Staff Bios

  • Executive Director

    Gail S. Williamsen

    Gail Williamsen, along with her husband Thom, founded Elizabeth Academy in 2008. Gail was born and raised in Salt Lake City and attended public schools, graduating from Highland High School.

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  • Head of School

    Katie Hedman

    Katie has over 12 years of experience in the field of education.

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  • Director of Inclusion

    Mandy Fuhriman

    Mandy has a Master's Degree in Special Education, Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation and an AMS Early Childhood Montessori credential from the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College.
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  • Business Director

    Lisa Fels

    Lisa has been a Montessori school administrator for over a decade and holds an American Montessori Society (AMS) Administrative credential, a global MBA with distinction from Thunderbird School of Globa

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  • Inclusion Coordinator - Infant, Toddler, EC

    Cami Johnston

    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

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  • Inclusion Curriculum Development Specialist

    Kelsi Bailey, M.S. CCC-SLP

    Kelsi has a Master of Science degree from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science from Utah State University.

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  • Facilities Manager

    Dave Horn

    Dave has a Plumbing Trades degree from Salt Lake Community College and experience operating and supervising a residential plumbing company called Core Water Solutions.

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  • Receptionist

    Barbara Ward

    Barbara has over 15 years of experience as a receptionist.

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  • Controller

    Jessica Collins

    Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Grand Canyon University. She has nearly a decade of accounting/bookkeeping experience and joined the Elizabeth Academy team in 2016.

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  • Executive Assistant

    Katie Buydos

    Katie has 20 years of administrative support experience.  She has supported several CEO's as well as the City Manager, City Council, and Mayor of Bloomington IL before coming to Garfield Academy.

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  • Admissions Director

    Paige Helotes

    Paige has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) and holds her Utah State Teaching license.

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  • Social-Emotional Director

    Laura Van Hook, LCSW

    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

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  • Social Services Director

    Laura Van Hook, LCSW

    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

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  • Coordinator

  • Advisor

    Daniel Robinson (Robin) Howe, III Ed.D.

    Robin attended Montessori from age 2 through the 8th grade at the Barrie School in Maryland. He earned his B.A. in Spanish and Religion at Dickinson College; an M.A.

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  • Advisor

    Teresa Noble

    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 Montess

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