Chelsea Wessel-Sloan


  • Post Graduate Program in Educational Therapy: UC Berkeley

  • MA in Child Development: Mills College, Oakland, CA

  • BA in English Literature: Montana State University

Chelsea founded Thinking Cap Educational Services in 2011 when she moved back to Bozeman after a 20-ish year hiatus in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Having worked in Bay Area private schools as a learning specialist and general education teacher as well as in private practice as an Educational Therapist, Chelsea brings a wealth of unique knowledge and experience to her work in Montana.  Chelsea specializes in psycho-educational assessment, case management and remediation planning; especially for the most complicated learning challenges.  When not working, Chelsea loves a good workout, spends time with her family and is always planning the next great vacation. She recently decided to take up biathlon!


Beth Kennedy


  • B.S. Elementary Education, Cleveland State University

  • M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction, Montana State University

 Beth began her dream of becoming an educator in Ohio, as a teacher in a 3-4th grade combo class and continued that dream by homeschooling her own children for 8 years. After moving to Bozeman, Beth began research on instruction in informal learning spaces, with an emphasis on science and engineering. She developed and lead the afterschool program at Hyalite Elementary for several years, and in 2011, began working with MSU as a field supervisor to create the Afterschool Partnership.  Currently, she works with pre-service teachers both in the classroom and afterschool programs. and as an instructor and field supervisor at MSU. Playing with grandchildren, kayaking, 4-wheeling, hiking, and gardening are her passions outside of work.


Beth Witte


  • BA Secondary Education and Mathematics: St. Norbert College

  • Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Training

Beth began her career teaching high school math in Columbus, OH. Soon after she was eager to expand beyond the four walls of a traditional classroom and began leading various outdoor education programs around the country. When she wasn’t traveling, she worked with local schools to develop STEM curriculum, facilitated teacher training programs, and coordinated grant application submissions. Her most recent project was developing a Field Station program for middle and high school students on an island in Lake Erie. Beth recently moved to Montana to be closer to family and she is looking forward to working with Thinking Cap students.


Cooper Moy


  • MSE Early and Childhood General Education, Bank Street College, NY

  • Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Training, The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

  • BA Global Studies, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

Cooper has taught students of all ages in a variety of educational settings all over the world. She grew up in California’s Napa Valley, and received her undergraduate degree in Global Studies after completing coursework in Latin America, Australia, India and South Africa. After finishing her undergrad work, she became a Native English Teacher in Hong Kong and the Philippines. In 2014, Cooper moved to New York City to further pursue her career in education. While attending Bank Street College with a focus in Early and Childhood General Education, she taught in some of New York City’s top private schools. She recently moved to Bozeman to be closer to family, and is excited to start a new chapter in her life.


Karen Waller


  • BA in English, Concordia College, Moorhead MN

  • Teaching Certificate, English 5-12 and Reading K-12, Montana State University

  • M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction with Literacy Endorsement, University of Montana

Karen began her career working with At-Risk students in the Bozeman Junior and Senior High Schools, teaching job preparedness skills.  After the birth of her daughter, she took a position as an English teacher at Headwaters Academy, and then was lucky to stay home for a few years after the birth of her son.  Intrigued by the development of her children’s language and reading skills, Karen found her interest evolving from teaching secondary English to teaching reading to early readers and struggling students.  Karen has also taught in the Education department at MSU since 2012, observing and instructing pre-service teachers as they begin their own careers in education.