Ms. Rhonda - Principal

I am so excited to be a part of this community. I finally feel like I am home. I graduated from Eastern Washington University a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with Reading as my major, ESL as my minor and a Masters in Educational Leadership. I have spent the past twenty-five years serving students and their families. I have a beautiful family with four exceptional children- all of whom have been educated in the Public Montessori System in Spokane, Washington. I served as a board member for the Community of Montessori Parents for many years and know Maria Montessori’s method provides the best learning environment for all children. I moved to Nevada two years ago and I am honored to be a part of this peaceful community.

Ms. Cher - Montessori Coach/ Interventionist

My name is Cher Allison and I first discovered Montessori in 2001 while researching educational experiences for my son. I fell in love with the philosophy, became an assistant at his school, went to training, and haven’t looked back since.  I graduated from UNR with a B.A. in psychology, summa cum laude, and did extensive graduate work in clinical psychology before transitioning to education. I obtained a Master’s degree in Montessori education from Loyola College, Maryland, and earned my Montessori diploma from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) in 2005.  In 2018, I received my school administrator’s license from the Nevada Department of Education. This is my 16th year at High Desert Montessori School.

I previously served as a primary teacher, lower elementary teacher, social and emotional learning interventionist, and dean of students. This year, I am excited to serve as a Montessori coach and interventionist.  I also offer parent tours, facilitate parent observations, and provide parent education and support.

It feels amazing to be a part of a community in which all members, adults and children alike, have the opportunity to work collaboratively and support each other in succeeding.  My greatest passions are reading, cooking, and travel (and planning travel). I enjoy singing and collecting unusual spices and sci-fi/fantasy books. If I wasn’t a teacher, I probably would have tried out for American Idol.