Christie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Indiana University. Since graduation she has taught art courses to children and adults at the Waldron Arts Center. Christie is in her 4th year at BMS and finished her Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Certification this past summer. From her previous position in the Magnolia classroom, she moved this year to the Hickory classroom in a Lead Support role. She enjoys making ceramic work in her studio, spending time in nature, and working with children.
Eve Loftman Cusack
Lead Teacher, Walnut 6-9
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.
Lead Teacher, Maple 6-9
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.
Matt Metzler started working at BMS in the summer of 2017. He is the AfterCare Program Lead, and you can find him leading activities and providing supervision in AfterCare every day that school is in session.
Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Integrated English/Language Arts Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; after graduating in 2014, Matt lived in Oxford and worked at a Montessori school there for three years, first as an employee of their Extended Day program and then as a co-lead teacher in their Lower Elementary classroom. During that time, he also received his Montessori certification for ages 6-9 from the North American Montessori Center. Matt moved to Bloomington in 2017. He enjoys writing, reading novels, playing racquetball, and teaching children how to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
S.E. is from New Albany, Indiana, and moved to Bloomington for her undergraduate degree. At Indiana University, she studied English Literature and Outdoor Recreation, and graduated in 2011. After graduation, S.E. worked on an organic farm, led backpacking trips in Vermont with pre-teens and teens, and worked at a Montessori school in New Albany, where she served as a co-lead for a year in both the 6-to-9 and 9-to12 classrooms. S.E. has worked at numerous social justice non-profits in Bloomington, as well. Outside of school, S.E. writes poetry and non-fiction, cooks for clients, and raises a daughter who attends BMS.