Rainbow Primary Program (Ages 3-6)
Jessica Rabinsky graduated
from Rutgers University with a Master's degree in Elementary Education in
2000. After the completion of her
Montessori Early Childhood training from the Caspari Montessori Institute in
2002 she has taught as a Head Teacher at a local Montessori school and was the
Director of that school for five years.
Jessica joined the Middle Creek staff last fall and is excited to return
this year in the Rainbow class. Jessica
enjoys the natural setting of Middle Creek and the wonderful community it is a
part of. Jessica’s two adoptive children
also thrive within the community.
Jessica and her family love to camp together, garden, and most
everything that takes place outside.
Suzanne Bendick graduated in 2002 from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Minor in French Language. For the past ten years Suzanne has been involved in Montessori education as a Toddler and Preschool teacher from West Virginia to California, and finally to Montana, where she put down roots in 2005. In 2009, she completed the MontessoriEarly Childhood Training from the Caspari Montessori Institute. In the last two years, Suzanne has taken time away from the classroom to nurture her own family by becoming a mother, and most recently becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor and a Postpartum Doula. Suzanne is extremely excited about returning to the classroom to learn and grow with the children in the Rainbow Class. When she is not busy working in the classroom, she can be found playing outside (or inside) with her husband, Eric, their daughter Talia, and their crazy dog, Kinga!
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Chris McNeil graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Health and Human Development. After working as a case worker for Social Services and teaching at Montana State University, she has been focusing her attention on her two beautiful children and her wonderful husband. She is excited that Middle Creek Montessori will be her family's "home away from home" with one of her children in the Sunshine class and on in Pre-Primary. Chris joined our community last year when her daughter entered school and quickly began volunteering as the Book Fair coordinator, and on the Spring Fling fundraising committee. Chris is thrilled to be a part of the Rainbow classroom, one that she finds to be a natural learning environment, fulfilling for both the teachers and the students. Chris has many interests, including running, hiking, knitting, world travel, volunteerism, and developing relationships with family and friends.
Sunshine Primary Program (Ages 3-6)
Jessie Oliver 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 fiance Henri and their two dogs Sady and Coco.
Danielle Moller graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Elementary Education and continued her education in Early Childhood. She has taught Kindergarten in Washington and Preschool in Pennsylvania and greatly loves teaching children to read. Danielle, her husband Adam, and three-year-old daughter, Elise, moved to Bozeman in August, 2011. She taught physical education and was in high demand school-wide as a substitute teacher at Middle Creek Montessori this past year. From her experience at our school, Danielle saw the nurturing and Montessori environment that allowed children to learn in their own way and become independent. She is excited to continue learning more about how to implement the Montessori philosophy, along with her educational background, as she joins the Sunshine team. Danielle and her family love the outdoors; especially biking, swimming, skiing, and hiking.
Lauren Erickson-Viereck picture and bio coming soon.
Mi Casita Primary Program - Spanish Emphasis (Ages 3-6)
Mikal Begnoche received a bachelors degree in Elementary
Education from Montana State University in 2002.
In 2005 she received a Montessori teacher certificate from the Caspari
Montessori Institute. Mikal has seven years of experience teaching in primary
classrooms, five of which have been at Middle Creek as Head Teacher of the
Sunshine classroom. Over the years, Mikal has furthered her education with
multiple parenting courses and national conferences, but her greatest teachers
have been the children. Outside of the
classroom, Mikal enjoys playing outdoors with her husband, Armand, one-year old
daughter, Violet, and two Labrador retrievers.
Emily Sandefur joins the Mi Casita team after teaching over a decade in Montessori Elementary and Early Childhood classrooms in Kentucky, Wyoming, North Carolina and Montana. She completed her American Montessori Society Early Childhood training and received her Elementary I Credential from Providence Montessori Teacher Education Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Emily has a Bachelor of Art degree in Spanish Literature from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Additionally, Emily instructs at the Montessori Education Center in Boulder, Colorado during the summer.
Brittany Lewton bio coming soon.