Happy 2020

1301 7th Street East, Whitefish, MT 59937, US

(406) 863-4685

Children's Houes Montessori School

Let's learn!

Let's learn!

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Meet Our Educators


Amanda Fleming - Director

Hello, my name is Amanda Fleming  I have been on campus as a teacher since 2008 and took over as director in 2018. I hold a degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as being Montessori Certified through American Montessori Society. In addition to teaching at CHMS, I spent seven years teaching at FVCC. I am an avid outdoor enthusiast. I enjoy hiking, fishing, and camping with my husband and our three teenage sons. 


Lindsey MacFarlane - Administrative Assistant

My name is Lindsey MacFarlane .  I have a BA in Environmental Studies and Visual Design.  My son started attending CHMS in 2005 and I have been working here since 2006.  I love the wonderful world of nature and photography. 


Darcie Blanden - Lead Teacher Aspen Class

Hello, my name is Darcie Blanden.  I hold a Bachelors of Science degree in Health and Human Development as well as being Montessori Certified through the American Montessori Society.   I am an outdoor enthusiast and I enjoy hiking and  skiing, as well as following my kids to all their activities.      


Jamie Pearce

My name is Jamie Pearce and I am a Teachers’ Assistant in the Aspen

classroom. I graduated from the University of Great Falls in 2011 with

a Bachlor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. Other activities

when I am not here at the school include interior decorating, antiquing

and camping. My favorite children’s book is Love You Forever by

Robert Munsch


Sue Hays - Lead Teacher Birch Class

My name is Sue Hays.  I hold an AA from FVCC and a BA from UM in Elementary Education K-8, with an endorsement in reading K-12 with training in Reading Recovery. I also have my Montessori Teaching Certificate for ages 3-6.  I am a parent of two sons, and have a grandson.  My extracurricular activities include gardening, cooking, literature, art, walking and learning new things. 


Eve Hunter- Lead Teacher Saplings Class

Hello, my name is Eve Hunter.  I have a BA in Art from Linfield College, and a MA in Education-Montessori from Montessori Northwest and Loyola University.  I have been working with children since 2001 as a nanny, a Head Start teacher, and a Montessori teacher.  This is my 9th year working at CHMS in the Saplings program.  I  enjoy hiking, camping, and being crafty. 


Zhoe Weldele- Assistant Birch Class

My name is Zhoe Weldele.  I graduated Whitefish High School in 2017.  I have been at Children’s House Montessori School since early 2016.  I enjoy hiking and creating pencil portrait art.  My favorite children’s book is The Whale and the Snail by Julia Donaldson.


Kaitlyn Foster- Assistant Beargrass


Hi, my name is Kaitlyn Foster and I am the Beargrass assistant in the

after school program. I graduated high school and worked as a nanny for

six years. I have also done many volunteering opportunities at several

schools and churches. I love everything Disney. I also like knitting,

sewing, quilting and crafting. Baking and cooking are fun too. 


Emily Leishman-Assistant Teacher Saplings Class

Hi, I'm  Emily Leishman and I am a Teachers’ Assistant in the

Saplings classroom. I graduated from Holy Cross in Massachusetts with a

degree in Sociology and Studio Art. You may have seen me working at the

daycare at Whitefish Mountan Resort. I have worked up on the mountain

for the past four winters. I love painting, hiking and pretty much anything outside.