Administrator – Nikki Skinner is the current administrator for the Skinner Elementary Montessori School. Nikki received her Montessori Elementary Certification in 1997 and 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.
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!
Elementary Teacher – Neno Skinner, AMI Elementary Teacher, has been teaching at Skinner approximately 30 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Portland, Portland, Oregon and a Montessori Elementary certificate from the Washington Montessori Institute, Washington, D.C. She had her own Elementary Montessori school in Boise, Idaho for six years and taught in the public school system in rural Oregon for 1 1/2 years. For the most of her years at Skinner, she taught the Upper Elementary. In September, 2009, she was given the opportunity to teach a Lower Elementary class which included 4 1/2, 5, and 5 1/2 year old children; she found this experience as rewarding as teaching the older children! When she is not teaching, she also enjoys writing, farming, drawing, music, especially jazz, and reading!
Primary Teacher – Gina Pinnelli LeFever, AMI Primary Teacher, has been with Skinner for 28 years, twenty-four 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 and exploring antique shops with her husband.
Primary Teacher Assistant – Olga Greeg started working as Gina’s assistant in September 2015 . She moved from the Ukraine in 2014 to the United States. She lives with her family and her mother, aunt, brother and sister. While in the Ukraine, she worked as a teacher of Ukrainian language and literature since 2007; she taught children from 6 to 15 years old. Before coming to Skinner, Olga volunteered at Martin Luther King Elementary and Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary. She loves working with children!
Primary Teacher – Lynette Miller is passionate about the Montessori movement. She received her AMI training through Montessori Northwest in Portland, OR. She has been working with preschool children since 1998. Over the years, Lynette has grown in her awareness and dedication to the importance of supporting families of children in her care. Her interest has come from her desire to foster a community that supports child development from a holistic perspective. In addition to working with children, she finds great joy in outdoor adventures and in quiet time with her family. She enjoys reading, whitewater rafting, hiking, running and much more.
Primary Teacher Assistant – Melody Cotrell started working as Lynette’s assistant in March 2016. Prior to this she worked with children in the Evergreen School District. She received an associate degree for medical assisting in 2014. She loves spending time with her daughter and participating in all kinds of outdoor activities.
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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 paint show in their 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 traveling (every summer we go to Europe), hiking, reading, gardening, and doing crafts.