Ms. Amber Barrett

Lead Primary Teacher

Ms. Amber Barrett

“My approach to working with children is to first and foremost, create a safe, kind and caring environment.  In a Montessori classroom, we teach children to respect themselves, their peers, and adults, as well as the materials around them, all of which helps establish a nurturing environment.  My mission as a Montessori teacher is to foster independence, creative thinking and problem-solving, and to support each child in achieving their personal best, both academically and socially.  I want children to be driven to learn and succeed because it comes from withinthem, not because of adult expectations.   I believe in guiding children with kindness, compassion and humor, and allowing them a healthy amount of freedom within limits in order for their true potential to shine through.”

Ms. Amber Barrett is AMI Trained


Loyola University Maryland, 8/2017
M.Ed. in Montessori Education

Montessori Northwest, 6/2017
Montessori Primary Teacher Diploma

Bachelor of English, Liberal Arts, 12/2000
Minor in Writing – University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado

TEFL Teaching Certificate, 11/2002
Next Level Language Institute, Prague, Czech Republic

Experience in Teaching

Lead Primary Guide       8/2017 – Present
Roots & Wings Montessori School

Educational Assistant for preschool students      8/2014 – 6/2016
Portland Public Schools, Portland, Oregon

Teaching Assistant      1/2011 – 6/2014
Happy Valley Montessori School, Portland, Oregon

Teacher       9/2008 – 8/2010
Wild Lilac Preschool, Portland, Oregon

Teaching Assistant       10/2007 – 4/2008
Inverleigh Montessori School, Calgary, Alberta

ESL Instructor       8/2007 – 10/2007
Berlitz Academy, Calgary, Alberta

ESL Instructor      5/2007 – 8/2007
Global Connections, Calgary, Alberta         

ESL Instructor      9/2006 – 4/2007
Berlitz Academy, Denver, Colorado

Teaching Assistant in a Special Education Classroom         9/2006 – 4/2007
Teller Elementary School, Denver, Colorado

Teaching Assistant in a Special Education Classroom        9/2005-5/2006
Basha Elementary School, Chandler, Arizona

Teaching Assistant in a Special Education Classroom       9/2004 – 5/2005
Henry Middle School, Denver, Colorado

ESL Teacher      1/2003 – 5/2003
Lingua Viva, Prague, Czech Republic

ESL Tutor       1/2003 – 5/2003
David Holis, Prague, Czech Republic

ESL Tutor      12/2002 – 5/2003
Next Level Language, Prague, Czech Republic

Volunteer History

Mentor      1/2011-8/2013
Africa House, Portland, OR

Liaison      1/2011-6/2011
American Field Service, Portland, OR

Mentor       5/2008-8/2010
Immigration and Refugee Community Organization, Portland, OR

Volunteer ESL Tutor       7/2007-4/2008
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, Calgary, Alberta

Volunteer ESL Tutor       1/2004-1/2005
Emily Griffith Opportunity School, Denver, Colorado