Catherine Mathews was born and spent most of her life in Utah. She was introduced to Montessori philosophy when her children were young and fell in love with this beautiful education for life. Cathie has been involved in Montessori environments since 2002. She received her Early Childhood Certification through Institute of Guided Studies and joined the MCS staff in 2017. Cathie has taught in Early Childhood and Early Elementary Montessori environments and has enjoyed both. She feels passionate about assisting children in becoming independent learners with an inner drive for discovery in all aspects of their lives. Cathie’s greatest love is her family. She and her husband, Brian, are the parents of 2 girls and 3 boys. She feels the best gig in her life is that of being a grandparent!
Candace loves working with students and parents at MCS. She assists daily in the main office, helps direct and support the Extended Day program, and directs MCS camps during the summer and school holiday breaks. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Candace received her bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University, and moved to Salt Lake City in 2011 after falling in love with the beautiful mountains on what was supposed to be a quick vacation. She obtained her Early Childhood Montessori Certification in the summer of 2019, after working for 3 years in the Sequoias Classroom. Prior to working at MCS, Candace worked at nonprofit organizations in the Salt Lake Valley reuniting children and their families who were recovering from addiction and trauma. In her time outside of the classroom she enjoys cooking, volunteering with local nonprofits in the Salt Lake community, hiking with her dog Behr, and going to local farmers markets and festivals.
Robyn was born and grew up in New Zealand. Robyn usually travels there once or twice a year to spend time with her daughter, KereAna, and other family members and very close friends. Before she married Robyn was a Public School elementary teacher and taught in New Zealand and British Columbia, Canada. She was married to Robert Buchanan who died in June of 2020. They have four children – Jordyn and his wife Laura who live in New York, Jemmyn who lives in Holladay, Marisa and her husband Dave who recently moved to St. George and KereAna who lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Robyn obtained her Montessori credential through Montessori World Education Institute. Robyn loves to travel and for years worked part-time at an airline in order for her family to be able to travel extensively. She loves to spend time at the beach, read, attend the theatre, swim, walk, go to Zumba and spend time with family and friends. Her greatest joy is spending time with her grandchildren – AnaMarie and Isadora (Marisaś children) and Belladova (Dovie – Jemmynś daughter) who is a student at MCS. What Robyn likes best about working at our school is the joyfulness of the children and her relationship with her peers. A little known fact about Robyn is that she is a descendent of Te Wharepouri, a Maori chief.
Cathy is a twice-over Montessori parent and a soon to be Montessori grandma. Her two daughters attended MCS throughout the 1990s and her grandson Roarke is enrolling for the upcoming school year. Cathy studied accounting, data processing and German at the University of Utah and has worked as an auditor, programmer, programming manager, data processing consultant and project manager. She loves time with her family, gardening, and exploring craft projects.