The greatest sign of success for a teacher... is to be able to say, ’The children are now working as if I did not exist.’ - Maria Montesori

Meet Our Pocatello Montessori Teachers and Staff

Pocatello Valley Montessori is passionate about Montessori education. Our teachers are educational guides, introducing children to learning opportunities. This approach to education allows children to pursue their passions, at their own level and pace. As children progress, the teachers continue to guide, gently drawing them into new and progressively more challenging learning experiences.

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Director: Karli Coumerilh

Miss Karli – Director

Miss Karli started as director of the school in 2018. Karli has a BA in Social Work, and will complete her Masters degree in December 2019. With 3 children of her own in the program, Karli was familiar with the school and came well recommended as an active, passionate, involved parent. Karli gives great first-hand advice to incoming parents and supports the staff so they can spend more time serving your children

Toddler Montessori Guide (Ages 18-36 months): Morgan Kirkham

Miss Morgan — Lead Montessori Guide, Toddler

Miss Morgan is an experienced child care provider and the lead guide in our Montessori Toddler Program.

Primary Montessori Guide (Ages 3 to 5): Shelley Schaugaard

Miss Shelley – Lead Montessori Guide, Primary Classroom

Miss Shelley is excited to be a part of the Primary Classroom, which is a Montessori preschool and kindergarten program. She has almost 15 years of experience teaching and mentoring children in many different settings. Prior to coming to Pocatello Valley Montessori, she taught preschool in her home. She finds the excitement and enthusiasm that kids have for learning at this age such a joy to be a part of, and she loves to be able to provide a child’s first introduction to school in an atmosphere that feels safe, loving, and nurturing.

Shelley has a Montessori Early Childhood diploma for children age three to six with The North American Montessori Center and has a Bachelor’s degree from BYU in History. She and her husband, Chad, have four children ages 8 to 17 years-old.

Primary Montessori Guide (Ages 3 to 5):

Amy Holgate

Miss Amy – Lead Montessori Guide, Primary Classroom

Miss Amy came to Pocatello Valley Montessori school after spending several years working as a paraprofessional in the local schools. She became intrigued by the Montessori philosophy while attending education classes at Idaho State University. Coming into the Montessori classroom felt like “home” to her as she embraced the individual paced instruction. She loves creating practical life material which teach young children useful skills like buttoning, sweeping, pouring, and simple food preparation. In addition to fostering specific skills, Practical life materials are often the children’s first introduction to the classroom and help a child develop inner discipline, self-regulation, focus, and concentration.

Amy is pursuing her American Montessori Society accreditation at the Montessori Institute at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She and her husband have three daughters.

Primary Montessori Guide (Ages 3 to 5):

Stephanie Harman

Miss Stephanie – Lead Montessori Guide, Primary Classroom

Miss Stephanie was born and raised in Pocatello Idaho, educated through Idaho State University receiving her early childhood development certificate, and is currently working on her Montessori certifications. She became intrigued in the Montessori way through her affiliation with the Pocatello Valley Montessori School as an assistant. She has had a passion for teaching for many years. Her experience ranges from working in various childhood development centers, operating her own pre-school and raising 5 children. When she isn't teaching, Stephanie enjoys watching her children grow in their various talents and activities, spending time with her husband, being outdoors, helping others, cooking and crafting.

Lower Elementary Montessori Guide

(Ages 6 to 9):

Sandra Morgan

Miss Sandra – Lead Montessori Guide, Lower Elementary Classroom

Miss Sandra grew up in Utah; however, after living in Chubbuck for the past 23 years, she is happy to call Idaho her home. She and her husband, Rich, have six children, all of whom have benefited from a Montessori education. Naturally loving and caring by nature, Sandra loves working with children and is passionate about the Montessori method as an approach to life and learning. She has a Montessori Lower Elementary diploma from the North American Montessori Center, and is the teacher of Pocatello Valley Montessori’s Lower Elementary program. She has a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from BYU.

Outside of the classroom, Sandra’s favorite pastime is cheering on her children from the sidelines as they participate in sports and musical activities. She also enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with family.

School Board ChairS:

Kathy & Rich Kirkham

Rich Kirkham is the chairman of the PVMS School Board

Kathy and Rich are co-founders of the school along with their children, Matt and Morgan Kirkham. Rich and Kathy own and operated Commercial Real Estate Services in Pocatello Idaho (Dale’s Inc). In 2002, they founded the successful The Academy Charter School in Pocatello, a Harbor School that has grown to serve nearly 500 children in the Pocatello-Chubbuck area.

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS INCLUDE: Orin T.J. Harman and Matt Kirkham