We opened our doors in September 2011 and have been growing ever since. FSM took over this wonderful space in early 2011 and during our first year updates were made to the building and grounds. We were small to start with, but once families met us and saw what we had to offer and word spread, spaces were quickly snapped up! We are now excited to say that we frequently have waitlists and we are going strong. In 2020 we faced some challenges with the uncertainty of COVID19 so we had to hit the pause button, but we are optimistic that we can open our doors once again for camps and more, in summer 2021!
In fall 2021 we planning to scale back to one class a day, to be able to offer school as safely as possible whilst continuing to deliver the quality program we are renown for!
We are proud to build and foster community within our school! We have a thriving community of students, parents, staff and alumni.
We offer parent education through the year on a variety of topics, welcome volunteering (especially of you have a special talent to share) and encourage family involvement during special events and field trips!
"It takes a village to raise a child"
Our peaceful campus is conveniently located between Poulsbo and Silverdale on Clear Creek Road NW, Poulsbo. We are also close to the nearby Navy base at Bangor readily accessible to our Navy families too!
Ali is a certified teacher from the UK, where she was born and raised. She has a passion for working with children and has more than 25 years teaching experience, ranging from preschool to high school. She has taught in different parts of our world, including England, Scotland, the Middle East and the USA, providing a wealth of experience from which to draw upon. It was during Ali’s second spell of living in Kitsap County, when she discovered Montessori education and was hooked! She took her American Montessori Society (A.M.S.) training at the Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest (M.E.I.P.N.) to become an AMS Early Childhood Montessori certified teacher and went on to complete a M.Ed in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Montessori. Ali is also delighted to be working as an AMS Instructor at M.E.I.P.N., sharing experience and knowledge to a new cohort of Montessori teachers in training. Ali is a mother of two wonderful young ladies and the wonderful Max, who is such an important member of staff! When Ali isn’t busy teaching or running the school, she is often out hiking, swimming, cycling or ‘treading the boards’ in some of the wonderful theaters of Kitsap County. The year 2020, would have been First Stage Montessori's 10th year of operation but sadly we hit the pause button. Ali is delighted and honored to be opening FSM's doors once again to welcome all the families who will now be part of this wonderful community for 2021-22!
Angel began working with children in high school and continued to do so following a family move from Minnesota, WI to Bainbridge Island, WA.
After raising a family here in Kitsap County, Angel pursued her career working with people and spent her time assisting seniors on Bainbridge.
When she is not working, Angel loves the being outdoors and is an avid gardener. Angel enjoys walking and hiking in the great Pacific Northwest especially with her furry pal Piper. Her other hobbies include floral design and cooking.
Angel has worked at First Stage Montessori since 2012 and is delighted that we are opening up our doors once again for this school year following unforeseen closure last year. Angel enjoys being a part of the FSM team and says working with all our wonderful students is a joy!
Genevieve, a Montessori alumni, was born in Ireland and grew up in Galway where she spent most of her time involved in dance and theatre. At 16 she discovered her love for teaching and worked as a teacher's assistant at a local performing arts school.
After attending Newcastle College and Hull University, UK and obtaining a degree in Musical Dance and Theatre, Genevieve secured a job with a top Spanish Performing Company where she spent 8 years dancing and singing professionally around Spain and on cruise-ships.
In 2010 she opened her own dance school in El Puerto de Santa Maria teaching ages 3 – 70! It was here she met her husband Jake. Their daughter Lia was born and then the family moved to Kitsap County, WA, where Genevieve ran the dance program at Bremerton Family YMCA and taught at Irene’s School of Dance, Silverdale.
In 2017, Genevieve and her family moved back to Spain and it was there the family welcomed their son Lowen. Recently, Genevieve made the decision to pursue a career in early childhood education and, having always loved the Montessori Philosophy, decided to look into Montessori training and certification. After returning to Kitsap in June 2021 she was delighted to find First Stage Montessori, located practically on her doorstep. She is so excited to be joining this inspiring team and is confident that her previous experience working with children will blend well with her new role. Genevieve is also fluent in Spanish and also speaks some Gaelic, German and Russian. Genevieve and her family love singing, hiking, bike rides and beaches and she is so excited for this new adventure and for her family once again being part of the Kitsap County community.
Elyssa is a Montessori Alum, attending Montessori through the 4th grade. She holds a BA in Broad Area Spanish as well as a Masters in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Special Education and English as a Second Language. She is getting her American Montessori Society (A.M.S) training from the Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest (M.E.I.P.N.) and is excited to be doing the internship part of her training at First Stage Montessori! Elyssa Moved to Washington when she was 3 years old and grew up in Kitsap County. She studied in Venezuela her senior year of high school and in Spain during college, attending the University of Vigo, and is fluent in Spanish. She moved to Arizona in 2002 and she and her husband were married there in 2004. She and her husband, and their two oldest children, moved back to Washington in 2011. She has 4 children aged 14, 11, 8, and 5. In her spare time she enjoys coaching soccer and watching her children play soccer. She is also a huge animal lover and has a small farm with goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, cats, a dog, and a rabbit.
A native of Missouri, and now a permanent resident of Washington State, Max is an important part of the classroom and has been loved by many children over the last few years. Max has an uncanny ability to allow children to feel welcome and relaxed, even helping children that may harbor fears about our four legged friends. Max is frequently read to, petted and loved. He is an important presence, providing the opportunity to learn about canine body language and how to care for a pet, especially as some families may not have a real furry friend at home.