Carrol Bybee was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Later in life, she became the Owner and Director of Discovery Academy, a Montessori school in Bountiful, Utah. Carrol attended the University of Utah. She has Montessori Certifications in Early Childhood and Lower Elementary curriculum and has worked as an educator for more than 35 years. Recognizing and embraces challenges, including teaching many students with severe intellectual and physical disabilities. She also tutors students in reading and math after school. These students are from the community as well as from Discovery Academy.
In addition to her responsibilities as Director, Carrol is teaching the Lower Elementary class. She loves seeing the light in a child’s eyes when something clicks, and they understand what they are learning.
When Carrol is not teaching, she loves spending time with her family. She and her husband have nine beautiful children and 16 beautiful grandchildren. Carrol loves to cook and bake and frequently involves her classes in creating meals and treats for students, staff, and parents. She has an annual Thanksgiving tradition at her school of cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for her students and their parents. She also loves to decorate with her homemade wreaths and other arrangements, especially with items found in nature, such as pinecones, and pods. Carrol’s favorite foods are salads, vegetables, and fruits.
Carrol is dedicated to the Montessori philosophy and teaching methods. She has mentored many teachers and encourages them to love and appreciate the Montessori way. She is always trying to improve herself and believes that if someone is going to do something, they should be proud to put their name on it.
Lorna is originally from Utah but has traveled to destinations as far away as Australia. She met her husband during the seven years she lived in Southern California. They currently live in Centerville, Utah, with their dog, Sofi. Lorna graduated from Viewmont High School. She has trained and is certified as a Peer Support Specialist.
Lorna worked during summer school as an assistant teacher with the Early Childhood class. This school year she is an associate teacher in the Toddler class. She plans to enroll in formal Montessori training in the spring.
She loves to sing, play the piano, and dance. She also enjoys traveling, camping, participating in outdoor sports, and being with her family. Her favorite food is sushi.
Lorna believes that children are the light of the world and that there is much to be learned from them. She values the time she gets to spend with her students and finds their innocence and open-mindedness refreshing.
Veronica Rojas is from Mesa, Arizona, but has lived in Utah for 12 years. She graduated from Westwood High School and attended Mesa Community College. She has the National Administrator Credential (NAC), UMC conference certificates, Early Childhood training, and Toddler training. Veronica has worked with children for 18 years. She will assist in all classes this year. She will also be Program Coordinator and Fundraising Chairman.
Veronica fell in love with Dr. Maria Montessori’s work and philosophy when her youngest son was 18 months old. She realized she wanted to teach! She wanted to help children learn all the necessary skills to be successful in class and life! Part of her joy in teaching is seeing how capable children are of learning new things everyday—to see their absorbent minds at work.
Veronica also enjoys camping, movies, spending time with family, traveling, baseball, basketball, and volleyball. Her favorite foods are Chinese and Italian.
Veronica’s motto is, “Whatever you do, do it right.”
David L. Nielson was born in Indiana but has lived most of his life in Utah. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Utah. He earned his Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of California, Irvine. After 25 years of teaching Spanish and Latin American literature, history and culture at various universities, David is now teaching an Upper Elementary class and completing the training for the Upper Elementary Montessori certification program through NAMC.
David first became acquainted with Montessori teaching and philosophy when he came to Salt Lake City to care for his mother during her recovery from a broken back. When she had partially recovered and returned to Montessori Discovery Academy as office secretary, David began assisting in the Lower Elementary class.
It was a new challenge to teach younger students, but David enjoyed the students and the different approach to teaching to such a degree that he decided to retire from academia and commit himself to the children at Discovery Academy. Although David enjoyed college students, received many university awards, published several works, and enjoyed living and teaching experiences in many Spanish-speaking countries, he is happy and enthusiastic about his “new career.” He looks forward this year to helping the students achieve their highest potential.
In his spare time, David likes to read, play the trumpet, go to movies, play chess and Scrabble, and spend time with friends and family. His favorite foods include seafood, sushi, and Chinese, Tai and barbecue ribs.
David’s favorite quotes are:
1) “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly.”
2) “The longest journey begins with the first step.”
3) “Patience, practice and perseverance.”
Joslyn Tuttle is from Bountiful, Utah. She graduated from Bountiful High School and has attended Salt Lake Community College. She has worked as an assistant teacher for two years and will begin Montessori training in the spring. She has consistently had a job in childcare throughout the last 12 years, including being the caretaker for her three younger siblings for 15 years. Joslyn will be a teacher in the Toddler class and in the Early Childhood class, rotating as needed.
Having the privilege of being involved with children has always been a rewarding experience for Joslyn. She feels that we, as adults, can learn so many different valuable things from children, and, in return, we are able to supplement their individual personal and educational experiences. Joslyn says she feels blessed to have the opportunity of being involved in the positive light of so many wonderful children.
Joslyn enjoys hiking, reading, writing poems, journaling, and sketching in her free time. Her favorite food is “candy!”
Her philosophy is, “Everything that happens to you is your teacher; the secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it.”