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

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Welcome Letter – Walnut Classroom


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.

Jacob Bailey has been teaching at BMS since the fall of 2002. He has one child still at the school and one child who spent nine years in the school before graduating. He has his degree in elementary education from Indiana University and various other teacher training certifications(most of which are science based). He is currently working on his masters degree in reading education. He completed his Montessori Lead Teacher training from COMET in Columbus, Ohio.

He loves teaching in the school and finds joy in even the smallest parts of our days at BMS!

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. If you recently attended a Ball State football game, you probably saw her perform at halftime. She moved from Noblesville to Bloomington in 2015 to be with her now husband. They recently got married in June and are excited to build their first home together.