Ann Welton DVM


Local veterinarian with human resource experience serving as hospital director at San Roque Veterinary hospital.  Graduate of AMI Montessori program and mother of an AMI Montessori educated child.

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Rick Drake


Rick is retired from more than 40 years of Montessori classroom teaching.  He holds diplomas from both AMI and AMS as well as a graduate degree in education from UCSB.  He continues to teach origami to both adults and children.

Kyle Riddlebaugh


Kyle is an accomplished finance executive and Certified Public Accountant with 20+ years in leadership roles for publicly traded entities, private equity owned companies and 'Big Four’ accounting firms. Kyle is currently employed as Vice President and Global Controller at Deckers Corporation in Santa Barbara. Parent of current Primary students.

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Autumn McFarland


Autumn is a mother of two and a wife and has a deep love of all things education. She has a Masters Degree from the University of Colorado, Denver in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Human Development and Child Psychology. The Montessori (AMI) philosophy is near and dear to her heart and her goal is to provide a space where you and your children can feel safe and supported. She is a graduate of Montessori schools herself and the parent of a current Toddler student.

Leah Sahagun

Member At Large

Leah Sahagun is a Montessori alumnae, parent and the current Primary teacher at South Coast Montessori. She received her AMI Primary training from the Washington Montessori Institute in 2001, as well as, obtained her Masters in Montessori Education from Loyola University of Maryland.

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"And so we discover that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being." - Maria Montessori