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Lower Elementary

Lower Elementary Head Teacher

Mrs. Kristen Nowak has worked at our school since it opened in the fall of 1998, first as a preschool teaching assistant. She was so impressed by watching the children working in the Montessori environment that she pursued and completed her Montessori Early Childhood training from the Caspari Montessori Institute for 3-6 year olds. Upon completion she was certified by the Pan American Montessori Society in 2002.
Mrs. Nowak has worked as a teacher in our Lower Elementary classroom since it opened thirteen years ago. Kristen has integrated many learning experiences using our 8-acre campus. She utilizes our barn and creek to give many wonderful and unique experiences both inside and outside to our students. She received her Montessori Elementary training and certification for grades 1-3 from the North American Montessori Training Center, as well as additional training through the North American Montessori Society.

Kristen and her husband have a daughter who had ten wonderful years as a student here at Middle Creek Montessori primary through the sixth grade. Kristen and her daughter enjoy helping care for the chickens and Nubian goats in the Middle Creek Montessori barn.

email: kristen@middlecreekmontessori.org
Assistant Teacher

Kelly Crimmins joined us this year as a Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher. She moved to Bozeman this summer, after earning her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Marymount University. While attending grad school, she spent two years teaching as an intern for grades 1-5 at The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia. Previously, she earned a B.A. in Studio Art at Catholic University, in Washington D.C., where she also played varsity volleyball. She enjoys sharing her passions, and spent time teaching extracurricular art classes and coaching high school volleyball. Kelly loves being active and spending time outdoors. She draws and paints, and her artwork is inspired by nature. She is excited to explore all of the natural beauty the West has to offer.

  Assistant Teacher/ Intern
Mikal Begnoche has eleven years of experience teaching Montessori at the primary level, nine of which have been at MCM. Currently, she is working towards her lower elementary Montessori teaching certificate, which will be completed in June 2018. Mikal earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Montana State University in 2002 and holds a K - 8
​Montana ​teaching license. She is an avid outdoors woman and passionate about teaching zoology, botany, and reading. During her free-time, Mikal enjoys spending time with her husband, Armand, daughter, Violet (6), and son, Hans (2). She also enjoys reading, playing in the woods, and tinkering with her ukulele.

Upper Elementary


Mrs. Krista Barnett has been teaching Montessori Upper Elementary and Music since 2004. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Indiana University School of Music in 1999. She  attended training at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, CO, and earned an American Montessori Society Elementary I and II Credential for Grades 1-6. In 2009, Krista joined the staff of Middle Creek Montessori and fell in love with the campus and the school community. In 2011, and essay written about Krista by one of her fifth grade students won the Barnes & Noble "My Favorite Teacher" Contest for the state of Montana.

Krista and her husband, Joe, are the proud parents of Rumi Moon, who is in the Sunshine Class. Krista enjoys singing in several local bands including The Tiny Band and Pinky and the Floyd, and she also teaches private lessons in voice. Her hobbies include gardening, skiing, yoga, hiking and playing Scrabble.

email: krista@middlecreekmontessori.org

Jessica Rabinsky