Jessie Hanna, owner and teacher
Jessie was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She has two creative brothers and is the daughter of two public school teachers. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Ecology from the University of Georgia before moving to Hawaii to teach environmental education on the North Shore. There she met her husband, Stephen, and moved to Oregon in 2001 where she continued teaching hands on science lessons at Outdoor Science School for several seasons. She then went back to school to become an AMI trained Montessori guide and earn her Masters in Education.
After working many years at an AMI accredited school, Jessie decided to start her own program in her neighborhood in North Portland. Jessie has spent the last 10 summers leading wilderness adventure trips all over the west coast for teenagers.
Jessie has advanced medical training and is certified in adult, child, and infant CPR. She enjoys knitting, sewing, and baking, which she loves sharing with the children. When Jessie isn't working, she is usually exploring the Northwest on foot or by white water raft or soaking in naturally occurring hot water.
Muriah Gerrard, assistant and AMI trained Montessori guide
Muriah grew up in the Ozark Mountains in NW Arkansas. She spent 3 incredible years living, traveling, and working throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. After her time abroad she settled in Portland where she fell in love with the landscape, people, and energy a small city had to offer. She has worked on and off as a floral designer for over 10 years.
After pursuing a degree in human studies at Marylhurst University and completing her AMI Montessori teacher training in 2006, she worked in several Montessori schools throughout Portland.
Muriah loves her work at North Portland Montessori and feels fortunate to be part of such a wonderful school community. She lives with her husband, Darrin, and her two wild and wonderful sons, Jack and Francis, who are both Montessori students. In her free time Muriah loves to cook, spend time with her family and work in the garden at her Arbor Lodge home.
Muriah and Jessie have worked together for several years at SunGarden Montessori in West Linn before making the leap to start North Portland Montessori School.