Christine Burningham

Music

Christine has 5 children and over 20 years of experience working with children in the home, some with special needs, and helping in the school environment.  She has volunteered over the past 15 years in Head Start classrooms, Elementary School classrooms, and a Special Needs Institute class.  She currently is the Historian for the Utah Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association.  Christine enjoys spending time with her family, baking, cooking, scrapbooking, walking, reading, knitting, and playing the Native American Flute.

Maria Reynosa

Upper Elementary Spanish

Maria was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. She and her husband moved to Utah in 2001. They have three beautiful children, Valeria, Jose, and Gabriel. Maria has spent many years working with young children. Maria has taught Spanish at McKee Language School but currently tutors children from preschool to elementary school ages in Spanish privately. Maria has a bachelors degree in Preschool Education and a degree in Communications and Journalism. Maria's favorite hobbies are reading, watching movies, and traveling. She has been falling in love with her city's historic heritage. She has already started on her bucket list of places to visit: UNESCO Heritage World Cities in Mexico such as Guanajuato, Guadalajara, etc.

Haley Dame

Movement & Dance

At a young age Haley began dancing with Virginia Tanner. Throughout her childhood and teen years she trained with Clytie Adams School of Ballet in Kaysville. Her love of dance really blossomed as a young teen dancing contemporary under the direction of Sarah Adams Robinette. She was an officer in her dance company at Davis High School and continued taking dance classes while earning a bachelors degree in Economics at the University of Utah. After marrying the love of her life, having children, and moving to central Washington, she realized there were no dance classes for her young daughter who loved to dance! So, naturally, she created and began to teach Pink Tutu’s , a creative movement class for toddlers. Later she took classes from Frankie Bonnell-Jones at Chelan Dance Centre and soon after was teaching creative movement. She introduced and taught the only Mommy and Me class in the Chelan Valley and enjoyed having her three year old daughter a part of that fun experience! Haley and her husband John have three children and she is very terrified of snakes.

Donda Hartsfield

Hartsfield DondaOutdoor Classroom & Great Outdoors ("GO")

Donda Hartsfield was born in Amarillo where she grew up learning to love the high plains of Texas.   She studied the arts at USU and practiced massage therapy for 6 years.   When  Donda’s son started going to the Montessori Community School when he was three and a half, she was immediately taken with the Montessori method and over time decided to go through the Utah Montessori Teacher Education Program (UMTEP) to get her certification in Early Childhood Montessori method.  Donda started out teaching yoga and creative movement in Montessori.  In 2005, Donda began teaching at the Montessori Community School as she also started the Great Outdoors Expedition program for elementary.  In 2009, Donda initiated the Outdoor Classroom for Early Childhood where she delights in seeing children thriving in their natural environment.  Donda has completed both the Project Wild as well as the Project Learning Tree courses for teachers, which continue to inspire her natural studies.  One of Donda’s favorite things is eating yummy food while she dances to music that she loves.  Little known fact:  Donda starred in Neil Simon’s comedy play Star Spangled Girl in her early twenties.

Kindra Fehr

Fehr KindraElementary Art Specialist

Kindra Fehr was born and raised in Utah and Colorado. Her husband John is a musician, her daughter Aria is in the Upper Elementary class and her son Azur is in the Magnolia Class at MCS. Kindra earned a BFA in drawing/painting from the University of Utah and has also studied at the Lacoste School of the Arts in France. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She works out of her studio in Sugarhouse (her website is www.kindrafehr.com), wrote the column "Babying the Buddha" for Catalyst magazine from 2004-2008, and has taught at the Salt Lake Art Center, Visual Art Institute, Art Access, the Children's Museum, and a variety of schools. Kindra started working at Montessori Community School as our art teacher in 2006. Little known fact about Kindra: she was named the "best art teacher for kids" for 2006 in the Salt Lake City Weekly's Best of Utah.

Stephanie Long

Great Outdoors "GO" & Librarian

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.