Teacher Profile

     Bob Ellenbecker
    Bob Ellenbecker
    (406) 728-2401 ex 8663
    I was born and raised in Sturgeon Bay, WI where I spent much of my time exploring the waters of Sturgeon Bay, Green Bay and Lake Michigan and the deciduous forests of Northeast Wisconsin. It was here that I developed an affinity for the inquisitive nature of science and many of the hobbies that I have today such as hunting, boating, biking, skiing and gardening (to name a few).  In 1997, when I graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School, I established a life goals that I continue to pursue to this day; to make my community a better, more peaceful place. 
    I graduated in 2003 from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management.  After working as a wildlife research technician on several avian research projects I headed west with my loving wife Mary ready to begin the next chapter of my life.  Shortly after arriving in Montana, I became employed with the Montana Conservation Corps as a Field Crew Leader.  Working as a crew leader was truly the "toughest job I've ever loved"  and it had a significant impact in my choosing science education as a career because it facilitated reflection about my role in the community and how I could accomplish my goals.  In 2016, I earned a MS in Science Education from Montana State University.  Since then, I have focused my professional development on chemistry and chemistry education in preparation for teaching IB chemistry at Big Sky.  Teaching is a profession that I am honored and excited to be part of and am eternally grateful to the people of Missoula for giving me the opportunity to pursue my life-goal and help make our community a better more peaceful place.