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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.

e-mail: ashley@middlecreekmontessori.org

 
 Teacher

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.

e-mail: molly@middlecreekmontessori.org
 
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 graduated from Montana State University in 2003 with a Bachelor's Degree in Photography. She is owner of Jessica Oliver Photography which she began in 1998.  In the summer of 2011 she completed her Montessori Early Childhood Training from the Caspari Montessori Institute.  She has been at Middle Creek Montessori since 2007. 

She is an avid outdoors woman who loves hiking, photography, camping, fly-fishing, and spending time with her husband Henri, their daughter and their two dogs Sady and Coco.


email: jessie@middlecreekmontessori.org
 Teacher
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

Trynn Hogan graduated from Southern Utah University in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Development and another in Creative Writing. She later studied Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, graduating with her Ed.M. in 2013. Trynn has taught in three states and is excited to be making a home here in Montana. She worked as a Lead Teacher for 4 to 5-year-olds at Southern Utah University's lab preschool; as a Teacher for 2 to 3-year-olds at the Harker School in California; and as Lead Teacher for Toddlers at St Paul's Plus in Mayland. She will be assisting Ms. Jessie and Ms. Tess in the Sunshine Class.



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

 
Head Teacher
Yolanda Reyes is a native of Ecuador and grew up in Miami, Florida. She attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a degree is photography. She earned her Montessori certification to teach 3-6 year old children through the Age of Montessori and worked at two Montessori schools in Miami. Yolanda has also done volunteer work with orphanages and underprivileged children in Chile and Ecuador.

Yolanda, her husband and their son, Daniel, moved to Bozeman last year when she joined our faculty. She will be sharing her love for children and the Spanish culture with the children in our Mi Casita Classroom.

email: yolanda@middlecreekmontessori.org

 
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 a month ago an 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.