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.

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

Teacher - Moons

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.

Kara Rasmussen

Assistant & Extended Day Teacher - Stars

Kara loves learning new things. Her older sister Annie Hays has taught her a lot about the Montessori method. Kara loves the respect that it gives to each child from the moment they are born. Kara was so happy there was a position open in the extended day program so she could have the opportunity to be in this magical world. Kara also loves to spend time outdoors and make new friends.

Kali Daggett

Assistant & Extended Day Teacher - Moons

Kali has lived in Utah for the majority of her life. She loves  the mountains and spending time outside. She was led to Montessori Community School because she realized she wants to work with kids. Kali would have to say her most favorite part of the Montessori environment is teaching kids self-worth and independence. She believes in a world that is constantly trying to tear us down, it is so important to teach kids at a young age how to value themselves.

Emma Shear

Teacher - Suns

Emma was raised in Salt Lake City. Emma received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood. Emma has worked with children of all ages over many years but her heart has always been with the toddlers! She has always wanted to work in a Montessori focused school, and is so happy to begin her Montessori journey with MCS. In her free time, Emma enjoys yoga, having a cup of coffee with some friends, and spending time with her boyfriend.

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