Our Staff

Pamela Strode
Pamela is the owner of Strode Montessori. She has always had a passion for caring for young infants and toddlers. Pamela studied for her Montessori credentials in infant and toddler care at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies and has completed her master's degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in December 2011 in curriculum studies with a focus in early childhood education. She is enthusiastic about providing quality infant and toddler care to her community in Hawaii.

Kelsey Amrhein
Kelsey is currently enrolled in the Masters program at Chaminade University. She is also working to complete her Montessori certificate. Kelsey received her teaching degree in Early Childhood Education from Stevenson University in Maryland. Kelsey worked as a toddler teacher before transitioning to the role of the associate director. She enjoys working to prepare materials for the classroom environment. When she is not working, she spends time in the water and reading.

Beth Tekulve
Beth has been working with infants and toddlers for a number of years. She has a bachelor's degree in teaching from the University of Dayton in Early Childhood Education and studied a lot of the Montessori philosophy while there. When Beth is not in the classroom, she enjoys the outdoors, running, and reading.

Associate Directors

Ashley Dunhour
Ashley has been working with infants and toddlers for eight years and cannot imagine herself doing anything else. She really loves to learn about each individual child and helping him or her grow. Ashley is currently working on her associate's degree in early childhood education and continues to take many of PATCH's training workshops. When Ashley is not at work, she
                             enjoys spending time with her family.

Your Infant Teachers and Caregivers

Masae Ishikawa
Masae has an associate's degree in early childhood education and has taken many of PATCH's classes. She absolutely loves working with infants and toddlers and has been in the field for over fifteen years. Masae's hobbies include macrame, needlepoint, cooking, sewing, and ceramics.

Lora Villegas
Lora has worked with infants and toddlers for over twenty years. Lora is currently enrolled at Chaminade University studying Montessori Philosophy. She has a great reputation of being patient and really paying attention to the child's needs as well as respecting the child. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Dorleen Kansou
Dorleen has been a caregiver infants for eight years. She has taken four of PATCH's courses in the past year and is always interested in furthering her education in early childhood. Dorleen is currently enrolled at Chaminade University studying Montessori Philosophy. Dorleen enjoys working closely with the families of the children she cares for. In her free time, she spends time with her family.

Farrah Bellot
Farrah has enjoyed enhancing the lives of young children since 2009. She likes to feel that she inspires the children she works with and wants them to feel successful every day. Farrah earned her Bachelor of Science in ECE from the University of Central Florida in 2013. During her free time, Farrah likes to do arts and crafts, play her guitar, and read.

Izabel Orendain
Izabel earned her Master's in Child Development from Chaminade University in May 2014. She focused a large portion of her studies on the Montessori curriculum and philosophy. Izabel strongly believes in the important role that a child's environment plays in building the child's foundation. In Izabel's free time, she enjoys singing and hiking.

Seree Hong
Seree began working with toddlers after graduating from high school. She became interested in the Montessori approach to working with children in 2011 when she started working at Strode Montessori. She is finishing her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Hawaii. In Seree's free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Your Toddler Teachers and Caregivers

Adrienne Davis
Adrienne is currently working to complete her CDA in ECE. She has been working with young children for many years as a teacher and skills trainer. Adrienne has found her place in the Montessori environment. She enjoys seeing each child work every day and likes to challenge every child to reach his/her potential. When Adrienne is not in the classroom, she spends most of her time with her family.

Liz Davis
Liz began working with young children in 2006 and was a nanny in 2007. After she realized her teaching dreams, she completed her Associates Degree at Houston Community College and has completed her Associates of Science in Early Childhood Education in 2013 at Chaminade University. Liz finds that the Montessori environment helps to encourage the child to become more competent and capable. When Liz is not in the classroom, she enjoys singing and learning more about children.

Patricia Battisti
Patty began working with toddlers in 2010. She obtained her Graduate degree from Caldwell College and her BA in Elementary Ed with a focus on preschool. In her free time, Patty enjoys going to the beach, reading, and hiking. Most of all, she likes to spend time with her family. Patty believes that each child is unique and likes to see how the child grows and gains independence during the first three years of life.

Leilani Antone
Leilani has been working with children for many years but has focused on toddlers since 2011 and decided it is absolutely her preferred age to work with. She loves seeing them grow and reach various developmental milestones in each of their lives. Leilani graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education in December 2013. When Leilani is not at work, she likes to spend time with her family and traveling.

Savannah Wilmarth
Savannah recently moved back to the islands and is happy to be home and continues to work with toddlers while using the Montessori approach to teaching. She believes that the principles of the Montessori approach are a beautiful way to help the child to find their own independence. When Savannah is not working, she continues to pursue her passion in massage therapy, hiking, surfing, and playing music.

Charrylyne Moltaikwari
Charrylyne has years of experience working with children of multiple ages, and is excited to continue her work with children in the toddler class.  She enjoys observing the children in her classroom and working with each child at their pace.  When Charrylyne is not working, she playing volleyball and singing. 

Lahela Arcangel
Lahela was a family child care provider for seven years before moving into our classroom setting at Strode Montessori. She loves spending time in the classroom working with toddlers every day. When Lahela is not at work, she enjoys playing basketball and spending time with her family.