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The Maple Class is one of our two lower elementary (6-9) classrooms.


Alice Pennell Maple Lead Teacher
Alice Pennell
Lead Teacher
Alice is from Springfield, Illinois and graduated from Illinois State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. During college she worked at the local Barnes and Noble as the lead bookseller in the children’s department, where she led story times and helped plan midnight book release parties. She moved to Bloomington in 2012 with her husband and dog to be closer to her big sister and niece. Before coming to BMS she taught Kindergarten at a local school for four years. She recently completed graduate work at IU in Early Childhood, and is pursuing Montessori certification for the Lower Elementary classroom. In her free time she loves to knit, read, play board games, and hang out with her husband and dog.

Matt Metzler Maple Classroom Teacher
Matt Metzler
Matt Metzler started working at BMS in the summer of 2017. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated English/Language Arts Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After graduating in 2014, Matt lived in Oxford and worked at a Montessori school there for three years, first as an employee of their Extended Day program and then as a co-lead teacher in their Lower Elementary classroom. During that time, he also received his Montessori certification for ages 6-9 from the North American Montessori Center. Matt enjoys writing, reading novels and playing racquetball.

Bret Bremmett photo

Bret Brummett
Bret recently returned to Bloomington from Louisville, KY, where he taught in elementary schools for over 20 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from IUPUI in Indianapolis, and a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in literacy from the University of Louisville. Bret also holds a Certificate of Instructional Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands and a Rank 1 teaching license from Kentucky. Bret loves to travel with his his wife and three children. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, writing and is a beginning woodworker. Bret has a variety of interests but would not describe himself as a master of any. He wholeheartedly subscribes to the beliefs that it is o.k. to be an amateur and that not everything has to be perfect.