Meet Our Staff
Joslyn is Co-Owner and Co-Director of Mountainside Montessori along with Annie. Joslyn graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. She then completed her Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of Portland, while volunteering to teach in a small urban school in Portland. Joslyn's teaching experience has ranged from teaching college students in rural China to teaching right here in Helena's public schools. The twists and turns of her life brought her to Montessori education and have inspired the last nine years of her life. She completed her Lower Elementary Montessori credentials at Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest (MEIPN). Joslyn overseas and is a teacher in our Early Childhood program. She also assists Annie with administrative duties.
Annie is Co-Owner and Co-Director of Mountainside Montessori along with Joslyn. She spent 12 years as a public school teacher for the Helena Public Schools where she taught in a Lower Elementary Montessori classroom. She has her American Montessori Society Lower Elementary Montessori credential and a Master's Degree in Montessori Education. Annie's passion for Montessori began when she nannied 4 children, 2 of whom attended Mountainside Montessori, then known as Children's World Montessori. She continued her passion for Montessori when her own two children, Sally and Amelia, were born bringing Montessori into her home. She is excited to be overseeing Mountainside's Toddler Classroom and sharing administrative duties with Joslyn. Annie, her husband Steve, and daughters Sally and Amelia enjoy spending time playing outside, gardening, working on their house, and having glow-stick dance parties before bedtime.
Tiffany has happily called Helena home for the past 15 years. Originally from the Chicago area where she graduated with a BA in photography from Columbia College, Tiffany headed west to explore new places and met her husband Zach, a native Montanan. Together they lived in a tipi, traveled across Spain, previously co-owned Stonetree Climbing Center in Helena and now try to keep up with their three vivacious daughters. Tiffany has over 10 years of experience in the early childhood field owning a Montessori influenced in-home infant/toddler program, teaching in a preschool and over the past few years teaching as the Lead Toddler Guide in a Montessori school in Helena. She received her Infant/Toddler certification in 2018 through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. Being a mom of three, she loves to see the wonder and joy from a child’s perspective and feels blessed to be a part of that learning experience. Tiffany is excited to be a part of Mountainside and the beautiful program they have created for Toddlers. She hopes to bring her love of art, nature, and exploration to her teaching and looks forward to working alongside supportive and passionate teaching staff.
I started teaching in the early childhood field in 2015 at Montessori Island School in Livingston, MT. After that, I worked at Sunshine South School in Walpole, MA. I really enjoy teaching, working, and being around children. I guess it comes from family, as both my parents were teachers for 35 and 41 years in Mexico City where I am from. As a mother of two girls, 16 and 12, and a 3-year-old boy, I definitely love my career. Teaching at Mountainside Montessori and bringing a little bit of my wonderful culture to this beautiful school community makes me proud. In my free time, I enjoy reading, dancing, cooking, and listening to music.
Julie was born in Townsend, MT then moved to Nevada when she was 8 years old, where she lived for 11 years before moving back to Montana. She is the lucky mother of two amazing boys, Teegan age 12 and Kayden age 11. They keep her pretty busy at all times but when possible she sneaks away for a hike or a run in the mountains. Julie started her adventure working with children when she was 16 and she is still doing what she loves! She was not introduced to Montessori until years later in 2013 and she fell in love with the philosophy. That is when she truly knew that this was what she wanted to do forever. Julie received her Montessori training through Age of Montessori. She then began her internship at Mountainside Montessori in the fall of 2016 and hasn't left!
Becky was born in a small town in southeastern Iowa called Anamosa, which is most famous for providing the landscape for many of artist Grant Wood's ('American Gothic') paintings. Here she kept busy playing sport and goofing around with her twin brother and older sisters. After graduating high school she attended Luther College, a small liberal arts college in northeastern Iowa, where she received a BA in psychology in 1997. Upon graduating from college, Becky moved to Missoula with a college friend who was attending graduate school there. She had various jobs in Missoula, ranging from working on a trail crew for the Montana Conservation Corps to being an assistant teacher at Clark Fork School. While in Missoula, she also met her future husband, Jason, who was pursuing his master's degree in journalism at UM. Together they have played a metaphorical tennis match between living in Minnesota and Montana, with Becky primarily working in schools. She even worked at Children's World Montessori (now Mountainside Montessori) back in the day! Becky and Jason moved back to Helena from Duluth, MInn., in 2009, with their daughter Solveig (now 11) in tow, for Jason's job at the Montana Legislature. After their daughter was born, Becky was primarily a stay-at-home mom. She worked a bit at the REal Food Store and volunteered in Solveig's preschool and elementary classes. In 2011, their family welcomed a son, Espen (now 7). Becky started working at Mountainside Montessori in the fall of 2017. She is very happy to be back at the school her daughter attended, working with an amazing staff! Becky is most famous for creating songs (often the same familiar tune) to help children learn about subjects they're exploring. When she is not at Mountainside, Becky enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, and relaxing with her family and friends, as well as supporting her children in their various athletic and theatre endeavors. She is a proud soccer, hockey, and drama mama. Becky may even try her hand at acting in a show with her children one of these days!
Joanne Uhl and her family moved to Helena in 2014. The Lanigans, previous Mountainside Montessori owners, coached the soccer team of one of the Uhl children and Joanne quickly learned of Mountainside Montessori. The youngest Uhl was fortunate to attend Mountainside for two years. The thought of not walking into the hallway of Mountainside was too much for Joanne, and she begged her way into a job. The joy of walking into school every day to the smiles, energy, and love of the children make every day special. During her life, Joanne has worked as a high school guidance counselor, mental health counselor, high school athletic director, teacher, teacher's aid, and summer camp counselor. Immediately after graduating from Lewis and Clark College with a BA in International Affairs, Joanne returned to her alma mater, Bishop Blanchet High School to coach the Varsity Volleyball team. Loving the school environment Joanne eventually decided to earn her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Seattle University. Working and coaching at Bishop Blanchet was her dream ob. Joanne has been inducted into both the Bishop Blanchet and Washington State Coaches Association Halls of Fame for her coaching. Bishop Blanchet is also where she met her husband, Tim. After a few years and two kids in Louisiana, and back to Seattle for a few more years and one more kid, Joanne and her family have loved living in Helena. Joanne's days and nights are now spent shuttling her own kids to various practices and lessons. She still finds time to coach volleyball for Capital City Volleyball Club for two months each spring.
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Heidi graduated with a BA in Political Science with a minor in English from the University of
Nebraska and later a Master of Social Work from the University of Wyoming. Having been a
child welfare social worker for many years, it wasn’t until Heidi’s oldest child entered preschool,
that she discovered a love of Montessori both for her three children as students and for herself
as a teacher/guide. She received her early childhood Montessori certification from the
Montana Montessori Teacher Education Institute in Kalispell, MT in 2008. After having taught in
the early childhood classroom in various Montessori schools for many years, including
developing and teaching at the first-ever public Montessori preschool in Montana, she is
finishing her Lower Elementary Montessori certification through Age of Montessori in
Bozeman, with a completion date of 2020. She loves to witness the joy and love of learning that students experience in a Montessori environment. When it’s time to rejuvenate and recreate,
the mountains are usually calling to Heidi, her husband, and her three children.
Aase Hahn is a senior at Helena High and has been an Aftercare teacher for just over a year. Outside of school, Aase enjoys participating in both summer and winter performances at Grandstreet Theatre, advocating for gun violence prevention with the Helena Youth Against Gun Violence student-group, and taking advantage of Helena’s vast trail system. Seeing as Aase was a Mountainside Montessori student herself (called Children’s World at the time) Aase has thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing and working with each of the Mountainside friends.
McLain Thornquist is a senior at Capital High School. She plans on attending college somewhere in the midwest either pursuing acting or athletic training. This is McLain’s first year as an aftercare teacher at Mountainside and she has loved every minute of it. Outside of school, McLain participates in Grandstreet Theatre plays and may be seen on the Grandstreet stage several times a year!