Montessori Teachers Bio


Jacqueline Joyner

I am entering into my 12th year of teaching.  In my 12 years of teaching I have taught Montessori for 8 years (working in both private and public sectors) and traditional classrooms for 4 years. This is my 3rd year at Richard Johnson Elementary as a primary teacher (children ages 3-6).

I earned my Bachelors degree from Northern Arizona University in Elementary Education.  I hold an AMI Primary Montessori certificate from Montessori Education Center Association in Phoenix, Arizona.  Lastly, I have a certificate from North American Montessori Center in Lower Elementary (ages 6-9).

I have two children that attend Richard Johnson Elementary and my husband is also employed by Annette Island School District.  It is great to be home by my extended family and teach in the very community that helped me with my own education!

Phone: 907 886-6000 x 2231





Jennifer McCarty

I am a native Tsimshian from Metlakatla. I went away to school and got a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I began teaching in Anchorage, Alaska. After a few years, I went back to school in Juneau and got a Master’s of Art in Teaching degree. After teaching in Juneau for a couple of years, my growing family decided to move back home so that I could teach the children from my own community.

I have been teaching in the Annette Island School District since 2003. I have taught grades Kindergarten through 5th grade throughout my 13 years in our school district. After a few years of teaching, I decided to go back to school for teaching Mathematics. I received my second Master’s degree, Master’s in Mathematics Education, in 2015. After that, I decided to become certified to teach in the Montessori Primary classroom.

Along with my love for my family, community and teaching children, I also love the culture of our Tsimshian people.   I am currently one of the leaders for a local Native Dance group, the Fourth Generation Dancers. I also lead the children’s native dance group, Git Lax Lik Staa. I also am incorporating our Native Language, Sm’algyax, into our classroom, along with the help of several people in our school and community.

Phone: 907 886-6000 x 2225







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