Carrie Ann Smith
Carrie Ann Smith 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 professionally 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. MCS is by far her favorite school. When not at school, Carrie Ann loves spending time in the beautiful outdoors with her son.
P.E. 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 Sun News, the Moab Area Real Estate Magazine, an administrative assistant and custodian for the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center and the best of all, the Physical Education/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.