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Elementary Coordinator

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, an essay written about Krista by one of her fifth grade students won the Barnes & Noble "My Favorite Teacher" Contest for the state of Montana. She has worked as the Upper Elementary Head Teacher and as a Support Teacher in both Upper and Lower Elementary for the past eight years. In 2017 Krista became Elementary Coordinator, helping with assessments and special needs, overseeing curriculum, planning events, and supporting the classroom teachers in many important ways.

Krista enjoys singing in several local bands including The String Jumpers and Pinky and the Floyd, and she also teaches private lessons in voice, piano and guitar. Her hobbies include gardening, skiing, yoga, running, and playing Scrabble.  

email: krista@middlecreekmontessori.org

Lower Elementary 
Lower Elementary Head Teacher

Kristen Nowak
has worked at our school since it opened in the fall of 1998, first as a preschool teaching assistant. She completed the Montessori preschool training and received certification through the Pan American Montessori Society in 2002. Kristen then received her Elementary Montessori training and certification from the North American Montessori Training Center and completed a summer course through the North American Montessori Society. She has worked as a teacher in our Lower Elementary classroom since it opened fourteen years ago.

Kristen and her husband have a daughter, Jade, who attended Middle Creek Montessori. Jade currently attends MSU and volunteers a few days a week in the Lower Elementary classroom. Kristen and her family enjoy many family activities, including helping care for the Middle Creek Montessori farm animals.

Lower Elementary Assistant

                                   Amanda Cox - Pic and bio coming soon


                                    email: amanda@middlecreekmontessori.org

Upper Elementary

Upper Elementary Head Teacher

Jessica Rabinsky graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Education in 2000. She is certified at the Kindergarten through 8th Grade level. Jessica found the Montessori method and took the Montessori Early Childhood training from the Caspari Montessori Institute in 2002. She then taught in a Montessori Primary environment for 3-6-year-old children. She joined the Middle Creek Montessori staff in the fall of 2011 and taught for two years in our Primary classrooms.In the Fall of 2014, she took the Montessori Elementary training and has taught in the Upper Elementary for 5 years.

Jessica has two children adopted from Thailand. Jessica and her family spent a year abroad in Thailand where she taught in a Montessori elementary program.

Jessica and her family love to camp together, garden, and most everything that takes place outdoors.

                                               email: jessica@middlecreekmontessori.org

Upper Elementary Teacher

Mikal Begnoche  has eleven years of experience teaching Montessori at the primary level, nine of which have been at MCM. She has completed her Lower Elementary Montessori Teaching Certificate, and is enjoying working with the Upper Elementary students. Mikal earned her Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education from Montana State University in 2002 and holds a K-8 Montana Teaching License. She in an avid outdoors woman and is 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.