Lisa Maruna, Head Teacher and Program Director
Hi, my name is Lisa, and thank you for your interest in my school
I am a teacher, gardener, artist, cooking and nature enthusiast. I am a certified AMI Montessori teacher and have been teaching kids to love learning and be enchanted by nature for over a decade.
Originally from Chicago, I hold a BFA in Apparel and Textile design. After working as an artist, I traveled globally volunteering on farms and finally began my career as an educator after earning an AMI Montessori Teaching Credential. While in California, I studied with the University of Cal Center for Ecology and Sustainable Agriculture, where I mastered methods and techniques of teaching gardening specifically to preschoolers. I draw my inspiration from Alice Water's Edible Schoolyard Project, Food NOT Lawns, and Waldorf's biodynamic permaculture methods. I founded Montessori In The Pines in 2014, and I am excited to teach the next generation of young minds here in beautiful Central Oregon.
I believe each child embodies a unique and wonderful spirit. My aspiration is to see children grow into adults who are independent, responsible, and compassionate innovators. While in the garden with my students, I try to remember that what we are really growing… is them.