Aspens Class Teachers

Kristine Withem

Kristine WithemSupport/Extended Day Teacher

Kristine Withem is a Support and Extended Day Teacher for the Aspens class just joining us this school year. She is originally from San Diego, CA, but has spent the last three years in Muncie, Indiana where she received an Associates Degree (in Early Childhood Education) and is working towards her Bachelor' at Ball State University. Kristine hopes to graduate from Ball State in the coming Spring as she completes her degree online in Early Childhood and Special Education. 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 is looking forward to exploring the terrain here in Salt Lake City, hiking and possibly skiing/snowboarding.

Ruby Chouldjian

Teacher

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 Grimm

Kayla GrimmAssistant Teacher

Kayla is new to Montessori Community School but she is already 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 this past May. 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.
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