Lynn discovered her love for working with children in high school while employed by St. Vincent De Paul providing summer activities for low-income children and directing the evening childcare program at First Place Family Center. She moved into a nanny position for a family of seven, and then found Montessori by accepting a position in the aftercare program here at Far Horizons in 2009. She fell instantly in love with the Montessori teaching method because of the way it provides an opportunity for every child to discover their interests and learn life skills. Maria Montessori sought to develop the spirit of the child, to meet the needs of the heart, and Lynn hopes to spend her career focusing on the goal of enriching the students in her life by honoring Maria’s commitment to following the child. Lynn earned her Associate Early Childhood Credential through the American Montessori Society’s Main Street Montessori Association Teacher Education Program in 2014. Lynn has worked in infant/toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and upper elementary classrooms and primary elementary summer camps and has directed various programs over many years. She is excited for the opportunity to support Far Horizons staff and families. She hopes to focus on building community and enriching the program for the students in as many ways as possible.
Dedicated to authentic Montessori education, the faculty and staff at Far Horizons Montessori are energetic, optimistic, talented, and want to make a difference. We strongly believe that great teachers are our best asset.
Lower Elementary Lead TeacherBio
Lower Elementary Lead Teacher
Kelli was born and raised here in Eugene. She graduated from South Eugene High School. She received her Montessori training from the North American Montessori Center in 2008. She has been working at Far Horizons since 2014. She truly enjoys teaching the children and watching them grow into the person they will become. Kelli began her Montessori career in 1995 and has made it her passion ever since.
Lower Elementary Assistant TeacherBio
Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher
Primary 1 Lead TeacherBio
Primary 1 Lead Teacher
Lisa has been teaching Montessori for over 30 years. She has a deep love of children, and has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of families. Since she joined Far Horizons in 1986, she met her husband at the school. Her children have gone through the Primary and Elementary classes, as well as her grandchildren. Lisa received her certification in Montessori Education for children ages birth-6 from the St. Nicholas Centre of Montessori Education, which is based in London, England. Her vision for the classroom is to create a warm and loving home away from home that helps develop the child's full potential.
Primary 1 Assistant TeacherBio
Primary 1 Assistant Teacher
Joseph has lived in South Eugene since 2007. He graduated from South Eugene High School. While attending he studied Child Development and worked in the schools child care program “Kids Down South”. After school he worked at the YMCA as an assistant pre-school teacher and summer camp member. Joseph is looking to further his Montessori education while working at Far Horizons.
Primary 1 and 2 Lead TeacherBio
Primary 1 and 2 Lead Teacher
Jen joined us in December of 2020 after working in childcare at EcoKids Village and subbing in the Kindergarten at The Village School. She is currently in her second year of Montessori training and hopes to be certified in the Spring of 2023. Jen raised her two children, Ben and Olivia, in Eugene and they also attended Far Horizons Montessori School. Jen has a varied background to draw from. She graduated with degrees in economics and law. She moved from the MidWest to the PNW to work for the Makah Nation at Neah Bay, Washington in 1993 where she raised funds for economic development projects. She moved to Eugene in 1997, managed nonprofits, and became an active community organizer. She has been a mediator and professional group facilitator for 15 years. For the past 15 years she has also been an Exhibit Interpreter for school groups at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the UO.
Primary 2 Lead TeacherBio
Primary 2 Lead Teacher
Erin Guthrie is a passionate teacher who believes that each child should be given an environment in which they can thrive socially, emotionally, and academically. She incorporates her passion for nature in to all that she does in the classroom and hopes that this will inspire many sustainable little citizens for our ever changing world.
Erin received her Montessori training from The American Montessori Society in 2007 and she has been teaching ever since, with a few breaks to grow her lovely family.
Primary 2 Lead TeacherBio
Primary 2 Lead Teacher
Ellen grew up attending Montessori schools from her toddler years through 6th grade. She loves working with children in an environment that is designed to meet their individual developmental needs. In her work, Ellen strives to nurture each child’s growing mind, heart, body, and spirit. Ellen completed her Montessori training for ages 3 – 6 at Montessori Northwest in Portland, which is affiliated with the Association Montessori Internationale. She has a M.Ed in Montessori Education through Loyola University Maryland. Ellen is excited to be a member of the Far Horizons community and bring her love for nature and singing into the classroom.
Primary 2 Assistant TeacherBio
Primary 2 Assistant Teacher
Positions at Far Horizons
If you would like to apply or have any questions, please contact us.
We are actively looking for people who would like to join our substitute list! We require enrollment in the Central Background Registry, First Aid/CPR with infant/child, Food Handlers card, and two short online ELD trainings. Experience is not required but is a plus. We often hire permanent employees from our substitute list, and offer them competitive pay, health insurance, Simple IRA matching and much more. Contact us to inquire!
Our daughter has been enrolled at Far Horizons for five years and we couldn't be happier with the care and attention she receives, or how well she's grown as a self-directed learner.Elizabeth — Far Horizons Parent