Our Teachers

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.

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.