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
Eve Cusack joined the BMS teaching staff in 2006, and became the lead teacher of the Hickory classroom in 2008, after completing her Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Certification program in Boulder, Colorado. Eve attended BMS from 1979 to 1987, when she graduated from the upper elementary (9-12) classroom. She lives on a small farmstead with her husband, Sam, who is also a teacher at BMS, their two daughters, and Eve’s parents. As a Teach For America corps member, Eve taught public school kindergarten for four years outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. She then served as the educational consultant at Children’s Hospital for two years until Hurricane Katrina brought her and her husband back to Bloomington. Eve has a B.A. in sociology from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Special Education from the University of New Orleans.
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!
Gracie Dillon-Moore graduated from the University of Tennessee with a double major in women/gender studies and psychology. Following the birth of her first child, Gracie earned certification as a childbirth educator and worked as a doula for several years. She and her family moved to Bloomington in the spring of 2015. Gracie and her husband, Adam, have one child at BMS, Alice, and Julien, who will be attending next year. When Gracie is not teaching, she and her family spend their time touring the local markets and festivals, cooking and baking, entertaining friends and family, camping, gardening, riding bikes, crafting and woodworking, and generally seeking creative endeavors. “We have fallen in love with Bloomington and the BMS community and are so thankful to be a part of it.”
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.