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
 

Fana has over ten years of childcare experience including running a summer camp, daycares, public schools, as well as working with children with special needs. Upon graduating from Montana State University with both a bachelor of science in elementary education
(K-8) with an early childhood endorsement and a bachelor of science
in early childhood education and child services, she has been working as the co-director and head preschool teacher in Bozeman.

In her spare time, she loves being outdoors, gardening, hiking, biking, and much more. Megan also enjoys baking, crafting, and spending time with her 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.

Dani Stern

Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher
Dani Stern

Dani returns to Bozeman Summit School after a brief absence. She 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 credential in lower elementary (ages 6-9) from the Montessori Educational Center of the Rockies, an accredited training center in Boulder, CO. Dani is passionate about Montessori education.  Her two children attended Bozeman Summit School.

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.