Meet Our Teachers
Teresa Shippen teaches our Kindergarten class. 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.
Eric Parish teaches one of our three Lower Elementary (1/2/3) classes. 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.
April Pearce teaches oe of our three Lower Elementary (1/2/3) classes. She entered the Sherwood community in the 2016-2017 school year, substituting in every class and acting as a resource for some of the teachers, while working on her Masters in Education. April jumped at the chance to lead a classroom at Sherwood because she loves living in Chico and she is an avid Montessorian who believes in free, quality education. She is continuing to pursue her degree while teaching. April has a Bachelor of Arts in Lingusitics and a TESOL certificate from Chico State, in addition to AMS Early Childhood and Elementary I-II credentials from Montessori Teacher Education Center in the Bay Area. She has eight years of experience teaching in Montessori classrooms, preschool through sixth grade. Her hobbies include sailing, going to concerts, making piñatas, and walking with her dog Rusty Bones.
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 (4/5/6) 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 (4/5/6) 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.
Falyn Beshwate Falyn Beshwate is our new 7th/8th grade teacher. She comes to us with 5 years of teaching experience, 3 of which were working with middle school students. She received her BA in Ceramics from San Francisco State University, moved to Chico for a few years, then spent a year at University of Florida studying ceramics before living in Savannah, Georgia for another year. After she got tired of the humid weather in the South, she moved back to Chico. There she pursued her MA Ed and multiple subject teaching credential concurrently thought the Rural Teacher Residency Program. When Falyn isn't teaching she is adventuring outdoors with her husband Matthew. She likes costuming and primitive camping (Ranger Corps!), CrossFit, eating, traveling, hedge-witchery and working on restoring her 1972 VW Super Beetle, "Old Blue".
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.
Heather Fisher is our Administrative Assistant. She has been with Sherwood Montessori since it’s inception and has enjoyed watching it grow into a exemplary Montessori charter school. Heather received her Bachelor of Science degree from Humboldt State University. She has lived in various states before settling in Chico. Her passion for Montessori started when her oldest daughter attended a Montessori pre-school in Minnesota. Prior to Sherwood Montessori, Heather served as the Director of a small Montessori elementary school. All four of her daughters attended Sherwood and attributed their success to the teachers and friends they had at the school.
Our Support Staff
- Michael Whittemore, Falyn's Aide
- Kimberly Fellner, Tanya's Aide
- Brenda Brown, Eric's Aide
- Jessica Kusel, Marlo's Aide
- Lynn Archer, Teresa's Aide
- Brooke Daughtery, April's Aide
- Maribel De La Cerda, Sheng's Aide
Additional Staff at Sherwood:
- Sherri Scott, Cooking & Gardening Teacher
- Kimberly Fellner, PE Teacher
- Steve Duke, Instructional Support
- Steve McKeever, Intervention Aide