Our Staff

Our school and staff are members of the following Montessori organizations: Association Montessori Internationale, American Montessori Society, North American Montessori Teachers’ Association, International Montessori Council, and Oregon Montessori Association.


robinRobin Johnson, Founder and Director

Robin is the founder and director of River Song Montessori, Inc, a year-round non-profit Montessori school, currently in its seventh year and whose programs are implemented in various other schools around the globe. With over 20 years’ experience as an educator, she has worked in Montessori classrooms across the nation. In addition to her formal training, Robin has received extensive guidance and mentorship from Montessori Master Teachers, which has helped to shape her unique approach in the classroom and her dynamic curricula. Driven by her love of children and fondness for their creativity,  Robin helps her students’ imaginations and ideas come to life. Robin is also the guide in the Toddler classroom.

AMI: Association Montessori Internationale member since 2009, AMS: American Montessori Society training from Carla McQuillan, NAMTA: North American Montessori Teachers Association Primary diploma and start on lower elementary, IMC :International Montessori Council RS member, OMA: Oregon Montessori Association member


Margaret Ames, Primary Guide Cedar Classroom

Originally from Chicago, I earned my AMS Early Childhood teaching credential in 1997 from MECA (Montessori Education Centers Associated) in Hinsdale, IL. I also have specialized training in reading assessment and instruction and have a passion for early literacy development. For the past 6 years I have been working with the Creating Compassionate Cultures program and curriculum, an integrated approach to help ignite the wish in the hearts of children to be kind and wise. Implementing lessons and strategies in the classroom for awakening compassion, wisdom and social responsibility in the minds and hearts of children, with an emphasis on the idea of mindfulness, and providing a guide to empowering children to make a positive difference in the world.


Amber Dean, Oak Teacher

My name is Amber Dean and I am a mother to 3 beautiful children. I have been working within a Montessori classroom for 10 years now and have officially started my training to be a certified Montessori teacher. My hobbies include photography, being outside with my kids, swimming, and walking my dog. I am born and raised right here in Bend. Teaching children has been a passion of mine for many years and am looking forward to serving the community.

Meet River Song’s Board

Board President:  

Gregory Amanti, Crahmanti Art & Design Firm, Bend, Or.


Board Members:

Dennis O’Shea, Retired Educator, PHD English, Bend, Or.

Brittain Price, Architectural Designer, Rogue River, Or.

Carla McQuillan, Montessori Master Trainer and Montessori Director/owner of Main St. Montessori, Eugene, Or.

Isha Sever,  Educator, MA Education, Medford, Or.