Teacher Profiles



Sarah Zook featured in Tribune

Here’s the article from the Tribune about Sarah Zook.

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If you have local newspaper stories about the Heritage Project, please post them in our online archives. It’ll make work for researchers a hundred years from now much easier. In the Control Panel, just select the blog “Articles about MHP” and fill in the form and click “submit.”

Or send us the clippings.


Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 11/12 at 08:37 PM
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2005 Montana Heritage Project


Matt Porrovecchio

I was born and raised in San Jose, California.  My family moved to Bigfork in 1987.  Upon graduating from Bigfork High school in 1994, I continued my education at Carroll College.  After completing my freshman year at Carroll, I transferred to the University of Montana where I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and a Special Education endorsement in 2000. 

After graduation, I spent a few yearsfinding myself which involved traveling and bartending.  I soon discovered that a smoky bar was the worst place to “find” anything let alone myself, so I decided to return home to Bigfork.  Still uncertain of what I wanted to do, I hopped from job to job looking for the right fit.  On a suggestion of a past teacher, I looked into the high school library position that was opening the following school year.  Not certain what it entailed, I spent a few weeks with the librarian (my old librarian) testing the waters.  It didn’t take long for me to see that the library was home.  Not having any formal training or background I wasn’t sure of my chances, but I figured I had to go for it.

I am now in the middle of my second year as Librarian (in training) at Bigfork High School and am loving every minute of it.  I spend my time away from the library in the gym with my freshman basketball team, taking online library classes, and with my family.  I have a handsome son, Andrew, who will soon turn one and a beautiful wife, Lacey, who I managed to snag through the smoke while bartending.  She never saw me coming.


Posted by Matt Porrovecchio on 02/11 at 08:23 AM
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2005 Montana Heritage Project


Living on the Prairie

Raised just eight miles from the Montana-North Dakota border on US Highway 2, I grew up learning to love the land, the sky, and the subtle beauty of the prairie landscape.

At the ripe old age of 36, I left my hometown to take a teaching job in Chester, Montana. Still on the praire, but it sight of the Sweet Grass Hills, I’ve taught high school English in the Chester school system for 15 years.

Just four years into my teaching career, I had the opportunity to become involved with the Montana Heritage Project, and its strong emphasis on community research, and attention to the stories from the community’s past struck a cord with me. I have always been facinated about how the past shapes the present, and the people of the present. Now I had a chance to more fully explore that very theme with students.  It has been hard work, demanding, and very satisfying.

My three children, all of whom went through the project, are now out of school and on their own. My husband, Roger, a member of a Montana family dating back to the 1870’s, and I spend our time with extended family, and in our adopted town of Chester.


Posted by Renee Rasmussen on 02/08 at 06:04 PM
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