About the Co-op
Need to visit us?
Monday-Friday 8:00 am -4:30 pm (typically). These vary sometimes depending upon travel schedules and meetings.
Where are we located?
You can find us in the Gateway Community Center (the old mall). Our office is in Suite 39, so use Entrance B on the west side to find us. Our phone number is 406.752.3302.
Our address is 1203 Hwy 2 West, STE. 39, Kalispell, MT 59901
Beth Lambert, Administrative Assistant
Beth comes to us from Dalton, Georgia. She attended Lenoir-Rhyne University, in Hickory, NC. She worked for Dalton Public Schools for 18 years as a paraprofessional, school data entry clerk, and Student Information System Coordinator. She has a son that lives in North Carolina, and a daughter and granddaughter that live in Georgia. She moved to Montana to fulfill a dream to live in the "The Last Best Place".
Cherie Stobie, Director
Cherie attended school in Helena through 7th grade and then in Oregon, Illinois through high school. She then moved back to Montana to escape the never-ending cornfields and return to her mountainous family hometown of Helena.
She attended Carroll College, majoring in Elementary Education. She taught a variety of grade combinations and subject areas in her 16 years of teaching. One highlight of her teaching career was being selected to travel to the Society for Neuroscience National Meeting. There she visited the Salk Institute, witnessing brain research first-hand.
After completing her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership at the U of M, she served three years as the K-5 principal at St. Ignatius Elementary. She then relocated to the Flathead Valley, where she worked as the K-8 principal at Marion School for five years. Throughout her years as a teacher and principal, she stayed actively involved in curriculum work at the local and state levels. She joined the NMEC as the director in August 2018 and enjoys supporting rural schools with a variety of curriculum and professional development needs.
Her husband John works at Three Rivers Bank. They have three young adult children, Amanda, Katherine, and Dominic.