All teachers at Central Kitsap Montessori are certified and trained to teach according to the Montessori method. We are committed to excellence in education and to meeting the individual needs of the children. Our caring and enthusiastic assistants are specially trained to respond to the interests of each student. The entire staff is committed to creating a secure and happy atmosphere where your child can blossom.
Diana Zegers: Administrator
Diana is the founder of Central Kitsap Montessori. She is a certified Montessori teacher through the Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest, an American Montessori Society affiliate. She is the author of Discover Music – Montessori Style, a curriculum that is being taught in over 1,400 Montessori classrooms and Intro to Montessori, which is the textbook for her college course. In addition to being an adjunct faculty member at Olympic College, Diana has been a frequent seminar presenter and a teacher trainer for the music and movement portions of several Montessori training centers. Together with Jillian, she enjoys developing Montessori appropriate curriculum and they have a ‘store’ on TeachersPayTeachers.com called CK Montessori. Diana enjoys her grandchildren, involvement at Central Kitsap Presbyterian Church and trips to the Netherlands from where her family originates.
Jillian McClendon: Co-Administrator
Jillian has been with CK Montessori since 2003. She loves working with small children and is a certified Montessori teacher through United Montessori Association. She developed the Sign Language curriculum being taught in our school and manages our Art curriculum. Jillian has two children; both of whom have attended CK Montessori. She is the co-administrator, Summer School coordinator and the designer and creator of CK Montessori’s website. Jillian has also authored a book titled The Call to Love. She enjoys crafts, games, baking, play dates, and gardening.
Teresa Zweber: Teacher
Teresa has been with CK Montessori since 1996. It all started when her son attended Barker Creek Montessori and she spent a lot of time volunteering in the classroom. When Steele Creek opened she was offered an assistant position. After several years as an assistant she decided to get her Montessori training through United Montessori Association and become a certified Montessori teacher. She has been a head teacher since 2005 and manages the Sensorial curriculum. Teresa enjoys traveling, hiking, quilting, reading and even the occasional half marathon.
Rosemary Marsh: Teacher
Rosemary has been with CK Montessori since 1996. She has been a Montessori teacher for 30 years and is a firm believer in the Montessori philosophy. Her Montessori certification comes from Montessori Plus. She manages our Science curriculum. Rosemary loves working with children and started when her own children were in preschool. She enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, hiking, decorating and playing with her 4 grandchildren.
Misty Clark: Teacher
Mrs. Clark joins us in 2017. She comes to us with 13 years of Montessori teaching experience. She is loved and respected by the children she teaches and comes hightly recommended by several respected Montessorians in our community. Misty is married and has 2 teenage children. She will be teaching Summer School this year so that the children can get to know her!
Susan Avery: Assistant Teacher
Susan started volunteering at Steele Creek Montessori in 1995 when her oldest son was attending. Eventually, all 4 of her children attended for a total of 14 years! After SCM, each of her children continued their Montessori education for 6 more years at the CK School District’s program. She has been happily married to Scott since 1990. Susan manages our Sewing curriculum. Susan loves to gardening, cooking and DIY decorating her house.
Charmaine Leicht: Assistant Teacher
Charmaine has been with CK Montessori since 2003. Her education is in Chemical Engineering, however, she started coming in when her children came to school at Barker Creek and enjoyed it so much she decided to stay and work. She manages our Geography curriculum. Charmaine enjoys spending time with her 3 adult children. She loves reading and a good cup of coffee.
Darlene Mullen: Assistant Teacher
Darlene first came to us in 2006 when her daughter was enrolled at Barker Creek. She enjoyed it so much that she decided to stay and is now Montessori certified through United Montessori Association. Darlene manages our Practical Life curriculum. She and her husband have an adopted daughter from China and have adopted two sibling boys that also attended CK Montessori. She loves working with children, writing western novels, anything to do with Native American history, camping, and cooking.
Gretchen Dru: Music Teacher
We welcomed Ms. Gretchen to our staff as our music teacher in 2011. She comes to us with years of experience and training, and finds the Montessori philosophy engaging and exciting! Gretchen holds a BA in Drama and English, and a Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington and truly believes in the power of the arts in early childhood education. Through her work as a professional teaching artist with theatre companies in California, Denver, and Washington, Gretchen’s passion for musical theatre arts, storytelling, acting, creative dramatics, and voice have found a home in educational outreach. Gretchen also has extensive musical theatre stage credits, and some favorite roles include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella in Cinderella, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and many more. In addition to teaching voice and piano lessons, Gretchen two daughters keep her busy as they enjoy the beauty of the Kitsap peninsula by frequenting area parks, farmer’s markets, ferry boats to Seattle, and play dates with friends.
Reece Sauve: Music Teacher
Mr. Sauve will be joining us as our new music teacher beginning September, 2018. He is an extremely talented musician and works wonderfully with children. He has great ambitions for how he can expand the musical knowledge of our young ones. After school, he will be giving voice and piano lessons privately. Reece is marred to Cass, who is a drama teacher at North Mason High.