Toddler Teachers

Sophie Lake

Teacher - Suns

Sophie was born and raised in England and moved to Utah in 2008, joining the MCS staff in 2009. Sophie has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education, which she achieved before moving to Utah. She also completed her Institute for Guided Studies Infant/Toddler certification in 2011. Although the majority of her time has spent working with the lovely Toddlers, Sophie also has had the opportunity to teach in our Elementary program. She loves working with children of all ages, but the Toddlers have her heart. Sophie married her husband Tony in 2011. In 2015, Sophie's son Frankie was born, and joined the Toddler Community at 5 months old. It has been a joy to watch him flourish in the environment. Running is a great hobby of hers and completing her first marathon in 2010 was a huge achievement. Sophie loves working with the Toddlers and Montessori Community School is a huge part of her life. A fun fact about Sophie is that her favorite animal is a moose and by moving to Utah she got to fulfill her dream of seeing one in the wild!

Fernanda Rosevear

Rosevear-Fernanda-1Teacher - Moons

Fernanda was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to a large and enthusiastic family from Brazil and Bolivia. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah in Gender Studies and History. She began her Montessori journey in 2013 where she worked with Early Childhood. She is passionate about Montessori Education and has recently completed her Montessori Infant and Toddler training through the Institute of Guided Studies. Fernanda currently teaches in the Moon’s Class and truly loves working with these young people. A fun fact about Fernanda is she loves working with plants. 

Jennifer Carrino

Carrino-Jennifer-1Teacher - Stars

Jennifer was raised in Idaho. After graduating from high school, she moved to New Jersey where she attended college and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English Literature with a concentration in Elementary Education. She was a program director for a non-profit organization for six years working with at-risk youth. After staying home for several years to raise her two boys, she taught preschool for two years and then loved teaching toddlers for one year. Her greatest joy in life is spending time with her husband Anthony, and two boys Anthony and Nicholas. She also enjoys reading, hiking and skiing. A surprising fact about Jennifer is that she knows more than a few football facts.

Nozomi Benson

Teacher - Moons

Nozomi was born and raised in the beautiful coastal countryside of northwestern Japan. She came to the U.S. to attend college, and she graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Music in flute performance. Nozomi’s first experience with Montessori was here at Montessori Community School in 2006-2007. With the encouragement of the school, Nozomi studied and received her Montessori certification from NAMC in infant-toddler and twos. After moving to Texas in 2007, Nozomi taught Montessori in San Antonio, and later preschool in the Houston area for several years. Texas is good, but she is happy to be back in mountainous Utah after a ten-year absence. Nozomi enjoys playing her flute, hiking and traveling with her husband and son, and cheering on the Utah Jazz. Fun fact about Nozomi: she once performed with her university band at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Mandy Pratt

Teacher - Suns

Mandy was born and raised in Utah. She loves working with children of all ages, but especially loves infants and toddlers. She finished her Infant/Toddler Montessori teaching credential in 2020 and is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in psychology. In her free time she likes to spend time with family and friends, explore the outdoors, or cozy up with a good book.

Leslie Babalis

 Assistant Teacher - Stars

Leslie started working at MCS in 2019 with our toddler department. She took last year off due to the pandemic and is now back with the toddler galaxy, she calls home. Leslie works in our stars class as the Assistant teacher. She works throughout the classroom observing the children and offering support if and when needed. Leslie takes pride in her work and strives to always continue to grow in the MCS community. She has had a passion for dance since she was young and started teaching dance as a junior in high school. Now as an adult she still shares her passion with young girls and boys ages 4 yr -18yrs old who put on seasonal performances. Leslie worked as a toddler teacher and infant teacher from 2013-2016 before staying at home with her youngest after he was born. What Leslie loves most about Montessori is the holistic view on education and the philosophy of following the child to find what works best for them. Graduated from West High School here in Salt Lake City and attended Salt Lake community college, she finds inspiration in knowing she is helping to guide the future generations.


Adrianna Begay

Assistant & Extended Day Teacher - Stars

Adrianna Begay was born in Chinle, Arizona. She moved to Salt Lake City in 2016. In 2016 she worked with the Special Education program in the Salt Lake School District and in 2015 she worked as a Long Term Substitute in a Public School on the Navajo Nation. Adrianna came to Montessori in 2018 and fell in love with the Montessori Philosophy. Adrianna enjoys exploring Utah and looks forward to other adventures!


Brooklyn Roush

 Assistant & Extended Day Teacher - Suns

Brooklyn Roush was born & raised in Utah. She is an assistant teacher and extended day teacher in toddlers. Brooklyn has been babysitting for about 10 years, & has loved working with children. She chose a MCS, because of the values and teachings. Her introduction to Montessori came from a close family friend, and is interested in learning about the development of children & how to work with them. In her free time, she enjoys movies, basketball, & helping take care of her baby cousins.

Haley Long

Assistant & Extended Day Teacher - Moons

Haley has a passion for working in the public sector, caring for our public lands and the future stewards of this planet brings her great joy. MCS offers its kids a level of independence and community that allows room for creativity and compassion to fluorish, one of many reasons she is excited to join the MCS team!

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