Catherine Mathews

Catherine MathewsTeacher

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

Barajas CinthyaTeacher

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 Leikam

Support Teacher

Candace is excited to be joining the Montessori Community School this year. She spent the last few years helping children and their families recover from addiction and trauma at a private daycare in downtown Salt Lake. 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. In her time outside of the classroom she enjoys reading, hiking with her dog Behr, going to local farmers markets, and festivals.