Specialty Teachers

Maria Reynosa

Reynosa-Maria-1Elementary Spanish Teacher

Maria was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. She and her husband moved to Utah in 2001. They have three beautiful children, Valeria, Jose, and Gabriel. Maria has spent many years working with young children. Maria has taught Spanish at McKee Language School but currently tutors children from preschool to elementary school ages in Spanish privately. Maria has a bachelor's degree in Preschool Education and a degree in Communications and Journalism. Maria's favorite hobbies are reading, watching movies, and traveling. She has been falling in love with her city's historic heritage. She has already started on her bucket list of places to visit: UNESCO Heritage World Cities in Mexico such as Guanajuato, Guadalajara, etc.

Donda Hartsfield

Outdoor Education & Great Outdoors ("GO") Teacher 

Donda Hartsfield was born in Amarillo where she grew up learning to love the high plains of Texas. She studied the arts at USU and practiced massage therapy for 6 years.   When  Donda’s son started going to the Montessori Community School when he was three and a half, she was immediately taken with the Montessori method and over time decided to go through the Utah Montessori Teacher Education Program (UMTEP) to get her certification in Early Childhood Montessori method.  Donda started out teaching yoga and creative movement in Montessori.  In 2005, Donda began teaching at the Montessori Community School as she also started the Great Outdoors Expedition program for elementary.  In 2009, Donda initiated the Outdoor Classroom for Early Childhood where she delights in seeing children thriving in their natural environment.  Donda has completed both the Project Wild as well as the Project Learning Tree courses for teachers, which continue to inspire her natural studies.  One of Donda’s favorite things is eating yummy food while she dances to music that she loves. Little known fact: Donda starred in Neil Simon’s comedy play Star Spangled Girl in her early twenties.

Kristine Withem

Withem-KristineOutdoor Education Teacher - Early Childhood

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 since 2016.  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.

Carson Woodard

Outdoor Education & Great Outdoors ("GO") Teacher - Elementary

Carson loves his dog and writing when he has free time. Carson snowboards in the winter and has a passion for birds of prey and falconry. Carson has attended some college. What he likes about MCS is the open and independent learning it gives children.

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