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Molly Anderson - Toddler Teacher (classroom 1) & Infant/toddler Classroom Support

Molly has a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction for early childhood and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Special Education with endorsements in early childhood development and cognitive impairments through Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

She earned her Infant and Toddler Montessori credential through the Institute for Guided Studies. Prior to joining the Elizabeth Academy staff, Molly was a preschool teacher at the Waterford School and the Hawken School, as well as an intervention specialist at Saint Anselm School. She also taught in an early childhood classroom at a Montessori school in Traverse City, Michigan.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, hiking with her dogs, distant running, traveling, and camping.

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ana nunes - toddler teacher (classroom 1)

Ana Nunes is a current student at the University of Utah completing her degree in family, community, and human development with an emphasis in child life. She loves working with kids and has worked with them for years. Ana has taught swim lessons for six years, primarily working with toddlers and has cared for many children over the years.

Some of her hobbies include snowboarding and horseback riding.

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katie duguay - toddler Teacher (classroom 1)

Katie has a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Maine and she brings her ecological knowledge to enrich science understanding in her work as a professional caregiver. Katie also has three years of experience as a nanny. She is currently completing her Infant and Toddler Montessori Credential through the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College as well as her M.Ed in Montessori Education.

She enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and working with children!

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pricilla lopez - toddler teacher (classroom 2)

Priscilla joined Elizabeth Academy staff in 2017 and recently completed her Infant and Toddler Montessori Credential through the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College. She is eager to apply the knowledge she has obtained over the past year in the classroom. Priscilla has always had a desire to work with children and to help them recognize their potential at a young age. She values the need for a vibrant learning environment that educates the whole child.

Pricilla is originally from Denver, Colorado and has lived in Utah for the past 4 years. In her spare time, she enjoys weight lifting, hiking, and spending time with her little family (boyfriend, lizards, cats, and bird).

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percie lecheminant - toddler teacher (classroom 2)

Percie LeCheminant has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with Early Childhood Education Specialty from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in Montessori Education from Xavier University based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has experience as an after school counselor at The McGillis School, a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at the Madeleine Choir School, a lead Kindergarten teacher and Behavioral Specialist on the Navajo Reservation at Tse’bii'nidzisgai Elementary School in Monument Valley, where she was designated Teacher of the Year as a first year teacher. Percie has extensive knowledge of children and works hard to tend to each individual child’s needs.

She is the Mother to Juniper, and Wife to Rob, a composer and teacher. She is an avid hiker, camper, backpacker and rafter. She is also passionate about conservation, veganism, and health and wellness.

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heather gee - toddler teacher (classroom 2)

Heather has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah and has completed the Child Development Associate Certification. This will be her tenth year teaching toddlers. She is very excited to join the Elizabeth Academy family!

Heather was born and raised in Utah. She currently lives in Millcreek with her husband, son and cats.

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Tarina Cutler - toddler teacher (classroom 3) & INfant/TodDler Classroom Support

Tarina has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah and completed her MACTE accredited Infant/Toddler credential through MEPI (Montessori Education Programs International). Prior to joining the Elizabeth Academy team in 2013, Tarina was the Center Director of Small World Child Care, where she supervised the daily operation of a school of over 190 children from 6 weeks to 12 years old and 30 staff members. She also worked for two years as a wound care technician.

Tarina and her husband Chris have four daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family in the outdoors, including camping, fishing, hiking, football games, and bike rides.

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natalie buie - toddler teacher (classroom 3)

Natalie was born and raised in Salt Lake City.  She has experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant and a Surgical Technician at Primary Children’s Medical Center. In addition, she has worked at Intermountain Medical Center’s OB/GYN office, assisting doctors and their patients. Natalie and her family lived in Hawaii for three years off Oahu’s north shore while her husband attended his undergraduate studies. Since returning home, Natalie has seen first-hand how the Montessori method of teaching impacts children’s education and futures. 

She has two children who attend Elizabeth Academy.

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gloria garcia - toddler teacher (classroom 3)

Gloria was born and raised in Salt lake City. She is the only girl among four brothers. She has been working with children for four years helping as a volunteer in an after-school program. Gloria also has experience as a pre-school teaching assistant.  She is excited to implement Montessori practices and see the positive differences it offers from traditional education. She enjoys seeing children grasp concepts daily to accomplish big results.

During her free time, Gloria enjoys discovering new places and spending time outdoors. She especially loves camping and hiking. Gloria also loves shopping and can often be found in the mall looking for new shoes. 

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teresa black - infant/toddler/early childhood classroom support

Teresa has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah. She has four years of experience working as a paraeducator for the Granite school district. She will be supporting the infant, toddler, and early childhood classrooms.

She is a mother of four kids and she is also a foster parent. She enjoys hiking and camping with her family. She likes to use her free time to be creative and crafty.

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lauren kurt - SPEECH THERAPIST - M.S., CCC-SLP

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.

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Scott titensor - music therapist

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.

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patrice mcqueen - occupational therapist

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.

tara permenter - physical therapist