Meet Our Teachers

Teresa Shippen teaches our Kindergarten classroom. Teresa began her teaching career in Live Oak, California working at a three room school out in the orchards. She taught 3-4th grades for eight years, and loved being a part of the community of Live Oak. Teresa left this job to be a stay-at-home mom for her two young children. During the thirteen years that she stayed home she had a third child. Jacob, her oldest, currently attends Chico State and will be graduating this Spring (2016). Jessica is currently a sophomore at the University of Oregon in Eugene and Peter, her youngest is currently 13. Teresa began her path back into teaching Kindergarten at Chico Montessori, a then private school in town. Her Montessori training was a great fit for the way she felt education should be.


Carin Anderson teaches one of our three Lower Elementary (1/2/3) classrooms. Carin began teaching in 2000 in the Oakland public schools. After 4 years of teaching in the bay area, she took time off to do human rights work in Colombia, and then to be a full­time mother during her daughter Isa’s first five years. Carin was completely converted to Montessori philosophy and education during her time off from teaching, and joined Sherwood when the school opened. She is especially drawn to Montessori’s emphasis on Peace Education and the importance of intercultural understanding and experience. Carin holds an MA in Education from U.C. Berkeley, a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, a Montessori Early Childhood credential, and has almost completed her Montessori Lower Elementary Credential. This is her 6th year teaching at Sherwood.

Please note: Carin is spending a year overseas (2016-17) teaching in a Quaker-run school that serves Palestinian families. We will miss Carin terribly but are proud to support her as she pursues this endeavor.  We wish her and her daughter a safe and fulfilling journey, and will hold them in our hearts until they return to Chico with stories to share of their travels.


Emily Barrett has accepted the teaching position for Carin's lower elementary classroom for the time Carin is teaching overseas. Emily has experience as a teacher, she comes with stellar recommendations, and the hiring committee felt she was a natural fit for our community. Emily has been trained as a Nurtured Heart Approach trainer and has agreed to help our staff integrate this approach to guidance and discipline in our Montessori school. We couldn't be happier with Emily's decision to join us and are looking forward to all of you getting to know her as well.


Eric Parish teaches one of our three Lower Elementary (1/2/3) classrooms. Eric came to Sherwood Montessori in January 2010. Prior to that he was teaching 4th grade at Dunbar Elementary in the Sonoma Unified School District and was an aide at River Montessori in Petaluma. Eric received his Masters in Education and Montessori training at Endicott College.  His multiple-subject teaching credential  was earned at Sonoma State University. Eric loves to play and coach soccer. He has played professionally and even played and lived a few years in the Netherlands. Eric now lives in Chico with his wife Tanya, his eight year old son Fletcher and five year old daughter Anouk.


Marlo Knox teaches one of our three Lower Elementary (1/2/3) classes. Marlo Knox has more than 23 years of teaching experience. She has earned a Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in Sociology, a Masters in the Art of Teaching, a Bilingual, Cross-Cultural Language and Academic certificate for teaching in Spanish in California, and a Montessori Lower Elementary diploma. She considers her religious freedom, her role as mother, and her family to be her passion and inspiration.


Tanya Parish teaches one of our two Upper Elementary (4/5) classes. Tanya Parish, is a third generation Montessori teacher and holds a Bachelors degree in Child Development and Masters in Montessori Integrative Education. She is the mother of two lovely and very busy children ages 5 and 8. Her husband is also a teacher the lower elementary at Sherwood. In her spare time she loves to make signs out of reclaimed wood and is interested in upcycling, music, dancing, crafting, recycling and reusing, sustainability and spending time with her family. She has a boxer dog named Rocket, and a cat named Mr. Tibbs and her favorite movies are Princess Bride and The Goonies.


Sheng Vang teaches one of our two Upper Elementary (4/5) clsses. Sheng has been in education for 13 years. Within those 13 years, she has been a Bilingual Liaison, After School Enrichment Teacher, Classroom Teacher, Paraprofessional, and a After School Coordinator and Curriculum Developer. She received her Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Child Development from Chico State. Sheng says she loves being in education because you never stop learning and growing! During her free time, she enjoys gardening, crafting, and spending time with her three boys and husband.


Celeste Shults teaches our 6th/7th/8th grade class. Celeste has been in education for over 20 years. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development and Marriage and Family relations in 1992 from California State University, Chico. She then earned the clear multiple subject teaching credential in 1994 from Chapman University. Celeste taught in the Bay Area until she moved back to Chico in 2000 when she had her first child. She has taught elementary grades (K-6th) for the bulk of her years as an educator. She is excited to use her years of experience with our middle school students, this will be her second year as Sherwood Montessori’s middle school teacher. Celeste has two sons, her oldest is a freshman at Chico Senior High School and her youngest is a 7th grader at Chico Country Day School. As a family, they have a passion for the outdoors. If there is something to ride, climb, or conquer you can guarantee Celeste's family will! Their two furry companions Sally (7 year old border collie) and Linus (1 year old shih tzu/jack russell) are never far behind or ahead of them during any adventure. It is with this level of enthusiasm that Celeste looks forward to every new day in middle school. 


Our Administrative Staff

Michelle Yezbick is our School Director. She taught in Montessori classrooms for thirteen years before becoming Sherwood's first Director when the school opened in 2010. Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her Master of Arts in Language and Literacy Development from San Francisco State University. Michelle's sons, Ari and George, attend Sherwood Montessori, which is great motivation to come to work each day with the goal of creating a space where authentic Montessori education can thrive. In her time off, she enjoys camping with her family and exploring the natural world. 


Jessica Ordaz is our Director of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). This includes supervision of our Intervention and Special Education Services and staff.  She was previously our School-Based Intervention Coordinator and has been working in the field of education for over 15 years. She has served infants to adults in various positions and roles. Jessica has a strong passion for helping each unique individual achieve their fullest potential by providing them with a specialized plan for growth that meets the needs of the whole child. She received her Special Education teaching credential and Masters of Education at Chico State. Jessica and her two children have been a part of the Sherwood community for the past few years and feel honored to be a part of such a great group of parents and educators who truly have a passion for Montessori education. When she is not at Sherwood, Jessica enjoys gardening, spending time with family, and serving in the community. 


Adriane Travis, Office Manager

Heather Fisher, Administrative Assistant

Our Support Staff

Classroom Aides:

  • Michael Whittemore, Celeste's Aide
  • Kimberly Fellner, Tanya's Aide
  • Brenda Brown, Eric's Aide
  • Mali Jones, Marlo's Aide
  • Lynn Archer, Teresa's Aide
  • TBA, Emily's Aide
  • TBA, Sheng's Aide


Additional Staff at Sherwood:

  • Richie Hirshen, Cooking & Gardening Teacher
  • Steve Duke, new position TBA
  • Steve McKeever, new position TBA
  • Kimberly Fellner, PE Teacher
  • Morea Milgrom, Art Teacher
  • TBA, Music Teacher
  • Julia Marshall Goddard, Aftercare Program Coordinator


See Also:


Our Special Education Services & Staff


Our Intervention Services & Staff