Other Teachers

Elyse Vaccaro

Vaccaro-Elyse-1Art Teacher

 Elyse joined the Montessori Community School staff after 7 years of being a Montessori parent. She is fortunate to know many of the students at MCS and to have followed their development as artists over the past 5 years. Her art background includes both a technical skill set (art studio) as well as contextual skill set (art history). As an art teacher, her goal is to foster in each student an enduring respect for creative expression and to help them develop their own visual language for communicating their ideas, feelings and experiences. 

Elyse earned dual BAs in Art and Biology from Williams College, MA. She earned her PhD in evolution and behavior from Oregon State University, followed by an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in neuroscience. She is the eternal student and has continued her education with drawing and painting courses at the University of Utah, Oregon State University, and Westminster College. Elyse is concurrently an adjunct professor of human anatomy and physiology at Westminster College and adjunct professor of human biology at Salt Lake Community College. She is mother to Veronica: a job that she lucked into with absolutely no qualifications.

Ana Bunce

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Ana Bunce is a Utah native who spent some time in Arizona before returning to the Wasatch Mountains she adores. Hiking, skiing, climbing, biking, camping and river rafting are her favorite adventures. Ana has two kids, as a family, they enjoy recreating together, as well as music and the arts. Ana loves architecture and cities - design is a huge passion. Playing and teaching the violin has been apart of her life for over 30 years.  She has played professionally in string quartets and ensembles and was a first violinist with the West Valley Symphony in Phoenix for seven years. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has a private studio of Suzuki violin students.

 

Maria Reynosa

Reynosa-Maria-1Upper Elementary Spanish

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.

Haley Dame

Movement & Dance

At a young age Haley began dancing with Virginia Tanner. Throughout her childhood and teen years she trained with Clytie Adams School of Ballet in Kaysville. As a young teen at that studio she loved dancing contemporary under the direction of Sarah Adams Robinette. She was an officer in her dance company at Davis High School and continued taking dance classes while earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Utah. After marrying the love of her life, having children, and moving to central Washington, she created and began to teach Pink Tutu’s, a creative movement class for toddlers. Later she took classes from Frankie Bonnell-Jones at Chelan Dance Centre and soon after was teaching creative movement classes. She introduced and taught the only Mommy and Me class in the Chelan Valley and enjoyed having her three year old daughter a part of that fun experience! Haley also teaches dance classes and works occasionally in the office at The Dance Company.  

Donda Hartsfield

Outdoor Classroom & Great Outdoors ("GO")

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.

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