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.

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.

Brea Blaylock

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Summer School Teacher
 
Brea Blaylock was born in the Southern Illinois / St. Louis, Missouri metro area. In 2013, she earned a B.S. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, and a Minor in Psychology and Dance from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Prior to joining MCS, Brea worked as a dance instructor for local studios and summer camp programs from 2008 - 2014. Her specialties include teaching modern dance fundamentals and developing creative movement classes. She recently moved to Salt Lake City with her husband Nick and their boxer puppy Audrey. Her interests include dancing, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and spending time outdoors with her husband and puppy. Fun Fact: Brea has met numerous professional baseball players, including her favorite Hall of Famer, Ozzie Smith.

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.

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.