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 – Cami Valenzuela After fifteen years in Special Education, Cami was ready for a change. Cami and her family moved to Vancouver in September of 2018. She started at Skinner Elementary Montessori as a teacher assistant and was impressed by the high quality early learning program offered to children. She is mentored by AMI teachers and she is excited to continue her education in Montessori. Cami enjoys hiking, reading mystery novels, working on mixed media art, macrame and spending time with her husband and son.
French Teacher – Celine Negrete is the French teacher at Skinner Elementary Montessori. She is a French native speaker, born and raised in Paris, France. What she likes about teaching is the challenge of keeping children interested in learning French language, culture and traditions. She believes that learning about other cultures help children become more tolerant and open-minded. She met her husband in USA, and they have a wonderful family of two boys. They lived in Florida for a while, and they relocated to Vancouver, WA a few years ago.
Teacher Assistant – Olga Vega started at Skinner Montessori in September 2020. Olga relocated to Vancouver from Moses Lake in 2018.Before moving to Vancouver, Olga worked as a teacher assistant at Family Services of Grant County Head Start. She also worked as a nanny for some time, and discovered her love for kids. In her free time Olga likes spending time with her family, exploring new hiking trails and enjoying the outdoors.
Teacher Assistant- Kate Dodge is new to Skinner Elementary Montessori this year, as a Primary Teacher Assistant. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Family and Human Development. Kate loves spending time with her four children. She also enjoys hiking, traveling and reading.
Teacher Assistant- Araceli Saray is a Primary Teacher Assistant. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Eastern Oregon University. After Araceli had her first child, she researched different methods of education, and she fell in love with the Montessori philosophy. When the opportunity to become a teacher’s assistant presented itself, Araceli was so excited to be part of Skinner Montessori staff. She enjoys the simple things in life and spending time with her family.
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!