Rainbow Primary Program (Ages 3-6)
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.
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. Her five-year-old
daughter, Rhuie, and two-year-old son, Oliver, also attend Middle Creek
Montessori. Ashley and her husband, Andy, enjoy spending their free time
playing in the mountains with their children and two dogs.
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Bonnie Kinnear- Bio coming soon.
Sunshine Primary Program (Ages 3-6)
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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 fiance Henri and their two dogs Sady and Coco.
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Vicki Rich graduated with an Elementary teaching degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 2006. After spending 10 years and raising three children in New Zealand, Vicki returned to the United States in 2008. She has been working in a Montessori Primary environment for six years and received her Montessori Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from the Caspari Montessori Institute in 2011. In addition to guiding young children through the ins and outs of the Montessori classroom, Vicki has a fondness for movement, music, nature, growth and loving-kindness.
Lauren Erickson-Viereck studied at Montana State University and Metropolitan State College of Denver, receiving her B.A. in English Literature. She loves the Middle Creek learning environment and plans to complete her Montessori training in the coming years. Her passion centers around encouraging the growth of relationships, nurturing creativity, and inspiring exploration. Lauren grew up all over the US, giving her a deep appreciation for Montana. She is happiest when following the philosophy "Go outside; stay there" with her rescue mutt Zoe.
Mi Casita Primary Program - Spanish Emphasis (Ages 3-6)