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april mounteer - early childhood teacher

April has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University Hawaii and is currently completing her Early Childhood Montessori training with IGS. Prior to joining the Elizabeth Academy staff in 2013, April was a preschool teacher in Farmington, Utah. April also has experience working with families who are suffering from drug/alcohol abuse, communication breakdown, and physical abuse. She worked with these families in building stronger relationships, including counseling as well as bonding enrichment.

In her spare time April enjoys running, skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and five children.

Sam Leonhart - early childhood teacher

Sam earned his BA in biology and chemistry from Northern Arizona University. He has previous pre-k experience working in the Early Childhood Center at the I & J Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center for three years. He is also a Registered Behavior Technician credential with Alternative Behavior Strategies.

Originally from Colorado, Sam has lived in Salt Lake City for almost eight years. He enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, reading, and spending time with his three nephews.

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brittany feinauer - early childhood teacher

Brittany earned her MEd from St. Catherine University and a BA in Liberal Arts from Southern Virginia University. She has an AMS Early Childhood teaching credential from the Institute for Montessori Innovation and has been guiding children in the Montessori philosophy since 2011. After college, she taught in an early childhood classroom at Little Miners Montessori in Park City for five years before coming to Garfield Academy in 2019. In addition to teaching children, Brittany is an adjunct professor for Westminster College’s Institute for Montessori Innovation where she trains Montessori teacher interns.

Outside the classroom, Brittany enjoys reading, thrift shopping, and spending time with her husband, JJ, and their daughter Lulu.

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jessica rawlings - early childhood Program coordinator

Jessica has a Master of Education degree from Westminster College and a Bachelor degree in Theatre Arts/Dance with a minor in Teaching English from Southern Utah University. She completed her Montessori Early Childhood credential at Dayspring Education Center in St. George, Utah and has been an early childhood teacher since 1999. Jessica also works as an adjunct professor for Westminster College’s Institute for Montessori Innovation, helping to train the next generation of Montessori teachers. She has also enjoyed teaching ballet to students of all ages.

Jessica was raised in St. George, Utah and has two children, a fabulous husband, and two energetic cats. She loves dancing, attending the theater, reading books of all sorts, nature and sunsets.

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CAMI JOHNSTON - EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOM SUPPORT

Cami Johnston has a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies (which is a dual bachelor's in Special Ed K-12 and Elementary Ed K-6) from Western Governor's University and teaching licenses in Special Education and Elementary Education. She completed her AMS Early Childhood Montessori Credential through  the Institute of Montessori Innovation at Westminster College.

Cami began her Montessori teaching in a Toddler classroom at Montessori at Riverton.  Prior to joining the Elizabeth Academy staff, Cami was a lead teacher in an Early Childhood Classroom for two years.  

Cami enjoys spending time with her husband Dallin and three energetic sons. 

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teresa noble - Montessori Early Childhood Program Advisor

Teresa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Education in Special Education from the University of South Carolina.  Her Montessori Early Childhood credential was granted by Montessori Education Programs, International.  She is retired from the public schools of South Carolina, with 28 years of service.  Teresa has designed language materials for Alison's Montessori, a Montessori materials company.  She consults with Alison's, evaluating, and designing Early Childhood materials.  She serves as Program Director, Instructor, and Supervisor for The Institute for Guided Studies, headquartered in Camden, SC and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of The Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education.  She provides private consulting for Early Childhood and Primary Montessori institutions.

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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