CHMS Staff

Christal Florin, CHMS Director 

The life experience that Christal Florin brings to Children's House Montessori School stems from over a decade of managing a successful Environmental Education Program for Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.  Upon, relocating her family back to her hometown of Spokane, Christal found herself drawn to Montessori Education. After working only a few short months under school founder, Joan McLean, she decided to embark upon her Early Childhood Credential with the International Montessori Council (CGMS).  Christal served as Assistant, Co-Teacher and Lead Teacher prior to taking over as the Head of School during the summer of 2020.  Here are some of Christal's credentials:
  • Associate of Arts, Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, Washington, 1998
  • Bachelor of Science, Recreation Resource Management, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, 2000
  • Early Childhood Credential, International Montessori Council, Center for Guided Montessori Studies, Tampa, FL, 2017


Melissa McKinney, Montessori Lead Teacher

Charlotte Mahar, Montessori Assistant

Born and raised in Spokane, I've always enjoyed the outdoors and children. While exploring a career in graphic design, I found Montessori and never looked back. I received my Montessori certification from the Montessori Institute of America and taught for 11 years at the Spokane Falls Montessori School before stepping away to be a stay-at-home Mom to my two sons, Reese and Carter. I've been teaching part-time at Children's House Montessori since September of 2022.

I love hiking, camping, baking, biking, skiing, woodworking, sewing and fly fishing.  

Melissa Purdie, Montessori Assistant

More information coming soon!

Photo by: Margaret Albaugh Documentary Family Photography