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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.


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.

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

Nicole Howe recently moved to Bozeman following four years in Omaha, NE. She is thrilled to be back in the mountains where she loves to run, ski, bike, and hike with her husband, Evan, and three children, Neve, Charlie and Kirsa - all of whom are new students at MCM!

Born in Albany, NY, Nicole attended Providence College as an English major and went on to work as an assistant teacher at the elementary level. Moving west, she received a degree in nursing from Central Wyoming College and worked as an R.N. for 7 years. Nicole has volunteered throughout her children's educational journeys and gained a passion and appreciation for Montessori. She is excited to work in the Sunshine classroom!

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

Head Teacher
Bonnie Kinnear grew up in Parker, Colorado before moving to Bozeman 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 program. 

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
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 work at Middle Creek Montessori and looks forward to sharing Spanish and his love for the outdoors with our students.


Assistant Teacher/Intern
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!