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Judy Hill
Science Coordinator
Judy Hill has taught at Montessori Academy for16 years. Her expertise is in the Science fields with a special emphasis on Environmental Education and Awareness.

Judy received her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from Michigan State University in 1981, and went on to receive her Master of Arts in Education from the University of Connecticut in 1987. In the summer of 2006 Judy attended NAMTA's "Adolescent Orientation" program, where she received a certificate of completion. She has served as Middle School and High School Science teacher, assistant naturalist and softball coach. She is a member of AMS.

Judy is a proud mother of two adult children, Steve and Megan, and grandmother to   Empty nest She and her husband, Greg, spend time at home with their two Newfoundlands and basset hound. Judy is an avid Cubs, Tigers, Steelers, and Penguins fan. Of course we can't forget how she sports her green and white for her beloved Spartans. She enjoys hiking, gardening, and landscaping in her spare time.

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Michael Poole
Math Coordinator
Michael Poole was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. He attended Riley High School and graduated in the class of 1981. While attending Riley High, Michael participated in both football and track where he set many records in both sports and made the all-conference in both sports as well. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Rotary Club. After high school, Mr. Poole attended Purdue University for one year where he participated on the Varsity track team and won first place in the Drake Relays under 200 pounds shot put. The following year he transferred to Butler University in Indianapolis, where he participated in both football and track for the next three years. Mr. Poole graduated in the class of 1985 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. After graduation he worked in the accounting department at Bethel Business Machines before switching to the child care field at the Family and Children Center. He also worked in the South Bend School Corporation from 1981 to 1991 as a substitute teacher and coached such sports as football and basketball. In 1991 Mr. Poole moved to Indianapolis where he worked at Martin University teaching math prep courses and working as the Assistant Nursing Director. In 1995 he moved back to South Bend and worked for the University of Notre Dame Project Upward Bound.

In 1996 Mr. Poole was hired as the part-time Athletic Director for MAEL. In 1997 he was asked to attend Montessori training at Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Chicago, Illinois. He completed both the Lower and Upper Elementary requirements (Elementary I & II) and became a lead teacher in 2000. Also during 1996, Michael started his own motivational company called Positive Outlook. Since that time Mr. Poole has won many awards, mostly for his dedication and commitment to young people. Currently Mr. Poole is the Math Coordinator at Montessori Academy. His motivational company has taken many turns since 1996 towards working with young people. He uses sports, mainly basketball, as a positive way to influence young people to stay in school and away from negative influences. He is a member of AMS.

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Dan Chapman
Art Teacher
Dan Chapman joined the faculty in 2001. He has a Masters in Art Education from the school of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning—a well known fine arts center at the University of Cincinnati. He was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Dan has lived in New York state, California, Ohio and Egypt. Since 1993 he has lived in a historic South Bend neighborhood. His home was built in 1889. Dan is proud to be a dad, a painter, a puppeteer and an art teacher at The Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes.

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Emely Poloche
Spanish Teacher
Senora Poloche was born in Venezuela and moved to the United States in 1999. She attended Andrews University and graduated with a B.A. in Spanish Studies in 2001and completed her M.A. in Spanish Linguistics and Literature from Western Michigan University in 2004.  She lives with her husband of 17 years, David, and two children, Natalia and Nicolas, in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Emely loves to spend time with family and friends, going camping, and listening to music and read.

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Jeanine Bilik
Music & Band Teacher
Jeanine received her bachelor degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University (1987) and graduated with a Master degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University in 2010. After moving to Granger, IN in 1994, she began teaching music in the South Bend School Corporation, and for 21 years she taught General Music (K-6), Band (3rd- 5th grade, middle school), Orchestra (3rd and 4 grades), and Choir (3-8). Currently, Jeanine plays clarinet in several local groups- Elkhart Municipal Band, St. Joseph Municipal Band, Bethel Chamber Orchestra, and for Clay Church cantatas. She and her husband, Jeff, have two children- son Matt, and daughter Katie

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