Program Director, Early Education
Stephanie Newton, a Washington native, began her Montessori Career in 2002 and became a member of the Living Montessori teaching staff in 2006. After obtaining a Liberal Arts degree and studying Political Science and History at Central Washington University, Stephanie had aspirations of working in Politics and eventually, Law. While interning for a local campaign, Stephanie became an assistant teacher at a local Montessori School. Previously she pursued work as a nanny during her Summer breaks. She knew she loved children so finding a “temporary” job in a classroom environment seemed like a good fit to help support her studies and internship. Like most Montessori educators, the moment she walked into the Montessori environment Stephanie “fell in love.” An “A Ha!” moment! With the support of family, mentors and friends, her path shifted and she soon set out to obtain her Montessori Teacher Certification. She’s been a loving and dedicated member of the Montessori community ever since. Her only regret is that she didn’t attend Montessori as a child!
Stephanie is passionate about mentoring new teachers, parent education, continuing education in brain development and current research that supports the Montessori philosophy. Stephanie is able to create a unique, child-driven, beautiful environment that supports learning of all of her students. Special attention is paid to fostering independence and social skills. Most of all, Stephanie is consistently passionate about encouraging a lifelong love of learning.
Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their two Miniature Schnauzers. She also values time spent with extended family and friends, making people laugh, not taking life too seriously and if there’s time left in the week, Month…Stephanie works with low income schools on fundraising projects. After a long day in the classroom, Stephanie enjoys trying new restaurants and/or a good Netflix binge fest.