Guidepost Montessori at Beaverton is situated in the Raleigh West neighborhood of East Beaverton, right off Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy. At the heart of our school is our belief that children thrive when given freedom and responsibility in Montessori environments prepared especially for them. Our bright, beautiful classrooms and caring staff members will nurture your child’s joy in learning. We welcome your family to our community!
Our beautiful campus and welcoming community is the perfect place for your child to explore her own potential.
Guidepost Montessori classrooms are light, airy, calming, aesthetically beautiful spaces. Each material is carefully chosen and carefully displayed — to inspire and entice your child to explore.
Children's House Classrooms
Ashley Shoaf, Head of School
Ashley Shoaf is so excited to lead our first Guidepost Montessori school in the Pacific Northwest! Before joining the Guidepost family, Ashley worked for nine years at a Montessori school in St. Paul, Minnesota where she had a variety of roles. Montessori education has been her passion since the first introduction, but she knew she wanted to be involved in Montessori for life when she observed the benefits of the educational approach in her daughter. Ashley recently moved to the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children, who are also part of our Guidepost community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and exploring hiking trails and restaurants.
Kayla Hackett, Assistant Head of School
Kayla Hackett's love of early childhood education stemmed from the birth of her two younger brothers at the start of her college career, which resulted in her decision to pursue a joint degree in both Child Development and Family Life Education at CSU Long Beach. Throughout her career, she has had the pleasure of serving children and families in multiple settings, from assisting at a Family Resource Center, to teaching inside the classroom, to supporting families on a school administration team. Kayla has been part of the Guidepost Montessori Team since 2018, supporting our sister campus down in Laguna Hills, CA. From these experiences, Kayla has found her heart lies with the Montessori philosophy. Outside of work, Kayla enjoys hiking, caring for her houseplants, exploring the local farmer's markets, and spending time with family and friends.
Sam Prince, Lead Nido Guide
Sam Prince earned his undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from Bard College. In 2017 he earned his master's degree in Education and Human Growth and Development with a concentration in Early Literacy from the University of Colorado at Denver. He has spent a half decade in the classroom, concentrating on learning and implementing the values of progressive education. Montessori drew him in because of its belief in the competency of children. In his free time Sam is an avid reader.
Pao-Hua (Jennifer) Hsieh, Lead Young Toddler Guide
Pao-Hua (Jennifer) Hsieh finished 49 Early Childhood Education units from De Anza College, and holds a Child Development Associate Teacher Permit from the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Additionally, she earned her Montessori credential from the American Montessori Society and completed the Montessori Early Childhood Education from the San Francisco Bay Area Montessori Teacher Education Center. Jennifer began her teaching career 20 years ago in a Montessori school in Sunnyvale, California. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, cooking, traveling, and playing the piano.
Jaime Sargent, Lead Toddler Guide
Jaime Sargent is a graduate from PCC with a degree in Early Education and Family Studies. She has been an Early Childhood Educator for over 18 years, working with children ages 0-5 years of age, with a large focus on Toddlers. She has a lifelong passion for the Early Childhood field and hopes to continue growing in the field by taking on mentorship and leadership roles. She is looking forward to receiving her Montessori certification through The Prepared Montessorian, one of Guidepost Montessori's in-network partners. Jaime has been implementing Montessori practices in her toddler classrooms for several years and is thrilled to be in an environment that fully supports Montessori. When she is not working or doing course work, she is enjoying time with her family including her husband of 15 years, and her children ages 9, 12, and surprise number 3 coming in January 2020. Jaime loves creating memories with her family exploring the beautiful Northwest, and spending quality time together.
Wei (Kathy) Meng, Lead Toddler Guide
Wei Meng earned a bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. She also holds a Montessori Assistance to Infancy certification from AMI. Wei Meng used to work as a BD manager in trading business and discovered Montessori education in 2016. She started her teaching career in early 2017 at Montessori School of Shanghai. She took her 0-3 training in the Montessori Institute of San Diego from 2018 to 2019. She enjoys being around children (including two of her own) and guiding the development of their ability to adapt to the future world.
Briana Dutton, Lead Children's House Guide
Briana was introduced to Montessori education while serving in the AmeriCorps as a mentor for underserved children in 2010. One of her assignments was at the first public Montessori school in the Tacoma School District. Impressed by the social-emotional and academic growth she observed in the children there, she decided to pursue a career in education and hasn’t looked back since! She worked in several Montessori classrooms in the Portland area before graduating from Montessori Northwest with an AMI Primary diploma in 2017. Briana spent two years guiding her own classroom before joining our Guidepost family. In her free time, Briana loves to read, learn new instruments, rock hounding, and kayaking.
Becca Sachs, Lead Children's House Guide
Becca is so excited to join the team at Guidepost Montessori. Originally from New York, she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from SUNY Potsdam, and an AMI Primary Diploma from Montessori Northwest. Becca has worked at a variety of Montessori programs including Waterfront Montessori in New Jersey, and Childpeace Montessori in Portland. In her free time, she enjoys baking, aerial arts, and exploring Portland on her bicycle.
Children are compelling in every way. They are fascinating, intriguing, charming, heartwarming creatures with infinite variation in personalities, tendencies, and interests.
The unique joy and sacred responsibility of a child's caretakers is to learn about her — to discover and fall in love with her as she grows, to let careful observation and observant care guide her development, and to get to know her well enough to help her shape herself. A child's teachers and parents are collaborators in this process that is at once scientific discovery and heartfelt nurturing.
To that end, our school is designed to further connect you with your child, to bring you into a community of valuable resources and education-minded people, and to make it as easy as possible for you to understand and support your child as she grows.
Insights into Your Child
The Montessori approach emphasizes careful, theory-informed, individualized observation of each child's development. We don't want to keep what we see to ourselves! The impact of these observations is greatest when shared with a child's parents.
At Guidepost, parents receive regular, detailed updates about their children. Classroom guides are available outside of class hours by phone, email, or for scheduled in-person meetings. Your child’s guide will also meet with you for regularly-scheduled conferences about your child's learning and growth.
We see these conversations, both periodic conferences and frequent exchanges, as critical for both giving and receiving information. They allow teachers to hear from the people most expert and most observant about a child: his parents.
Parents will also receive written progress reports two to three times per year, each a summary of a teacher's observations of the child over the course of the previous months. Meanwhile, day-to-day and week-to-week, parents receive regular updates from the teacher, in the form of photographs and written anecdotes about their child.
And finally, parents are able to directly access Transparent Classroom, the web-based system we use for careful record keeping and observations about your child. Transparent Classroom offers you an on-demand window into the lessons and classroom life of your child.
A great school offers the incredible resource of a trusted partner for parents in the education of their child. The simplest way to amplify that resource is to offer more of it: to offer it at flexible hours so that you can access a trusted, caring partner during days and times when you need us the most.
At Guidepost, we offer an extended school day program, where children thrive in the Montessori approach all day long. Early morning and late afternoon times offer children the downtime and free time they need in order to assimilate all that they have learned during the school day. Each child can find time to develop interests outside the classroom with expert guidance, and to explore an environment rich with opportunities.
To ensure that parents can rely upon a consistent social and recreational experience in a warm and expert school setting, our extended day schedule is offered inclusively with the cost of our programs: there is no extra charge for morning and afternoon extended day hours.
In addition, extracurricular programs are offered during the afternoon extended day, after class time is over. Parents and children can choose from a wide variety of optional activities designed to spark your child’s passion in some way.
Guidepost Montessori runs year-round. We know that we need to be available as a support for your family, so we minimize school closure days as much as we can. For enrolled families, a full calendar will be available on our Parent Portal.
Our typical school day runs from about 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, depending on the program. However, because we believe so strongly in supporting a partnership between home and school for families needing greater accessibility, our all-inclusive tuition price includes the option to utilize our extended day program. This means that your family can drop off as early as 7:00 AM and pick up as late as 6:00 PM.