Upper Elementary

Kyle Clark

Kyle Clark is entering his 2nd year teaching Upper Elementary here at Bella Mente. He is a 2007 graduate of U.C. Irvine, where he received his B.A. in Political Science. Kyle also earned his CA teaching credential from Cal State San Marcos in 2014, with a focus on grades K- 6th. He spent this past summer in Boulder, Colorado, studying the Montessori approach to teaching elementary, and he will be certified to teach both Lower and Upper Elementary in a Montessori setting after this year. Kyle loves how Montessori provides an opportunity for children to develop their whole selves, and doesn’t put limits on what learning looks like.

Kyle is an outdoor enthusiast who loves surfing, hiking, and traveling. His students also know that he loves listening to all kinds of different music, and tries to bring music into the classroom as much as possible! On the weekends, you can find him playing with his dog, Bandit, and following his interests, most likely in a very nerdy way. Kyle can’t wait for another great year with his students, because Upper El is simply the best!


Sarah Brown

Having just spent this entire summer living in Colorado receiving her Montessori Credentialing at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Sarah is very excited to come back to Bella with a diverse range of innovative Montessori ideas for her class! A native of Encinitas, Sarah first gained a passion for education from her music educator father and grew up following in his footsteps as a pianist and woodwind player. Sarah has taught private music lessons and band at the local elementary school for the past ten years. In 2012, she received Bachelor’s degrees in both Music – Jazz Studies and Physical Geography from SDSU. Sarah continued her education by attaining Single Subject Credentials in Music and Science and a Multiple Subject Credential from CSUSM in 2014. Rock climbing, hiking, running, and bodysurfing have been lifelong hobbies. Also, her love of traveling and playing music around the world have given her a unique appreciation of other cultures that she continually shares with her students.


Francisco Bareno

Francisco is excited to join the Bella Mente Montessori Academy team for his first year. He has taught in private schools in Mexico and worked in publishing in San Diego and the Caribbean. He looks forward to his next adventure in life and learning from his new students. Francisco received his teaching credential from Western Governors University, majoring in interdisciplinary studies. Other than making a career out of his vocation, Francisco loves to cook, read, travel, hike, and play football. Basically, anything that involves keeping physically busy.


Kathleen Kennedy Bloomfield

Kathleen is joining us from the Encinitas Union School District. You may recognize Kathleen’s name as she has been featured in the San Diego Union Tribune, Solana Beach Sun, and Del Mar Times for her personal tutoring company. She is also a published children’s author of the book Cotter Otter in Treasure Water. Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s from San Diego State University, a Special Education Level I: Mild/Moderate and Multiple Subject teaching credential from National University as well as a Masters in Cross Cultural Teaching. Kathleen loves to read and spending time with her three girls.


Rich Lugli

Rich became part of the Montessori community in 2008 when he began his teaching career in Hartford, CT. He holds an undergraduate degree in education from Keene State College and an AMI Elementary credential from the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee. Since then, Rich has taught in both Lower and Upper Elementary environments and has obtained his Master of Education degree from the University of Hartford. He has also worked with the Montessori Training Center of New England as an AMI course assistant. Rich is very much invested in the success of public Montessori and is grateful for the opportunity to join the BMMA faculty.


Tyson Rath

Tyson will be joining Bella Mente Montessori from Carden Academy of Mission Viejo this year. For the past 5 years he has taught math to students in grades 5 8. He received a B.A in International Business with an emphasis on Marketing and East Asia, and minored in both Japanese and Cultural Anthropology. After working in the business world for a number of years, Tyson returned to school and received a Multiple Subject Credential from San Diego State University. The Montessori approach to education fascinates him and he is very excited to start learning how to apply it in a classroom. Diversity and character are very important to him and his goal is to help all his students develop an appreciation for both of these qualities. When he isn’t teaching, Page 4 of 4 BMMA Teacher Biographies 07/28/2016 Tyson enjoys pursuing one of his multitude of hobbies such as tennis, video games, movies, reading, poetry, cooking, Aikido and many more. He enjoys spending a lot of time with his family and friends, and is always looking forward to new experiences. He looking forward to having a successful and fun year with his students at Bella Mente Montessori!


Kelly Borg

Kelly was born and raised in Orange County and came down to sunny San Diego seven years ago to get her Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Arts and Education and a minor in Visual Performing Art at Cal State San Marcos. After completing her Bachelor’s, she went back to school and received her Multiple Subject Teaching credential. Within these years, she has had the wonderful opportunity to teach KPrep classes, transitional kindergarten, first grade and third grade. Besides teaching, she enjoys the beach and the mountains. The outdoors are a huge part of her life. Some of her passions are camping, hiking, swimming, painting, yoga and photography. She loves to share her passion for the outdoors and the arts with her students and she is very excited to join the Bella Mente family!

Carrie Page

Carrie is a Southern California native that was raised in West Los Angeles. She and her son moved to San Diego in 1999. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Human Development with an emphasis in counseling services from California State University San Marcos in 2008. In 2009, she continued on to receive her Multiple Subject teaching credential and Education Specialist Level 1 teaching credential. Throughout her years of teaching, she has worked in both special education and general education. She joins us from Oceanside Unified School District where she worked as an English Language Learner intervention teacher. Carrie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. The outdoors are her play ground. She loves hiking, gardening, camping, and playing in the waves at the beach. She also loves to read and listen to an eclectic mix of music. Carrie is excited to share her love of learning with her students and is looking forward to an amazing year at Bella Mente!


Instructional Aids:

Kate Moffitt (With Ms. Brown)

Kate Moffitt was born and raised in San Diego, where she attended Montessori school as a young child. In May of 2014 she received her AMI primary diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego. Since then she has been working in a private Montessori school as a classroom assistant. Katherine is excited to start her work in a public school, and can’t wait to see what this year has in store for her.

In her free time Kate can be found with her daughter, Scarlett. Together they enjoy baking, cooking, reading, doing art projects, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.


Taylor Keith (With Mr. Bareno)

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Bianca Spainhour  (With Ms. Borg

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Mica Mea  (With Kyle Clark)

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Almas  Khamisa  (With Carrie Page)

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Kristian Clark  (Kathleen Bloomfield)

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