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.
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.
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
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.
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.