Kelly McFarland attended Santa Cruz Montessori School from toddler through Kindergarten. After graduating from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, she worked in a traditional preschool. After seeing an ad for a Montessori assistant teacher, she fondly remembered her own learning experience and taught at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco for several years.
Returning to school in 2001, she earned an AMI Primary Diploma at the Montessori Institute of San Diego followed by a Master of Arts in Education from Loyola College in Maryland. She taught Primary at the Montessori School of San Diego for five years before helping her friend, Kristin Edwards, start Lifetime Montessori School in 2007. She was the Assistant Director at Lifetime Montessori for 12 years before helping start La Jolla Montessori School in 2019. In her free time, Kelly enjoys yoga, reading, and spending quality time with her husband and twin six-year-olds.