After nearly 40 years of combined teaching at Pilgrim Preschool the current staff will be retiring at the end of this school year. New staff will be hired soon and families will be able to meet the new staff that will be carrying on the Pilgrim tradition and philosophies!

Each of the instructors have education degrees and together have over 40 years combined experience teaching and working with young children. Both Miriam and Linda teach in all classes Monday through Friday mornings. This year Tammy will be assisting with the Tuesday/Thursday class as well as the MWF class. The teachers plan together, sharing their ideas and experiences to create an interesting and developmentally appropriate program.

(from left) Tammy Eshleman, Miriam Tilleman, and Linda Brown.

Miriam Tilleman

Director and Teacher

Miriam graduated from Montana State University with a BS in Early Childhood Education. She also attended graduate school at MSU in Early Education and Counseling. This will be Miriam’s 20th year as a teacher at Pilgrim Preschool and her 7th year as director. Miriam is married and has three children: her oldest son, Colin, graduated from MSU and is currently a computer engineer at SolidFire/NetApp; her daughter, Kirsten, has a BS from Oregon State University and a MS from UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management.  She is currently an Environmental Planner for Parsons and Brinkerhoff.  Kyle has a Masters in Accounting from MSU and works locally at Wipfli CPA’s.

Linda Brown


Linda graduated from BYU with a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She also has a MEd with endorsements in Early Childhood, K to 12 and Special Education from the University of Washington. This is Linda’s 7th year at Pilgrim Preschool. Linda is married with 3 sons: the oldest, Nathan, is a student at BYU in Biochemistry.  Nelson is currently serving a 2 year mission in Peru.  Jacob, a graduate of Pilgrim Preschool, is a senior at BHS and is a percussionist in the marching and concert bands, he also plays on the high school tennis team.

Tammy Eshleman


Tammy graduated from Montana State University with a BS in Early Childhood Education. This is her 11th year working at Pilgrim Preschool. Previously Tammy had a private preschool and daycare in her home. Tammy was born and raised in Montana and attended high school in Great Falls. Tammy is our pet expert and takes great care of our pet guinea pig.


  • The school year is going very well. Both classes are enjoying their time together learning, playing and becoming great friends. Applications for enrollment for the 2018-19 school year are now being accepted. Please download an application or call the school at 406-586-6060 for more information or to set a time to visit the school.
  • If you would like to set up a time to visit the school, please give the school a call at 406-586-6060. We have a couple openings in our Tu/Th (3 and young 4 year old class) for the 2017-18 school year. Applications are available on the website. Our Tuesday only class (children that are 2 1/2 by September 2017) and our MWF (pre-k class) are currently full for this current school year. We can add your child's name to a wait list if you wish.