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Oscar De La Cruz Ruiz

Oscar moved his family to the US in 2018 seeking a better education and life for his daughter. She is currently at the Utah Military Academy in Riverdale training to be a pilot for the United States. Oscar worked for the Peruvian Air Force for 30 years starting at age 17. He started with 4 years of boarding school to work on aircraft instruments for 12 years. Then, he worked in Human Resources for 14 years. Besides his family, Oscar is interested in soccer, music, and painting.

Maya Brewer

Maya attended the University of Utah and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. This is Maya’s first time working in a school setting, but her work history has provided her with a wealth of experiences from working in small family owned businesses (Maya’s preference) to the corporate world. She was raised by an Art teacher and a high school social worker so she is very comfortable in a school environment. Maya was born and raised in Utah and loves to travel and learn about different cultures. She considers herself a homebody and loves spending time with friends and family. She also likes to spend time volunteering for worthy causes. She has two Russian Siberian fur babies, Kohshka (Russian for Cat) and Pushistyy (Russian for Fluffy), and tons of photos if you’re interested. A little known fact about Maya is when she was about 5 she decided she needed a middle name (as she was the only one in the family that didn’t have one) and it should be “Action!” It stuck.

Alejandro Malespin

Alejandro is originally from Westchester County, New York, and spent most of his childhood there. After graduating from Rye High School, he attended Colby College in 2016, where he majored in Spanish and minored in Computer Science. In his Junior year at Colby, Alejandro showed off his passion for interactive art by leading the development of a digital art exhibit that was displayed to the public on campus. After graduating from Colby in 2021, he followed his family to Utah where they grew a love for the mountains and the outdoors. Alejandro’s interests include snowboarding, cooking, animation, and video game development. He joined Montessori in the summer of 2022, and is excited to work in such a welcoming environment with an amazing team of people. A little known fact about Alejandro is that his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all share the same first name.

Amanda Bywaters

Amanda is a native Oregonian and grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She was fortunate to work in the school district she attended as a child and focused on the area of Special Education for the Lake Oswego School district for 17 years, even working with some of her former teachers. Amanda, her husband and two children decided to change scenery and move to Utah in November 2020. As lovers of the outdoors, they are all thriving here. Going on family hikes, skiing, enjoying local farmers markets and exploring new places are their favorite things to do together. Amanda also enjoys photography, making jewelry and crafting. Amanda is inspired by the Montessori philosophy and is excited to be part of the Montessori team.