||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.
Lower Elementary Teacher
| || Elementary Aid|
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 was born last
year. As a new mom, Krista continued to teach music and band at Middle
Creek Montessori this past year and is returning as a teacher in the
Lower Elementary classroom for the 2014-2015 school year. Krista enjoys
singing in several local bands including The Tiny Band and Pinky and the
Floyd, and she also teaches private lessons in voice and piano. Her
hobbies include gardening, skiing, yoga, hiking and playing Scrabble.
| ||Upper Elementary Aide|
Riann Lingl joined Middle Creek this fall as the upper elemenary classroom aide. She recently graduated from Seattle University with a bachelor's degree in Sport and Exercise Science, and is currently completing her Master's Degree in Elementary education. She has also spent the last 2 years as a classroom assistant and elementary intern at Leschi Elementary in Seattle, WA. An inner-city public school in Seattle, WA.
Riann recently moved from Seattle to Bozeman and enjoys spending time outdoors, and enjoys running, biking, hiking, camping and skiing.