years of experience in the Montessori classroom. Weylin has been with McMinnville Montessori since August 2015, when he relocated to the area with his family.  He has a son in the Elementary classroom and a one year old daughter.

Joanie HoweJoanie Howe
Primary Assistant

Joanie has been with McMinnville Montessori School since 2012. An Oregon native and mother of three, she is a valued member of the primary classroom.

Robin AaquistRobin Aaquist
Primary Assistant/After School Care Director

Robin assists in the primary classroom and is our After School Care Director. Raised in Oregon, she relocated to Reno, Nevada, where she worked at High Desert Montessori School for 3 years.

Saragrace HendrenSaragrace Hendren
Elementary Teacher

Saragrace has been at MMS since 2015 and has over ten years of teaching experience. From Bellingham, WA, and Harrisonburg, VA, she brings a wealth of new stories, music, and love of learning to the classroom. Saragrace received her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Millersville University in PA, her AMI Elementary teaching diploma from Montessori Northwest in Portland, OR, and her Master’s in Education from Loyola University Maryland.

Kristee HamptonKristee Hampton
Elementary Assistant

Kristee is a proud wife and mother to two boys. She brings over 8 years of childcare experience and a lifelong passion for children and learning to the Elementary Classroom. She has been with McMinnville Montessori School since 2015.

Kalli Smith
Aftercare Assistant

Kalli is a student at Linfield College and is an assistant in our Primary aftercare program.

Kailana Milne
Aftercare Assistant

Kailana is a student at Linfield College and is an assistant in our Elementary aftercare program.