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.
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.
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.