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Maple Class

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

For our parents, the Maple Class Blog link is: Maple Class Blog


Alice Pennell
Lead Teacher
Alice is from Springfield, Illinois and graduated from Illinois State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. During college she worked at the local Barnes and Noble as the lead bookseller in the children’s department, where she led story times and helped plan midnight book release parties. She moved to Bloomington in 2012 with her husband and dog to be closer to her big sister and niece. Before coming to BMS she taught Kindergarten at a local school for four years. She recently completed graduate work at IU in Early Childhood, and is pursuing Montessori certification for the Lower Elementary classroom. In her free time she loves to knit, read, play board games, and hang out with her husband and dog.

Courtney DeMeulenaere
Courtney DeMeulenaere received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Indiana University—Bloomington in 2006. She pursued her student teaching experience at the T’iis Nazbas Elementary School on the Navajo Nation, and after graduation moved to San Diego to teach elementary special education and to surf. In 2009, Courtney moved to Bloomington to be closer to her family and served as the inclusion teacher at The Project School for two years. In her free time, Courtney enjoys gardening, reading widely, and spending time outdoors.

Matt Metzler
Matt Metzler started working at BMS in the summer of 2017. He 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 enjoys writing, reading novels and playing racquetball.