The Sycamore Class is lead by Deirdre Sheets. It is our 9-12 classroom. Children may attend class 8:15-3:15, five days a week.

The Sycamore upper elementary class is based primarily on inquiry, research and discovery, and writing. Our curriculum includes writing for both quantity and quality. Writing for quantity affords students opportunity, diversity, habit development, and the nurturing of a “renaissance” mind. Writing for quality allows students to fully explore deeply developed ideas as well as develop expertise on a particular subject. A curriculum based on research, using primary and secondary sources, and writing is so appropriate for this age because children who can investigate, think about, and write about the world can begin to make sense of that world and grow into very effective adults who can find their unique place in it.

Sycamore Curriculum



Deirdre Sheets has been teaching at BMS since 2005. Her academic training is in English and History. Her traditional teacher training is as a secondary history teacher with endorsements in Geography and Environmental Studies. She has taught in traditional schools and extracurricular art programs. She received her Montessori training under MEPI (Montessori Educational Programs International) and through the Institute for Guided Studies. Her Montessori certification covers all six years of the elementary program. Deirdre’s family includes her music professor husband and their three daughters, all three of whom attend or attended BMS.

Deirdre loves the dynamic BMS community and the many opportunities for learning and growth that she encounters every day.

Sam Cusack has been a teacher at Bloomington Montessori since 2007 in the Sweet Gum and Magnolia rooms and, since 2014, in the Sycamore room. Sam graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in economics and has an Associate’s degree from The Culinary Institute of America. He is married to BMS teacher Eve Cusack and they have two daughters who attend the school. Sam enjoys cooking, birdwatching, and performing in musicals and plays for Cardinal Stage Company.

S.E. Waters

Staci Radford-Vincent