Now Enrolling for School Year Sessions!
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!
Kristyna is a Montana native and was born and raised in Helena, MT. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education K-8 with a K-12 Reading-Teaching Minor and a concentration in Special Education. Soon after beginning her education classes at MSU, she realized the great passion she has for helping children learn new skills. She is honored be a part of a fresh and innovative generation of teachers and is excited to see where the future will take her. Kristyna sees value in the strengths of every student and works hard to demonstrate that every day. By being a part of the community at Sage, she is able to work collaboratively with students, teachers and parents and gain new perspectives on learning. Kristyna’s favorite subjects in school are English and Social Studies, but through continued education, she has found a new appreciation of Mathematics. Aside from teaching, Kristyna enjoys hiking, spending time with close friends and family, reading and writing, and singing. She also loves kids of all ages and enjoys spending time with the baby she nannies, and her nephews. Kristyna can’t wait to meet you!
Christina joined the Sage Learning Center team in January 2018. She lived in Wolf Point, MT for a majority of her life. After graduating from Wolf Point High School, Christina began her college career at MSU-Billings studying Music Education. She then transferred to MSU-Bozeman to continue studying Music Education in 2017. Christina is active in the music program at MSU as a member of the MSU Chorale as well as teaching private voice lessons. As a Sage team member, Christina is able pursue her love of teaching and share her passion for learning with each student she works with. She is excited to get to know you!
Lucy originates from the small town of Okoboji, Iowa and has been enjoying the mountains of Bozeman for the past 2 years! She is currently pursuing a degree in English Education 5-12 and Community Health. She hopes to use her education to teach and implement programs that raise awareness for mental health programs in schools. She is a volunteer at Eagle Mount as well as Montana State University's VOICE
Center. The Sage community has provided her with an opportunity to teach students and help each student reach their potential and love for learning. Aside from teaching, Lucy enjoys any outdoor activities, singing, and spending time with friends and family. She looks forward to working with your child at Sage!
Laini was born and raised in Helena, MT. From a young age, she knew she wanted a career path working with children. At the age of 16, she got her first job working as a Montessori Preschool Teacher’s Assistant. After a year of assisting, she was given her own classroom and her love for working with children continued to grow. She loves building connections with students and their families. She worked in Montessori Schools for several years while attending Helena College of Technology, up until she decided to join the military. Laini joined the Army Reserves in 2017 as a Human Resource Specialist. She got back from her first deployment in August of 2019. As soon as she returned home, she enrolled for school at MSU and moved from Helena to Bozeman. She’s majoring in Psychology, and minoring in Human Development. She plans to use her degree to become a Child’s Psychologist. She’s very excited to have the opportunity to work for Sage Learning Center while furthering her education.