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rachel romney - art specialist

Rachel earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah and is currently completing a Masters of Art Education at Brigham Young University. Prior to joining the Elizabeth Academy staff, Rachel was an art and pre-algebra teacher at Mount Vernon Academy. She also worked as a summer school craft teacher at Bonneville Elementary School and as a recreation leader at Camp Kostopulos, an organization that provides daily activities and summer camp for teenagers and adults with special needs.

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chassie bunker - Montessori Early Childhood Program Advisor

Chassie holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and K-6 licensure from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a Fine Arts Teaching minor in Visual Art, also from Westminster College. Chassie completed undergraduate coursework in ballet from the University of Utah and participated in the Ballet West Conservatory Summer Intensive. She has taught ballet and creative dance to students of varying ages and has trained in many dance forms. 

Chassie has experience in arts integration and is finalizing the completion of an Elementary Arts Integration Endorsement through the Utah State Office of Education.

In her spare time, Chassie loves spending time with her husband and three children, running, doing yoga, making art, and learning to play the guitar.

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scott titensor - Music Specialist/Therapist, MT-BC

Scott has a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from Utah State University.  Scott is also a board certified Neurologic Music Therapist and has completed training which emphasizes the effect of music on the brain and how it impacts cognitive, communication, and sensorimotor processes.

He previously worked at Harmony Music Therapy, where he provided music therapy services in Salt Lake and Davis Counties. His experience includes music therapy service provision at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute and at Meaningful Day Services in Indianapolis, Indiana where he worked with individuals with mild to severe disabilities including: intellectual disability, autism, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, apraxia with aphasia, communication delay, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression, alopecia, blindness, seizures, pervasive developmental disorder, hearing impairment, and Bi-Polar disorder, ages 8-50.

*Private Music Therapy Available

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Leanna caldwell - Physical Education Teacher

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kindee dixon - library specialist

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Kelsi Bailey - Inclusion Curriculum Development Specialist, M.S. CCC-SLP

Kelsi has a Master of Science degree from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science from Utah State University. She has worked as a speech pathologist for Primary Children's Medical Center, Davis School District and LDS Hospital. Kelsi has worked in multiple medical and school settings working with individuals to improve cognitive skills such as working memory, reasoning, comprehension, executive functioning skills, communication, written language, etc.

Kelsi loves traveling, soccer, hiking, skiing, boating, and reading.

*Private Academic Tutoring Available

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Melou Stewart Cline - Music therapist

Melou is a nationally Board Certified music therapist as well as State Certified Music Therapist. She received her Master of Arts degree at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Her Masters emphasis is in Psychology-Family Systems. Melou is a member of the Utah Music Therapy Association and the American Association of Music Therapy.

Melou has been serving her community as a Music Therapist for twenty years. Melou is a Trauma-Informed Music Therapist. In 2013-2014, she was sponsored by the Attorney General’s office and Primary Children’s Hospital, to become trained as a Traumatic Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapist credentialed TF-CBT. Melou has her NICU-MT, a national certification to practice Music Therapy in the NICU. Melou also is a Neurologic Music Therapist, NMT, having completed additional training in Neurologic Music Therapy. Melou has worked with both adults and children with emotional, mental and physical disabilities. She has contracted her services at hospitals, assisted care facilities and schools as well as with individual patients. Melou currently maintains a private Music Therapy practice.

At Elizabeth Academy, Melou assesses individuals to create treatment plans with specific objectives. She takes data on student response and evaluates and documents progress. Melou works as a member of the school interdisciplinary team.

In addition to her Music Therapy practice, Melou is an American classical singer, composer and pianist. She has performed in world class venues such as Notre-dame Cathedral in Paris, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and Canterbury Cathedral. She soloed throughout Brazil as well as soloing with the Utah Chamber Artists in London, France, (2008) Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic (2014). Melou has been a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir since 2014. She recently returned in July 2016, from a 19 day European tour with the choir performing throughout central Europe.

As a singer-songwriter, Melou has produced, written, arranged and performed on four of her own music albums. They are “Creio am Cristo,” “The Gift of Time,” “The Sleep of the Child Jesus” and “ A Celebration of Life.” Melou writes and performs music for community events and arts organizations in Utah. Melou has written an operetta for children called “The Magic Heart” based on a book by the same name.

*Private Music Therapy Available

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stacie barkes-turley - reading therapist, M.Ed., CALT

Stacie Barkes-Turley, M.Ed., CALT is an ALTA certified Academic Language Therapist. She received her M.Ed specializing in Literacy Intervention from Colorado College and her B.Ed in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon and is trained in multiple reading programs, including Take Flight Curriculum, Wilson Reading System, Barton Reading, Early and Next Steps. Prior to joining the Elizabeth Academy team, Stacie worked for three years as a reading interventionist for Park City School District. 

In her free time, Stacie enjoys the outdoors, traveling, yoga, reading, and spending time with her family, friends and her dogs, Bear and Ziggy. 

*Private Reading Therapy Available

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Patrice has a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Science Center and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University. She has worked as an Occupational Therapist at a private sensory clinic and for Children’s Health in Dallas, Texas. 

She enjoys hiking, camping, and playing volleyball with her husband and son.

*Private Occupational Therapy Available 

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*Private Physical Therapy Available

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lindsay larsen - art therapist

Lindsay Larsen has been using art and sensory integrated modalities to help young people grow more emotionally resilient and have better academic experiences and outcomes for the past 11 years. Lindsay earned a bachelor's degree in Art as Therapy from the University of Utah and a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with an Arts in Education emphasis.

Lindsay was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 17. After a 3-year cancer battle caused her to lose her working memory she developed a fascination with utilizing art therapeutically and also as an educational intervention. Lindsay found that through integrating art into her academic curriculum she was able to regain working memory and even improve her cognitive function. This ignited Lindsay's passion for studying how art can foster deeper connections in the young developing brain and improve learning outcomes. Upon Lindsay's remission from cancer she committed to dedicating her life to teaching art to young people who have unique learning and emotional challenges.

Over the past decade, Lindsay has taught and worked therapeutically with youth in a variety of settings. She has worked with youth at Primary Children's Medical Center, Salt Lake County Youth Services, the Salt Lake School District, and the University of Utah. She believes deeply in the mission of Elizabeth Academy/Garfield School and is looking forward to supporting the school through therapeutic arts integration.

*Private Art Therapy Available

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Lauren Kurt has a Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Utah and Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and disorders from the University of Northern Iowa, with an emphasis on American Sign Language. She has clinical experience working with children in the Granite School District, Ensign Elementary School, St Francis Xavier School, the University of Utah and the University of Northern Iowa.

*Private Speech Therapy Available

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gina yavelak - behavioral specialist, M.Ed, BCBA

Gina Yavelak, M.Ed, BCBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  She received her B.A. from the University of Utah and a Master’s of Education from The University of Texas at Austin, with a specialization in Early Childhood Education.  She also received a Post Graduate Certificate from The University of North Texas, with a specialty in Behavior Analysis.  Gina worked for several years as a Special Education teacher in Utah and Texas, in both private and public settings, before moving onto a consulting career in Texas, Japan and Washington.  She has served in a consultative role since 2003, in various early intervention settings and school districts as well as in the Dept. of Defense Education Agency (DODEA) – Okinawa, Japan district.  She and her family relocated back to her home town of Salt Lake City in 2013.

Gina’s personal interests include spending time with her husband and two boys, gardening, photography, road trips and reading.

*Private Interactive Metronome Therapy Available

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michele Chisholm - reading therapist

Michele Chisholm has a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Brigham Young University. She has worked as a first grade teacher and is currently a reading tutor, specializing in children with dyslexia. She is certified in the Barton Reading and Spelling System. Along with working with children at Elizabeth Academy, she also runs a private tutoring business helping many children in the community. Michele is also on the education board of Decoding Dyslexia of Utah.

In her free time, she loves spending time with her three children, hiking and gardening.

*Private Reading Therapy Available

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shanone sargent - speech therapist

*Private Speech Therapy Available 

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rachel kucera - Music Specialist/Therapist, SCMT, MT-BC

Rachel Kucera, SCMT, MT-BC, is a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where she completed a Bachelors of Music Education with Music Therapy degree. She completed her music therapy internship at Primary Children's Hospital and has worked with a variety of populations including students who have Autism, Deaf Blind students, students with physical and cognitive disabilities, as well as infants and toddlers on early development. Rachel's passion is integrating music therapy into the school setting. She also teaches piano, guitar, and ukulele to members of the community. 

Rachel loves to travel anywhere and everywhere. Rachel also enjoys hiking adventures, kayaking, and absolutely loves dogs!

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kindra fehr - Artist in Residence

Kindra Fehr was born and raised in Utah and Colorado. Kindra earned a BFA in drawing/painting from the University of Utah and has also studied at the Lacoste School of the Arts in France. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She works out of her studio in Sugarhouse (her website is www.kindrafehr.com), wrote the column "Babying the Buddha" for Catalyst magazine from 2004-2008, and has taught at the Salt Lake Art Center, Visual Art Institute, Art Access, the Children's Museum, and a variety of schools.  

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hillary hopson - culinary teacher

Hillary attended the French Culinary Institute in New York City after college. It was here that she nurtured her love of fresh, seasonal food prepared with elevated simplicity. Upon graduation from culinary school, she went on to work as a professional chef for multiple catering companies, as well as for a budding cookie company whose accolades include New York Magazine's best chocolate chip cookie of 2007.

Hillary grew up in a Montessori household - with a mother as a Montessori teacher (Nancy Lindeman). Since starting a family, Hillary's three children have attended Montessori schools and they are all thrilled to join the Elizabeth Academy and Garfield School family.

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laura sowell - asl teacher

Laura received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Virginia University in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in music composition and art history. Laura is currently pursuing her master’s degree in special education. She has been an educator since 2015, teaching several secondary electives including ASL.

Carolina Lillo-Goffrei - Spanish Teacher