Faculty

Kim Mead

Kim Mead

Director, Co-Owner

Kim has a B.A. in Education from the University of Montana. She also holds two Montessori certificates (one for 3-6 year olds and another for 6-9 year olds) from the Montana Montessori Teacher Education Institute in Kalispell, MT. She has been a teacher in many capacities working with 16–21 year olds at a Job Corps in South Dakota; teaching in a one-room schoolhouse for kindergarten through sixth graders in Camas Prairie, MT; Title 1 teacher for three years for kindergarten through eighth graders; and third grade teacher for five years in Kalispell, MT. Kim has also been a Montessori teacher trainer in Kalispell, and a presenter at International Montessori Conferences in California and Canada on the Six Traits of Writing.

When Kim’s boys entered Woodland Montessori in Kalispell as preschoolers, she became absorbed in this fascinating Montessori model – eventually implementing it into her public school program. Helena Flats Montessori was the second public school Montessori program implemented in Montana.

Kim credits her two fabulous sons, Patrick and Benjamin, for introducing her to the Montessori Method and thanks her husband Ted for his ongoing support. This is Kim’s first year as a full time administrator which is very excited. She loves to travel, is an avid reader, and adores walking their family dog Riley.

Catherine Reilly

Catherine Reilly

Lead Primary Teacher, Co-Owner

Catherine brings a unique background to Missoula Valley Montessori. She has a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts specializing in Elementary School Counseling. Her background as a counselor gives Catherine valuable skills to share with children as they work to become independent learners and social problem-solvers.

Catherine has been teaching since 1998. She taught both first grade and pre-kindergarten in Connecticut and New York before moving to Missoula in 2004. Catherine worked as a parent educator and parent counselor at Families First before becoming certified as a Montessori teacher for 3-6 year olds. She says that her discovery of the Montessori Method was an epiphany and she could not wait to share it with others.

Catherine and her husband Jim are the proud parents of three children, Sam, Ben, and Hannah. She loves to read and enjoys many of the outdoor activities available in Missoula from running to fishing.

Nadia Zylawy

Nadia Zylawy

Lead Teacher

My introduction to the Montessori Method came to me, perhaps, in much the same way it has come to so many; because of my children. In my quest for preschool opportunities for my own boys, I knew I wanted teachers who treated the children with genuine respect; an avenue for independence; an outlet for cognitive growth; a focus on social responsibility; refinement in learning to make one’s own good choices and guidance to discern the difference; and I wanted my child to have ownership and self-motivation for the activities of his day. Once I stumbled upon the Montessori method, it solidified my decision for their education; and indirectly laid out a path for my future career as a Montessori guide.
I have a B.A. in French and Spanish from UM, and 2 years of course work from UMW in Early Childhood Education. My Primary Montessori certification is through the MACDE accredited Caspari Montessori Institute.
My husband teachers A.P Lit and Lang to high school students, and my two boys attend college in Vermont.
My free time is happily occupied with family adventures, travel, and just being together. I also don’t sit still very well, and like to hike, bike, do yoga, and cook.

Alyssa Stahl

Alyssa Stahl

Lead Primary Teacher

Alyssa completed her Montessori training through the Montana Montessori Teacher Education Institute. She is also a graduate of the University of Montana where she earned a BA in Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood education. Upon completing her degree, Alyssa began to seek a way to further her education and find an alternative method of teaching that fit more soundly with her educational philosophy. She quickly found Montessori education and it was love at first sight.

Alyssa is very passionate about working with children. In the past nine years Alyssa has worked with children in a variety of settings. Each of these experiences have assisted her in becoming an enthusiastic and dedicated educator. Throughout her professional career, Alyssa hopes to instill in her students a compassion for others and a love of learning.

Sean Rudolph

Teacher's Assistant

Sean Rudolf hails from Helena and has been a resident of Missoula for the past five years. He graduated with a degree in Sound Engineering and quickly went along the path of volunteering and teaching on the side. Sean was able to assist with camps at the Zootown Arts Community Centers and the Missoula Public Library and found that his passion was working with children and their boundless creativity and insight.

Jens Bolstad

Jens Bolstad

Lead After Care Teacher

Jens Bolstad grew up in Helena and moved to Missoula in 2012 for college. He originally intended to become a high school teacher, but after only a few weeks working with our students he realizes there is a positivity that can only be found with this age group. Even a long day is manageable because it is regularly interspersed with laughter and he finds this truly special.

Teachers

Sarah Muscatt

Sarah Muscatt

Teaching Assistant

Sarah Muscatt also known as B graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2011. Upon completing her degree she pursued a Fulbright Grant to teach English abroad and recently returned from her English Teaching Assistant program at an elementary school South Korea. She became interested in alternative education philosophies,particularly Montessori, during her time in the UNC School of Education and now joins us to further her passion for education working with young children.

Sheila Roche

Sheila Roche

Teaching Assistant


Sheila Roche is from Whitefish, MT where she spent the majority of her childhood. Once she graduated from high school she started out at Carroll College where she pursued a degree in Nursing and Education. Sheila quickly discovered that she had a passion for early childhood development of speech, language, and communication. In 2015 she transferred to the University of Montana to pursue a degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders also known as Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders. After two years of undergraduate clinic and research experience, focused on children with Autism Sheila is excited to be part of the MVM family.

Teacher’s Assistants

Sarah Ritner

Sarah Ritner

Sarah has lived in Missoula for almost two years and has really grown to enjoy the city and the beauty that surrounds it. With her husband and two dogs, they to get outdoors whenever possible. From skiing to backpacking, and traveling to new places, they always looking for opportunities to adventure.

Sarah spent the last year working at MVM and has embraced the method for the way it challenges and supports children at a young age.

Katie White

Katie White

Katie feels blessed to spend her days in Montana and finally live in the same city as her wonderful fiancé as well as close friends. Lover of running, laughter, water, traveling and children, Katie was born and raised a Bobcat in Bozeman surrounded by beloved family. She completed her degree with honors at the University of Montana Western in Elementary Education. Katie applied for a position at Missoula Valley Montessori soon after her move. She started out as a substitute, then a teacher's assistant and is now running the summer program. Over the summer she is in the process of obtaining her certification as a lead Montessori teacher and will have her own classroom in the fall. It is truly her passion to work with young children, help them grow and fulfill inspiration. Katie loves the Montessori Method and how it calls for teachers to follow the lead of the child. She truly believes it is her strength to encourage children from all perspectives.