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melissa call - lower elementary teacher

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the North Dakota State University in design and has an AMS Lower Elementary Credential from Westminster College’s Institute for Montessori Innovation. 

She has taught at North Dakota State University teaching design courses and was a guest teacher for the Granite School District. She has fulfilled teaching assignments across all subject areas, teaching students of varied academic/age levels and diverse cultural backgrounds in sixty-three elementary schools. She has volunteered for an ESL program teaching English and new life skills to English learners, and has worked closely with NDSU professors gathering data and writing research on understanding student’s individual learning styles. 

Melissa enjoys camping, boating, car shows, and a number of creative outlets with her husband and daughter.

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Cori has a bachelor’s degree is in elementary education. She has taught in public schools before coming over to Garfield School. She is currently enrolled in the Montessori training program at Westminster College.

Cori is a Utah Native who grew up in the Sugarhouse area. She has three grown children, two of which live in California (who she loves to visit!). Some of her favorite activities include the outdoors, music and art festivals, and hanging out with family and friends.

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Jennifer Spikner - Elementary Montessori Program Advisor

Jennifer has a Master of Education degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her Lower and Upper Elementary American Montessori Society (AMS) credentials through the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Illinois and her Montessori Administrative credential through the Center for Montessori Teacher Education in New Rochelle, New York.

Prior to joining the Elizabeth Academy staff in 2012, Jennifer worked for five years as an administrator and as a Lower Elementary classroom teacher for six years at the Brookview School in Benton Harbor, Michigan. She also taught and co-directed the International Prep School in Bloomington, Indiana, for two years and was a first grade teacher at Washington School in Evanston, Illinois. She has extensive elementary classroom experience as well as expertise in ensuring authentic Montessori program excellence.

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Stephanie wilson - lower elementary classroom support

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KATY HASTINGS - LOWER ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM SUPPORT & INTEGRATED SERVICES SUPPORT

Katy has a Master of Special Education degree from the University of Nevada and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from San Diego State University. She  has a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), and has experience developing, creating lesson plans and implementing a communicative approach that integrates listening, speaking, reading, writing, structural and functional skills. Katy also has experience as a music and movement teacher, choreographing group dance routines and designing costumes and sets for musical performances, and as a health and fitness teacher. 

Her hobbies include traveling, skiing, rock climbing,  mountain biking and hiking with her husband Scot and their dog Zoey.

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Brynn carter - lower elementary classroom support

Brynn graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor's of science in Interdisciplinary Studies, with emphases in Child Development and Fine Art. Since college, Brynn has worked in many teaching capacities, with widely diverse children, but reading is her favorite thing to teach! She has two years of literacy experience from before coming to Elizabeth Academy and is excited to add to that experience.

Outside of work, Brynn has 1 daughter and they enjoy going on adventures, watching movies, and dancing together. Brynn also draws and paints and is very interested in rocks and plants.

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LIZ ESTES - LOWER ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM SUPPORT

Liz has a Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution. She has years of experience working with children as a teacher, instructor, and swim coach.

Liz has a daughter who attends Elizabeth Academy.

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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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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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MAKYLA ORDONEZ - SCHOOL COUNSELOR, 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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LAURA VAN HOOK - SCHOOL COUNSELOR, 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.