Rainbow Primary Program (Ages 3-6)
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
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.
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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
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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 assisting 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)
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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.
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.
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Mi Casita Primary Program - Spanish Emphasis (Ages 3-6)
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.
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.
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!