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 joined the BMS faculty in 2013. 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’s degree from Ivy Tech and completed her Montessori Early Childhood teaching certification. Robyn enjoys spending time with her own three children, and with 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 joined the faculty at BMS in 2013 and finished her Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Certification in 2017. She served as an assistant in the Magnolia for three years before joining the Hickory classroom. Christie enjoys making ceramic work in her studio, spending time in nature, and working with children.
Andrea Kalasountas is one of the morning 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 programs at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and Middle Way House. Andrea has also worked at BMS summer camps.
Mary Beth O’Brien
Mary Beth 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 since 2012. 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!
Christy True has been joyfully teaching in the Hickory and Sweet Gum preschool classrooms since 2005, and worked as a sub at BMS for several years prior. 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 taught weekly private group French lessons to preschoolers, taught French to K-6th graders at a Montessori school, and taught children with autism at University Elementary School. 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!