I was born in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Portland with my family in 1989. After graduating from Jesuit High School, I went to work at my mom's Montessori school as the Office Administrator, eventually becoming Assistant Director and working with her for 10 years until she retired. I attended classes at PCC and PSU, eventually earning my pilot's license and a BS in Community Development with a minor in Sustainable Building Practices.
I started Busy Hands Montessori as a response to my son's school closing suddenly and wanting high quality Montessori education for my children. We have grown from 5 students in my mom's living room to where we are now in just 5 short years.
I enjoy spending time with my family including my two children ages 5 & 8, my husband Craig, and our dog Louie. I am a lover of architecture and design, reading, camping, skiing, and Montessori education.
Jaden holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Portland State University majoring in Film Studies with a minor in Spanish. She has directed and produced dozens of children’s theater productions all over the Portland Metro area. She also holds her Montessori 3-6 teaching credential from the North American Montessori Center.
Prior to working at Busy Hands Montessori she was a Head Teacher for 5 years at a Montessori-based preschool and kindergarten and taught theater classes and summer theater camps.
Jaden enjoys reading, film editing, watching movies, and spending time with her son, who is heading off to college.
Hello! My name is Jenn and I am currently the Office Administrator at Busy Hands. Previously, I worked in the Primary Classroom as an Assistant Guide.
My career working with children began with my AmeriCorps service working as a Site Director for an after-school program at an affordable housing complex in Tigard. Since then, I have held various positions within Early Childhood Education, including as a Preschool Teacher and After-school Teacher.
I am originally from Medford, OR, and have lived in Portland since graduating from Oregon State. In my free time, I enjoy reading, yoga, and listening to music. Thanks for checking out our school, and I hope to meet you soon!
Hi! My name is Richelle and I am originally from Washington and Colorado but Oregon has been my home for almost 15 years.
I first began working with children as a nanny but was inspired to work in Early Childhood Education after the birth of my daughter 10 years ago. I have been the Lead Toddler Guide at Busy Hands Montessori since 2018 and hold my Montessori teaching credential from the North American Montessori Center for children ages 0-3 years.
I enjoy crocheting, painting, reading and drawing portraits.
Satomi was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She moved to the United States to study Linguistics, Fine Arts/Ceramics at the Ohio State University originally and then Education. After she received BA and BFA from Ohio State, she started teaching art at the Ruffing Montessori school in Cleveland, OH where she first encountered Dr. Maria Montessori's teachings.
Satomi's love of the Pacific Northwest came from her time living in Seattle, first as a graduate student in her Master's of Fine Arts program at the University of Washington and then as a working artist in the city.
In 2011 Satomi moved to Portland for her Montessori Primary teacher training at MNW and she completed her Master's degree in Education in 2015 from the Loyola University of Maryland.
She currently lives with her husband and 4-year-old daughter Juliet, and she enjoys cooking, eating, reading, and being outdoors with her family and friends. She is passionate about Montessori education and very excited to join the Busy Hands Montessori community.