Somchanh Baccam is the longest serving teacher in Cedar Valley Montessori School history. She has been with the school for 36 years and has taught thousands of children in the Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas.

Somchanh is beloved for her quiet manner, the ease with which she connects with children, and her ability to teach each child as an individual. It is a frequent occurrence that CVMS graduates return to visit Somchanh on a regular basis.

Somchanh finished French School in Laos in 1972. In 1976 she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College. The aspects of CVMS that Somchanh most loves are the urban environment in which the school is located, the staff, and the friendly parents and children with whom she gets to teach. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, and along with her husband, enjoys visiting their two sons and two daughters, as well as seven grandchildren.