Lead Teacher, Maple 6-9
Jessica Davis has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from IU, with a specialty in preschool through third grade, and a master’s degree in reading from IU. She is Montessori-certified for teaching ages 6-9 through the Seton Montessori Institute in Chicago. Jessica also has several outdoor education certifications, including Learning Tree, Master Gardener, and Master Naturalist. Having previously taught in public school, she has been in the BMS lower elementary for 10 years. Outside school, Jessica is an avid gardener and grows a large portion of the family’s food on their property outside of Bloomington. She often jokes that her favorite hobby is “learning new hobbies.” Both of Jessica’s sons have attended BMS.
Jessica attended Montessori schools as a child and so was drawn to Bloomington and this school to be able to provide her sons with this invaluable experience. Jessica has made Montessori her life work because she believes strongly in Dr. Montessori’s philosophy that “One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child”, and she believes that BMS embodies this.
Alice Pennell is from Springfield, Illinois and graduated from Illinois State University in 2012, with a Bachelor’s 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 will be starting her second year of Graduate work at IU in Early Childhood. In her free time she loves to knit, read, play board games, and hang out with my husband and dog.
Evan is a long-time Bloomington resident and has been a teacher in the Maple room since 2014. He has degrees in Spanish language and sociology from IU Bloomington. Prior to starting at BMS, he served as an assistant teacher in a high school and tutored children in ENL (English as a New Language). Evan loves to sing and play guitar, and he’s a big fan of puzzle and strategy games. On weekends he is often found biking on the B-Line or reading at a cafe.
Megan Carpenter started teaching at BMS in the summer of 2012. She currently splits her day teaching in the Magnolia preschool classroom and the Maple lower elementary classroom. Megan loves facilitating children in following their interests through the work material, and enjoys presenting lessons that adhere to each child’s individual quest in the classroom. She earned a Master’s degree in Special Education from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Megan taught in the Boston area and in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York for several years before returning to Bloomington, where she enjoys hiking the trails and spending time at the lake.