Primary (3-5) Staff     [Please excuse our mess -- Site Under Construction!]

Elena Rickman

Primary Guide

B.A., Elementary Education

Minor: Special Education

AMS Early Childhood Certification

 

Elena has lived in Helena since the third grade. Throughout her youth, she was involved in gymnastics, track and field, basketball, soccer, Pony Club, 4-H & Girl Scouts. Elena graduated in May 2015 from Carroll College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a teacher and realized that she was especially drawn to younger children through her nanny job during college. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors and activities such as kayaking, hiking, camping, and traveling.

Tami Voeller

Primary Lead Guide

 

Tami has lived in several places in Montana since starting 4th grade.  She has been married for 32 years and has four children, who have taught her more about children than all of the classes She has taken. Tami stayed home with her children when they were young before going back to work. During this time, She did a lot of volunteer work at her children’s schools helping with children’s reading, math, or anything else the teachers felt students needed extra work on. She also taught classes for kindergarten and first grade children at church for approximately eight years.  When she first started in a childcare setting, she was in a regular preschool classroom as an aide. Several months later, Tami was asked to try the only Montessori room where she worked. When she started in the Montessori room, it was like she had come to a place where everything made sense! "Montessori was basically everything I had found worked with my children when they struggled to learn something, so it was a natural fit." Tami took the Montessori training offered by her employer offered and has been happily teaching in Montessori classrooms ever since. 

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!
 

Veronica Cardenas

Primary Assistant Guide

BA Elementary Education

 

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!

Adonis Zamora

Primary Assistant Guide

 

Adonis Zamora was born in Havana Cuba.  While in Cuba, he was selected to study at the Presidente Allende Teacher Training School, after which he studied at the Havana University English Language Program.  He graduated in 1996 as an English Teacher.  His first job was in a primary school, Renato Guilart, and he then progressed into working with successively older ages as the need presented itself, and he has worked with students all the way through college age.  He was invited to participate in the international "Pedagogy 2001" teacher symposium, where he was able to collaborate with teachers from around the world to discuss and share ideas about different pedagogies and methods of teaching.  Adonis moved to Helena in 2014 with his wife and daughters, and has been working with Bloom Montessori since 

Cristian Gomez

Primary Assistant Guide

 

Carolina Rivera

Primary Assistant Guide

 

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