Head of School
Jodie moved to Bend from Perth, Western Australia in 2016. She received her Montessori certification in 1994 and has been a Montessori educator for 24 years. Jodie has been working as both a Head teacher and an administrator for the past 5 years. She has been a representative on her previous school board for 8 years and has an Educational Leadership qualification. Jodie is passionate about Montessori being available to all children and is very excited about publicly accessible Montessori education in Central Oregon. She has participated in an IEP team and believes in inclusion of children in the Montessori classroom. Jodie, her husband, and two children feel very fortunate to have moved to such an incredibly friendly and welcoming community. Jodie plans to foster that welcoming culture at Desert Sky Montessori as Head of School. Jodie and her family also enjoy observing wildlife and exploring our beautiful Oregon forests.
Julia has more than 15 years of experience in Real Estate. She is an Escrow Officer with Amerititle, Inc. and currently works with some of the largest builders in Central Oregon. Julia is also a master event planner. She has experience in all facets of event logistics and management from large scale community events to quaint private parties. She has successfully been involved in non-profit fundraising and coordination. Julia is an advocate of the Montessori Method and utilizes the techniques with her daughter who has attended Montessori preschool.
Head Teacher K-1
Heather Phillips has been teaching in the Montessori Primary Classroom for over 20 years. She completed her Montessori training at St. Mary’s College, CA. after receiving a BA in Liberal Studies/Psychology. Heather is passionate in her love for the Montessori method and all of the wonder it inspires. She is dedicated to fostering an environment that is safe (physically, emotionally, and intellectually), cooperative, and cultivates intellectual curiosity. Heather deeply believes in the potential of every child, and the children she works with are like an extension of her own family.
Heather and her husband have four beautiful daughters (ages 12, 17, 18, and 21) and have recently added a beautiful black lab named Cooper to their home. They really enjoy watching their youngest daughter play softball, hiking around Central Oregon and just spending time together as a family. When Heather realized that public Montessori was an option for our families here in Bend, she was excited to get involved. She is looking forward to the development of the Desert Sky community and is eager to meet all of you!
Lower Elementary Assistant
Pascaline was born in France and grew up around the world following her parents, both medical doctors for a French nonprofit medical organization. Pascaline holds several degrees in Paleontology and Archaeology from her native France. Pascaline moved to the United States in 2000. She completed her studies at the Northern Arizona University and since 2006 she has worked as a translator. Her clients include the US State Department as well as various state and federal governmental entities from the USA, Canada, THE EU, and France, internationally-renowned translation agencies and film studios.