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.

For our parents, here is a link to the classroom blog: Hickory Classroom Blog


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.

Mary Beth O’Brien is the mother of two BMS students, Auggie and Marina. Prior to joining the BMS staff, she worked as a Camp Administrator in Brown County. Her interests include outdoor pursuits, books, writing, socializing, cooking & eating and lots of time playing. In addition to Auggie and Marina, her family also includes Matt Zink (spouse), Janie the dog and Tootles the cat. She is very happy and grateful for her position in the BMS community!

Christie Cooper

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!

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.