Woodland Montessori School

Woodland is a non-profit primary school serving the greater Spokane area. Our mission is to provide quality education that follows the philosophy and training of Maria Montessori and Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Our program is holistic: nurturing and developing the mind, body, and spirit of each child.

Our Primary school has three multi-aged classrooms. We are a three year program for children who are 2.5 to 6 years old, and children remain in the same classroom with the same teacher all three years. The school day for young children is from 8:30-Noon. Kindergarteners have a longer day and are in school from 8:30-3:00.  All students attend five days per week. We do have child care before school beginning at 7:30 a.m. and after school until 5:30 p.m..

Woodland is committed to following all public health recommendations regarding COVID-19. You can find specific policy information in the document below.


"We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being."

Maria Montessori

Our Staff


Makaya Judge

Director of School

Makaya grew up in Spokane and has been a part of the Montessori community here since she was a child. As an alumna of Spokane’s Public Montessori program, she has always loved the philosophy. After working in ECE for about ten years, she returned to her Montessori roots and joined the team at Woodland. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with an Interdisciplinary BA in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education and received her Montessori Administrators training through AMI. Makaya loves community engagement. In her free time, she sits on her neighborhood council and is active on the CoMP (Community of Montessori Parents) board.


Nikki McConnell

AMI Primary Guide- Blue Class

Nikki began her teaching career running a small Montessori program in her home. She completed her Masters in Montessori Education from Loyola University in 2013. Nikki has worked in Montessori programs in Portland for several years before coming to Woodland in 2017. Her free time is spent keeping up with her busy kids. She is a big sports fan and loves to watch all of their games. In the summer, she loves to camp and soak up the sun at lakes and waterparks.

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Kristin Vogel

AMI Primary Guide- Red Class

Kristin began her teaching career as an elementary special education teacher and taught for seven years in Wyoming.  She enjoyed working in small groups and one-on-one with students, and tailoring lessons to meet the needs of each child. For this reason, Montessori education is a natural fit for Kristin. She came to Woodland as a parent and became a substitute teacher with us right away, before taking on her own classroom in 2020. Kristin earned her AMI diploma through Montessori Northwest. Besides teaching, she is also an artist, gardener and animal lover. Her current artistic passion is fiber art, and she loves working and relaxing in her backyard with her family.


Sheryl Engel

AMI Primary Guide- Yellow Class

Sheryl began her career working with children and families as a social worker. She became interested in Montessori education and completed her AMI Primary diploma in Washington DC in the early 1980's. In 1985, she moved to Spokane to join the team here at Woodland. Sheryl retired from teaching in 2020 due to the pandemic, but has decided to return for another couple of years as a guide and a mentor. We are so lucky to have the gift of a few more years of her expertise. In her free time, Sheryl likes to read, hike, and do crafts!


Coreanna Riddell

Primary Guide-in-Training

Coreanna entered the Montessori classroom as an aide, and later became a guide in an infant classroom while simultaneously attending Eastern Washington University. She fell in love with the philosophy and the respect it provided the children. Since then, she has pursued this interest and furthered her experience by working with children, and the Montessori philosophy, in Toddler, Primary, and Lower Elementary levels. Her primary certification is through Age of Montessori, and will also complete her AMI diploma through Montessori Northwest. Also the mother of three children, when she has spare time, she loves getting lost in a book, trying new restaurants, and camping with her family.


Support Staff

Assistants & Aides

The assistants at Woodland Montessori School go above and beyond to support the Guides they work with and create an incredibly nurturing and safe environment for every child.
Nettie assists in the Yellow classroom, Michele and Janae are the assistants in the Blue classroom, and Allie is the Red classroom assistant. Olivia and Barb make up our wonderful afterschool care team.


Rachael Manz


Pat Manz

Staff Representative

Nikki McConnell

Staff Liason

Linda Bradley


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Contact Woodland

Get in touch with Woodland Montessori School to learn more about our program and observe our classrooms.

402 S Coleman Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99212, USA

(509) 924-1324

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Nondiscrimination Policy

Woodland Montessori School encourages diversity. We admit students and families of any race, religion, national or ethnic origin. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, sexuality, socio-economic status, or gender in any of our policies or programs. Additionally, we are proud to broaden access to Montessori education by accepting WA state childcare subsidy payments in lieu of tuition.