Administrative Staff

Tamela Irons

Education Director

Tamela Irons Tamela Irons has been teaching for the last 16 years. She received a B.S. with Honors in Elementary Education and a Minor in Spanish. She holds a Montana State Teacher Certification in Elementary Education K-8 with a Teacher Certification for Spanish K-12. Tamela received her Montessori Elementary 1 training at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, CO in 2002. She has since gone on to become a teacher trainer, teaching adults at the same training center. Tamela has experience teaching at the primary, lower elementary and upper elementary levels but her passion is the 6-9 age group. Tamela has also spent 13 years as a Spanish teacher in combination with her classroom teaching as well as worked as a reading tutor for a variety of students. Tamela is passionate about Montessori and spent time as the secretary of the Montana Montessori Educators Association.

In addition to Tamela's extensive teaching background, her other passion is exploring the world and bringing her experiences back into the classroom. She has traveled through, lived and taught in six of the worlds seven continents. She loves living in Montana and spending time exploring the mountains and rivers with her husband Joe, daughter Kyla River and Alaskan Malamute, Alpine.

LaDella DeGroot

Office Manager


Della joined Bozeman Summit School in August 2017.