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.