Our Team

Our team of dedicated educators at Bright Skies Montessori bring their diverse backgrounds and experiences to the classroom, helping to create an inclusive and loving school community. We are strong believers in nurturing each child’s unique spirit, and work constantly to provide them with the inner confidence and practical tools to build a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future for our world.

Caroline Wagner

Director & Lead Teacher

Caroline has 10 years of experience as a Montessori teacher, with credentials at the Early Childhood (Primary) & Elementary I levels as well as the California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She has been working with young children since high school, and loves guiding them toward independence and internal gratification. She believes that the experiences children have in peaceful classroom environments will help them become the peacemakers of the future. She enjoys listening to her daughter perform songs, going for hikes with her husband, cooking, and listening to podcasts.

Jed Burchett

Interim Primary Teacher

Jed has taught in a Montessori setting for over 15 years. He earned a BA in Art History from Sonoma State in 2002, Montessori Primary teaching certification in 2008, and AMI-NAMTA Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2013. He is co-director of the Maria Montessori Teacher Training Center, and is an experienced teacher trainer. Before finding Montessori, Jed worked at a group home for deaf children with behavioral and developmental challenges. Jed enjoys cooking, gardening, raising animals, ancient history, and singing. He lives in Sebastopol with his husband Bernie, his dog Tiamat, and his cats Hotep and Eris.

Sally Hobbs

Lead Toddlers-in-Transition Teacher

Sally has been a dedicated preschool teacher for over 25 years. When her youngest child was a toddler, she became an aide in a local preschool. She then decided that she wanted to become a preschool teacher, and enrolled in night classes while working full-time. She earned her credentials in Early Childhood Education through Fresno State and Santa Rosa Junior College. She has happily been teaching preschool since!