Our Staff


Chloe Reed, Executive Director

Chloe has been an active part of the North Coast community since 2007.  Her love of teaching and collaborative classrooms began twenty years ago with her teacher credentialing program at the University of Vermont.  At UVM, Chloe was trained in curriculum development and assessment-based instruction which allows her to design academic programs rooted in student interests and needs rather than rely on packaged curriculum. After several years as a classroom teacher, Chloe attended Literacy Collaborative Coordinator training at Lesley University in order to become a literacy teacher trainer and coach for her district. Chloe worked in classrooms from grades Kindergarten to eighth, implemented the district’s staff development program, and acted as a bridge between administration, faculty, teachers, and parents.  Chloe has studied organizational leadership through the Master's program at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Chloe is a trained Montessori Model United Nations leader and took her first group of delegates to the New York conference in March of 2018. Chloe was a Montessori parent, FMDM Board member, Upper Elementary teacher, and Director of Montessori del Mar Learning Center before transitioning to be Director of Montessori del Mar Community School.  Chloe’s son, Griffin, has attended Montessori schools since pre-school.

Contact: chloedirector@montessoridelmar.org



Special Focuses:

Program Development, 

School Operations,

Parent Communication,

Montessori Model UN,

Reading & Writing Workshop

Thomas “Ray” West, Upper Elementary Guide

Ray is an experienced educator,

having taught Language Arts,

Social Studies, Journalism and

Art to 6th, 7th and 8th graders

for the last twenty years. 

Prior to that, he was the

Marketing and Sales Manager

for the Lost Coast Brewery,

and an organic farmer in

Jacoby Creek. Ray did his

undergraduate work in English

Literature at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon and completed his degree at Humboldt State University.  After working for the Lost Coast Brewery in Eureka for three years he went back to HSU to earn his California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential with a single subject authorization in English and a CLAD certificate. In 2008, Ray had the honor of being selected by the Japanese government to be a Japanese Fulbright Memorial Fund recipient.  As an esteemed guest of the Japanese government, he attended seminars on the Japanese education system in Tokyo and visited schools from Kindergarten to College in the northern cities of Morioka and Ichinoseki. This experience informs his instruction in Haiku and his students have enjoyed great success at the Ukiah Haiku festival receiving top honors.  Ray is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys mountaineering, trail running, mountain biking, body surfing and gardening. He is a graduate of both Colorado Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School, having completed a course in Alaska Mountaineering during which he spent a month in the Alaska Range ice climbing and traveling on glaciers. This experience led him to earn his EMT certificate.  Ray has completed the Montessori Model U.N. training program and is looking forward to guiding his students through that program this year. He is currently enrolled in the Upper Elementary NAMC Montessori Credential program. Ray is the father of two wonderful boys, Wiley and Temple, and is particularly excited to have Temple in his class this year.

Contact: rayupperel@montessoridelmar.org

Special Focuses: Geography, cultural studies, current events, language arts, Montessori Model United Nations, gardening & food 

Susan Joyer, Primary Guide

Susan Joyer is an experienced educator in both traditional and Montessori settings. Her background has shown her first-hand the advantage of the holistic Montessori approach. Susan is eager to help students build independence and academic self-confidence, which allows them to transform their natural curiosity into a life time love of reading and learning. Susan is passionate about drawing and painting and engages students in the arts.  She also fosters well rounded community-minded children.  Besides

teaching and art, she loves to bike

ride, swim, and walk on the beach. 

She and her husband, Tom,

raised three wonderful children

(now grown) here on the coast. 

They also have three beautiful

grandsons. Susan is excited to have

the opportunity to work with the

staff, families, and students at

Montessori del Mar Community School.


Special Focuses: Love of Reading & Writing, Building Self-Esteem, Art

Elizabeth "Libby" Neumaier, Lower Elementary Guide

Libby grew up in the Detroit area and began her longstanding teaching career in her early twenties at an AMI Montessori school in Michigan.  She taught in Montessori schools for many years then in private, charter, and public schools.  At every type of school, she brought Montessori ideas and lessons to the children.

Libby has used her experience to develop classrooms rich in science, creative arts and mindfulness throughout her career.  Libby says she likes “…to help the children combine the arts and sciences with the academics to promote a rich and vibrant classroom. I learn so much when I follow the student’s interests and ideas.”  Libby has her Master's degree in education, holds a CA multiple subject teaching credential, and is trained in primary and elementary Montessori. Libby is thrilled to be a part of the Montessori Del Mar community and looks forward to encouraging a life-long love of learning in the students. In her spare time, Libby practices yoga and mindfulness, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and camping. Libby has one adult son who Montessori preschool and elementary in Michigan.

Contact: Libbylowerel@montessoridelmar.org

Special Focuses: Peace education, cultural outreach, building community

Holly Sinclair, Enrichment Specialist

Holly knew she wanted to work with children early on in her college career. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Education before going on to get her Masters in Education and Single Subject teaching Credential in Mathematics, all at UC Santa Cruz. She taught mathematics at a public school in Scotts Valley, CA and loved working with children, but she wanted to work more collaboratively with the students and connect with them on an individual basis. While pursing her professional career in teaching she also was very passionate about all things athletic with a focus on soccer. After playing college soccer she went on to coach Fort Bragg High School girls soccer and now the Mendocino High School girls team as well as the co-ed Middle School team. She feels that by working at the Montessori school she will be able to work with students both academically and athletically in a way that feels more authentic to who she is and how she wants to inspire the youth. She is excited to integrate, learn, and grow from the Montessori program. 

Contact: Holly@montessoridelmar.org

Special Focuses: Math, fitness, athletics, health

Sue Coulter, Extended Day Program & Outdoor Education Guide

Sue 'Magoo' Coulter has been teaching for 30 years in many diverse contexts.  Her background includes child-care provider, a summer camp arts and crafts director, working with home schooling families in the Santa Cruz and the North Coast, teaching at the former Green School (now CCLC), naturalist at Nature Day Camp & Point Cabrillo lighthouse, teaching violence prevention and peer counseling, and most recently, being Education Coordinator for the Noyo Center for Marine Science. Sue brings her unique ability to see each child's abilities/interests and guide them to express their learning in his/her own manner.  Sue is very excited to work with the children, families, and staff at MdM.

Contact: sueextendedday@montessoridelmar.org

Special Focuses: Science, marine animals, project-based learning, team building, conflict resolution.

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