Kate Causbie

Montessori Assistant 

Veronica Dutton 

Lead Teacher, Director and Owner 

Chris Smith

Montessori Assistant

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​Chris smith hails from Baltimore city where she earned her Bachelor Degree in science and physics at the University of Maryland. Relocating to Seattle in 2005 she lives  here in Ballard with her husband and 2 daughters. Chris received her Montessori Assistant training through MEIPN and has on going training annually. Chris enjoys teaching sign language, Spanish and when she is not working at Practical Montessori she volunteers her time at Seattle Public Schools



​​​Kate is a Seattle-native, but only recently moved back last year after a 5 year stint in Springfield, Ohio, for university and an AmeriCorps term. She holds a Bachelor's in Studio Art and Social Psychology, and has a particular passion for the study of equine assisted therapies, or the emotional effects that horses can have on humans. 
She spent the year after college working in community organizing around family health and wellness in the attendance zone of a marginalized public elementary school in Springfield, including building capacity for community-initiated and supported programming at the school. Since moving back she has worked in program administration for after school programs and teaches kid yoga and mindfulness privately. She also works as a birth doula, family photographer, and occasionally a part time nanny.... you may have seen her picking up some students at Practical Montessori. 
She so excited to have a role at Practical Montessori and its community!

Patricia Bertolini
Intern/Volunteer

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Native from Brazil and recently moved to Seattle, Patricia has a Bachelor degree in Physics with 4 years of experience teaching in Brazil. After moving to the city, she already concluded a Child Care Course Program that resulted in the internship at the school. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, she is continuing to improve her English with daily classes at the North Seattle College.

With a love for science, she has worked with physics laboratory experiments since the first year at the university. She is always interested in new events and science projects and will always be glad to talk about it.

Patricia is always walking with her dog, “Café”, around Ballard and discovering new things about her new neighborhood and city. If you are into hiking and snowboarding, she will be happy to join you next time.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to guide, support, and nourish the small growing spirit within each child so that they may develop into their own individual personality.



​​​​Veronica has been working with children for over ten years and teaching in a Montessori classroom since 2007. After moving with her husband to Seattle from Arizona, she completed her Montessori education through the United Montessori Association, and is finishing a second Montessori teaching credential (AMI) through Montessori Northwest. while also furthering her studies in early childhood education and Family Studies. Veronica is fluent in, and has taught Spanish, as well as coached families in the Northwest on how to express warmth and connect with their children since 2006. When she's not teaching children, you can find Veronica at a local coffee shop, with her dog or smelling rosemary on walks around the neighborhood. She also enjoys hiking, storytelling, yoga, intercultural human interactions, and learning about children through nature.

​​​​​​​​Training and experience:

  • Lead Montessori Educator/Director at Practical Montessori​
  • Lead Montessori teacher at Stepping Stone Montessori
  • Spanish and Assistant Montessori teacher at Wedgwood Montessori North
  • NAEYC accredited lead teacher at Kids Co., Adams Elementary
  • Active Participant  in Early Achievers for Early Childhood Education
  • ​Member Of the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association (PNMA) 
  • Eight years of lead summer school-age counselor coordinator
  • Certified Emergency preparedness & fire safety
  • Cultural and individual diversity curriculum
  • **Veronica is a also a state certified  provider and educator, who receives ongoing
    training and attends conferences quarterly, if you ever want to know more about other current
    ​certifications or resources, she is happy to help!**