Miss Karen graduated from Luther College with a BA in English and Education. She moved to Washington in 1990 and began working as the Reading Specialist for the Bellevue School District. She attended Spring Valley Montessori College and received her Montessori Certification in 2002. In 2006 Miss Karen and Miss Tiffany founded Bella Terra Montessori in Fall City. Miss Karen lives in Fall City with her children, Gunnar and Mary Kate. She enjoys knitting, riding motorcycles and spending time with her family.
Miss Tiffany graduated from the University of Oregon in 2004. She moved to Seattle the same year and began working as an assistant Montessori teacher to Miss Karen. In 2007, Miss Tiffany completed her Montessori training at Bellevue Montessori College. She has been teaching with Miss Karen at Bella Terra Montessori since it opened in 2006. Miss Tiffany has received children's yoga training through Radiant Child Yoga and incorporates it into group time daily. She enjoys gardening, hiking, skiing, watercolor painting and being with family. Miss Tiffany lives in Carnation with her daughter Elsa, husband Jeff and cat Molly.
Every lead teacher at Bella Terra has their 4 year Bachelors degree, as well as a 5th year of Montessori Training. Our teachers have studied in MACTE Certified teacher training programs and have completed a one- year Internship before becoming a lead teacher.
Peace in the world begins with the habits of the very young. Children whose adults model compassion, kindness, love, and an appreciation of the world, and who are given the opportunity to take care of themselves, each other, and the environment, feel proud of themselves and overflow with joy and concern for the community and for themselves.