Meet our Teachers


Primary Guide 

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Rachael Shaw Marshall

With over 14 years of Montessori experience, Rachael brings an extensive knowledge of Montessori pedagogy into the classroom.  Since 2004, she has worked in Montessori classrooms at every age level including as an Elementary assistant, Primary, Elementary, and Adolescent Music and Drama teacher, and as an Adolescent Guide.  For the past five Summers, she has worked with the National Montessori Teacher Association to train teachers in Montessori residential pedagogy.  Her passion for helping young children experience the joy of learning in Montessori classrooms led her to the Montessori Institute of San Diego this Summer for additional training as an AMI Primary Guide, specializing in Montessori curriculum for 3 to 6 year-olds.  

Rachael’s sweet smile and genuine kindness make her an instant favorite with her students. Her greatest strength is encouraging and connecting compassionately with each child, and she brings her love of music and song into the classroom through piano and guitar.  Rachael holds a BA in Music and an MA in Theatre from Louisiana Tech University, and is excited to lead Saint Clare's Theatre Program.  

Rachael enjoys hiking, biking, and running. She has completed two triathlons and a half marathon. In the summer of 2017 she completed a coast to coast hike across Scotland.  She performs theater and music professionally and most recently performed in a cross-cultural performance of Carmina Burana with Orquesta Sinfonica De La UACJ (The Professional Orchestra of Juarez, Mexico) and the El Paso Chorale Society and Orchestra.  Rachael is excited to bring her love of education, music, and the outdoors to the Saint Clare's community.

Primary Assistant


Joanna Howes

With a Masters in Education and a background as a naturalist, Joanna is a perfect fit on our Saint Clare’s team. After receiving her AMI certification at Montessori Institute Northwest in Portland Oregon, Joanna taught as a Primary Guide and Assistant Guide at two different Montessori schools. Joanna’s background includes work as a youth and family counselor and field biologist. Through her extensive knowledge of and passion for the outdoors Joanna greatly enriches our outdoor adventures. A Tahoe Vista local, Joanna’s sweet, kind spirit makes her the recipient of countless of hugs and cuddles in our Primary room.

Elementary Guide


Jamie Herrschaft

With over 12 years of Montessori Elementary teaching experience, Jamie is truly an expert in her field.  She received her degree in Elementary Education from Penn State University and fell in love with Montessori philosophy when she first moved to San Diego over a decade ago.  After receiving her AMS Elementary Certification at the Montessori Teacher’s College of San Diego in 2007, she has spent the last 11 years teaching as a lead Guide at the Elementary level in Montessori classrooms both in Colorado and California.  

Jamie and her husband have been snowboarding in Tahoe for years and are thrilled to finally make North Lake Tahoe home.  Jamie has an infectious smile, prefers hugs over handshakes when she greets her students in the morning, and has a passion for making learning fun.  When she’s not in the classroom, Jamie likes to spend as much of her time outside as possible: hiking, snowboarding, doing yoga or relaxing at the beach.