Primary Teacher Cheyanne Prominski
Cheyanne was born and raised in Michigan. She moved to Washington in 2015. She is left-handed. She enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, antique shopping, puzzles, and naps.
Cheyanne graduated with honors this year to become a paraeducator. She is now finishing her BA in Infant and Child Mental Health. This year has been a busy year for her as she also completed her Montessori Assistant training with MEIPN as well as an intensive Montessori Primary class through Green River College.
She is ready and eager to be co-teaching our primary classroom this year!
Primary Teacher Kaleena Santo-Domingo
Kaleena is 1/2 Native American from her father’s side and 1/2 Japanese from her mother’s. She is a proud member of the Okanogan Tribe and an enrolled member of the Colville Tribes. She was born and raised in the Kent/Renton area, and was in the Kent school district for K-12. She married in April 2015 to Sixto Santo-Domingo. They had their son in 2018, Kennison. They also have two cats, Mochi with Soy Sauce and Huckleberry Cheesecake. In her free time she enjoys cooking, dancing at Native American powwows, collecting Hello Kitty, & watching the Seahawks & Huskies.
Kaleena received her BA in American Indians Studies and Drama from the University of Washington in 2007. She also has two CDA’s (Child Development Associates). After college she worked at United Indians Head Start program, at Daybreak Star in Magnolia for 5 years, before the program was closed. In 2012 she worked as an Early Head Start Specialist for Tulalip Tribes Early Head Start. In 2014 she again worked for United Indians when they opened an ECEAP program. In 2016 she started working at a Montessori Childcare for the hospital workers at Seattle Children’s. She has also completed a Montessori Assistant training course with MEIPN and will be continuing her Montessori studies this year.
Lower Elementary Teacher & Head of School: Kelly Severson-Kunz
Upper Elementary Teacher Kristine Thompson
Kris Thompson received her BA in English education from Central Washington University in 2005 and her special education credential from Seattle Pacific University in 2009. In addition, she recently completed her Montessori certification for ages 6-12 (lower and upper elementary) through MITESV.
Kris’ three children all attend DPM and were her gateway into the Montessori teaching method. She loves all things geeky and enjoys making her kids cosplay at ECCC every year. Kris also enjoys gardening, reading, singing, and hiking in her copious amounts of spare time. She is married to Erick and lives in Renton with her family, which includes a derpy dog and two unruly cats.
Elementary Spanish Teacher Elena Hoxter
Part-time Primary Teacher Gabriella Kiss
Teacher Gabi was born and raised in Hungary. She taught middle and high school students for over 20 years. Gabriella has her BS and MS from the University of Debrecen in literature, history, and Hungarian grammar. When she came to our school 5 years ago, she brought her passion for educating children with her. She also received her NAMC Early Childhood Montessori Diploma in 2018. She loves to teach, travel, bake and cook. She is a big fan of movies. In her free time she likes to read novels and spend time with her family.
Elementary Teacher Assistant, Director of Operations and Communications Alexandra Pellissier
Teacher Alex has been a bilingual educator since 2016, where she started at the Kent School District. She taught small ESL groups in reading and mathematics grades 1 and 2. Alex is currently wrapping up her certification for K-8 bilingual education through Western Governors University and plans to continue with a Master’s program. Before she was inspired to pursue a career in education, Alex was a medical interpreter, a property manager, and a real estate agent. Her love of language and culture has always led her to opportunities where she could utilize those communication skills. When she sent her son to Dancing Pines to begin his Montessori education, Alex fell in love with the Montessori philosophy and witnessed first hand the impacts it had on her son’s development. When she’s not working, she is running after her two active boys, spending time outdoors with her family, and working on school.