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.

Allie Lindsay

Early Childhood
Classroom Teacher
Allie Lindsay

Allie has worked with and cared for young children since she was very young. After moving to Bozeman in 2014, she worked at several pre-schools in the area and discovered her love for the Montessori philosophy. She joined Bozeman Summit in 2017 with a background in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. She will receive her Early Childhood Montessori Teaching Certification in the Spring, and plans to continue with her Bachelorís in Early Childhood Education.

Coupled with her love for children comes her love for animals. When not in the classroom, Allie can most often be found hiking and snowshoeing with her dogs; Louie and Remi. She also enjoys reading, Vipassana meditation, gardening, attending live music, and cooking.

Lexie Starceski

Early Childhood
Classroom Teacher
Lexie Starceski

Lexie is originally from Helena but have been in Bozeman for 5 years now. Lexie is a fulltime student at the University of Montana Western, studying Early Childhood Education. She is about a year away from graduating with her degree, and She couldn't be more excited. She has been working with children for 4+ years now and love being able to make a positive impact on their life

In her spare time, Lexie enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family. Her favorite book that she recently read is called Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan. She can't wait for a great year and get know all of BSS community

Fana Takahashi

Lower Elementary Classroom Teacher
Faba Takahasi

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

When Dani discovered Montessori education in Bozeman Summit School in 1999, she never looked back. She was home. A lead teacher in the upper elementary classroom for several years, she accepted the head of school position and served in that capacity from 2006-2012. Thereafter, she tried her hand with younger children in the lower elementary classroom and has enjoyed teaching first through third grade ever since. She finds every age group special in its own unique way. Dani earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Syracuse University in Psychology. She obtained her teaching degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Additionally, Dani has her Montessori Certification in lower elementary (ages 6-9) from the Montessori Educational Center of the Rockies.

When out of the classroom, you can find Dani hiking and skiing with her family, savoring good food and laughs with friends, enjoying live music and traveling.

Alison Tierney

Upper Elementary Classroom Teacher
Alison Tierney

Alison has been teaching in Montessori schools since 1998 and has worked with children from birth through age twelve. She has a degree in Comparative Religion from the University of Puget Sound and is currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Montessori Integrative Education.   Alison received her AMS Early Childhood Montessori Certification from the Montana Montessori Teacher Training Institute and her Elementary Certification from Age of Montessori.

Alison is the mother of four children, aged 10-23, all of whom attended Montessori schools. She is a plant enthusiast, singer, swimmer, and reader. She loves science fiction, music and art history, mythology, being in lakes, rivers, and forests, and playing in the woods with children.