Trom brings extensive experience in finance and technology to the
school. With a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, he spent several years
consulting and 13 years helping to grow an engineering startup company
to public status. He is currently Director of Software Development at a
Jeff and his wife, Lydia, have one child at
Middle Creek and two children that have graduated from Middle Creek
Tricia Mayes LeQuesne has lived in the Bozeman area since 1994. She
has a B.S. in Economics from Auburn University and is currently
pursuing a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology with concentration
Through her involvement with crisis and advocacy work, Tricia utilizes her commitment to promote community health and wellness.
Tricia and her family have strong belief in sustainable living and the importance of connection with the natural world.
has a daughter at Middle Creek Montessori an interest and belief in the
Montessori philosophy of education, as well as a passion for outdoor
education programs and experiential learning.
Hattie Baker Graham is
originally from New Orleans with a B.A in Political Communication from
Louisiana State University. After graduation, she worked in Japan with
the Japan Foreign Minister's JET Program as an Assistant Language
Teacher (ALT). In 2004, she moved to Bozeman to work as an ESL
instructor and interim Administration Director for MSU's affiliate ESL
language school. In 2007, she obtained a Master's in Public
Administration from MSU and went to work with the City of Bozeman to
develop the city's first Climate Action Plan.
She brings strong
skills in educational planning, administration management, carbon
reduction strategies, and stakeholder communication. As a child, she
attended Montessori school and is a strong supporter of the Montessori
Hattie and her husband David have two children who attend Middle Creek Montessori.
Andrew first moved to Bozeman area in 1994. After a few brief
side-trips to MN and WA, as an avid skier and hiker Matt moved back in
2001. Matt brings international consulting experience working in
Germany, UK, India, and Japan. Matt’s consulting focused primarily on
strategic business process improvement and the adoption and
implementation of technology solutions. Matt attended a private
secondary boarding school in Faribault, MN and received a BA in
Economics from the University of St. Thomas, a private university.
brings to the board a lifelong love for and a strong belief in private
education, strategic long-range planning, and a background of
facilitating and implementing solutions for continuous improvement. Matt
and his wife have two children that have graduated from the school.
Jeffrey McNabb is
a professional civil engineer who was an original founding member of
the Middle Creek Academy in 2005. He studied creative dramatics and
children’s theatre at Arizona State University and has Bachelor and
Master Degrees in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota.
served five years as a board member in a public school district where
he learned the team work and cooperation required of a functioning
board. This experience, coupled with the four previous years as a
trustee of the Middle Creek Academy, has prepared him to help provide
vision and policy to the school administration to ensure Middle Creek
Montessori is a safe and healthy school.
Brandy Moses Straub grew up in Billings, MT, and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology and a focus on Education and Environment Biology. She currently provides a broad range of communications, marketing, and editorial support for Tetra Tech, a world wide environmental consulting firm. Brandy and her husband, Patrick, also own Gallatin River Guides Fly Shop in Big Sky and are strong advocates for outdoor education and conservation.
For their two girls , the Straub family has been drawn to the Montessori method and the interactions and outdoor connections that are provided by the Middle Creek facility and staff. Brandy believes in the importance of a strong educational community and giving back to support the teachers and experiences that are shaping our children and their future. Her daughter, Adela, is in the Mi Casita Classroom.