Our School


Journey School is an authentic elementary Montessori experience in which exploration and discovery; critical thinking; respect and responsibility to oneself, to others and to the Earth prepares our students for a life-long educational journey.  Our students experience both the prepared classroom and the natural outdoor environment, which allows them to fulfill their unique and adaptable roles as responsible and engaged citizens in the world.


Journey School offers a challenging and dynamic curriculum based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori which encourages cooperative learning as well as independent study.  In addition to the classroom curriculum, Journey School offers extensive time outdoors experimenting, exploring and examining the world in which we live. Our outdoor component is heavily influenced by the writings of Richard Louv and the Wilderness Awareness School. The arts are delicately woven into both the classroom studies and the outdoor exploration, creating an integrated whole.


Beth Clayton – Head of School and Elementary Guide


Beth graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a B.S. in Biology and holds a Masters of Education from Loyola University Maryland with an emphasis in Montessori and Experiential Learning. She has both an AMI Elementary Montessori certification (ages 6-12) as well as the AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies (ages 12-18). Most recently, Beth completed the Wilderness Awareness Art of Mentoring Course in Washington.

Beth began her Montessori journey in 1994 working with internationally respected Montessori authority and author, Paula Polk Lillard. Under her direction, Beth designed and implemented the Middle School Adolescent Program for Forest Bluff School, a program that continues today.  Through years of leadership, observation and study in the US and abroad, Beth firmly believes that an authentic Montessori environment in a natural setting allows children to construct themselves through meaningful work choices and thoughtful challenges. Having a background in Suzuki violin and the fine arts, Beth aims to bring music, movement, art and adventure to all subject areas.  Beth recently returned with her husband and two sons from Nosara, Costa Rica where she taught in a bilingual Montessori school deep in the jungle.

Katie Massey – Lead Elementary Guide

KatKatie is excited to join Journey Montessori this year. She is a new transplant to Santa Fe from Portland, Oregon, where she spent over a decade working all seasons in outdoor education! While living in Oregon, Katie earned a degree in Biology from Portland State University, and her Elementary Montessori certification from AMI. Katie believes that children learn best in an environment where they are free to move, connected with nature, and pursue their own interests in a supportive environment. This year, Katie looks forward to sharing her love of the outdoors, arts and crafts, and academic exploration with the students at Journey.



Katie Macaulay – Administrative/Outdoor Support

KTELLAKatie is passionate about creating a new model for learning where classroom walls are replaced with trails, trees and community. She believes that curriculum and learning can (and should!) be found everywhere.  To this end, Katie founded Mountain Kids, a summer camp to encourage young children to leave technology behind to “get outside and play!”  Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Education and taught Global Studies at Santa Fe Prep before having her own children. However, she most values her experiential learning –  with street children in Guyana, with high school students in Costa Rica, and with middle school students on trails in Vancouver and Santa Fe. She has found that the most profound learning takes place when one pushes beyond traditional boundaries and perceived limits. Katie is a mother and an artist who finds teaching to be one of the most rewarding and challenging art forms. She hails from Canada, but do not expect to hear her say “eh” after thirteen years in Santa Fe.


Janine Johnston-Somma – Spanish


Willow Graham – Administrative/Classroom Support


Bob Jacobs – AMGA Certified Outdoor Guide






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Famous Montessori Alumni

Joshua Bell, violinist

Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO of Amazon.com

T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician

Sergey Brin & Larry Page, founders of Google

Julia Child, chef and author

George Clooney, actor

Peter Drucker, management guru

Anne Frank, WWII diarist

Katherine Graham, past owner and editor, Washington Post

Helen Hunt, actress

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former first lady and book editor

Devi Sridhar, youngest-ever American Rhodes scholar

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia

More Montessori students: Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, HM Queen Noor of Jordan, Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales

Montessori parents: Bill and Hillary Clinton; Willie Nelson; Steve Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith; Yo Yo Ma

Montessori advocates: Erik Erikson, Sigmund Freud, Buckminster Fuller, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Fred Rogers, Bertrand Russell, Leo Tolstoy and Alice Waters

Did you know?

Alexander Graham Bell founded two of the first Montessori schools in the U.S. and Canada.

Thomas Edison founded a Montessori school in the U.S.

Jean Piaget, noted psychologist, was head of the Swiss Montessori Society.

Woodrow Wilson created a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House for his daughter.