Stars Teachers

Jennifer Carrino

Carrino-Jennifer-1Teacher - Stars

Jennifer was raised in Idaho. After graduating from high school, she moved to New Jersey where she attended college and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English Literature with a concentration in Elementary Education. She was a program director for a non-profit organization for six years working with at-risk youth. After staying home for several years to raise her two boys, she taught preschool for two years and then loved teaching toddlers for one year. Her greatest joy in life is spending time with her husband Anthony, and two boys Anthony and Nicholas. She also enjoys reading, hiking and skiing. A surprising fact about Jennifer is that she knows more than a few football facts.

Leslie Babalis

 Assistant Teacher - Stars

Leslie started working at MCS in 2019 with our toddler department. She took last year off due to the pandemic and is now back with the toddler galaxy, she calls home. Leslie works in our stars class as the Assistant teacher. She works throughout the classroom observing the children and offering support if and when needed. Leslie takes pride in her work and strives to always continue to grow in the MCS community. She has had a passion for dance since she was young and started teaching dance as a junior in high school. Now as an adult she still shares her passion with young girls and boys ages 4 yr -18yrs old who put on seasonal performances. Leslie worked as a toddler teacher and infant teacher from 2013-2016 before staying at home with her youngest after he was born. What Leslie loves most about Montessori is the holistic view on education and the philosophy of following the child to find what works best for them. Graduated from West High School here in Salt Lake City and attended Salt Lake community college, she finds inspiration in knowing she is helping to guide the future generations.


Adrianna Begay

Assistant & Extended Day Teacher - Stars

Adrianna Begay was born in Chinle, Arizona. She moved to Salt Lake City in 2016. In 2016 she worked with the Special Education program in the Salt Lake School District and in 2015 she worked as a Long Term Substitute in a Public School on the Navajo Nation. Adrianna came to Montessori in 2018 and fell in love with the Montessori Philosophy. Adrianna enjoys exploring Utah and looks forward to other adventures!


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