Aspens Teachers

Ruby Chouldjian

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Ruby Chouldjian was born in Tehran, although her ancestry is Armenian. She traveled to many places, including Russia, Armenia, India, Kuwait, Bahrain, Austria, Italy and Germany before coming to the U.S. in 1987. Her husband Mike is a mechanic (Range Rover Specialist) and they have two sons, their older son Michael (and his wife Armineh) and their younger son Albert. Ruby obtained her Montessori Certification through the Montessori World Education Institute (MWEI), Utah Montessori Teachers Education Program (UMTEP), Early Childhood Language, Arts, Music, and Children with Special Needs Course from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS). Ruby started teaching in 1997 at Willow Creek Montessori and joined the Montessori Community School in 2000. Her favorite aspect of Montessori philosophy is the independence and visual hands-on that it provides. Ruby enjoys reading in her spare time and spending time with her grandchildren Amelia and Eva.

Kayla Jones

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Kayla is looking forward to another fun year at Montessori Community School and she is excited to work with the students, families, and staff. She grew up in Nevada and moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah. Kayla got her degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2017. She attended the Center for Guided Montessori Studies and received her certification for Early Childhood in February 2020.  In her free time she likes to read, hike, and spend time with family. She is looking forward to watching the students grow, develop, and learn new things.

Kristine Withem

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Kristine Withem is a Support and Extended Day Teacher for the Aspens class. She is originally from San Diego, CA, but spent three years in Muncie, Indiana where she received an Associates Degree (in Early Childhood Education). She has been in Salt Lake City, Utah for four year now.  She has wanted to be a teacher since she was a little girl, and is thrilled to be pursuing her passion in the Montessori environment. In her free time, she enjoys to do crafts, travel-- especially road trips to places she has never seen before, and occasionally watch Netflix. Kristine really enjoys the outdoors, and exploring the terrain here in Salt Lake City, hiking and is interested in learning to ski/snowboard.
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