Administration

Quinn McAvoy
Head of School
Quinn comes to BMS from the Chicago area, where she has worked in Montessori for over 20 years, most recently serving as the Executive Director of All Day Montessori in Chicago, IL. Quinn maintains that the primary goal of Montessori education is to help children reach their full potential, and she believes that it is through the use of the Montessori philosophy a child can best be supported to succeed in our society. One of her favorite Montessori quotes is “Joy, feeling one’s own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul.” She is looking forward to sharing her joy. Quinn is a certified Montessori Teacher, with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Saint Xavier University and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Business Management from Adler University.


Jessica Davis
Assistant Head of School
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 6-12. 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.


Brianne Jamerson
Office Assistant

Brianne earned her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 2005 and returned to school to earn a certificate in Holistic Health Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2011. She has worked in early childhood for a number of years, including as a teacher’s assistant, home school tutor, daycare worker and live-in nanny. Brianne was born and raised in Indiana but loves to travel. Continuing education is important to her, as she has taken courses at community colleges in photography, blogging, EFT Therapy, energy healing and writing. In her free time, Brianne enjoys exploring state parks, rescuing animals, spending time with family, finding new restaurants to enjoy and planning/hosting parties.


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.


Cyndi Williams
Accountant
Cyndi joins the BMS staff from the Chicago area bringing with her experience as Business Manager of a Chicago Montessori school and interim HOS.

She received her Bachelors of Arts in History, Criminal Justice and Secondary Education from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the American College of Education.  A former 6-12 Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, her career included years of teaching junior high and high school.

Departing from education as an office manager, she became the chief financial officer of several small companies gaining accounting and bookkeeping expertise.  Her latest developing skill is navigating the finances of schools through this Covid-19 world.

Cyndi is committed to the Montessori philosophy and is incorporating the philosophy with her own granddaughter.