Our Proctor school has been open since the 1980s and is a staple in the North Tacoma community. Kate Healy-Nieves began working at NTMC in 1988 under then-owner Susan Stromberg, a true fixture in the Montessori community. Upon her passing in 1994, Kate Healy-Nieves took ownership. 

We accept ages 12 months - 12 years at this location.

We are open Monday - Friday, 6:30am - 5:30pm (max 10 hours/day).

We participate in the USDA food program. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks are all provided. See one of our weekly menus.


This location is a peanut-free facility.

We provide a mix of Montessori works, outside play and music every day. 

Each age-group has a developmentally appropriate outside space to explore. 

Gardening, Yoga, ASL and Spanish are incorporated into weekly lesson plans.


Gymnastics, Soccer and Kindermusik are all available during school hours with an extra fee.

The Proctor Pre-K class visits Tobey Jones Assisted Living Center on the First and Third Thursday of every month. 

Hello! I’m Lisa Wall and I am going to be your Montessori teacher this school year.  This will be my 11th year teaching at North Tacoma Montessori Center.  I have my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.  I also have my K-8th grade teaching certificate.  I completed my Montessori certificate at Montessori Teacher Preparation in Kent.

I was born in California, but I grew up in Las Vegas.  I moved to Washington in 2001.  I’m married with 2 kiddos.  Emma is starting 8th grade and Gabriel is in 3rdgrade. We have a very large 6 year old Mastiff named Bailey.  As for me, I am a quiet, calm person who loves to read, cook, watch old movies, and cross stitch. 

As always summer just zooms by.  I am very excited to start our Montessori lessons and get back into our school routines.  As I mentioned I am a very quiet, shy person; but don’t doubt that I love all of your children.   Feel free to come to me anytime with any questions that you may have.



My Favorites:

Food: Fruit and smoothies

Movies: Bringing up Baby and The Secret of Moonacre

Children’s Book: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More & It’s Not a Box

Color: Blue

Animal: Manatees

Hobby: Cross-Stitching

Teacher Lisa, Lead Pre-K Teacher, Proctor

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