Photos by Sadie Glass Photography

Our Hickory Class is an early childhood education classroom specifically oriented toward families that require only half-time care.  The options for this classroom of 3-6 yr. olds are the morning session (8:15-11:15) or  afternoon session (12:15-3:15) five days per week.

There is also an optional lunch available at an extra fee. Space is limited so please sign up early.


Robyn Miller is in her 4th year at BMS. She completed her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Indiana University and has been in Bloomington ever since. She earned a Child Development Associate from Ivy Tech, and will be completing her Montessori Early Childhood teaching certification this summer. She enjoys spending time with her own three children, and all of the children in the classroom.

Christie Cooper has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Indiana University. Since graduation she has taught art courses to children and adults at the Waldron Arts Center. Christie is in her 4th year at BMS and finished her Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Certification this past summer. From her previous position in the Magnolia classroom, she moved this year to the Hickory classroom in a Lead Support role. She enjoys making ceramic work in her studio, spending time in nature, and working with children.

Andrea Kalasountas is one of the AM assistant teachers in the Hickory classroom. Andrea is a graduate of Indiana University with a dual degree in Geography and Food Ethics. Since graduation, she has worked with children in the gardening program through Bloomington’s Mother Hubbards Cupboard and most recently at Middle way house. Andrea worked BMS summer camp and knows some of the parents and kids, but this is her first school year and is looking forward to meeting everyone!

Mary Beth O’Brien holds an MS in Therapeutic Recreation from IU and prior to joining the BMS staff worked as a Camp Administrator specializing in the inclusion of children with disabilities in camping programs for a year-round camp in Brown County. She has also served as a civilian recreation specialist at overseas naval facilities in Europe. Mary Beth has worked with the 3-to-6 year olds for the past six years. Mary Beth is a volunteer for Monroe County CASA and Women Writing for a Change, Bloomington, and has a special interest in helping children explore and learn about peace and kindness. Her interests include outdoor pursuits, books, writing, socializing, cooking and eating and lots of time playing. She and her husband are the parents of two BMS students. Mary Beth is very happy and grateful for her position in the BMS community!

Lyndsey Taylor
Lyndsey joined BMS in the 2017-2018 school year. She provides assistance in a few areas: setting up lunch for the Hickory class, serving the lower elementary lunch, supporting the lower and upper elementary Spanish classes, and working in the Aftercare program. She is also studying Library Sciences at Ivy Tech. In her free time, you can find her reading comic books, working in the garden, or playing with her cat, Charlie.

Christy True has been joyfully teaching in the Sweet Gum preschool classroom since 2005, and worked as a sub at BMS for several years before taking this job. After living in France for an extra year of high school, Christy earned a B.A. in French and a M.S. in Education from Indiana University. Before joining the BMS teaching team, Christy worked as a nanny for two BMS students, as an au pair coordinator, she taught weekly private group French lessons to preschoolers, taught French to K-6th graders at a local Montessori school, and taught children with autism at University Elementary School. She and her ethnomusicologist husband, Daniel Reed, have a blended family with 4 children. Her two biological children are both happy graduates of BMS. Her passions outside of school include spending time with friends and family, enjoying the arts, outdoor and foreign adventures, bike riding, organic gardening and cooking, yoga, and researching whatever topic has grabbed her interest. Teaching preschoolers at BMS is one of her greatest joys in life!