Alishka graduated from the University of Montana in December of 2019 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. During her time at university Alishka became interested in alternative education methods. When the opportunity arose to teach at a progressive school, she immediately accepted. While at Sussex, Alishka ran the school's aftercare program, as well as assisted in the fifth through eighth grade math classes.
Alishka's time working, learning and teaching at the school solidified that Alternative education is where her philosophy flourished.
Alishka was first a sub at Missoula Valley Montessori. She was instantly drawn to the community and knew she needed to stay. She accepted a job at Missoula Valley Montessori as the lead teacher for the early learners in 2020. The following year she accepted a position as the lead teacher for a 3-6 year old class. At the end of the 2022-2023 school year she became the new owner and director of Missoula Valley Montessori.
She is so thankful that she found this wonderful school and can't wait to continue it on for years to come.
Cam Mountsier-Cole is the lead teacher in the Green Room. Cam has been working in Montessori Education since getting her diploma from MECA-Seton in 1982. Cam also has a B.A. degree in sociology from The University of Illinois in Chicago. Cam started her career as a teacher and then she moved to New Zealand in 1990 and opened her own school in Wellington. Cam has two adult children and a dog named Reb. For fun Cam likes to hike, read and visit with friends.
Angelica has always enjoyed being around kids and grew up constantly babysitting. When she learned about Montessori she was intrigued and couldn’t wait to be a part of such an amazing environment. She is thrilled to learn more first hand and to assist the children as they learn and become increasingly independent in a Montessori setting.
Angelica’s parents immigrated from Belarus, but she and her six siblings were born and raised in Missoula, MT. Their culture is still very much a part of their lives.
Some of her favorite things include Jesus, the ocean, coffee, Kenya and probably an unhealthy obsession with chocolate.
Wasan Al Bujasim moved to Missoula in 2016. As well as being the mother of two adorable young boys, Wasan was immediately drawn to the Montessori method and was amazed at the level of independence the children achieve when given the time and space to try to do things on their own. Wasan has a BA in geography and is now working towards her teaching certification at the University of Montana. Wasan comes from a family of educators. Her mother is a teacher and her father has a PhD in history. She and her husband now carry on that tradition. While she spends her days at MVM her husband works in a nearby school district.
Morgan was born and raised in Missoula. She found her passion of working with kids while working at the YMCA SUmmer PROgram. She was then given the opportunity to join MVM's team and absolutely loves it. Morgan was unfamiliar with the Montessori method until she started working at MVM and instantly became intrigued with the style of teaching and learning. When Morgan is not working or attending school at the University of Montana, she is on the lake paddle boarding or enjoying quality time with her family and two dogs.
Pearl has been working at MVM for 3 years. During her time here she's worked as a teachers assistant and lead teacher for the after care program. The Montessori method instantly captivated her as the kids are able to choose activities that interest them and learn at their own pace. Pearl is eager to learn more about Montessori and alternative schooling methods.
Pearl was born and raised in the Bitterroot Valley where she grew up spending most of her time outdoors. In 2019 she moved to Missoula to purse a degree in Psychology at the University of Montana. She is excited to continue working with children post grad as either an art therapist or school counselor. In her free time she enjoys running, creating ceramic art, and playing with her cat.