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Head Teacher
Katherine Zeibig-Kichas is the head teacher in the Sweet Pea classroom. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT and is number 9 out of 10 children. She loves coming from a big family and is grateful to have an extensive network of siblings. Kat has spent the last 8 years living in various parts of northern California. She earned her bachelor’s degree in child development from Humboldt State University with a minor in American Indian education. She also holds an associate’s degree in child development from Merritt College in Oakland, CA. Kat is passionate about working with children and encouraging their critical thinking skills. She actively utilizes her education and over 20 years of experience working with children and families from many diverse backgrounds to help scaffold children’s’ learning in unique and creative ways.
 
    
Assistant Teacher
 Emily Cortez was raised in Central California and attended California State University, Fresno where she graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Education. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree. She became fluent in American Sign Language and loves being able to apply that in teaching children of all abilities. Since graduating, Emily has worked at an after school program with children from K-4th focusing on reading and writing development.  She believes that ​children offer such a beautiful perspective on the world and feels blessed to see the world as they do. Most recently, she was the lead teacher in a 2-3 year old classroom and looks forward to continuing to work with this exciting age group at Middle Creek Montessori!
 
 Assistant Teacher

Sally Miller was born and raised in Southern California where she spent her first 18 years growing up. She traveled around the world by ship through a study abroad program during her Freshman year in college and then finished up at San Diego State University where she completed her Bachelors Degree in Speech Communication. After being a stay at home mom for several years she decided to get involved at her children's elementary school. She taught a class for K-6 graders called "Good For Me". The class's main focus dealt with the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices. While living in San Diego she trained and completed the Rock and Roll marathon which was quite a rewarding experience.
Two of her three children have resided in Bozeman for several years so to have the opportunity to move here with her husband was quite a dream come true! In her spare time she enjoys running, biking, hiking, fly fishing, reading Early American history and traveling.