Walnut Classroom Teachers , photo provided by Sadie Glass Photography
Photos by Sadie Glass Photography

The Walnut Class is one of our two lower elementary (6-9) classrooms.

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Walnut Class Blog

Welcome Letter – Walnut Classroom


Photo of Jacob Bailey by Sadie Glass Photography

Jacob Bailey has been teaching at BMS since the fall of 2002. He has one child still at the school and one child who spent nine years in the school before graduating. He has his degree in elementary education from Indiana University and various other teacher training certifications(most of which are science based). He is currently working on his masters degree in reading education. He completed his Montessori Lead Teacher training from COMET in Columbus, Ohio.

He loves teaching in the school and finds joy in even the smallest parts of our days at BMS!

Photo of Alex Cookman by Sadie Glass Photography

Alex Cookman is a native son of Bloomington, a BMS graduate, and comes from a family of teachers. A graduate of Hampshire College, he taught for three years in out of school time programs in Southwest Philadelphia before returning to Bloomington. Mister C., as he is known to the children, is an avid cyclist, sometime musician and a vegan chef of domestic notoriety.

Lower Elementary Teacher McKenzie Holmgren
McKenzie Holmgren has been teaching at BMS since the fall of 2015. She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a concentration in psychology and counseling. She also minored in interpersonal relations.
McKenzie has always had a passion for the performing arts, being involved in show choir and color guard. If you recently attended a Ball State football game, you probably saw her perform at halftime. She moved from Noblesville to Bloomington in 2015 to be with her now husband. They recently got married in June and are excited to build their first home together.