Co-founder, Head of School – The Portland Montessori Collaborative
Mercedes is the Pedagogical Director and Music Teacher at Portland Montessori Collaborative. Mercedes Paine Castle was the founder, director, and lead guide at All Roads Learning Community from 2003-2012. Mercedes earned a B.A. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and has as an Infant and Toddler Montessori Teaching Credential from the American Montessori Society. Mercedes is an Oregon Registry Master Trainer.
Mercedes is an active member of the Oregon Montessori community, and served on the Oregon Montessori Association board of directors. She is currently an OMA board member-at-large. Mercedes is the 2012 and 2014 recipient of the Oregon Montessori Association Outstanding Dedication Award for her work within the state in advancing the Montessori mission. Mercedes completed the RIE Foundations course in fall, 2013 which reflects a sixty hour course of study specific to the writings and teachings of Magda Gerber. In 2014, Mercedes co-founded Heart and Hand Montessori Teacher Education Program to bring high quality Montessori teacher training and professional development to those who work with infants and toddlers.
Mercedes is a public speaker, course instructor, consultant, mentor teacher, and Montessori Advocate.
In her free time, Mercedes enjoys being with her husband Ben and her son. Mercedes is a singer and songwriter and enjoys playing guitar, making up and singing songs for adults as well as children.