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, and kindergarten classrooms and 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.
Director and Upper Elementary Lead TeacherBio
Director and Upper Elementary Lead Teacher
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
Tarsa was born in Iowa and moved to Flagstaff, Arizona where she earned her bachelor's degree in Philosophy. After graduation she moved to Oregon during the summer of 2018 and started her career at Far Horizons. Tarsa has been working in before and after school programs since 2016.
During her free time Tarsa loves to hike and read philosophy. She uses philosophical teachings that guide all aspects of her life and interaction with the children. Tarsa loves taking initiative to create a fun, interactive learning environment. She encourages the students to become their most virtuous self and to question everything. Tarsa believes that children are the key to changing the future.
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
Primary 1 Assistant Teacher, Aftercare Lead TeacherBio
Primary 1 Assistant Teacher, Aftercare Lead Teacher
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/Assistant TeacherBio
Primary 2 Lead/Assistant 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.
School Age Emergency Childcare Lead Teacher, Aftercare Assistant TeacherBio
School Age Emergency Childcare Lead Teacher, Aftercare Assistant Teacher
Avery joined the Far Horizons family in the fall of 2018. A few months before that she graduated from South Eugene High School, but before leaving she took Child Development and Child Psychology. She spend a lot of time in South’s very own Kids Down South. It was in KDS where she realized just how much she loved working with kids, so when she was given the opportunity to work at Far Horizons she was overjoyed. Now, she’s continuing her education by taking classes at LCC. Avery is excited to learn from the students and grow with them.
School Age Emergency Childcare Assistant TeacherBio
School Age Emergency Childcare Assistant Teacher
Distance Learning TeacherBio
Distance Learning Teacher
Estelle Swan has had 20 years of classroom experience as an elementary and middle school teacher at Eugene School District 4J and other school districts, mostly at the 4th and 5th grade levels. Estelle received her teacher training at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and has a bachelor of arts in liberal studies with a minor in physical sciences. She has also taken a wide variety of post-baccalaureate classes in education, literature, art, science, and sociological studies. She is excited to be learning the Montessori techniques, because they are supportive of a teaching style that celebrates the interest of each student, as well as the creation of a peaceful learning environment. Estelle loves to travel, enjoy the outdoors, converse with friends, read, write, create art, and play guitar. She has been enjoying the Eugene community since she made it her home in 1999.
Positions at Far Horizons
We currently have openings at Far Horizons. If you would like to apply or have any questions, please contact us.
Upper Elementary Lead Teacher
Teaching one year (preferred)
We are looking for a Montessori Upper Elementary Lead Teacher in our 4th to 6th grade classroom. We require you to have or obtain a Upper Elementary Montessori training certificate for this position, and we give preference to those with an education degree.
As a Certified Child Care Center, we require you to have or obtain the following trainings/certifications:
- Enrollment in the Office of Childcare's Central Background Registry
- First Aid/CPR
- Food Handlers Card
- Introduction to Childcare Health and Safety
- Recognizing and Reporting Abuse and Neglect
- Upper Elementary Montessori (preferred)
- Paid time off
- Education assistance or tuition reimbursement
- Child Care benefits
- Employee discounts
Our son started last year and a one thing I love are the huge hearted teachers. Our son is in Lower Elementary and I honestly chose the school because I could tell Kelli would be a great fit for our son. She’s soft spoken, gentle, open minded and seems to genuinely care about my child’s well being and happiness.— Far Horizons Parent