Administrator- Kati Fuduli is the current school administrator for Skinner Elementary Montessori. Kati graduated from Ovidius University in 2000, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts with a major in French. She enjoyed her 14 years as a teacher both in International Baccalaureate and Montessori schools. She has 5 years of office experience working as a project coordinator in a fast-paced local agency. Out of all teaching methods and curriculums, she dearly embraced the Montessori approach that firmly believes in a whole child development. When she is not at school, she likes spending time with her family, travelling to new, exciting places, reading mystery books and taking long walks on the beach.
Elementary Teacher – Nikki Skinner received her AMI Montessori Elementary Certification in 1997 and AMI Montessori Primary Certification in 1974. In 1973, she started, with her sister Mary, the Skinner Elementary Montessori School. She received her undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Portland in 1971.
Primary Teacher – Gina Pinnelli LeFever, AMI Primary Teacher, has been with Skinner for 30 years, twenty-six as a Primary Montessori Teacher. She received her AMI Primary certification from Montessori (Institute) Northwest, Portland, Oregon. She has a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Marylhurst University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with a major concentration in History and minor in Anthropology from Washington State University. When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her two children and their families (including four grandchildren), scrap booking, knitting, baking, reading, hiking and exploring antique shops with her husband.
Primary Teacher – Sarah Burch was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Her Montessori experience began in 2001, shortly after graduating from Portland Community College’s Library Media Program. She has worked as an assistant with several of Skinner’s AMI teachers. In 2005 she moved to Portland, and worked as a property manager for a condo building in the Theater Arts Neighborhood before returning to Skinner Montessori. She is mentored by Skinner’s AMI teachers. She enjoys classical music, literature, and visiting her three children and six grandchildren, and taking care of her two dogs.
French Teacher – Mihaela Ursache is the French teacher at Skinner Elementary Montessori since April 2017. She was born and raised in Suceava, Romania, having a happy childhood. In 2002, she graduated from ‘Stefan cel Mare’ University, earning a Bachelor Degree in Philology, with a major in French. Since 2006 she lives in Vancouver with her husband and their three wonderful and energetic girls. She really loves spending time with her family, strolling on the beach, exploring new places, listening to music and reading books. In school she enjoys teaching wonderful children the art of speaking French, while guiding them all along to reach performance.
Art Teacher – Laura Maria Manu started at Skinner in the fall of 2015. She was born and raised in Romania, near Bucharest. She moved to Portland, Oregon, in 2000. She has loved to do art since she was a little girl and her first art teacher was her mom. She studied Art for four years at Popular School of Art in her town. She graduated from University of Bucharest with a Bachelor’s degree in Science with a major in Biology. She has two children. Laura and her husband love painting on glass. They paint paintings together and had their first display in their home town, Valcea, in 1999. In April 2000, they had a vernissage at the Brazil Embassy in Bucharest, with over 50 glass paintings. Their family enjoys travelling, hiking, reading, gardening, and doing crafts.
Teacher Assistant- Summer Gilpatrick is a Primary Teacher Assistant. Summer worked over a year as a lead daycare teacher , and she is very excited to work at Skinner Elementary Montessori, looking forward to all the new learning experiences. Summer thinks that the way we educate our children is highly important, because it molds them as a person, and it is the starting point of their whole life. She is so glad to be an addition to the Skinner family!
Teacher Assistant- Macie Chrest is a Primary Teacher Assistant. She is 25 years old, and she has been with children almost her whole working career. She has been a nanny for several families and has also spent a couple of years as a preschool teacher assistant. She is looking forward to getting to know the students better while working at Skinner Elementary Montessori.
Office Assistant – Joanne Resheske started with Skinner Elementary Montessori School in September 2016. She attended St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, OR and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. She excelled in Art and Music. She enjoys karaoke, trips to the beach and living life to its fullest!