Sequoias Class Teachers

Catherine Mathews


Catherine's passion for Montessori began when her oldest child was five while she teaching her own children at home. She found the Montessori method reaching her children in ways other programs simply couldn't and didn't. After seven years of Montessori based homeschooling they enrolled in school she began teaching professionally. Cathie received her Montessori Early Childhood training from the Institute for Guided Studies (IGS) and has been teaching in both Early Childhood and Early Elementary Montessori classrooms since 2009. She is keenly interested in the success of each student by searching out their needs and striving to meet them with their perfect "work".

Cinthya Barajas

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Cinthya Barajas was born in Baja, Mexico. She worked as an ESL teacher at a private school for 6 years in which she taught students from 1st though 6th grade. While teaching, she attended the University of Baja where she obtained her degree for teaching English in elementary schools. She moved to Salt Lake City in February 2001 and continued her education at Salt Lake Community College for an introduction to Utah Schools. She joined the MCS staff in 2007 and received her Early Childhood Montessori credential through the North American Montessori Center (NAMC). She really enjoys being part of children’s educational development which is extremely rewarding. She truly believes that learning should be fun and a memorable experience, and therefore activities, songs, and manipulative materials should be used to reinforce and develop the children’s learning capabilities. 

Candace Wiseman

Support Teacher

Candace loves working with the students at MCS. She works during the school year in Early Childhood as a teacher in the Sequoias classroom. During school breaks, she helps direct and organize camps offered at the school. 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. Prior to working at MCS, she worked at nonprofit organizations in the Salt Lake Valley reuniting children and their families who were recovering from addiction and trauma. Currently, she is pursuing her Early Childhood Montessori Certification at The Center for Guided Studies. In her time outside of the classroom she enjoys cooking, reading, hiking with her dog Behr, going to local farmers markets, and festivals.

Adrianna Begay

Support/Extended Day Teacher

Adrianna is 25 yrs old. She is originally from Arizona and moved to Utah a year and half ago. She worked with Salt Lake School District in the recent school year. Her hobbies are painting and photography. She is also Native American. The education field is what she loves.

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