Toddler Teachers

Jennifer Carrino

Jennifer CarrinoTeacher

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 (12) and Nicholas (9). She also enjoys reading, hiking and skiing. A surprising fact about Jennifer is that she knows more than a few football facts. She has recently had the privilege to begin working as a toddler teacher at MCS.

Fernanda Rosevear

Teacher

Fernanda was born and raised in the Salt Lake area to a large and enthusiastic family from Brazil and Bolivia. Her family taught her how to be a hard worker and to value honesty and kindness. She learned the importance of knowledge and strives to find opportunities to learn in all aspects of her life. Fernanda has a Bachelor's degree in Gender Studies and History from the University of Utah; she loves reading and discussing issues related to these topics. She began her Montessori journey teaching Early Childhood but is currently teaching as a Stars teacher in the Toddler Program. Fernanda absolutely loves working with these young friends and cherishes the relationships she has with the students, parents and teachers of MCS. Fernanda is very fond of working with her hands in activities such as painting and gardening, where she enjoys the positive benefits that come from creating and working with the earth. In her free time, Fernanda loves to read, cook/eat, dance and spend time with her best friend and spouse Jake; she also loves camping, swimming and being in the company of laughter and good people. 

Sophie Lake

Teacher

Sophie was born and raised in England and moved to Utah in 2008, joining the MCS staff in 2009. Sophie has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Eductaion, 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!

Austin Bull

Teacher

Austin is new to the Montessori Community School but already loves the process, values, and community at MCS. He spent 3 years teaching children ages 2-5 in 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

Assistant Teacher

Mandy has just recently joined us here at MCS and is from Alpine, UT. She loves working with and teaching children because they always make her happy. Mandy is currently an Elementary Education major at the University of Utah and loves that the Montessori method teaches children to do things on their own and to be independent. Mandy lives with her husband who is attending dental school at the University of Utah, and their little dog named Copernicus.

Gillian Hanseen

Assistant Teacher

Gillian was born and raised here in Utah. She loves being outdoors, hiking, camping, and enjoying the beautiful scenery and mountains that this place has to offer. She also loves film, music, reading, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her family and friends! Gillian is so happy to be welcomed to MCS and was immediately drawn in by the loving and open atmosphere here. This being her first time working at a Montessori school, she’s excited to learn alongside these kids. Something she loves about the Montessori environment is that the activities and approach to learning is not a "one size fits all", but truly helps each child's growth with their own individual needs. A little known fact about Gillian is that she spent a few months living in Romania and volunteering at an orphanage there - it was the best experience ever!

Arianne Wayman

Assistant Teacher

Arianne has a passion for working with and teaching children that started at a young age. As a child, she often would set up all her dolls and stuffed animals to teach them and read to them. After nannying and teaching for 10 years full time, she has spent the last 7 years in the medical field working with pediatric patients. Although she loved working with doctors and patients, she found herself missing being in the classroom and longing to teach again. She is excited to be joining the family at Montessori Community School along with her two children, who are the twinkle in her eye, Zacheri who is 4 and Zoi who is 1. Arianne is new to the Montessori philosophy and is excited to help children learn using all their senses to truly understand many concepts and lessons. In her free time, Arianne enjoys reading, learning new things, cooking, and spending time with her children.

Nozomi Benson

Teacher

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.

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