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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 designed for children who are 3 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.


"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. Woodland has always had a special place in her heart, as her mom used to work as an assistant here decades ago and Makaya would visit the school as an adolescent and found so much joy and peace in the environment. After working in ECE for about ten years, she returned to her Montessori roots and joined the team at Woodland in 2018. 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.


Nikki McConnell

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.


Allie Lapke

Primary Guide- Red Class

Allie has deep roots in Montessori. She spent her childhood up until the 6th grade in Spokane's public Montessori program. During college, while studying art at Western Washington University, she worked in a more traditional preschool setting as a teacher during the summers. When she graduated, she realized that she resonated more deeply with the Montessori method and took a job at Woodland in 2019, where she has worked as an assistant and aftercare lead teacher ever since. She will be taking her AMI training through the Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies where she will complete her AMI 3-6 diploma by the summer of 2025. Allie loves creating visual art, and you will see her wonderful paintings hung through the hallways and in her classroom!


Coreanna Riddell

Primary Guide- Yellow Class

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. She has primary certifications both through Age of Montessori and Montessori Northwest (AMI). We were so excited when she joined the Woodland team as a guide in 2022. 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.


Jaclyn Oscarson


Pat Manz

Staff Representative

Nikki McConnell

Staff Liason

Linda Bradley

Note Taker

Franklin Day


Andrea Wendt

Parent Representatives

Tayler Vierk
Ken Giles

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.

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