OUR STAFF

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JACKIE MCMURREY

SUNFLOWER LEAD TEACHER

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WILLOW LEAD TEACHER

ENRICHMENT TEACHERS

LAUREN CARR - MUSIC

ALEX VIGLAKIS - HEALTH & PE

CAILIN BEELER

HEAD OF SCHOOL

Cailin grew up in Oregon and was first introduced to the Montessori Method as a child in her mother’s Montessori classroom. She spent her elementary years volunteering in the early childhood classroom after school. 

 

As a young adult she volunteered and worked with an agency call Youth Empowerment Skills Foundation. This organization taught leadership, self-discipline, and responsibility to teens. It was here that she discovered her vision to make a difference in the lives of children.

 

Cailin earned a bachelor’s in elementary education with magna cum laude honors from MSU-Billings. She also earned an endorsement in Reading Education. She has more than 10 years of teaching experience in early childhood through upper elementary. She holds a Montana teaching certificate. Her Montessori Certifications include Primary (ages 3-6) and Early Elementary (ages 6-12) from North American Montessori Center and an Elementary Teaching Certificate through Age Of Montessori (MACTE).

 

The growth and beauty of the outdoors and nature are passions that Cailin enjoys sharing with her husband and 3 children in beautiful Montana.

Jennette Rasch

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Jennette grew up around the state of Montana. She graduated summa cum laude from McMurry University in Abilene, TX. Jennette went on to achieve the terminal degree in her field, a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Dakota. In 2012, after ten years of traveling the country in pursuit of her education, Jennette returned home to Billings, MT. Shortly after her return she continued her education, completing a certification in business and marketing from the Montana Arts Council. 

Over the course of her travels Jennette had the privilege of working in both traditional and non-traditional education settings as a teacher, adjunct professor, para-educator, operations manager, and curator/interpretive specialist. Jennette's passion for lifelong learning and years of experience managing museums have led her to join the Sunrise Montessori School family as it continues to build Montessori education opportunities in the Yellowstone valley. 

In her free time Jennette enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and 3 children, as well as developing her creative practice as a visual artist. 

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JACKIE MCMURREY

EARLY CHILDHOOD (3-6) LEAD TEACHER

Jackie was born in New Jersey and grew up in Dallas, Texas.  She went to college at Texas State University where she received a bachelor of arts in Journalism.  She spent a few years editing technical publications and then became a technical writer for a software development company in Austin, Texas.  She left that field thinking that working with children would be more rewarding.  She tried many different types of preschools and daycare centers and loved the Montessori method because the peace and order seemed to provide the space for the child to best grow into a healthy, nurtured, independent individual. 
 
She completed the Association Montessori International (AMI) training in Dallas, Texas. During the training,  she got married and started a family and shifted her focus to raising her 4 children.  Over the years, she has worked at Montessori schools in Portland, Oregon; Austin, Texas; and Dallas, Texas.  She and her family moved to Billings in 1998 and Laurel became her home in 2009.  She has worked at many of the Montessori schools in and around Billings.  She spent 6 years at Meadowlark Elementary as a paraprofessional in the Resource room, where she was able to use Montessori techniques successfully with children who had learning disabilities.

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SHAR LANTZ

LOWER ELEMENTARY LEAD TEACHER

Brigid shearer

EARLY CHILDHOOD (3-6) LEAD TEACHER

Kelly Simanton

UPPER ELEMENTARY LEAD TEACHER

Meghan Cox

TITLE I TEACHER

Andrew Ezell

K-6TH MUSIC TEACHER

Lisa Ralston

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

ENRICHMENT TEACHERS

LAUREN CARR - MUSIC

ALEX VIGLAKIS - HEALTH & PE

Andy Tazwell Ezell is a trumpet player hailing from Billings, Montana. He began his collegiate studies at the University of Northern Colorado, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in trumpet performance and a minor in French. At the age of 19, Andy won his first orchestral job as principal trumpet of the Boulder Symphony, which he held for three years. He was also principal trumpet of the Denver Young Artist Orchestra and toured the east coast with that ensemble. 

 

Andy moved to Baltimore to pursue a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at the Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory. After completing his master’s degree, Andy moved to Cincinnati, where he earned an artist diploma at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to performing, Andy is an acclaimed arranger for brass ensembles. His bluegrass arrangements have been lauded as “uniquely beautiful and filling a niche in the market,” and his classical and solo arrangements are performed by a diverse collection of ensembles. Additionally, Andy has developed a warmup method to aid performers of all calibers achieve a more consistent and ideal sound.

Alongside his academic studies and burgeoning arranging business, Andy maintains a private teaching studio, enjoys spending time with his cat Kolya, and, as always, continues to practice.