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Maple Class

Maple Classroom Teachers 2019-2020

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

For our parents, the Maple Class Blog link is: Maple Class Blog


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.

Courtney DeMeulenaere Maple Classroom Teacher
Courtney DeMeulenaere
Courtney DeMeulenaere received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Indiana University—Bloomington in 2006.  After student teaching in Arizona on the Navajo Reservation, Courtney taught elementary special education in San Diego, California. Courtney returned to Bloomington and served as the inclusion teacher at The Project School for two years. She joined BMS in 2018. Courtney enjoys spending time at home with her husband, two daughter, and two cats. She spends her free time reading and gardening.

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.