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BLOOM PRIMARY LEADS

Highly Qualified

VALERIE MERRITT

Primary Lead Guide

Valerie was born and raised in beautiful Southern West Virginia. It was there that she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Concord University. Valerie then moved across the country for love and put down roots in Helena in early 2009. Her experience ranges from substitute teaching in the Helena School District to serving craft beer at the Blackfoot to owning a downtown boutique. When she’s not guiding children, she enjoys floating rivers with her husband, daughter, and dog, as well as gardening, crafting, and dreaming of home improvement schemes. Valerie joined Bloom Montessori School in August of 2018 as the After Care Lead and in December of 2019 she began working as a Primary Lead.

VERONICA CARDENAS

Primary Lead Guide

Veronica Cardenas was born and raised in Mexicali, Mexico, where she earned her Elementary Education degree and worked at Felix de Jeduss Rougier School teaching 2nd, 5th and 6th grades.  When she was 26 she enrolled in an 18 month intensive Envlish course in San Pedro, CA with the intent to return to Mexico to teach English so Native Spanish speakers.  Fate had other plans, and Veronica ended up meeting her husband and moving to the US permanently.  Veronica stayed at home with her two daughters, and when they became school age, she accepted a position teaching Spanish at Mandarin Christian School in Jacksonville Florida, where she remained for seven years.  From there, she and her husband moved to Helena as they desired to raise their children in the natural beauty that Helena offers.  In MT, she has worked as a Spanish teacher and substitute teacher in the Clancy and Boulder schools, as well as doing part time work at Sole Sisters.  She has been with Bloom since fall of 2018 and we are excited to have her as part of our Bloom family!

SELENA ENGLISH

Primary Lead Guide

Selena is a Primary lead with us here at Bloom Montessori school.  She has been working with us for several years, taking some time off to spend with her son and her husband Tyler after the birth of Andrew in February of 2017. Since January of 2019 Selena has been leading a primary classroom and finishing her Montessori certification through NAMC.  

Selena has lived in Helena her entire life, and discovered her love for teaching and working with kids through Grandstreet Theatre where she worked as a theatre school assistant all through high school. She graduated from Capital High School in 2016 and started working at Bloom as an after care assistant that fall. Selena continues to work at Grandstreet on different productions throughout the year as a teacher, stage manager, and actress. Selena is eager and thrilled to further her experience and growth as a Montessori Teacher with us here at Bloom Montessori!

RAQUEL GONZALES-CABALLERO

Primary Lead Guide

Raquel was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  After high school she moved to Asuncion Paraguay with her family,  where she frequented first the Universidad de Asuncion and then Instituto de Bellas Artes where she pursued the career of graphic design. After two years in school, she had the opportunity to move to Italy. Raquel lived there for 7 years and met her son’s dad and ex husband (he is from Helena, Mt). Before they moved to Helena they lived in different states, including Georgia, Florida, Ohio,  Illinois and Colorado. She started her career in Early Childhood Education in 2012, completing many hours of training and certifications. Also she is fluent in Spanish and Italian.  Today Raquel is very excited to be part of Bloom Montessori.

 

BLOOM PRIMARY ASSISTANTS

Engaged and Supportive

MARISOL VASQUEZ

Primary Spanish Guide

Marisol Vasquez is a mother of four beautiful children, and is helping to raise her granddaughter here in Helena as well.  While most of her professional experience is in sales, her experience raising her own children has helped her learn about how to care for young children.  Marisol has been with Bloom since the Fall of 2018 working with our Early Childhood (1-3 years old) classrooms. Marisol is one of the two teachers who provides the Spanish Language partial immersion for the Early Childhood age group here at Bloom.  She loves the toddler age group, and has enjoyed the opportunity to grow with us here at Bloom!

HALEY MANSKA

Primary Assistant

Biography and picture coming soon!

CRISTIÁN GOMEZ

Primary Spanish Guide

Bio coming soon!

MARIA ALLEN

Primary Spanish Guide

Maria was born and raised in Mexico. Her First-grade teacher was so impactful in her life that she started a lifelong desire to be a teacher and care for young children. She attended college in Mexico and completed her studies in Professional Diploma in Childhood Development. While teaching, she continued studies and later received her Bachelor Degree in Education. Her teaching experience includes work with special needs, kindergarten, and elementary school children for 12 years. 

She met her husband while he was vacationing in Mexico and she was teaching. The following year they married in Mexico and moved in 2007 to Helena. She lives here with her husband and step-son. Since moving here, she translated to Spanish the Certified Nursing Exam used by Montana and other states. 

Maria joined Bloom Montessori School in Spring of 2019 and she loves and enjoys so much working every day with children.