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Elementary Teachers

Lower Elementary

Co-Head Teacher

Kristen Nowak has worked at the school since the fall of 1998, first as a preschool teaching assistant and then as a teacher after completing her Montessori preschool training and receiving certification through the Pan American Montessori Society in 2002. Kristen then went on to receive her Elementary Montessori training and certification from the North American Montessori Training Center in British Columbia, Canada. She now serves as a teacher in our lower elementary classroom.

Kristen and her husband have a lovely daughter who is a student in our elementary school. They enjoy going for walks, biking and family activities together. 


Co-Head Teacher

Tamela Irons has been teaching for the last 12 years. She received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from MSU in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. She holds a Montana State Teacher Certificate in Elementary Ed K-8 and Spanish K-12. Tamela attended the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder where she received an American Montessori Society Elementary 1 Credential in 2002.

For the last four years Tamela has been an instructor at the training center teaching part of the Living World Curriculum to future Montessori teachers. Tamela has traveled and lived in various countries around the world and visited six continents.

e-mail: tamela@middlecreekmontessori.org


Elementary Aide

Amy Perelius and her husband retired to Bozeman in August, 2012 from Chicago. They have four grown children who all attended MSU.  Amy has many years of experience as a teacher’s assistant in several schools.  She says, "I can honestly say, Middle Creek Montessori is the best school that I have ever worked at.  I really enjoy the children. Their curiosity and eagerness to learn makes each day fun and rewarding."     

Upper Elementary

Head Teacher

 Jessica Rabinsky graduated from Rutgers University with a Master's degree in Elementary Education in 2000.  After the completion of her Montessori Early Childhood training from the Caspari Montessori Institute in 2002 she has taught as a Head Teacher at a local Montessori school and was the Director of that school for five years.  Jessica is currently completing the Upper Elementary Montessori Training and is excited to start in the Upper Elementary class in the fall.  Jessica enjoys the natural setting of Middle Creek and the wonderful community it is a part of. 

Jessica’s two adoptive children also thrive within the community.  Jessica and her family love to camp together, garden, and most everything that takes place outside.