Our Teachers

Hannah Gullickson

Early Childhood
Classroom Teacher
Hannah Gullickson

Hannah joined Bozeman Summit School in the spring of 2013. She received her undergraduate degree in 2008 from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA.  She majored in English: Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture, and Minored in Comparative Sociology and Music. She also completed the Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Program. After volunteering with Read2Me, a program in the Tacoma School District to help kids improve their reading skills, she went back to UPS to get her Master of Arts in Teaching.  Since then she has been a paraprofessional for elementary schools in Bozeman, taught 8th grade English Language Arts in Washington, and Kindergarten in Utah. She currently holds a Montana State Teaching License for K-8 and is a registered practitioner with the Montana Early Childhood Project. Hannah attended the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies training program in Boulder, CO this summer to begin her Montessori Early Childhood licensure process. Hannah will be a Licensed AMS Montessori Early Childhood teacher in the spring of 2014.

Taylor Wortman

Lower Elementary Classroom Teacher
Taylor Wortman

Taylor joined Bozeman Summit School in 2012. She has been teaching at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Livingston for the past two years.  Taylor has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Montana State Universty and a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Communications from the University of San Diego.  She also has a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego.  She attended the Montana Montessori Teacher Education Center in Kalispell, Montana, during the summer of 2012 and will complete her training in June 2013.

Whitney Shafer

Upper Elementary Classroom Teacher
Whitney Prosor Whitney joined Bozeman Summit School in 2009. She received a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Elementary Education, an endorsement in Reading Education, an Honors Degree and a Minor in Coaching Science. She holds a Montana State Teacher Certification in Elementary Education K-8 with an endorsement in K-12 Reading. Whitney’s extensive teaching and volunteer experience includes time with Big Brothers and Sisters, MSU Sports Camp, Whittier School and Bridger Ski Foundation. She began her Montessori training during the summer of 2009 at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New York and earned her American Montessori Society Elementary II Credential upon completion of her training in the summer of 2010.

Ashley Bickerstaff

Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher
Ashley Bickerstaff

Ashley returned to BSS in 2012 after a brief absence. She taught as a lead teacher in Montessori early childhood, lower elementary and upper elementary classrooms for 10 years and was the Head of School at BSS from 2003-2006. She has a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia with a minor in Psychology. She also has her Montessori credential for early childhood (ages 3-6), lower elementary (ages 6-9) and upper elementary (ages 9-12).

Joris “Jo” Van Cutsem

Health Enhancement Teacher
Joris "Jo" Van Cutsem Jo joined Bozeman Summit School in 2009. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Recreation from Katholieke Hogeschool in Brussels, Belgium. Jo’s teaching experiences include being a physical education teacher, snow sports instructor at Bridger Bowl and fifth grade teacher. Additionally, he is a certified cycling coach and fluent in Dutch, English and French.