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Alexis nicolas - upper elementary teacher (classroom 1)

Alexis is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Education at Westminster College. Prior to coming to Elizabeth Academy in 2019, she mentored Upper Elementary children for four years at a charter school in Cedar City, Utah.

Alexis is a costal North Carolina native, but is very much enjoying the climate in Salt Lake City. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband (Justin), daughter (Emma), and their dog named Maui. They enjoy getting outdoors, painting, and movie nights. Alexis’ daughter Emma attends Garfield School.

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Erica Frei - Upper elementary Teacher (classroom 1)

Erica has a Master of Arts in Community Leadership from Westminster College and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Utah. Prior to joining the Elizabeth Academy staff, she was a parent educator and computer lab aid at the Guadalupe Schools and an operations manager for Local First Utah. She also has experience working for the State of Utah/Department of Agriculture, Summit Community Gardens and the Neighborhood House/Neighborhood Garden, and at Solitude Ski Resort as a ski school teacher. Erica has been teaching at Elizabeth Academy since 2016.

In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, bike riding, camping, reading, snowboarding and spending time with her family.

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hillory hippen - upper elementary teacher (classroom 1)

Prior to joining the Elizabeth Academy staff, Hillory had over four years of experience working with students with disabilities, including positions as a behavioral aide for Valley Mental Health and as a paraprofessional aide teacher for Upland Terrace Elementary. She has also worked as a physical therapy technician and as a massage therapist. Hillory has completed coursework in education at Salt Lake Community College, Western Governers University and UVSC. Hillory has been teaching at Elizabeth Academy since 2017.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, going to movies, trying new recipes, and spending time with her two amazing daughters. 

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amy larkin - Upper elementary teacher (classroom 2)

Amy has a Master of Education from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She completed her Lower Elementary Montessori credential and her Upper Elementary Montessori credential through the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College. In 2017, she started teaching Montessori teachers in training as adjunct faculty at Westminster. Amy has been teaching at Elizabeth Academy since 2013.

Prior to joining the Elizabeth Academy staff, Amy was the Elementary Director for a year and taught Lower Elementary for five years at Peace Montessori School in Oak Park, California. She also has over 15 years of general education experience in Kindergarten and Lower Elementary classrooms.  

In her spare time Amy enjoys spending time with her son (Lucian), being out in nature, traveling, gardening, and going to farmers' markets. 

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Olivia Philips-Brusatto - upper elementary teacher (classroom 2)

Olivia has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts with a history major and an education minor. She joined the Elizabeth Academy staff in 2017 with three years of experience working children and young adults in organizations such as Salt Lake County Youth Services, Snowbird and as a Community Based Learning Fellow for Connections.  

When Olivia is not teaching at Elizabeth Academy, she works at Christmas Box International with children in foster care. In addition to teaching, Olivia loves cooking and riding roller coasters.

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Lindsey constance - upper elementary teacher (classroom 2) & Upper Elementary Classroom Support

Lindsey has a degree in Special Education. The 2019-2020 school year is her first year at Elizabeth Academy.

Lindsey has two children attending Elizabeth Academy in the early childhood program. In addition to teaching, Lindsey enjoys baking, knitting, practicing yoga and meditating, and reading. She moved from San Diego, California to Salt Lake City in January 2019, but she is originally from Glenwood Spring, Colorado.

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kelsi bailey - M.S., CCC-SLP - Upper Elementary & Secondary Integrated Services

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.

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LAURA VAN HOOK - SOCIAL WORKER, ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY INTEGRATED SERVICES

Laura brings 16 years experience as a clinical social worker, including leading a team of 13 medical social workers and working in the neuro-trauma unit at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. She also has experience as an inclusion teacher in the Tulsa public schools, developing individualized education plans for students with disabilities and collaborating with classroom teachers to implement those plans, and as a self-contained teacher at Parkview Elementary.

Laura has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Brigham Young University.

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MAKYLA ORDONEZ - SOCIAL WORKER, ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY INTEGRATED SERVICES

Makyla has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Westminster College. Prior to joining the Elizabeth Academy staff, she was a Reading Interventionist at Copperview Elementary and a School Based Social Work intern at Sandy Elementary. She has also worked as a Crisis Case Manager at The Road Home and as a Therapeutic Preschool volunteer at The Children's Center.

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shanone sargent - Elementary & secondary integrated services

Shanone received her Master of Science degree in Speech & Language Pathology as well as her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech & Language Pathology and Audiology from Idaho State University. She has over 30 years of experience providing speech and language therapy in all areas of communication to children from preschool to high school in a variety of educational settings.

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nancy lindeman

Nancy Lindeman is excited to have the opportunity to return to Elizabeth Academy as an upper elementary consultant. It was a privilege to be the founding director and to work closely with Gail Williamson in the development of an inclusive Montessori school. EA holds a very special place in Nancy’s heart.

Most recently, Nancy was the program director for the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College. She currently serves on the American Montessori Society (AMS) board of directors and is a member of the Research and Elder Care committees at AMS. Nancy has a BS in Special Education, a MA in Educational Leadership and is Montessori certified on the EC, Lower and Upper Elementary levels and holds a Montessori administrators’ credential. She has founded and directed Montessori schools in the public and private sector. Her current research is focusing on the development of intergenerational Montessori communities.

Nancy’s highest accomplishment is being the mother of three amazing children and four darling grandchildren of which three attend EA! She loves to travel and read and is attempting to learn gardening. She is married to Jeff who has supported her many Montessori adventures.