Meet Our Staff
Carrie Ann Smith
Carrie Ann began her teaching career at age 16 teaching dance. She attended Western Michigan University where she studied classical dance. After college, she continued to teach dance and was a member of a regional modern dance company in Grand Rapids, MI. In 2002, she lit out for the west: moving to Bozeman, MT to teach dance and perform with the Ice Dogs Ice Hockey Dance Team. In 2004, Carrie Ann finally listened to her father, who told her she’d be a great teacher and began her studies at Montana State University in Elementary Education. While in MT she taught 5th, 4th, and 2nd grade. In 2014 she heard the desert calling and moved to Moab to teach kindergarten at MCS. She LOVED the 4 years she spent teaching and has been the Director for the past three years. She will finish her master's degree in school administration in the spring of 2021. When not at school, Carrie Ann loves spending time in the great outdoors with her kiddo.
Ms. Brenna, the first grade teacher at Moab Charter School, grew up in McClave, Colorado. She moved to Durango, Colorado where she received her B.A. in Elementary Education with a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Endorsement from Fort Lewis College. After receiving her degree, she taught first grade in Durango for two years. She moved to Moab in June 2020 to teach first grade at MCS. Ms. Brenna is passionate about teaching young learners how to read and helping them develop critical thinking skills. She also loves incorporating social-emotional learning into her everyday lessons. In June 2021, Ms. Brenna will be starting her M.A. in Curriculum Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. Outside of school she enjoys yoga, camping, hiking, and reading.
Ms. Rosie is originally from Illinois. She has always loved being outdoors and this love led her to pursue a career in outdoor education. She got her degree in Outdoor Recreation from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and has worked in many places around the country.
After getting her degree in 1992 she worked as a youth-at-risk, wilderness instructor, a Wilderness Education Association instructor, a ski instructor for 3-6 year olds, a raft guide, an outdoor adventure program manager for Touch of Nature Environmental Center and Four Corners School of Outdoor Education, Southwest EdVentures.
Rosie joined Moab Charter School in its earliest years where she discovered her love of teaching young children. That realization led her to become the K-2nd grade teacher at Paradox Valley School where she worked for thirteen years and became a certified elementary education teacher. Rosie recently returned to Moab Charter School and teaches Kindergarten. Being a teacher and working with children has been one of the greatest gifts in Rosie’s life.
Rosie is a fiber arts enthusiast and, with her sister, owns and operates Desert Thread Yarn Shop & Fiber Arts Gallery in downtown Moab. Rosie enjoys working in her home studio where she works as a feltmaker. She loves going home to her house in Old La Sal where she lives at the base of the mountains with her husband and dog. She tries to get outdoors as often as possible and spends as much time as she can floating down rivers with family and friends.
My name is Bettina and I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah with my close-knit family of four. I graduated from Westminster College, UT with an Elementary Education major and Teaching Mathematics minor. Before I made the move to Moab for a world of outdoor adventure in 2015, I first lived near my family in Switzerland where I taught at two different International Baccalaureate primary schools (the IS Berne and ISKK). Teaching with people from around the world broadened my perspective and inspired new approaches to education and methodology. This is when I fell in love with authentic, inquiry-based learning. I’ve since been the sixth grade teacher and special ed. teacher at the Moab Charter School, and am spiritedly entering second grade this year! I love my school and being a member of the Moab community. In my free time I love riding my bike, playing soccer, walking along our creeks, and working on art projects. I love my husband and son, and as a family we enjoy exploring, dancing, reading, playing music, gardening, and eating delicious foods together.
Ms. Molly graduated from DePaul University in Chicago, IL with a degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in English As A Second Language. She was born and raised in Illinois and moved to Moab to work at the Charter School in the summer of 2019. Before working at the Moab Charter School, Ms. Molly worked and trained in the Chicago Public Schools and was a Substitute Teacher in the far west suburbs of Chicago. In her free time you can find her hiking, travelling or spending time with her friends and family.
Josh Schultz, the Fourth Grade Teacher at the Moab Charter School, discovered his love for teaching by coaching and directing summer climbing programs while attending Humboldt State University. Upon graduation Josh loaded all his possessions in a small sedan and traveled to Colorado, but the adventures didn’t stop. While in Colorado Josh became an outdoor educator, coaching children in climbing, mountain biking, and snowboarding. During this time Josh worked closely with many of the elementary schools in the area. This inspired him to become an elementary school teacher. Josh enrolled in the Teacher Preparation Program at Friends School of Boulder and completed a year long student teaching internship at Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies. It is a holistic, arts-integrated school in which active involvement and academic excellence provide a foundation for learning and self-expression. After completing his teacher preparation program Josh joined the Moab Charter School community. Josh incorporates outdoor education, and arts integrated teaching in his classroom. He uses Utah Core Curriculum, but also values the teaching outside of the Core Curriculum with hands-on activities including knitting, music, visual arts, drama, and more.
Miss Krissy originally hails from Homer, Alaska but has been (mostly) in Moab since 2007. She has a B.A. in Environmental Education and an M.A. in Elementary Ed. She found her way into the classroom after working as a backcountry ranger with the N.P.S., doing fieldwork with bears and fish in Alaska, working countless years as a bookseller and running after-school programs with BEACON. Krissy began teaching at MCS in 2014 and has since taught 3rd - 6th grade here and in Alaska. When she's not at school she can be found wandering around canyons, making art or reading. Miss Krissy's goals are to build a sense of curiosity & independence in her students and her favorite parts of teaching are the big messy art projects, science Fridays and, of course, reading. The best days are a mix of all three.
Hi! I’m Larrea Cottingham and I am the sixth grade teacher at MCS. This is my second year at the Moab Charter School and I am so very excited to get started. I grew up in Silver City, NM and St. George, UT where I attended Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with my Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and in 2016, I became a certified teacher and completed my Masters of Arts in Teaching Science. Prior to teaching at MCS I worked in the exciting worlds of outdoor education and wildlife field biology in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Michigan, Oregon and Alaska. I have spent many years living outside, leading multi-week backpacking and mountaineering expeditions for youth and romping around the woods and desert conducting wildlife surveys. I enjoy incorporating these passions into my teaching and look forward to some fun projects this year! When I’m not at school I enjoy spending as much time outside as possible whether it be climbing, rafting, biking, or hiking. I also love practicing my violin and playing music with friends.
Computers and Health
Murice Damion Miller is a husband, a father, an author and an entrepreneur, described as having a real talent for creativity, innovation and accomplishment. He was born on the beautiful island of Jamaica, WI and has lived in multiple locations across the United States such as New York, and Alabama. He and his family (wife Valencia, son Jedidiah, daughter Jaidah) currently live in Moab, Utah. He is a photographer with the Moab Area Real Estate Magazine, and the best of all, the Computer and Health teacher for the Moab Charter School. Murice moved to Utah to be a boys Dean and teacher at DayStar Adventist Academy in 2012 but made the official move to Moab in the summer of 2015. It is a joy for him to be teaching again at a local center of education. It is a great privilege for him to assist the MCS team as well as the parents in helping each student write their life story. We daily strive to highlight their strengths as we help them overcome their weaknesses.
Since a child, Natalie has been interested in people, what makes them tick, and how to alleviate and understand human suffering. In college she discovered the Social Work program at Utah State University in Logan and knew she had found her passion. During her undergrad years, she worked as a Resident Assistant over the international student dorms, volunteered at the local abuse shelter, and worked as an employment counselor at Workforce Services. Upon completing her degree in Logan, she moved to Salt Lake City, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah, and worked with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence at Cornerstone Counseling. She then moved to Omaha, Nebraska with her husband, while he attended Pharmacy School. In 2010, her husband was offered a job in Moab, and they jumped at the chance to move back to the west. Natalie has four great, smart, crazy, unique, curious kids- probably a lot like yours. She has enjoyed spending the past decade working, learning and growing as a stay-at-home mom. She is now looking forward to jumping back into the social work field and learning from and connecting with the kids at MCS.
Special Education Para
Candice is a Moab native. She grew up in SLC and worked in pharmacy for fifteen years before returning to college. She earned her degree in ceramics and sculpture in 2017 from Dixie State University. She moved back to Moab after graduation to be the primary caretaker for her grandfather. When he passed, Candice decided to pursue a job at MCS and has decided to make education her career. She enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and plein aire painting and has intentions to make pottery again, one day...
Math Paraeducator / PE
Hello, I’m a local of nearly 18 years, having moved here from California on my tenth birthday. I graduated from Grand County High School in 2012 with honors and a 3.8 GPA and graduated Dixie State University, five years later, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies Teaching with a Secondary Education Licensure. I have worked at local restaurants as a busser and a dishwasher, I even spent nine months as a part-time caregiver for the elderly and physically disabled, beginning last summer and ending in March of this year. But now, I am happy to say that when I’m not a paraprofessional I work with BEACON Afterschool program as an enrichment leader and I am also affiliated with Grand Area Mentoring. However, I really enjoy working with kids in the education system, particularly Special Education. When I’m off the clock, I love to read, walk about town, and practice five types of martial arts. I hold rank in Isshin-Ryu Karate, Bojutsu, I train in two forms of Tai Chi and I began learning a Chinese Kung Fu called Baguazhong. I’m a big Star Wars fan but I also enjoy the works of Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, James Clavell, and Stephen King among others.
We have 3 part-time LEA-Specific licensed staff members for the 2020-2021 school year.