Shelly Phillips

Board President

Shelly has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois with an emphasis on early childhood development and a Master of Arts in Leadership. Shelly is currently the office manager at her husband’s successful chiropractic business. She is also a life and parenting coach and has a successful online blog. Shelly has worked as an assistant Montessori teacher for 5 years and has Montessori assistant teacher training. She ran a small Montessori inspired toddler program out of her home for a year and achieved a Step 10 in the Oregon Registry. Shelly and her husband Kevin have 2 children, the older of whom currently attends Desert Sky Montessori. Shelly currently serves as President of the board for Desert Sky Montessori.



Bonnie Walker

Board Treasurer

Bonnie joined the Desert Sky Montessori Board of Directors in August 2017. She holds a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Smith College in Northampton, MA. Bonnie’s passion for education began at a young age and she has stayed connected with the education community as a math tutor, high school math teacher, snowboard instructor, dance teacher, parent volunteer and special needs advocate, and now as a member of the Desert Sky Board. A web geek at heart, Bonnie also worked as a professional web developer for 15 years before transitioning to her new career as a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Bonnie’s most meaningful personal experience with Montessori was placing her father at the Montessori-based Mt. Bachelor Memory Care facility in Bend, Oregon and seeing the difference the Montessori method makes throughout the life cycle and in particular for memory patients and their families. Bonnie lives in Bend with her spouse, daughter, two cats and border collie doggy.



Shauna Michaels

Board Secretary

“Hi everyone my name is Shauna Michaels. I have been married to my husband for 13 years and we have three amazing little girls together. I have my bachelors in Psychology and am currently pursuing my Masters in Performance Psychology. I am passionate about health and fitness and am hoping to make a positive influence in our community. I have been around the Montessori environment for a few years with a daughter who did a program in California and am excited to have my hand in shaping our kids future by helping build up an amazing Montessori Public School.”



Tia Hanson

Tia Hanson moved from Portland to Bend, Oregon one year ago with her two radiant little boys, and her slightly Irishy husband to work as a design professional with a local architecture and interior design firm. While she misses the rain, Tia finds surprising beauty in the desert rocks, tumbleweed, and the Central Oregon community’s incessant drive for community service. Tia, too, has hope and faith in the capacity of humanity to selflessly care for one another, and she seeks to contribute in what little ways she can to its material and spiritual advancement. Tia’s experience with Montessori education began with her son Jasper’s attendance at a small Montessori school in Portland while she completed her graduate studies; she witnessed the tangible benefit it provided to her son. Now, in an endeavor to support tuition free Montessori education in Bend, Tia serves as a voting member of the school board, while supporting the facilities committee, and Spanish-speaking community outreach endeavors.