Administrative Staff

Photo by Sadie Glass Photography

The support staff at Bloomington Montessori School is lead by Roger Meridith the head of school.  

Roger Meridith has been Head of the Bloomington Montessori School (BMS) since the spring of 2013. In his forty+ years in the field of education, serving as a public school all-level art educator and athletic administrator, Director of Education for a not-for-profit arts council, Head of a small private school and now as the Head of School for BMS, he has seen firsthand the value of the Montessori philosophy and feels privileged to have the opportunity to continue to support it in his role as chief administrator for BMS. He received his B.S. in Art Education and his M.S. in Fine Arts from West Texas A&M University.

Clem Toohill is the BMS accountant.

Teresa Mandell
IT Manager

Teresa has been at BMS since 2013. She began her tenure at BMS as office-relief staff and is now the IT Manager. Her background is in testing and documentation of actuarial software where she worked as an Actuarial Consultant for twelve years before moving to Bloomington. She is married and has a daughter, Sami, that attends BMS.  Her husband, Michael, is a professor at IU.  They have lived in Bloomington since 1994.

Paula Thatcher is the receptionist at BMS. Stop in the office and she’ll be happy to help you with all those details pertaining to lunch, AfterCare and more. Paula enjoyed her many years
working with seniors and their families, and is now refreshed by the joy of your children at the other end of life’s spectrum. Paula raised three sons with a sprinkling of Montessori, while homeschooling, using private school, and then public school for high school. When she’s not home with her two grandsons and sweet Corgi, you’ll find her sailing or traveling with her husband of 38 years, John.

Karen Keagle is the director of development and public relations for the Bloomington Montessori School. A native of Illinois, Karen has worked in fundraising and PR for arts, education and human services organizations of various sizes in Washington, DC, New York, NY, and Pittsburgh, PA. She received her Bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Master’s degree in nonprofit management from Virginia Tech.

Jessica Davis
Director of Montessori Programs

Jessica Davis has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from IU, with a specialty in preschool through third grade, and a master’s degree in reading from IU. She is Montessori-certified for teaching ages 6-9 through the Seton Montessori Institute in Chicago. Jessica also has several outdoor education certifications, including Learning Tree, Master Gardener, and Master Naturalist. Having previously taught in public school, she has been in the BMS lower elementary for 10 years. Outside school, Jessica is an avid gardener and grows a large portion of the family’s food on their property outside of Bloomington. She often jokes that her favorite hobby is “learning new hobbies.” Both of Jessica’s sons have attended BMS.

Jessica attended Montessori schools as a child and so was drawn to Bloomington and this school to be able to provide her sons with this invaluable experience. Jessica has made Montessori her life work because she believes strongly in Dr. Montessori’s philosophy that “One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child”, and she believes that BMS embodies this.