Meet our Teachers and Caregivers


Cynthia Bennett, Certified Montessori Teacher
Owner and Director


A native of Quebec, Canada and fluent in French, Cynthia moved to the U.S. as a teenager and has dedicated over 30 years to the care and education of young children. In 1985, after completing a 2-year intensive training & internship, she received her Montessori Teaching Diploma from the Pan-American Montessori Society.

After working for a decade in various Montessori schools in the U.S. and having fallen in love with the natural beauty of the Northwest, she opened her first school, Giving Tree Montessori for Infants and Toddlers here in Bozeman in 1996.

Later she went on to open the Montessori Children’s House in 2011, named in honor of Maria Montessori's first school in Rome. After a successful five years, she is now expanding the facility to meet the ever growing needs of Bozeman’s young families. The new expansion will include three additional classrooms, a larger playground and a full kitchen, all designed and built with the needs of the young child in mind and due for completion in the Summer of 2017.

Cynthia is dedicated to providing the Montessori way of education for the youngest ages from 6-weeks to 3-years old. She’s experienced first-hand how this approach allows the innate intelligence of young children to expand and develop right along with their joy, self-confidence and self-esteem.

Through the years, Cynthia has learned to cultivate and channel the abundant energy, enormous learning potential, curiosity and wonder that these little ones naturally possess and she passes this knowledge along to her teachers.

She has always had a deep love for children and is a mother of five of her own, four boys and a girl, ages 14 - 30 years. 
She loves ice skating and cross country skiing and also enjoys scrap booking, ballroom dancing and ballet.

Maria Montessori taught that the motto of a young child is, Help me to do it myself. Cynthia's goal is to provide the best possible situation for children to fulfill this vital need. She invites you to visit and discover the wonders of early childhood education through the Montessori way. 





Our Infant Teachers


Christine Lamore, Certified Montessori Teacher
Infant Teacher and Administrative 
Assistant to the Director


While exploring the possibilities of life traveling the world for 10 years as both a train hostess and a flight attendant, Christine came upon the Montessori way of education and discovered this was the career for her.

She took her training through the Pan American Montessori Society under Dr. Elisabeth Caspari, a direct student of Maria Montessori herself. After completing her training and internship in 1992, she taught in Montessori schools from Hawaii to Montana.

In Christine's words, “ Montessori benefits children in so many ways. It’s child-centered, leading them to a lifelong love of learning, self-directed and self- disciplined.”

Born and raised in Sweden and after living and working in six different countries, Christine is very happy that she and her husband have chosen Montana as their home.



Bridget Hansard, Master of Arts
Infant Teacher and Administrative Assistant

 Originally from Frankfurt, Germany, Bridget holds a Master of Arts degree from the Art Academy of Dusseldorf.

She frequently visited the United States in her earlier years, and in 1998, decided to move to the U. S. She first settled in California, where she managed a book and gift store for several years.

After moving to Bozeman with her husband about ten years ago, she worked as a caretaker for both children and seniors. She joined us at Montessori Children's House in 2017.

Her loving and caring personality makes her well suited for working with children, and we are thrilled to have her on board.
She loves the Montessori philosophy and feels it is the best environment for children to grow and blossom.

In her spare time, she spends time with her five grandchildren and large extended family, which keeps her very busy.



Theresa Hazen, Certified Montessori Teacher
Infant Teacher

Being a native of Montana, Theresa grew up in beautiful Paradise Valley. She loves the wide open spaces and thinks family-friendly Bozeman, is a great place to raise her three young children.

Having obtained her Montessori pre-school diploma in 2009, she has worked in Montessori schools in Livingston , Belgrade and Bozeman. She has been with us for a total of six years, having taken a break in between her second and third child. Once her children get older, she is considering pursuing further education in child development.

It is obvious in the way she performs her job, that she has a profound love of children. She says about the Montessori method : " It is the most practical way to teach children, and gives them the best possible start in life."

When not with her own children or the children at MCH, she likes to attend yoga classes, and spend time with friends and family. 


Betsy Meyer, Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
Infant Teacher


Betsy was born and raised in Minnesota. She attended Saint Cloud State University, studied history and psychology, and eventually settled on a degree in elementary education. While studying for one semester in England, she met her husband, with whom she has a five year old son. 
In college she coached beginner's and intermediate gymnastics classes.

After college she worked in an Americorps elementary program, as well as The Reading Corps, tutoring children using specified materials. Later, she held a position training and recruiting college students as well as elderly folks, in teaching children reading skills.

In 2011, Betsy and her husband, felt the call of the mountains, and moved to Bozeman. It was here that she first walked into a Montessori school. She thought she had touched a piece of heaven. Everything was so peaceful and organized. Betsy loves to connect with the uniqueness and essence of each child. She has excellent communication skills, which shows in her interactions both with the children and the parents.

Betsy has been practicing yoga and meditation for many years, and loves going hiking and biking with her family.


Our Toddler Teachers



Marjorie Devlin
Head Toddler Teacher


Marjorie became a part of our Toddler team of teachers in 2014 while taking a break from MSU. She enjoyed working with the children and their families so much, she decided to stay with us and finish her marketing degree online. In June of 2018, Marjorie took a short break to have her first child, who is now with us in the infant program.

 Marjorie adds much to this program with her fun loving nature and her natural qualities of caring for these little ones with patience and connection.


Marjorie sees great potential for children through the Montessori approach and looks forward to implementing more of the concepts into the toddler rooms with the upcoming expanded facility. Originally from Vermont, Marjorie feels right at home with all Montana has to offer.


Carolina Okamoto, Bachelor of Science
Toddlers

Born and raised in Brazil, Carol moved to Bozeman with her husband after his transfer here in 2016.

After spending fourteen years working in computer science, Carol was looking for a change and wanted to put her past experience caring for children in her own extended family, to good use.We are happy that she found her opportunity at Montessori Children's House.

Her joy and enthusiasm in caring for the little ones, is apparent and she has been a wonderful addition to our toddler program. Her management skills and spherical thinking have been put to good use, as well as, keeping the toddler program organized and running smoothly.

The Montessori way comes naturally to Carol and she is studying to deepen her understanding of all it has to offer.




Our Pre-Primary Teachers


Marianne Molina, Certified Montessori Teacher
Head Pre-Primary Teacher


Marianne began her training in child development while still in high school and living in Sweden. Her degree allowed her to work in day cares, as well as homes for troubled teens and hospitals.

Her first introduction to Montessori inspired her to create Montessori lessons for children under her care and later to implement the method while homeschooling her own five children.

Marianne joined our Team of teachers in 2013. She completed her Montessori training through the Age of Montessori and received her certification in 2014.

She has a passion for preparing and giving the Montessori lessons that provide the early foundation for our 2-year-olds in reading and math, along with sensorial and practical life experiences.

One of Marianne’s role models is Anne Sullivan, the gifted teacher of Helen Keller, because of her deep love, understanding and compassion for the young child coupled with her sincere and fiery dedication.
 


Eloise Nielsen, Bachelor's Degree in History, Teaching Diploma
Pre-Primary
 

Growing up in a small town in northern France, Eloise always enjoyed traveling. It was on one of her travels that she met her American husband while in Montana. 

Eloise earned a bachelor's degree in history from Universite Rabelais in France, and also holds a teaching diploma,which allows her to teach pre-school as well as elementary aged children. She worked in schools in France for five years teaching in multi-age classrooms and special needs environments. She also taught in a Montessori school in town prior to joining us.

She enjoys working with children, feeling she can play a part in making a difference in their lives. Her work ethic, professionalism and attention to detail, makes her a great asset in the classroom. We are very grateful to have her part of our team.

Some of her interests outside of school, are cooking, especially French cooking, hiking and traveling.

Georgina Camacho, Bachelor's degree in Business, Master's degree in School Administration

Georgina grew up Mexico City. After graduating with a master's degree in school and business administration, she went on to work for Learning Systems International and the Xerox Corporation. 

In 1999, she arrived in the U.S.,where she met and married her husband a year later. They lived in California for a while, then moved to Montana. Georgina ended up working in the finance department of a large worldwide corporation.

Her first introduction to Montessori was when she was still in her teens. Her mom worked as a head teacher in a Montessori school, and Georgina loved helping her. Later she took the Montessori information course, and is planning on finishing her Montessori internship at a later date.

Georgina loves to serve the child. She especially likes Montessori, because it is child-centered, and she feels it is the best way to educate young children.

Georgina is a great asset to our classroom, and you can often hear her speaking Spanish with the children. With her loving and respectful ways, it is obvious that the children are very fond of her.

Georgina considers herself a life-long learner, and on her free time she likes to read and study.