Carmela Micheli, Owner, Manager, and Teacher:  

Carmela has owned & operated Arcadia Montessori Tacoma since 1976.  In 2009 Carmela started construction of a second location in Gig Harbor.  In 2012 we opened the doors of our new school – Arcadia Montessori-Gig Harbor. Carmela received her Montessori training at Spring Valley Montessori in 1974 and is dedicated to providing a safe, rich, loving learning environment for the students and staff.


Cynthia Cashman-Di Biase, Substitute Teacher:

Cyndi came to Arcadia in 2005.  Her background includes a BS, Washington State Elementary Education Teaching  Certificate, and over 25 years teaching experience. Cyndi’s training in non-violent communication and her love of nature bring a special atmosphere to our school.


Heather Kindem, Assistant Teacher:

Heather has been at Arcadia since 2006. She holds an elementary teaching certificate and a MA in curriculum and instructional systems. She teaches mindfulness and non-violent communication. 


Traci Watson, Lead Teacher:

Traci brings nine years of experience working with preschoolers and has taken her Montessori teachers assistant training.  Along with her experience she has medical training. She enjoys spending time with her family & loves animals and sports. 

Viktoriya Golden, Assistant Teacher:

Viktoria comes to Arcadia with over eight years of experience as a preschool teacher. Born and raised in the Ukraine, Viktoriya brings a Russian flavor to the classroom. She enjoys traveling, camping, cooking, hiking, playing the piano and spending time with family and friends.