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Walnut Classroom

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

For our current parents:
Welcome Letter – Walnut Classroom

Eve Cusack Walnut Class Lead Teacher
Eve Loftman Cusack
Lead Teacher
Eve has a B.A. in Sociology from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Special Education from the University of New Orleans. 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 of New Orleans for two years until Hurricane Katrina brought her and her husband back to Bloomington. Eve joined the BMS teaching staff in 2006 and served as the lead teacher of the Hickory early childhood classroom until spring of 2017. She then began her Montessori elementary (6-12) training and became the lead teacher of the Walnut 6-9 classroom in the fall of 2017.

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.

Jacob Bailey Walnut Classroom Teacher
Jacob Bailey
Jacob Bailey has been teaching at BMS since the fall of 2002. He has his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University and has various other teacher training certifications, most of which are science based. He completed his Montessori 6-9 Lead Teacher training from the Columbus Montessori Center/COMET in Columbus, Ohio. Jacob previously served as the Lead Teacher in Walnut and is currently working on his Master’s degree in Reading Education. Jacob was born in Bloomington and is raising his children surrounded by a large and loving extended family. He has one child still at the school and one child who spent nine years at the school before graduating. Jacob loves teaching in the school and finds joy in even the smallest parts of our days at BMS.

McKenzie Holmgren Walnut Classroom 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. She is currently involved in an adult show choir here in town. She moved from Noblesville to Bloomington in 2015 to be with her now husband. They now have a home here in Bloomington together. McKenzie loves the community here at BMS, working with each child for three years, and getting to know the families so well.