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

Early Childhood
Assistant 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.

Tamela Irons

Lower Elementary Classroom Teacher
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.

Ashley Bickerstaff

Lower Elementary Montessori Educator Consultant
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).

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.