Rita Bernal came to the U.S. from the Philippines as a cultural exchange teacher last September. Prior to coming to MSC she briefly worked at Kelly Edwards Elementary School as a Fourth Grade Teacher.Rita holds a Master of Arts in Education major in Montessori Education at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines in 2007. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education at St. Peters College of Ormoc City, Philippines in 1993 and passed the Philippine Board Examination for Teachers in the same year. Passionate about teaching young children, she pursued to study further and take Montessori Education in the graduate school. She holds a South Carolina teaching license.After graduating from college, she taught Pre-K at a local traditional school and left to work as an early childhood teacher at San Agustin Schoolyard Montessori, Inc. for 10 years. She later taught Lower Elementary at St. Therese The Little Flower Montessori Center until 2019.Rita is also involved in socio-civic activities and was a volunteer teacher of Mercy Malaysia, teaching children affected by Typhoon Haiyan that hit her city in November 2013. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as mountain climbing and river trekking and is a recipient of Basic Mountaineering Certificate issued in the Philippines.