Meet Our Staff

Directors

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Joslyn Carney

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.

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Annie Tague

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, teaching the Lower Elementary 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. 

Toddler

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Tiffany Bushilla

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.

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Angela Poole

Angela Poole and her husband Kal have three beautiful children and have lived in Helena for 8 years. Angela started her career working with the wardrobe crew at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon where she met Kal. They relocated to Columbus Ohio where she worked as a volunteer coordinator for an arts organization and eventually managed a theatre complex for several years. Wanting to be close to family and raise their kids in Montana they came to Helena in 2012.  She has a bachelor degree in Theatre Arts from Southern Oregon University and completed her Montessori Early Childhood Education training in 2019. Ever since having children of her own she has been passionate about guiding early development and hopes to bring a sense of magic and fun to the classroom. Angela is delighted to be part of the Mountainside family! 

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Cori DeFoe

Cori and her husband, James, and their two children, Jack and Juliana, moved to Helena in 2019. Having been born in Helena with family scattered across the state, Cori was excited to move closer to home and foster positive relationships between her children and loved ones. Cori started her career as an outdoor-environmental educator on the North Shore of Lake Superior. While there, she worked with 4-12th graders with the goal of opening the mind to the joy and wonder of discovering the natural world. Their mission was to stimulate a love and understanding of nature by involving students in direct observation and participation in the outdoors while promoting self-awareness and leadership. After that Cori also worked in an early childhood education center with 6-week olds through 5 year olds in Boulder, CO. Their goal was to build healthy relationships, encourage curiosity, establish "can do", and make learning a joy for children. Cori looks forward to bringing her calming spirit and gentle presence to the children while working alongside the amazing staff at Mountainside.

Early Childhood

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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.

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Becky Albertson

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!

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Stephanie Bain

Stephanie was born and raised in Texas, living all over the state from San Antonio to Lubbock to Dallas.  She graduated from the Universtiy of North Texas in 2007 and pursued a career in social work.  Her exposure to the school system ignited within her a love of teaching.  After receiving her teaching certification and teaching traditional public school for several years, she found the Montessori pedagogy to be more in line with the science of child development and the way in which children naturally learn.  Thus began her exciting Montessori adventure.  She received her Early Childhood Montessori credentials from the American Montessori Society (AMS) and completed her coursework, practicum, and mentorship through the internationally renowned Shelton Training Center.  Stephanie has used her love of learning to continually pursue training courses that she finds to be helpful in her role as an educator, community member, and parent.  Some of her favorite trainings include her involvement with the Liink Project, which is based on the Finnish role of play in early childhood learning, and coursework in the MACAR program (Montessori Applied to Children at Risk), which focuses on how to best support children of all learning abilities.

Stephanie greatly respects the role of childhood in the lives of all human beings and has dedicated her life to creating safe and respectful environments to protect and nurture this special time.  She honors and values every child as the individual person they are, with their own unique interests, desires, and motivations.  She welcomes and supports people and families of all cultures, colors, identifications, orientations, and lifestyles.  Stephanie has a son, Newton, who was stillborn in 2016 and a daughter, Evelyn, who was born in 2017.  She moved to Montana in 2018 with her Helena-native husband, Jake Maes.  You can find her cuddled up with her dogs, her sweet daughter, and a book on any given day and enjoys the many outdoor activities that the seasons of Montana allow us all to pursue.  She believes the families we create, the friendships we cultivate, and the community in which we live can and often do change the world.

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Elementary

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Annie Tague

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, teaching the Lower Elementary 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. 

Veronique was born and rasied in the French Alps (near Chamonix).  She moved to Southern Maryland twenty-six years ago.  It is there that her Montessori journey began when a friend asked if she would teach French at her school.  She embraced the philosophy in her teaching and at home with her children.  During the next twenty-five years, she taught toddlers, French, and art.  After taking a break from teaching to obtain a degree in French and Art Studio from Saint Mary's College in 2014, she went back to Montessori, this time to the Upper Elementary/Middle school classroom.  In 2018 she received her AMS certification from Houston Montessori Center in Texas.  Once her daughters left for college, Veronique moved to Montana.  When not in the classroom, it is in the mountain trails that you will find her exploring and observing the flora and fauna. 

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Performing
Arts

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Anna Milburn

Anna grew up in Helena, Montana with her parents and three sisters. She graduated from Carroll College in Helena with a Bachelors in Theatre, and from the University of Montana, Missoula with a Masters in Musical Theatre. Anna has studied voice and performed professionally for nearly twenty years. She has acted locally in Grandstreet Productions such as The Bridges of Madison County, My Fair Lady, and She Loves Me. She loves to teach and has been an independent voice instructor and vocal coach for four years, a theatre teacher at Carroll College and Grandstreet, and music director of musical productions at Carroll College, including Maria and the Butterflies and this fall's production of Shrek the Musical. Anna has performed and studied professional auditioning in New York and London, and teaches a class on Musical Theatre History and Auditioning at Carroll College. In working with elementary students, Anna focuses on technical musical ability like rhythm, sight reading and ear training, but loves encouraging the growth of student's creativity, confidence, and relational skills that develops from theatre training.