Eliza was born and raised in Utah, spending time around the valley. They graduated from Hillcrest High School in 2019, where they studied in the International Baccalaureate program. Eliza studied at the U of U, studying Psychology and Family, Community, & Human Development, from 2019 to 2022. They will be starting their Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Westminster in fall 2023. When Eliza has downtime, they can be found with their cat or watching the newest cooking show.
Marina has always loved children, and has previously worked in after school programs, as a nanny, and most recently as the lead preschool teacher at a local daycare. Marina developed their interest in Montessori while pregnant, and has been enthralled with it ever since, implementing it both with their own child and the students that they teach. They are tremendously excited to have the opportunity to teach at a Montessori school and grow their own skills in this unique style of education.
Bonnie Stevens Bracken was born and raised in Salt Lake City, marrying Jason Bracken in the summer of 2006. Bonnie received her Montessori education through Montessori World Education Institute and the Utah Montessori Teacher Education Program. She also completed AMS Montessori training at Westminster College. Bonnie has been teaching in the Lower Elementary classroom since 2000, and she loves the creative thinkers at this age! Bonnie’s involvement in Montessori Community School started back in 1990. Although Bonnie is a graduate of Utah State University, she is an ardent supporter of the University of Utah football team. Bonnie likes hiking, boating, reading, going to the movies, cooking, playing sports and watching football. Bonnie enjoys traveling and has been to Japan, Mexico and Costa Rica. She loves the Oregon coastline most of all. A little known fact about Bonnie: she learned to swim before she could walk.
A native of the UK, Ruth has a degree in French and German from Oxford University, England. After graduating, she moved to Louisiana where her two young sons attended the Montessori School for Shreveport. She joined their staff as a part-time French teacher, and became interested in teaching at the Elementary level. She obtained her Montessori Elementary I Teaching Credential from the North Carolina Center for Montessori Teacher Education (AMS) in 1997 while living in Germantown, Tennessee. She has since worked at Montessori schools in Tennessee, New Jersey and North Carolina. She joined MCS in 2013 as an LE Teacher in Wasatch class. She gets immense satisfaction from watching children develop their skills and their love of learning over the three year cycle. In her free time, Ruth enjoys writing, calligraphy, yoga, playing the piano, reading, and travel.
Joshi has worked as a Montessori Middle School Teacher since 2009. A former Montessori student, she received a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Utah in 2005. In 2012 she completed the NAMTA/AMI Introduction to Adolescent Studies in Cleveland, OH. In 2016 she completed the CMSTEP Curriculum course. She has enjoyed working with students throughout her life as a Secondary Montessori Teacher, Physio-Neuro Therapist, nanny, tutor, as well as an art and physical education specialist. In her spare time, Joshi enjoys being outdoors, creating art, and spending time with her husband, family and friends.
Carson loves his dog and writing when he has free time. Carson snowboards in the winter and has a passion for birds of prey and falconry. Carson has attended some college. What he likes about MCS is the open and independent learning it gives children.