Courtney Nolan completed her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education in 2006 from the University of Washington. She has worked in various education settings including birth to 3 early intervention programs, early childhood Montessori classrooms, developmental preschool programs, self-contained elementary education classrooms, and residential home placements. She has worked in a number of both special education as well and Montessori Classroom environments. Throughout her years as an early intervention teacher, Courtney also provided direct assistance and strategies for various daycares, providing instruction and support to those working with children and families with disabilities, giving a valuable insight to a variety of classroom and care settings. With the help of her mother, a Montessorian with over 35 years of experience, she has designed a combination approach to the education of young children using special education and Montessori techniques. In addition, Courtney also serves on the Board of Directors for Smithwright Services, a residential home program serving both children with Autism and adults with varying special needs in Lynnwood, WA. In 2009 Courtney received the honor of being named Teacher of the Year from the ARC of Snohomish County, a national non-profit agency that provides advocacy and support to individuals with disabilities and their families, located in Washington State.