Corey Day

Extended Day Program Head

Corey was born in Utah but spent her early childhood living in Southern California. At age 5 her family moved back to Utah to be near their family and the mountains. Growing up she was always creating things- skits with paper bag costumes, elaborate environments for her friends' barbies or her little brother's match box cars… She liked building things and fixing things. This is still the case. Corey received her BFA in Sculpture Intermedia from the University of Utah. She believes that art, in any form, is a necessity in the education of children and she is excited to be a part of the Montessori Community School. In Corey’s spare time she enjoys going through the garbage piles in front of people’s houses to find old wood and secret treasures.

Anita Ermish

Magnolias Extended Day

Anita was born and raised on Long Island, NY and is the youngest of seven children. Early on, her family life involved the care and enjoyment of her many nieces and nephews. Her passion for art and beautiful things was evident at a young age. After receiving a AS degree, she attended The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and worked in Graphic Design.  She has lived in New York, Boston, Phoenix and Salt Lake City while raising her three wonderful children.  She owned and operated a vintage furniture shop in Sugarhouse and recently received a BS in Psychology at Westminster College.  She is honored to be part of the Montessori Community School to help guide and nurture the values of love, respect and perseverance in the Early Childhood classrooms.  Anita enjoys baking, cooking, gardening, dancing, art and spending time with her family and friends.

Sage Wegner

Toddlers Extended Day

Sage was born and raised in Utah, and graduated from Park City High School. She has worked at MCS just over a year, and loves every second she gets to spend with the staff and children. She has completed 2 years at the University of Utah, and recently transferred to Salt Lake Community College to study Nursing. When Sage isn't busy with work and school she enjoys traveling, reading, camping, hiking and fly fishing.

Austin Bull

Toddlers Extended Day

Austin is new to the Montessori Community School but already loves the process, values, and community at MCS. He spent 3 years teaching children ages 2-5 in home and classroom settings, specializing in ABA therapy and other early learning academics. Austin is very interested in community building, creative problem-solving, honoring individual needs, and learning naturally at one's own pace. In his free time Austin likes to read, exercise, go hiking, listen to music, watch films, and attend live performances.

Nate Lewis

Aspens Extended Day

Nate Lewis was born and raised in Salt Lake City and is the oldest of three children. He has worked at the Montessori Community School for several years, but has been a part of the MCS community for far longer. As a student Nate attended MCS for both the Early Childhood and Middle School programs, and after graduating from the Salt Lake School for Performing Arts Nate returned to MCS as a staff member. In his free time Nate enjoys reading, music, art, film, and spending his time with his friends. 

Candace Leikam

Sequoias Extended Day

Candace is excited to be joining the Montessori Community School this year. She spent the last few years helping children and their families recover from addiction and trauma at a private daycare in downtown Salt Lake. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Candace received her bachelor's degrees from Georgia State University, and moved to Salt Lake City in 2011 after falling in love with the beautiful mountains on what was supposed to be a quick vacation. In her time outside of the classroom she enjoys reading, hiking with her dog Behr, going to local farmers markets, and festivals.

Stephanie Long

Elementary Extended Day

Stephanie Long grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, where summer hiking and rafting trips in the Appalachian Mountains fostered her passion for the outdoors. After receiving a BS from Dickinson College she traveled to Taiwan, where she taught ESL to elementary school children for four years. During her time in Taiwan, she grew to love the challenges and joys of working with elementary students. Since returning to the US, she has worked with at-risk youth in outdoor therapy programs, guided cross-country adventure tours, and volunteered to teach rock climbing to children with disabilities. She is thrilled to be able to share her love of nature and the outdoors with the students at Montessori Community School through GO and Outdoor Classroom. During her free time, Stephanie enjoys rock climbing, skiing, reading, writing, cooking, and playing piano and guitar.  

Annie Hays

Toddlers Extended Day

Annie Hays simply adores children and loves to ignite the joy of learning in others. She is currently a student at the University of Utah pursuing a degree in Human Development, and hopes to be an Early Childhood Teacher someday. Annie grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, and I loves living on the Wasatch Front. In her free time Annie enjoys singing, playing the piano, running, and spending time with loved ones.