Evi Bybee

Teacher

Evi Bybee was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She has been taking care of children for many years, having worked as a nanny and in a childcare center before coming to MCS in 2006. She obtained her Montessori training through the North American Montessori Center (NAMC). In 2014 she received another Montessori Certification through Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She loves Montessori philosophy and really enjoys working in such a positive environment, with a great staff, parents and children. Little known fact about Evi: she loves music and doing things with her family. 

Corey Day

Teacher

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.

Cinthya Barajas

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Cinthya Barajas was born in Baja, Mexico. She worked as an ESL teacher at a private school for 6 years in which she taught students from 1st though 6th grade. While teaching, she attended the University of Baja where she obtained her degree for teaching English in elementary schools. She moved to Salt Lake City in February 2001 and continued her education at Salt Lake Community College for an introduction to Utah Schools. She joined the MCS staff in 2007 and received her Early Childhood Montessori credential through the North American Montessori Center (NAMC). She really enjoys being part of children’s educational development which is extremely rewarding. She truly believes that learning should be fun and a memorable experience, and therefore activities, songs, and manipulative materials should be used to reinforce and develop the children’s learning capabilities. 

Candace Leikam

Support Teacher

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.