Mary Gilbert is a North Carolina native who spent twenty-five years in Atlanta, Georgia rearing four spectacular Montessori children. She graduated from Salem College with a BFA, and later earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, specializing in Montessori integrated learning from Endicott College. Mary is Primary and Elementary Montessori certified and was an American Montessori Society (AMS) Montessori teacher trainer for eighteen years. She has served as a Montessori curriculum director, program director, and executive director of private and public sector schools. Mary is an associate instructor at Cochise College specializing in child development and language acquisition in young children. She enjoys cooking, hiking, swimming, travel, art, and creative writing.
Isabel Clarke is a Nogales native. For six years she served as the Registrar at Nogales Unified School District #1. Isabel was the attendance clerk at Desert Shadows in Nogales for many years before moving to Tubac. Isabel loves Montessori de Santa Cruz!
Leah Karam has been working at Montessori de Santa Cruz for sixteen years. She holds an Arizona State Teaching Certificate and is a certified Early Childhood Montessori teacher. Her two children each attended Montessori de Santa Cruz for nine years. Leah plans teacher professional development and student activities at MdSC. Leah is our Virtues Project Leader and enjoy giving workshops to teachers and parents.
Esmeralda Rivera has been working at Montessori de Santa Cruz for ten years. She is a certified Early Childhood Montessori co-teacher. Her oldest child attended Montessori de Santa Cruz and her two youngest children are currently attending Montessori de Santa Cruz. Esmeralda is seeking AZ Early Childhood Teacher Certification at Cochise College Santa Cruz.
Susan Torres is originally from Los Angeles, California where she was the after school coordinator for LA’s Best Enrichment Program. Susan is a certified Paraprofessional and a certified in-home caregiver for the Department of Developmental Disabilities. Susan enjoys cooking, baking, and reading.
Sarah Bayze is a Southern Arizona native passionate about our unique and caring community. Sarah discovered the joy of teaching while teaching dance classes. She studied Theatre Education and Spanish at Northern Arizona University where she actively participated as the Touring Show Coordinator of Educational Theatre Company. Later she studied at La Universidad de Pais Vasco in San Sebastian, Spain. After the completion of her studies Sarah worked with high school students teaching theatre and dance. In 2011 she began working at MDSC and in 2014 she earned her Montessori 6-9 American Montessori Society (AMS) certification. Sarah is passionate about writing, dance, theatre, hiking, art, yoga, and health. Sarah is also a certified yoga instructor.
Born and raised near the dunes of Lake Michigan, John White is an accomplished musician with years of performance and teaching experience. He has a passion for sharing his vast musical knowledge with children and adults who want to learn in a peaceful, respectful, and enjoyable music environment. John enjoys teaching classical and folk music classes and performance music at all levels. He offers individual music lessons after school. John’s repertoire includes violin, fiddle, ukulele, guitar, bass banjo, piano, and trumpet.
Lynn Severson-Baker, wife, mother, and grandmother enjoys enhancing and enriching the lives of children through her passion as an educator. She has taught in private, public, charter, and international (Costa Rica) schools. Lynn and her husband, Dale, recently relocated to Tubac 2 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Since moving to Tubac she has volunteered in the area of interpretive programs for children at our local Tumacacori National Historical Park. She also teaches senior fitness/yoga/balance class through the Tubac Health Foundation at our local community center.
Cori Folk was born in southern California and moved to Tucson in 1994. She knew that she wanted to work in education from a very early age. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education degree, with an emphasis on Early Childhood, from Northern Arizona University in 2007. Her first teaching jobs were in Mayer and Rio Rico, both teaching Kindergarten. She joined the teaching staff at Montessori de Santa Cruz in 2010, in the Lower Elementary classroom, where she taught for five years. In 2015, she moved to the office and now works as the school’s Administrative Facilitator.