Carisa Fillbach, Director
Established in 1996, the Sage Learning Center is locally owned and operated by Carisa Fillbach. Carisa worked and studied as a teacher at Sage since 1997, and has owned and operated Sage Learning Center since 2002. A Bozeman native, Carisa has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Montana State University along with in-depth training using Precision Teaching methods, which have gained wide acceptance throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, Carisa received her dyslexia remediation certification through the Melvin-Smith Learning Center in California under the guidance of Dr. Joan Smith in 2002. The program focused on educating teachers to be effective in providing remedial treatment for children and adults with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder or related learning challenges. A list of references and success stories is available upon request.
Sara completed her precision teaching training and has been teaching at Sage since November of 2012. Sara studied in her hometown at Montana State University Bozeman to earn her degree in Elementary Education K-8; she graduated in spring of 2017. After working in many large classrooms throughout her college years, Sara discovered her love for one on one instruction because of the meaningful connections built with each student. At Sage, Sara enjoys building relationships with students and motivating them to succeed academically during each session. She is passionate about teaching children and believes every student can work to their full potential with the right tools and confidence. Her favorite thing about working at Sage is watching students gain the courage necessary to achieve their goals.
Bailey was born and raised on a small family farm in Kalispell, Montana. She has been working with students at Sage Learning Center since December of 2015. Her passion has always been working with children, teaching and helping students succeed in their education. She is a CAP mentor through Thrive, and has been very active in 4-H and FFA. She has gained leadership and public speaking skills through her experiences within these programs. Bailey has an A.S in Applied Sciences and is currently attending Montana State University, pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Other than teaching, attending school, and volunteering, Bailey enjoys spending time outdoors. Hiking, fishing, camping and racing motocross are her favorite pastimes. She looks forward to working with your child at Sage!
Meghan was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She moved to Bozeman in 2013 to pursue a degree in Elementary Education K-8. After completing her student teaching internship at Hawthorne elementary in a fourth-grade classroom, Meghan graduated spring of 2017. She completed her degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. In the summer of 2017, she joined the Sage team after the completion of her precision-teacher training. She is excited to be a part of the Sage team supporting the Bozeman community. In addition to teaching at Sage, Meghan works at Great Beginnings Montessori School where she teaches children ages three to six.
Hailey joined the Sage team in September 2017. She grew up in a small rural town in California and began her education at California State University, Chico studying Early Childhood Education. Hailey is currently enrolled at Montana State University continuing her education in Elementary Education K-8. Her new life has been full of exploring Montana's beautiful backyard, developing strong friendships and developing professionally. As part of the Sage Learning Center family, she is able to pursue her passion for teaching while building relationships with students and parents. Each student is unique and she will strive to meet their individual needs with respect and enthusiasm. She looks forward to working with you!