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Rainbow Primary Program (Ages 3-6)

Co-Head Teacher

Mary Ellen Townsend-Mehler is an experienced Montessori teacher who loves this method of working with children. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and French from the University of Notre Dame. In 2001, she earned a Teaching Certificate in the Montessori Method of Preschool Education with the Pan American Montessori Society here in Bozeman, Montana. She has taught in Michigan and Montana for thirteen years.

Mary Ellen enjoys being outdoors, on her own or with her two girls and husband, John (all three of whom were Montessori kids). She loves reading, singing, drumming, and looking for birds and wildflowers.


email: maryellen@middlecreekmontessori.org

 
Co-Head Teacher

Victoria Williams was b
orn and raised in Montana. Victoria’s passion for Montessori started when she was a student and one of the first Kindergarten graduates of the Middle Creek Montessori Rainbow Class​. After attending Montana State University, she obtained her Montessori Early Childhood teaching credential through Age of Montessori in 2014. She has over six years of experience as both an assistant and Co-Head teacher in both Montessori and traditional early childhood environments. Victoria is also a certified STOTT Pilates instructor and former dancer, having performed with the University of Denver NCAA Dance Team, Montana Ballet Company, and groups in New York City and Boston. Her love of teaching extends beyond the Montessori classroom, and she can be found sharing her passion for ballet with the next generation after school as faculty and production committee member of the Academy at Montana Ballet Company. She has an immense respect for young children, and is grateful to have the chance to help them reach their full potential and develop a love of learning.

In her spare time, Victoria loves to dance, do hot yoga, and spend time with her husband, Zeke, and two kitties, Leo and Khaleesi.

                                              email: victoria@middlecreekmontessori.org 
 
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 K-4 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!




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.



 
Co-Head Teacher

Tess Haines grew up as a Montessori child in Austin, Texas. She earned a degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Photography from Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. 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

Julie Dobbins
and her family moved to Montana to experience Western living and more adventures in the outdoors about 2 years ago. She spent her childhood in Connecticut, then went to college in Missouri. Julie is certified as a K-12 Art teacher and has taught K-5 Art for six years.
Julie stayed home with her two children for a few years and is happy to be back in the field of Education again. She has always been interested in Montessori and is excited to learn all that it has to offer children.

In her free time, Julie enjoys playing in the outdoors with her family, and also paints and does pottery when not busy with her family






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

  
Co-Head Teacher


Daniel O Campo is from Medellin, Colombia and is bilingual, with Spanish being his native language. He moved to Montana last spring and married his wife, Tiffany, in April. While Daniel was in Colombia, he worked in an Institute of Family Welfare for a couple of years. Daniel studied Psychology in Colombia and will be finishing his degree at MSU next year. He has always had a great interest in and passion for human development, with childhood being his favorite stage of development. This past year he completed the Age of Montessori internship at a school in Bozeman and is now a certified Montessori Teacher for 3-6 year old children. 
Daniel is very excited to continue to work at Middle Creek Montessori and looks forward to sharing Spanish and his love for the outdoors with our students.    

                                               email: daniel@middlecreekmontessori.org

   

Co-Head Teacher

Paula Zabala returns to MCM where she completed her Early Childhood Montessori Internship and Certification in 2013. Upon completion of her Montessori training, she worked as a Head Teacher in a Montessori School in Florida for two years and has most recently been a tennis instructor and an assistant manager of a tennis club in New York City. In addition to her love for children and teaching, Paula is a professional tennis player and has played and coached tennis for many years.
Paula is a native of Columbia and thrilled to be able to offer Spanish Language to our students in MiCasita this school year.


 
   

Assistant Teacher

Leah Turner grew up in Northern California, coming to Montana in 2007 after graduating from Cal State Long Beach with a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education. She is the mother of 2 children Briahna and Jayden.
For the past nine years Leah has been a teacher's assistant and a lead preschool teacher to 3-5 year-old children, teaching science and social studies as well as arts and crafts. She is a life long learner and enjoys showing children how learning can be fun, exciting and safe and that independance and individual personatilies will be encouraged and cultivated.