Annie Aiken - President
Annie joined the board in spring 2016 and it is a perfect fit for her. Early Childhood Education is her passion and she wants to continue to be involved with current practices while she is at home with her two children. She has a B.A. in Education K-8, and a Masters of Early Childhood Education, with an emphasis in Reading. She strongly believes that Discovery practices a developmentally appropriate model of teaching young children. She wants to support the teachers and staff of Discovery who work hard and take pride in providing stimulating educational experiences and nurturing care to young learners. Annie was born and raised in Montana, and has lived in the Flathead Valley for 10 years. She worked for 12 years teaching in Elementary Education and Preschool before having children. She enjoys hiking, biking, playing on/in the water, and skiing & traveling with her family.
MB Bertram - Treasurer
MB & her husband have lived in the Flathead since the summer of 2006, moving here from NYC. She has a BA in Theatre & a MFA in Theatre/Costume Design & Technology. MB works as an Accounting Specialist at Glacier Bank. She started sending her children, a 1st grader & a preschooler, to Discovery in 2010. MB joined the board in 2012 to become more involved in the community and her children's school. She believes education, especially early childhood education, is very important. She also volunteers with Peterson School, Samaritan House and Project Homeless. In her free time, MB likes to read, knit & quilt.
Dawn Rauscher - Secretary
Dawn has lived in the Flathead Valley for 10 years, originally from Daytona Beach, Fl. She is the Associate Professor of Web Technology at FVCC, having a BS in Computer Science & MEd in Instructional Technology. She has 3 children, ages 5, 2 & 6 months, and plans for all of them to attend Discovery. She joined the board in 2015 and has also volunteered at Swallow Crest farm. She lives for vacationing in the desert & multi-day river trips. She also enjoys hiking, cooking & sleeping. She has watched her child grow emotionally & academically this past year at Discovery and believes in the work invested by the community of teachers, staff & parents.
Tasha returned to the Flathead Valley 3 years ago, and is from a long line of Montana families. She was born in Polson, and has lived in Grand Teton, Yellowstone & Glacier National Parks. She & her husband of 20 years served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines many years ago, and she continues to volunteer locally at Russell School and also through her church for many local causes. Tasha works as an Outpatient Children's Mental Health Therapist and has her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from MSU and her BA in Anthropology from UM. In her free time, she enjoys art, camping & traveling, particularly to small towns in Montana to get the local flavor. She found Discovery through referrals from both her & her husband's workplaces. Her son attended for 2.5 years, and continues to return in the summer months. Tasha's training has taught her the importance of our earliest years and the impact those years have on the rest of our lives and she finds Discovery to be a place where children can build social skills, creativity and imagination in a well staffed, nurturing and emotionally safe environment. Tasha joined the board in December of 2015.
Shannan has lived in the Flathead Valley for 3 ½ years, originally from Northwest Ohio. Her family moved here from the Oregon Coast. She and her husband both work for the Forest Service. She currently works part-time as Geographic Information Systems (GIS)/Database specialist and a Biological Science Technician for wildlife for the Tally Lake Ranger District. She received her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources with special emphasis in Wildlife Management from The Ohio State University. She spends her free time exploring Northwest Montana with her husband and 4 year old son named Hank, doing yoga, baking, and restoring their 1959 ranch style house in Kalispell. She joined the board in March 2016 to give back to Discovery, who has provided high quality childcare for her son since he was 18 months old. She chose Discovery because it was important to find a consistent and rich learning environment.