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Rainbow Primary Program (Ages 3-6)

Head Teacher

Ashley Smith is an experienced Montessori teacher as well as a leader of wilderness backcountry trips. Ashley attended Prescott College in Arizona and Ohio University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Recreation. She completed her Montessori Early Childhood training at the American Montessori Society Columbus Montessori Training Center in Ohio, and developed vegetable gardens at the school as part of her practicum experience. She has taught at the Montessori Toddler and Early Childhood levels.

Ashley and her family moved to Bozeman in 2010 from Wilson, Wyoming. Ashley and her husband, Andy, enjoy spending their free time playing in the mountains with their children and two dogs.



Molly Curtis
is a published poet with a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and a Bachelor's Degree in English with a minor in Art from Lewis and Clark College. A Bozeman native, she has traveled extensively and has lived abroad in Italy, New Zealand, and most recently the Czech Republic. Molly has taught in a variety of settings including a language school abroad, an arts center, a public middle school, and a state university. She loves working with young students in a Montessori classroom, and is beginning her AMS Early Childhood teacher training this year through Mid-America Montessori Teacher Training Institute.

Assistant Teacher

Dana Albertson holds a BA degree in Outdoor Education and Dance from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She has been dancing since she was very young and has been teaching ballet and creative dance, as well as skiing and yoga for many years. Dana is eager to share her love for the outdoors and dance with our students at MCM. She will be ass
isting Ms. Ashley and Ms. Molly in the classroom and teaching creative movement one afternoon a week to the other primary classrooms.

Sunshine Primary Program (Ages 3-6)

 Co-Head Teacher
Jessie Foch 

I love Montana! I moved here 17 years ago to study photography. After having my own photography business for over 10 years I found Middle Creek Montessori. I fell in love with everything about it. After being an assistant for four years I took my Montessori training. I love being with my one and a half-year-old daughter Ensley, husband Henri and our Viszla and German shorthair dogs. We enjoy exploring the outdoors and everything Montana has to offer.

Tess Haines grew up as a Montessori child in Austin, Texas. She graduated from Prescott College in Arizona, earning a degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Photography. Tess has been working with children ages 3-6 the past three years, completing her Montessori Early Childhood Certification through Bozeman’s local Age of Montessori program in May 2016.

Outside of the classroom setting, Tess can be found working in the garden, cooking, enjoying her love for darkroom photography, sewing, and exploring the outdoors as much as possible.  


Assistant 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.

Mi Casita Primary Program - Spanish Emphasis (Ages 3-6)

   Head Teacher
Bonnie Kinnear grew up in Parker, Colorado before moving to Bozeman, Montana six years ago. She found her love of teaching while she taught dance to children for six years. After studying Elementary education at MSU in Bozeman, Bonnie spent a year teaching English in Thailand and has a rich understanding of culture around the world. She has since discovered the Montessori Method and recently became a certified Montessori teacher for 3-6 year old children through the Age of Montessori training.

Bonnie enjoys all that Bozeman's backyard has to offer! She will often fly fish, hike, and practice making pottery on the side.
    Assistant Teacher
 Morgan Taylor came in for an interview at the beginning of the summer and immediately started helping in both the Primary and Elementary summer camps at MCM. She recently moved from Las Angelas where she had many years of experience as a personal nanny, household manager and lead childcare manager for the LA Clippers Basketball Team.She studied Business and Psychology at Menlo College in Atheron, CA. Morgan also speaks Spanish and will be assisting Ms. Yolanda and Ms. Bonnie in the Mi Casita Class.

Assistant Teacher
Rachel Olsen fell in love with Montessori when she was still a child, attending a Montessori school in southern Montana. After spending her elementary and adolescent years in California and Panama, she is returning to her roots to teach in the Mi Casita classroom. Rachel is currently obtaining her teacher certification with Age of Montessori, and is excited to bring five years of Spanish cultural immersion into the classroom, along with her passion for music, dance, and of course-Montessori!