Anna Sanor, School Co-Founder, Head of School, and Co-Lead Elementary Teacher
An A.M.I. certified Primary teacher with 15 years of experience, Anna received her B.A. in Art History at Boston University before discovering the educational methods of Maria Montessori. She became fascinated with Montessori’s vision for the holistic development of each unique, individual child and moved to Portland, OR, to pursue her Montessori degree. She has since taught in Oregon, Washington and Montana.
Anna has specialized experience in training and information sessions for staff and parent outreach and believes that transparency and partnership are crucial for the work we do in support of human development. She brings enthusiasm and dedication to both the classroom and the community at large.
Married to Winter and the proud mother of Elijah and Lucia, Anna continues to enjoy exploring art galleries and museums as well as the many outdoor adventures Montana has to offer. A lover of literature, she spends as much time as she can with a book in hand.
Julie Fayen, School Co-Founder and Lead Primary Teacher
Julie earned her B.A. in History from Boston University and is an A.M.I certified primary teacher with thirteen years of classroom experience. Julie deeply values the emphasis within the Montessori approach on the adult’s responsibility to model loving actions, to observe with compassion and knowledge and to trust in every child’s positive inner motivations.
The most rewarding moments for Julie in working with children are those where she witnesses spontaneous acts of generosity and kindness, and the epiphany moments when a child exclaims, ‘Ah-ha!’ and then turns and declares, “Look, I did it all by myself!” Their joy is transformative!
Growing up in New Jersey, Julie loved trips to the beach, playing in the woods and catching lightning bugs. She feels blessed to now live in Missoula and call Montana home, where one can escape into the woods right on the edge of town. Her dream is to both work with kids and to farm, and to one day combine the two.
Fr. Rob Spaliatsos, School Chaplain
Fr. Haralambos “Rob” Spaliatsos is the presiding priest of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Missoula, Montana. He serves in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America under the spiritual guidance of Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver. Fr. Rob received his Masters of Divinity in 2011 from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts and previously served as the Assistant Priest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas, Texas.
Fr. Rob has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Montana and is drawn to service-related issues of social justice and giving voice to those who are often unheard. Fr. Rob and his wife Sophia together raise five beautiful children.
Renee Redler, Primary Assistant
After a 30 year career in the healthcare field as an occupational therapist, Renee began her second career as an assistant teacher at Missoula Christian Montessori School in 2018. She really enjoys being in the classroom listening to the sounds of children engaged in learning, as well as seeing the children's imaginations as they play outside.
Renee is married to Mike and has two adult sons. She enjoys being outdoors biking, hiking, cross country skiing and traveling. Renee also quilts, creates photo scrapbooks and volunteers in her spare time.
Becca Everett, Primary Assistant
Children have always had a special place in my heart. I was a babysitter as soon as I was old enough and have always enjoyed building relationships with all children. I received an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and then had 3 children of my own. I provided childcare out of my home for 14 years and then decided to look for a teaching job. That is when I found MCMS and started learning about Montessori. I love how peaceful and happy the Montessori classroom is and I thoroughly enjoy being an assistant in it!
Jessica Bucklin, Substitute
Jessica moved to Missoula from eastern Montana in 2004 to earn a BA in Business at the University of Montana. First discovering Montessori education as a parent, Jess enrolled her two daughters and observed their subsequent growth. She joined the staff of Missoula Christian Montessori School in 2018 and loves the insider's view and getting to witness children's moments of discovery and accomplishment.
Jess, her husband Andrew and two daughters Avery and Emma love living in Missoula, where they can be found on their bikes in the summer and on the ski hills in the winter.
Melodie Stenger, Co-Lead Elementary Teacher
While Melodie has taught philosophy at the University of Montana and Penn State University for the past sixteen years, reading Montessori’s works convinced her that her true calling lies in reaching students when they are much younger. She has a Master’s in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and a PhD in Philosophy from Penn State, and her research has centered on philosophies of education. In 2021, she will finish the elementary certification program through the Age of Montessori training institute.
Her time homeschooling her two dyslexic children has convinced her that different children follow different paths toward full development, but with the right environment and guide, every child will reach that destination. Melodie believes that Montessori education provides that right environment, and she strives to be that right guide.
Together with her husband Rob and their children Oliver, Elliot, Timothy, and Rose, she is committed to spending 1,000 hours outside this year. She collects flying pigs, loves tiny things, is a terrible gardener, and wishes she had more time to read.