As International Baccalaureate teachers, we are committed to developing the IB profile attributes, attitudes, and skills in ourselves and in our students through positive reinforcement.  We also believe in teaching our students to respect each other as unique individuals.


  • K/1 Weekly Newsletters – We will send you an email each week with a link to our newsletters on this blog.  Here we will give you important updates about our week and the week ahead.
  • Weekly Messenger – Stay informed about MIS happenings around the whole school.
  • Feel free to email the teachers at any time if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Also, please don’t hesitate to set up a time to meet or speak on the phone with your teacher regarding any questions or concerns.

John Kratz K/1 Multiage Spanish Immersion Teacher

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M.A. Spanish & Education, City University
B.A. Spanish, Idaho State University

Prior to joining MIS in 2011, John taught in Mexico at the Jesuit University of Guadalajara. He taught children in immersion and bilingual K-12 settings in New York City and Pocatello, Idaho. John holds an M.A. in Spanish and Education from the City University of New York, Hunter College and a B.A. in Spanish from Idaho State University.

Amparo Vidal K/1 Multiage Spanish Immersion Teacher

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Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language
Specialist in Play and Free Movement
Master Montessori Children’s House

Amparo comes from Valencia, Spain (located on the Mediterranean Sea) and came to Missoula with her family including Ananda, an MIS student! She has been teaching early childhood education since 2010.

Her passion is teaching through play and feels it should be the main learning activity for children. In Spain, Amparo has given lectures and workshops on play as a method of learning and has designed education spaces, as well. She is excited to learn while at MIS as well as share her educational outlook.

Outside of school, Amparo loves spending time with her family – cycling and traveling.

Amity Interns helping in both K1 classes

Marta Cobo Amity Intern

The words kind, creative and enthusiastic are used to describe Marta. She loves working with kids and has taken the opportunity to visit other countries to learn about cultures and languages!
  • volunteer to help children at risk of falling behind with their school tasks
  • speaks Spanish, English & Italian
When her time at MIS comes to a close, Marta wants to be a teacher at a bilingual primary school.

Isabel Garrido Amity Intern

Isabel is patient and hard working with an infectious, positive attitude. She is open-minded, creative and excited to immerse herself in the US experience while at MIS!
  • intern & volunteer to support the students with their school tasks in a small village in Ghana, Africa
  • speaks Spanish, English & some French
When her time at MIS comes to a close, she wants to be a teacher at a bilingual school in Spain.