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.  
    In thirteen years of teaching I have taught, Integrated Biological Systems, Integrated Earth Space and Physical Science, biology, geology, Advanced Problems in Science, Renewable Energy Systems and chemistry 1, 2 & 3.   In 2012 I was awarded a Creative Classrooms Grant from the Missoula Education Foundation and was accepted into the Consortium of Educators of Renewable Energy Technology.  The most exciting accomplishment of 2012 was my acceptance onto the Health Science Academy design team.  I am one of six teachers in the process of designing and implementing the first career academy in Montana which is an effort that I believe will impact secondary education throughout the state.  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.