marie larochelle - infant teacher

Marie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies from St. Edward's University and is currently pursuing her Infant/Toddler Montessori Teaching Credential and Master of Education from Westminster College. She has been in childcare and teaching for most of her life, including teaching English abroad and care-taking for adults with special needs.

Marie joined Garfield School in 2018 when she moved here from Austin, Texas. She now calls Utah her home with her husband and two adorable border collies, taking every chance they get for an outdoor adventure. She has lived on four continents and is passionate about peace education beginning at the start of life. One of her fondest memories as a child was attending a Montessori school, which helped shape her independence and curiosity for the world. She thrived in the type of environment that let her foster her own unique learning style and she hopes to be able to help the future generation grow in a way that serves their specific needs as well.


alina Peine - Infant Teacher

Alina Peine has over 20 years of experience providing compassionate, educational, guidance and care for children. She has previously worked as a nanny, at a preschool, and has assisted in afterschool programs and guiding field trips. Before joining Elizabeth Academy, she worked at Montessori Community School with toddlers and early childhood. She is now excited to be a part of the Garfield School Infant Team this year and has recently completed her Montessori Assistant Training through Westminster College Institute for Montessori Innovation.

Alina is originally from Salt Lake City but has lived in Portland, Oregon, Denver, Colorado, and Kaua’i, Hawaii. Her hobbies include art, gardening, hiking, swimming, and traveling. She hopes to help cultivate a love for nature, art, and reading with the children she works with.


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 also completed her MACTE accredited Infant/Toddler credential through MEPI (Montessori Education Programs International).

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 and ABA therapist in Cleveland, Ohio. 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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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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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