Our fearless leader - and school owner, Alishka Gusky, is the lead guide in the Blue Room. She graduated from University of Montana in 2019 with a degree in Elementary Education. She started working at Missoula Valley Montessori school in 2020 first as an assistant, then the lead teacher in the Early Learner's Room. Last year she was the lead teacher in a three to six program and then in June of this year she became the school owner. When she is not working, Aliska likes to be in nature, hang with animals and socialize with friends.
Cam Mountsier-Cole is the lead guide in the Green Room. Cam started to work at MVM in June of this year. She has worked in the world of Montessori for 40 plus years after graduating from the Montessori Education Center Association in Chicago, IL. Cam has been an assistant, lead guide, administrator and owned a school in New Zealand for 16 years. Cam also has a BA in Sociology from University of Illinois, Chicago. Cam has two grown children - who both attended Montessori schools through 8th grade. Her 27 year old son lives in Colorado and her 24 year old daughter has made her home back in New Zealand. For fun Cam likes to go to movies, hike and visit cafes!
Angelica Tsuber is the lead guide in the Taupe Room. Angelica has always enjoyed being around children and grew up constantly babysitting. She became intrigued about the Montessori Method of Education and started to work at MVM 3 years ago. She enjoys the Montessori curriculum and the independence it fosters in children. Angelica's parents immigrated from Belarus but she and her 6 siblings were all born in Missoula. The Belarus culture is still very much a part of her life. Angelica enjoys Jesus, the ocean, coffee and has an unhealthy obsession with chocolate!
Wasan Al Bujasim is the lead in the Early Leaners classroom. She moved to Missoula in 2016. She has 2 young boys that keep her busy. Wasan loves how the Montessori method of education fosters such independence in young children. She has a BA in Geography and is currently working on getting her teaching certificate from the University of Montana.
Morgan Holmes was born and raised in Missoula. She found her passion for working with young children while working at the summer YMCA program. She then joined the MVM team and loves working here! Morgan worked in our summer program and now is working in our Aftercare Program, as well as, filling in during the day working around her own school schedule. Morgan is very intrigued with the Montessori method of teaching and learning When Morgan is not working, she us attending school at the University of Montana, on a lake paddle boarding, or enjoying time with her family and two dogs.
Pearl Miller has been working at MVM for the past 3 years. She is one of our assistant teachers and the lead teacher in the Aftercare program. Pearl was instantly captivated with the Montessori Method of Education since the children are free to choose the work that interests them, and they learn at their own pace. Pearl is eager to learn more about Montessori and alternative methods of education. Pearl was born in the Bitterroot Valley and moved to Missoula in 2019 to attend University of Montana working towards a degree in psychology and Art. She would like to work with children as an art therapist or school counselor. In her free time Pearl likes to run, create ceramic art and play with her cat.
Brandy Sheehy works with Angelica in the Taupe Room as the classroom assistant. Brandy started at MVM this new school year and has been working with young children for 17 years as a nanny and babysitter! Brandy has 2 children - ages 10 and 3. Before starting work at the school she was a stay -at- home mom and she enjoys cooking and baking, doing crafts and being outside.
Markle Quinn is the classroom assistant in the Blue Room and Early Learners Room. Markle graduated with a degree in Social Work from the University of Montana in 2016. He worked in early childhood education from 2017 to 2018. After traveling and working in forestry he is excited to be back in Missoula and working with young children again.
Nathan Duden works with Cam in the Green Room as the classroom assistant. He has taught in both Taiwan and Japan with children of all ages and is excited to share his knowledge with the children this year. Nathan has been doing a weekly ChaCha dance with the children and they love it! Nathan also enjoys riding his bike, cooking and is a Web enthusiast.