Our Teachers

Robyn West

Early Childhood
Classroom Teacher
Robyn West

Robyn has been working in early childhood for several years. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Urban Early Childhood Education and a Birth-3rd grade Minnesota teaching license. Robyn has experience working with children with special needs and has been a lead preschool teacher for the past two years. She will be attaining her Montessori Teacher Certification in Early Childhood beginning this fall. Additionally, she has a degree in Apparel Design and Manufacturing and enjoys designing and sewing. She also enjoys cross-country skiing and exploring.

Fana Takahashi

Lower Elementary Classroom Teacher
Robyn West

Fana joined the Bozeman Summit team in 2015, and fell in love with the Montessori Philosophy. Beginning her career of working with children at the age fourteen, she has gained experience in various areas of her field. Even at a young age her passion for children and their education was apparent. She graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education K-8 and Early Childhood Education & Child Services. She holds a Montana State Teaching License and is in the process of becoming a certified Early Childhood Montessori teacher. She is also currently continuing her education as a graduate student in pursuit of a Master’s degree of Education. She loves her job and strives to become a better educator everyday.

Aside from working with children, she enjoys traveling, exploring Montana, taking walks with her dog Sparky, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Dani Stern

Lower Elementary Classroom Teacher
Dani Stern

Dani has taught as a lead teacher in BSS's upper elementary classroom for several years before becoming the Head of School from 2006-2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Syracuse University with a minor in Psychology. Dani obtained her teaching degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Additionally, she has her Montessori Certification in lower elementary (ages 6-9) from the Montessori Educational Center of the Rockies, an accredited training center in Boulder, Colorado. Dani is passionate about Montessori education. Her two children attended Bozeman Summit School. She was Bozeman Summit School's Education Director in the 2016-2017 school year. She returns to the lower elementary classroom this year.

 

 
 

 

Alison Kernan

Upper Elementary Classroom Teacher
Alison Kernan

Alison Kernan came out to Montana, from Vermont, in the fall of 2004 for college and the great outdoors. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education K-8, from Montana State University.  She was placed in the Bozeman Summit School for her senior practicum and then returned for her student teaching during the 2012/2013 school year.

Alison is very passionate about teaching, reading, dark chocolate, snowboarding, hockey and her three dogs.