Meet our Teachers and Caregivers
Meet our Teachers and Caregivers
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 opened the Montessori Children’s House in 2011, named in honor of Maria Montessori's first school in Rome. She expanded the facility to meet the ever-growing needs of Bozeman’s young families. The new expansion includes three additional classrooms, a larger playground and a full kitchen, all designed and built with the needs of the young child in mind.
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. 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
Cindy Hinson, Lead Infant Teacher
We are very happy to welcome Cindy into our school. Cindy brings 35 years of experience with young children and a lot of joy to our group of little ones. You have probably seen Cindy before working at the Bozeman Children’s Library. She has a background in Early Childhood Education Studies and Montessori Education.
Our Toddler Teachers
Betsy Meyer, Lead Toddler Teacher
Betsy has worked with children since 2005 and has been with us since 2016. She has great patience and an amazing gift to communicate with children individually. She studied the Montessori Method and enjoys teaching in a Montessori Environment. Betsy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is also mother to a wonderful boy. We are grateful for her ongoing dedication and thoughtfulness.
Our Pre-Primary Teachers
Sarah Laird, Lead Pre-Primary Teacher
Sarah is working on a degree in Sociology from MSU. She has been working with children since 2019 and is really enjoying the experience. Currently, she is actively pursuing her Montessori teaching certificate. The children appreciate her energy and enthusiasm and are always excited to have her around.
Our Office Staff
Bridget Hansard, Administrative Assistant and Substitute
Bridget joined our staff in 2017. Part of her time is devoted to care for our infants. She worked as a caretaker for both children and seniors. Her loving and caring personality make her well suited for working with children. In her spare time, she enjoys her many grandchildren and large extended family. She has a Master’s Degree in Arts.
Orenda Talbott, Bookkeeper and Substitute
Orenda is compassionate and loving with children and she sees working here as the perfect opportunity to spend time with children as well as working in the office. She has a BA in Music and experience working with children of all ages.
All members of our staff are First Aid, CPR/AED certified and have continuous child care education.