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.