Carrie Ann Marinelli
Carrie Ann Marinelli began her teaching career at age 16 by teaching dance with a neighbor as she opened a dance studio. Upon graduating high school, Carrie Ann attended Western Michigan University where she studied classical dance. Upon completion of her BA, 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 and landed in Bozeman, MT. While in Bozeman, she continued to teach dance and performed professional 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. Carrie Ann’s first teaching position was in 5th grade in Missoula, MT. While in Montana she also taught 4th grade and 2nd grade. In 2014 she heard the desert calling and moved here to Moab to teach kindergarten. Over the past 4 years she has LOVED teaching at MCS. It is by far her favorite school and is very excited to be moving into the position of interim director. When not at school, Carrie Ann loves spending time with her husband and toddler.
Madeline grew up in Moab, spending her childhood playing with her friends at the creek and local swimming holes. She attended Tuacahn School for the Preforming Arts to follow her dreams of being a musician and dancer. Traveling to Oregon after school, she discover a love for Care-taking and assisting adults with disabilities. She worked in the care-taking field, but later began to crave a more educational career. She came back to Moab in the end of 2018, and started her position at the Moab Charter School as a Paraprofessional. Taking on the position as the Administrative Assistant in March of 2019, Madeline loves spending time with the kids at MCS and hopes to be an educator in her future. Her favorite ways to pass the time are hanging out with animals, biking, and listening to music!
Jessica was born and raised in a small mountain town in Colorado. Both her parents were teachers and impressed upon her the excitement and value of education. After receiving her masters degree in Elementary Education from Colorado College, Jessica and her husband moved overseas and taught at American International Schools in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. Immersing oneself in a different culture, as well as travelling the world, is a passion of Jessica’s. After starting a family in Saudi Arabia, Jessica, her husband, and three boys returned to the states. The family business has brought Jessica and her family to Moab. In her spare time, Jessica loves to be outdoors; hiking, camping, and exploring with her family. She also loves photography, gardening, and trying new recipes to cook for her family.
Lindsay grew up in New York, climbing trees and ripping the knees out of her jeans. She is the daughter of two passionate educators and was always encouraged to teach. She studied English at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, but left the East Coast after college in search of adventure. In 2010 she visited Moab on a whim and decided to stay. She is wildly enthusiastic about elementary education and has taught subjects ranging from entomology to digital photography. She recently finished her Masters in Education K-8 through Western Governor’s University, where she developed a philosophy of education guided by the importance of multi-sensory, hands-on learning activities. Outside of school, Lindsay is a painter, photographer, canyoneer, mentor, citizen scientist, geography enthusiast, poet, biker and plant lover. She loves teaching and learning, and is thrilled to be doing so as part of the whimsical MCS community.
Bettina has been a committed educator at the Moab Charter School community for a couple of years. She is most excited to continue working alongside the 6th grade class, paired with our great community members and programs, to explore striking, wondrous things in and outside of the classroom. She loves the BEACON program, and has been a both tutor and soccer club leader in the past. Bettina was raised in Utah and loves her family very much, although they now live seas apart in Europe. She continues to enjoy exploring the great outdoors, playing soccer competitively, dancing like no-body’s watching, attending local events, and volunteering in her community. She loves doing artwork, making music, solving Sudoku puzzles and riddles, tending to her organic garden, eating exquisite foods, and most of all, traveling the world to experience different cultures via plane, or book. She has 6 chickens, and hopes to have goats and a dog one day. Bettina had volunteered as a math and reading tutor, classroom aide, and after-school activity leader for a few years while earning her B.A. degree from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, majoring in K-6 Elem. Education and minoring in Teaching K-8 Mathematics. She served 3 years as a summer science, engineering, and math camp counselor for 8th grade girls, as well as a girls soccer camp coach for all ages. Since then, she has lived and taught at 2 different Swiss International Schools, educating herself in how to conduct the IB PYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme) with children between the ages of 3 and 12, and also founded and orchestrated the after-school care there. She is presently working on her Utah level-2 teaching licensure at the charter school, and is planning on pursuing another degree, or two!
Liz was born in California and raised in Montana. Growing up she was allowed to cultivate her creative side through dance and the arts. A passion for arts and dance grew and lead her to the University of Montana in Missoula. There she studied Fine Arts and Dance with an emphasis on teaching movement in the schools. While in Missoula she met her husband and started their family. In 2009 a love for southern Utah brought her family to Moab. Since moving here she has been active in the community teaching various art camps for the MARC. Liz is very excited to be the new art teacher at MCS and share her passion with all of the kids.
P.E. and Health
Jeff Gutierrez's career as a freelance saxophonist and music teacher started in the San Fransisco Bay Area and took him to live, study, and perform in Chicago, New York City, and Phoenix. Seeking a healthier life-balance with less traffic and a lot more time in the wilderness, he moved to Moab in 2009. In addition to his musical and teaching pursuits locally and in Telluride, he guides hiking trips for REI Adventures in Moab and Alaska.
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.