Peter Schmeiding will be the first to tell you: he’s not one to talk about himself. But for the Ennis, Big Sky and Bozeman dentist, there’s a lot more than just a successful dental practice to discuss.
Growing up watching her mother Sheila make cowboy hats, Ericka Kirkpatrick certainly learned a lot about the unique trade. She’d help with all the aspects of the trade, but she was sure it wasn’t something she’d take on as her own career.
Waded Cruzado, President of Montana State University, has a message for aspirational students in the state: Hard-work matters. Cruzado should know. She is a first-generation college student from Puerto Rico who, due to hard work and perseverance, serves as one of the few Latina presidents of a university in the nation.
Among the 24,000 American, British and Canadian troops who landed at Normandy Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944, were scores of Montanans. They included ranch kids from places like Choteau, Geyser and Sand Coulee. Thankfully, many made it back home and lived long lives.
Brad Niva moved to Big Sky at such a time that he gets to experience the Big Sky we all knew before the pandemic ever happened. Or at least, a Big Sky relatively removed from some of the more obvious pandemic details.
Jean Behr has the sweetest laugh, the best smile and the most beautiful red hair. Her laugh populates just about every story she tells, and her kindness is apparent in a board meeting, at her food truck and through an iPhone.
Place-based education is a pedagogy that focuses on teaching students to be involved in the area they live and to understand the needs of their community and the best ways to support the population. One example of this could be community trash cleanup days hosted by Discovery Academy and Community Learning Center.
One night when he was a kid, Doyle Ranstrom’s mom came home from a contentious school board meeting with a phrase that stuck with Ranstrom for the rest of his life.
“Thoughtful and intelligent people can disagree without being disagreeable,” she pontificated.
Big Sky is a hard place to get to, and an even harder place to leave.
Grace Ganoom-Grein has been living in Big Sky since she was ‘itty bitty,’ and basically has never left. Even for college, she went just down the canyon and into Bozeman to study mathematics and education at Montana State University.
Big Sky School District health educator James Miranda agreed to be both the football coach and track coach.
An “Army brat” from south Jersey, he attended the U.S. Naval Academy and comes from a family of educators and military officers.