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.

Austin Bull

Bull-Austin-1Teacher - Stars

Austin joined the Montessori Community School in 2016. He loves the process, values, and community at MCS. He spent 3 years teaching children ages 2-5 within home and classroom settings, specializing in ABA therapy and other early learning academics. Austin is very interested in community building, creative problem-solving, honoring individual needs, and learning naturally at one's own pace. In his free time Austin likes to read, exercise, go hiking, listen to music, watch films, and attend live performances.

Mandy Wilson

Intern Teacher - Suns

Mandy was born and raised in Utah. She loves working with and teaching children of all ages, but especially loves toddlers. She is currently working on her Infant/Toddler teaching credential through Westminster College. When she has the chance, Mandy enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time outside with her dog and husband.

Isabelle Adams

Support/Extended Day Teacher - ToddlersAdams-Isabelle-1

Isabelle joined the Montessori and will be working as an assistant teacher in the toddlers classroom.  Outside of work, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time outside!

Leslie Babalis

IX2A4206c-1Assistant Teacher - Toddlers

Leslie is excited to be part of the toddler programs and feels extremely lucky to be part of the Suns, Moons and Stars! What she loves most about the Montessori is the compassion that vibrates through these walls. Outside of teaching here at Montessori, Leslie is also a dance teacher, Choreographer and Company member of Myriad, a Contemporary group that puts together dance projects!

Margaret Locurto

IX2A4236c-1Assistant Teacher - Suns

Margaret is a native Oregonian. She moved to Utah in 2019 from North Carolina, where her husband was stationed through the ARMY. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's of Science and Portland Community College with a degree in Medical Laboratory Science. Margaret started in Montessori in 2015 when her daughter began in a toddler classroom. In 2017, Margaret began working in the 3-6 classroom as an assistant. Margaret's daughter is now attending MCS in Lower Elementary. Margaret enjoys spending free time with her family.

Grace Reitz

IX2A4230c-1Assistant/Extended Day Teacher - Stars

Grace is a graduate of the University of Utah with a B.S. in Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood education. She was introduced to Montessori education while working at the Center for Family and Child Development at the University of Utah. She has also worked in various roles in the Salt Lake School District for 10 years, most recently as the lead teacher in an integrated Special Education and General Education class. She values the experiences she had in the public schools, but she found herself always wishing for the Montessori curriculum and materials in her classroom. She believes in and has experienced the difference that hands-on, appropriately scaffolded, and developmentally appropriate education can make in a child's life. She is excited to work at the Montessori Community School implementing the practices, materials, philosophy and respect for children that this education method provides.

Narumi Kanabuchi

narumi-1Assistant Toddler Teacher

Narumi was born and raised in Japan, she used to work at an International Preschool in Tokyo as a teacher and moved to Utah in 2016. When Narumi worked at school in Tokyo, she saw how children focus on, become independent, learn many things, and enjoy their time from the Montessori method. Narumi always had a desire to learn more about it and become a Montessori teacher one day. She enjoys teaching and watching children growing everyday, Narumi loves working with them because they make her very happy. She believes children learn so many things everyday but also we learn something special from them too. Narumi loves hiking, movies, watching sports, zumba, kickboxing and trying something new!

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