Marquita Carter is the Lead Teacher in Caterpillar. This is her third year at UMCS. She came to us from San Leandro Montessori where she taught Primary for 5 years. Marquita began her teaching career over 10 years ago teaching children with special needs and continues to advocate for Autism Awareness. She earned a BA in Psychology with an emphasis on children, families, and communities, from San Francisco State. After earning her AMS Credential from Montessori Teacher Education Center in San Leandro, she went on to teach there for two years. Marquita enjoys Oakland Raider Football, gardening, music, cooking, reading, spending time with friends and family, and large bodies of water. She and her husband of nine years have an amazing eight-year-old son who has Autism and inspires her beyond measure. She is currently attending Bay Area Teacher Training Institute to complete a California Teaching Credential and Masters in Education.