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.
Matt Metzler started working at BMS in the summer of 2017. He is the AfterCare Program Lead, and you can find him leading activities and providing supervision in AfterCare every day that school is in session.
Matt 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 moved to Bloomington in 2017. He enjoys writing, reading novels, playing racquetball, and teaching children how to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game.