Bev Morse School Director
Bev has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from the University of Southern Maine. She has fourteen years of experience teaching in the classroom and nine years experience as a trainer and consultant establishing conflict resolution and peer mediation programs in schools across Montana.
Megan Powledge: Lead Teacher - Lower Elementary
After graduating from the University of Montana with a BA in Sociology, Megan took the opportunity to travel and to complete a work-study position in organic farming. It was during these adventures that she first encountered Montessori education and was inspired. In 2004 she moved to Arizona to begin her Elementary 1 Montessori training through the Center for Montessori Teacher Education while working in a classroom as an assistant at Villa Montessori School. She was blown away by the impact that Montessori education had on children and went on to pursue a Masters of Education in Montessori through Ottawa University.
Megan knew of her passion for education early on, but observing a Montessori classroom is what guided her path. The philosophy of Montessori parallels her own belief that all children are unique beings, deserving a comprehensive education, which incorporates the classroom, the community, and the environment as a whole. Megan is now in her 7th year as the Elementary Teacher at Garden City Montessori and pleased to be a part of the growing Elementary Program.
Megan loves to travel and explore the vast open areas of Montana as well as spend time with the people that are close to her heart. Her son Brooks, husband Damien, and dog Porter are some of her favorites! Whether hiking, camping, climbing, or snowboarding, she prefers being outside most anytime.
Yolie Bodie: Lead Teacher - Primary Classroom
Yolie moved to Missoula in 2015 and started her Montessori journey with Garden City in August of that year. Born and raised in Colorado, Yolie attended Regis University and studied Sociology and Spanish while doing community work through a bilingual Head Start program in Denver. After completing two years as an AmeriCorps member in Washington state, as an Early Learning Specialist through the YMCA and an Environmental Educator for Fish and Wildlife Service, Yolie moved to Montana to explore more of the big beautiful west. Currently Yolie is finding her niche in the realm of education, and is pursuing an AMI credential through Kalispell Montessori School. She loves the exuberance and zeal for learning of the children she works with, and is amazed by all that the Montessori Method provides! When Yolie is not at school she can be found enjoying the great outdoors by backpack, canoe, or cross country ski.