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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

Lower Elementary Teacher

Nuala Carr holds a BA in English from the University of North Florida and a MA of Arts in English from Florida Atlantic University. She also has a Montessori Early Childhood Certificate from Age of Montessori. She was an Assistant Teacher in a Lower Elementary Montessori Classroom in Florida for two years.
Nuala grew up on a farm in Ireland and loves children and nature
Picture coming soon.


Kelly Crimmins will be joining our faculty in September, having just completed her Ed.M in Elementary Education from Marymont University just out of Washington, DC. She holds a BA in Studio Art and paints lanscapes. She is currently comleting her internship at the Potomac School  with grades 1-5 on a 95 acre campus. Kelly is passionate about education, hands-on learning and is eager to spend time discovering the "Magic of Montessori" as she assists Mrs. Nowak this year in the Lower Elementry Classroom. She will also be assisting Ms. Allie Buck our new Elementary Art Teacher teaching art.
Picture coming soon.

Upper Elementary

Head Teacher

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 and piano. Her hobbies include gardening, skiing, yoga, hiking and playing Scrabble.

email: krista@middlecreekmontessori.org

 Assistant Teacher

Riann Lingl joined Middle Creek this fall as the upper Elementary classroom aide. She recently graduated from Seattle University with a bachelor's degree in Sports 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.