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Administrative Team

Melissa Harbert
Melissa Harbert - Executive Director
Melissas career in Montessori Education spans nearly four decades. She taught at the primary level, and has been a School Administrator for twenty years. She is the current Board Chair of Montessori Northwest, the teacher-training center in Portland, and consults for Montessori schools and other non-profit organizations. A native Oregonian who has lived in and traveled many other places, Melissa holds an MA in Counseling, specializing in improving brain function and trauma recovery. An avid equestrian, Melissa also loves gardening.
Tami O'Kinsella
Tami O'Kinsella - Education Program Director
Tami has worked in six Montessori schools in five states over much of the last three decades. She is Primary and Elementary trained and has been in Primary, Younger, and Older Elementary classrooms. In addition to her Montessori credentials, Tami has a BA in English, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and both her state of Washington and Oregon Teaching Licenses. She has also studied and worked in Special Education and made an extensive exploration in Non-violent Communication.


Mishawn Nelson


Mishawn Nelson - Office Manager
With a background as a real estate broker, small business owner and human resources manager, Mishawn has many valuable organizational skills she brings to LCMCS. Augmenting her natural personal warmth and outgoing personality is a BA in Communications from PSU. She came to love the philosophy and practice of Montessori when her son attended a local primary and went on to become a founding member of LCMCS. Mishawn loves to cook, play outdoors with her family, and tend her goats and chickens.


Peter Jensen


Peter Jensen - Development Manager
A dedicated distance runner, Peter has competed in many marathons, and has been integral to the success of the school's Jogathon fundraising events. He holds a BA in English Literature, a M. Ed. and his Elementary Montessori Certification. He has led Montessori elementary classrooms in Washington and Oregon, and joined LCMCS in 2011. Peter also has a background in film and theater, and in financial literacy education for young people. When not teaching or on the run, he likes reading, hiking, woodworking, and watching films.


Tammy Puri


Tammy Puri - Finance Manager


Alex Migliaccio


Alex Migliaccio - Administrative Assistant
Alex's son Seth joined our school in January of 2015, and we quickly realized what a wonderful gem his mom is, too! Alex brings a wealth of organizational skills and customer service to LCMCS: she managed a Starbucks store for 7 years and was the manager for Barefoot Sage Footspa for nearly 12 years. Alex was born in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. She loves to read sci-fi when not ably managing our front desk operations.

Food Service Team

Leslie Shalduha
Leslie Shalduha - Food Service Director
Leslie is the chief cook and bottle washer of LCMCS's food service program. Coordinating our volunteers, meal plans, and the school's kitchen, Leslie is integral to our food from planting to preparation. She is passionate about helping others appreciate the benefits of eating homegrown food that will nourish body, mind and spirit. When she is not at work she can probably be found thinking about, cooking, and learning more about local and sustainable food. Leslie has a BS in Child and Family Studies and a daughter who attends LCMCS.
Molly Urbanczyk
Molly Urbanczyk - Head Cook
Molly joins our food service staff after several years of being one of our most staunch supporters and parent volunteers. Many of the children have come to know and love her as a substitute teacher, and she assisted with the snack and lunch program even when it meant running between three different campuses. She was the president of the LCMCS PTO from 2009 to 2011 and has a BS in science and Geology.


Tonja Anderson


Tonja Anderson - Head Kitchen Coordinator




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