Lead Infants: Ms. Benilda
Hi! I’m Benilda Guillen. I’ve lived in Utah for 21 years, but I am originally from Venezuela. My profession in my country was a nurse.
I am married and have one daughter. In addition to working with infants, my passion is Early childhood education which creates a safe and loving environment for children.
I have been working for St. Johns CCDC for seventeen years.
In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my family, reading, singing, and dancing!
Infant Assistant: Ms. Aurora
My name is Aurora Díaz, I was born and raised in Veracruz, México. I have a degree in Business Management from a University in Mexico. I love outdoor activities, and being in nature. I enjoy skating, watching movies and learn about other cultures and their traditions. I like playing and dancing around with children. I have over 11 years experience caring for children whether it has been professionally or babysitting for my friends and family.
I have also had the opportunity to serve in Church teaching kids.
I always remember a scripture from the book of Proverbs that cites:
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
I believe children are adults in the making. Their minds and spirits are brilliant, they are also loving and kind. I learn a great deal from them each day as they demonstrate their love and affection, I am thrilled to be part of the St. John’s team.
My name is Tona Little Doe Charley. I was born in Salt Lake City on August 25, 1989. I am of Native American descent of the Navajo tribe. I come from a family of four siblings of which I am the youngest. I graduated from San Juan High School in Blanding, Utah. I attended College of Eastern Utah for General Studies.
I am a proud mother of a two year old son, whom also attends St John’s. I enjoy working at St. John’s CCDC and especially love being the Rollie Pollie teacher because I treat every child in my class as my own. I relish in the opportunity to teach sign language to my students, doing arts and crafts and watching them grow everyday. I love reading books, playing board games with my family, and having a good session of Zumba dance. My favorite animals are cats, especially tuxedos. I appreciate my work at St. John’s because I am teaching our future generation and I am an integrated individual in our community.
Assistant toddler: Ms. Kassandra
my name is Miss Jackie Hernandez, and I am the lead teacher in the Hopper classroom. I enjoy working with the 1 1/2 year olds. And I am happy to be part of their lives at a time where they are beginning to develop their own personalities. As their teacher I want to show them the joy in learning by implementing art, dance, music, singing and reading activities that we spark their imagination,while giving them the freedom to express themselves. I also encourage group time with games that help the little ones become acquainted with each other and learn to cultivate relationships. But the most important thing is to teach them with, and about, love and respect so they can learn to treat others the same.
“I have been working e for St. John’s about 8 years now. I currently care for 1 year old’s. I love teaching the children Spanish and doing projects with them. Working with 1 year olds is a rewarding experience, I love watching them grow, play, and learn”.
Lead 2’s: Ms. Rosie
Lead 3’s: Ms. Rebecca
Rebecca Joyce Jones was born and raised in Southern California, and moved to Utah with her family at age 15. She comes from a large family of 6 siblings, 17 nieces and nephews, and 3 great-nephews! She has over 10 years of experience working with children, from infants to pre-teens, including those with physical and mental disabilities. Rebecca graduated in 2014 from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance, emphasizing in Ballroom Dance. Afterwards, she immediately re-located to Europe for the opportunity to be an au pair for a beautiful Swiss family. She is delighted to now be a part of the St. John’s CCDC family and continue working with children in a rich, wholesome environment.
In her spare time Rebecca loves to dance, travel, read, go out to concerts or the theatre, and discover new favorite restaurants. She speaks 4 languages, plays 2 instruments, sings in the car with or without other people in it, and her favorite place in the world, thus far, is Switzerland.
Assistant 3’s: Ms. Tanner
Hey there, I’m Tanner McKenzie Ori born September 11, 1995 in Price, Utah. I am the oldest of two sisters and one step-brother. I learned the first steps to hard work growing up on 65 acres of farmland at my grandma and grandpa’s house. On the farm we had many animals from cows and horses to chickens and peacocks. I am a 2014 High School Graduate from Carbon Dinos. I have always loved dancing. My life could be one big dance party and I would be fine with that. If I’m not dancing or kids are not around, you can find me hiking and spending time outdoors. I studied generals at Utah State University Eastern and pursued Social Work in Post and Pre Adoption. While attending college, I worked 3 jobs. One of the jobs was at Safari Express Preschool. In 2016, I packed up and moved to Salt Lake City to start a new adventure. I worked retail for 7 months. Although the experience was life changing, I needed children to be in my everyday life. My passion is teaching children and also learning from them. I plan to go back to school and get my bachelors in Special Education at the University of Utah. Children are our future and I want to assist them in growing and learning everyday. I want to thank St. John’s CCDC for giving me this opportunity to be a part of your child’s life.
Lead 2.5-3’s: Ms. Abigail
My name is Abby Burton. I love working at St. Johns. I’ve always loved working with children. I’m from Arlington VA and while living there I worked at the Senate Employee Child Care Center in D.C. I’ve also worked in Montessori schools and as a nanny for 2 different families.
I have a daughter, her name is Camilla and she loves the Cricket class she is in. She loves her teachers, especially Patricia. We live in Taylorsville with my husband.
I’ve loved starting up The Firefly Classroom. It is exciting and fun to lead my little classroom. In my classroom 1st we teach practicing kindness and having love and patience. 2nd we help our children find interest and curiosity in the themes and lessons that Jessie and I teach.
Long term goals are to go to BYU Idaho in the fall and study to become a therapist.
Assistant 2.5-3’s: Ms. Jessica
My name is Jessica MacMullin. I was born in Bradenton Florida on March 20, 1994. I married my best from in 2012 and together we have two amazing boys. Braydon is 4 and in the Dragonfly class, Brantley is 2 and in the Cricket class and a German Shepherd fur baby. When I’m not working, I enjoy taking my boys to Wheeler Farm, going to the gym and going on hikes with my family.
I love being Lead and making the Firefly class great. In the Firefly class, we focus on teaching the kids about respect and respecting others and helping the kids learn about the lessons and find a true interest in what we are teaching them. One of my favorite things to do is research ideas and create amazing lesson plans that the kids will love! I love working for St. Johns and the opportunity I have been given to teach your children. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know your children.
Floater: Ms. Deepa
Floater: Ms. Karen
Karen Lui was born in Tucson, Arizona. She went to Skyline high school. She is 20 years old and currently attends the University of Utah studying Psychology as an undergraduate student. She enjoys
yoga, hiking, photography, and reading.
Karen lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her parents, twin sister, and dog Rafa.
Hello! My name is Emily Baker, and I will be your child’s Dragonfly teacher here at St. John’s. I recently relocated from central Illinois to Salt Lake City in order to be with my boyfriend. We had been long distance for over a year, and then this fantastic opportunity at St. John’s came to be! Before moving, I spent nearly 4.5 years at a Montessori-based private preschool in Mahomet, IL. There, I spent almost 2 years of that time as an assistant PK teacher, and the rest of the time as a PK head teacher. Our PK classes were blended 3-5 year-old classes.
Long before all of this, I grew up the daughter of a Christian Church preaching minister and a bank teller. My father and mother are still back in Illinois, having just celebrated our 18th anniversary with our congregation. I graduated from Fisher Senior High School in 2002, and I attended Lincoln Christian College (now University) for five years. My course of study there was Intercultural Studies and Teaching English as a Second Language. I also did take some Early Childhood/Child Development courses during my college years.
Along with my nearly 4.5 years’ experience at the Mahomet school, I have also worked with children through other various paths: babysitting, tutoring, youth group, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and weeks of summer camp. I love working with children! Being able to teach them and watching them learn and grow is one of my strongest passions in life. I believe in a good foundation of manners/etiquette and respect. I really enjoy Montessori and Reggio methods because I feel they are a strong reinforcement of these qualities of good character.
I look forward to meeting each of you and getting to know your children as my students! This school year should be so much fun. I am always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. I want to work alongside you for the well-being of your child and his or her education and social development. I hope you have a fabulous year.
Lead Infants: Ms. Alyssa
Hi, my name is Alyssa Michie. I was born and raised here in Salt Lake City. I am the oldest of 4 siblings; I have 1 younger sister and 2 younger brothers. I married my husband in 2012, but we don’t have any kids… yet – we hope to start family soon. I have been attending college pursuing a degree in Early Child Development. I have always loved children and enjoy their constant company. Even as a child myself I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up and have stuck to it. I am grateful to be a part of the Honey Bee and Rollie Pollie class; they are such a joy to work with.
Assistant Infants: Ms. Lauren
Hi there! My name is Lauren Houston and I am an Assistant Teacher in the Honeybees class. I also have a daughter who comes with me to work and she is in the Rollie Pollie class. I started working at St. John’s in November 2016 and I absolutely love working here! I moved to Utah in 2011 from Florida, hoping for a change of scenery. I definitely wasn’t prepared for how beautiful the landscape is and how welcoming the people are here. I plan on staying at least until I’m finished with school.
I’m currently 26, a Psychology major at the University of Utah, and I’m engaged to Brandon, my best friend and the most amazing dad to our sweet and precious daughter, Taylor Tot. Taylor Grace will be 2 in May. It is so wonderful being able to work while still getting to see her all day (I was a stay-at-home mom until I started working at St. John’s). Before giving birth to my daughter, I had been working as a nanny for a family in Provo for over 4 years. I also have experience working as an infant caregiver at a licensed childcare facility in Arkansas.
I graduated with my Associates of Science in Psychology from SLCC in 2015 and I have about 2 more semesters at the U until graduating with my Bachelor’s. I plan to continue my education in order to obtain a Master’s degree in Education because I want to be a School Psychologist. Kids are my passion and I love learning from them.
I’m so excited to be working here at St. John’s and I adore each and every one of my babies. I promise to help them grow and thrive so that they can continue learning about this crazy and amazing world we live in!
Assistant(2’s): Ms. Evelyn
I’m 18 years old, a recent high school graduate who just recently moved to Salt Lake from Michigan. I’m bilingual, I speak both English and Spanish fluently. I am the oldest of five kids and I aspire to be a registered nurse. I truly enjoy working with kids because they are so fun and easy to get along with. I enjoy staying fit and active. I’d almost ALWAYS rather be outside. Some of my favorite things include traveling, camping, puppies, and Italian food. I’m new here at St. John’s CCDC, but I couldn’t have asked for a better job and group of people to work with as I continue my new adventure here in Salt Lake.
Hello! My name is Whitney Pullan, but you can call me Ms. Whitney. I first started teaching at St. Johns back between 2006-2011. I bounced around the classrooms but spent the majority of my time in the preschool room. From there I went to a new school and taught in there Two year old class until February of 2015. I decided to try my hand at an office job but quickly found out that wasn’t for me. After leaving that job I made my way back to St. Johns Liberty Park. It was like coming home. In February of 2016 I was given the opportunity to be the Caterpillar lead teacher at the Sugar House location, and I have never been happier. Teaching has truly become my passion. I love building relationships with my students and their families.
I was born and raised in Salt Lake City and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I went to college at SLCC where I got my AS degree in Psychology. I meant my wonderful husband Ty in 2012 and we where married May 17, 2014. We where blessed with the best Christmas present this past year with the birth of our son Theodore Jude (TJ for short). We also have two wonderful dogs- Jilly Boo a 5 year old chihuahua with one eye and Dozer a 1 year old Boxador (boxer/lab mix).
In my free time I enjoy camping, swimming, photography and watching movies. I am obsessed with music and children books and love to include that in my teaching.
Lead PreK: Ms. Domique
Hello! My name is Dominique Johnson, but I prefer to go by Ms. Dom. I am very excited to start this journey as the new Dragonfly teacher. I love working with children and have been doing so for five years now! I’ve been the Rollie Pollie teacher for the past year and before that I was working for Head Start and Project Reality. A little about myself, I was born and raised in Utah and I love it here. I’m the youngest of five. In my spare time I enjoy traveling and exploring new places. I also enjoy reading, comics, movies, and music.
Infants: Ms. Melissa
Hello! My name is Melissa Warner, and I am a teacher in the Honeybee classroom. I love taking care of all the sweet little ones in our class! I am the proud mother of two daughters and one son. We are a family that loves to play games, read and enjoy being outdoors together. I look forward to watching the class grow and learn together.
Infants: Ms. Glena
My name is Glena and I work with the Honeybees as an assistant teacher. I am 23 years old and enjoy working with the Honeybees. Watching them grow and develop is the best aside from the hugs and love they give me. I have enjoyed helping my sister with my nieces and nephews. The ladies that I work with are awesome and so caring.
Toddlers: Ms. Kaitlin
My name is Kaitlin Duffy. I work in the Rollie Pollie room, and have been since October. I love working with kids in this age group because they are like little sponges and are doing so much growing and learning. I love working with kids and in the past have worked both in child development centers and elementary schools. I was recently married this summer, and my husband and I are expecting our first baby, a little boy, in March.
Toddlers: Ms. Denali
Hey! My name is Denali. I am a student at the University of Utah and working towards my degree in Early Childhood Education. I love hiking and spontaneous adventures. I have two adorable nieces who I adore. I have a cat named Simba, who I am teaching to walk on a leash. I love working for St. John’s and having an excuse to do crafts all day long.
Toddlers: Ms. Meredith
Hi, I’m Meredith! I hail from California and am loving Utah. I have spent the last two years in childcare and I love spending time with the little ones. They give me my daily dose of cute. I went to school at BYU and love music and the arts. I love to be able to share this with my hoppers.
2’s: Ms. Amy
My name is Amy Cid. I am one of the teachers in the Rollie Pollie classroom. I have been at St. John’s since October of 2015. I have one son Liam who was born in April of 2016. I love working with children and look forward to watching all the Rollie Pollies grow and change. I love hanging out around the house with my family and friends.
3’s: Ms. Amber
Hello, my name is Amber Madsen, and I am the Caterpillar teacher. I have worked at St. John’s for the past four years, during that time I have worked in the Honeybee class, the Crickets and the caterpillar room. I love being in the Caterpillar classroom and watching the children grow and explore the world around them. I have been married for 14 years and am the mother of three adorable boys. As a family we love to play games, be outdoors and watch movies together. In my quiet moments I love to craft.
4’s and 5’s: Ms. Melissa
Hi! My name is Melissa Henline. I was born 8/8/87 here in Utah and I have lived here my entire life. I am the oldest of 7 children. I love caring for kids and have three of my own. My daughter Alexandria was born in 2008, my step-son Logan is the same age as my daughter, and my youngest Jameson was born in 2014. In my spare time I enjoy books, movies and pop culture. I consider myself a huge nerd. I love my job and have been with St. John’s since April of 2009. I have worked in many of the e.c.e. classroom, infants through preschool. I am currently one of the Dragonfly teachers and the kids are so much fun.
Floater: Ms. Madison
Hi! My name is Madison. I am the floater at St. John’s. I love being the floater because I get to know all of the children. I have been married for 5 years and have two beautiful daughters. I enjoy spending time outdoors and creating lasting memories with my family.
Bus Driver/Liberty Park, Murray and Sugarhouse: Mr. Ron
I was born on March 12, 1952 in Vancouver, Washington. My parents are Clarence and Barbara Harris. I am youngest of 4 children. I have 2 sisters and 1 brother. We lived in Camas, Washington from 1952 until 1957. In 1957, we moved to Yakima, Washington. I went to McKinley elementary. We moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1964, lived in the avenues. I went to Bryant Jr. High and East High. I started to work at Harris Auto Repair 1964 to 1969. I attended Ford Motor Training Center 1969 to 1970. Worked at Hinckley Dodge. In April 1971, I started at Kennecott at the Refinery in Magna. Then in 1972 I transferred to the Mine. I drove the Ore Haulage Trucks for 28 years. Retired in June 2002, 31 years. I met my wife, Dorothy Combe, in November of 1981. We later married in September of 1982. We were later sealed in the LDS temple in October of 2013. We have a daughter Janae, and a son Steven. I also have daughter Heather, and two sons, Shawn and Adam, from previous marriages. I’m blessed to have 13 grandchildren. I started driving buses in 2009 and been driving ever since.
Custodian/Liberty Park, Murray and Sugarhouse: Mr. Martin
Registrar: Ms. Jennifer Rebecca Muyomba
I am originally from Spanish Fork, Utah. I began working at St. John’s when the Sugar house location opened. I worked there for almost a year and a half before life took my husband and I to Massachusetts. We left Utah in August 2015. We were there for a year and life has brought us back to Utah. I am happy and very excited to be back in Utah. I am very excited to work with your little ones. They are growing so fast and I am excited to help them along their journey. I have always loved working with children. Growing up I aspired to be an OBGYN or a Pediatric nurse. I worked for almost a decade as a Certified Nursing Assistant while attending college. I studied OBAMA Nursing for almost four years before switching my major to Elementary Education. I graduated in December 2012 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I am licensed in two states, teaching K-8th grade. I taught first grade for a short time before switching my focus to Early Childhood Education. I really love teaching Elementary school but have found great joy in working with Infants and Toddlers. I started working in Early Childhood Education in 2014. I love being around children every day, they bring such joy into my life. I enjoy seeing them learn and grow daily. In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends. I love music and singing. I also enjoy cooking, baking, painting, sewing, crafting and crocheting.
Human Resources & Payroll Administrator: Ms. Kimberly
My name is Kimberly and I am so excited to work in a role that supports the passionate hearts that care for your wonderful children every day!
I joined St John’s after 14 years experience in hospitality and event management in luxury resorts around the country. I am grateful to have traveled to over 35 countries, hold a Bachelors in Cultural Anthropology and concurrently working on a Master’s in Teaching. I am excited to bring my passion for people, service and community to St John’s to ensure our teachers are uplifted and supported in the classroom.
In my spare time I enjoy exploring and playing make-believe with my daughter, yoga, photography, traveling, art classes and organizing community events. I look forward to meeting you and supporting your children’s development through St John’s mission!
Hello friends, My name is Karol Engel and St. John’s CCDC’s Professional Development Expert.
I have been married for eleven years and have three children. I have completed the child care tech program in the state of Maryland. I have been working with children now for seventeen years.
I enjoy working with children and our staff every day and getting to know their sweet personalities. Thank you for sharing your children with us. They are amazing and truly enjoyed here at St. John’s CCDC
I am lucky to have been given this opportunity because it has allowed me to have a job that has true rewards attached to it. To see the differences you can make in a young child’s life is truly a gift.
I have a B.A. in public relations from Colorado Mesa University and a National Administrator Credential (NAC).
I look forward to continuing to make a difference for the students, the teachers, St. John’s, and most of all my family. I am truly blessed by God’s good grace.
Ms.Amanda is the Liberty Park Director. She is in the process of obtaining her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education as well as continuing in community classes and programs to keep up on the latest in the early childhood world. A transplant to Salt Lake from Miami, she has found her place in Sugarhouse and loves the community around her. A dog lover and avid road tripper, she has crossed the country 9 times in total so far, each time finding a new place to explore.
“Working at St. Johns has assured me that I have found my calling in the education world, interacting with and teaching children add so much to my days, I know that I am where I am supposed to be.” Her classroom is filled with songs and dance as they explore the Reggio and Creative Curriculum’s, adding fun to the Dragonflies education and development as they are introduced to new things in their world.
Sugarhouse Director: Polly Silva
My name is Polly Silva and I am so excited to be apart of St. Johns.
I have been in early childhood for seven years. I’ve taught from infant to kindergarten. Early Childhood is a passion of mine and I love what I do.
I have a Bachelors in Family Consumer Science with an emphasis in Early Childhood. I am currently married to the man of my dreams. We met each other in Japan and have two beautiful children,
Our family motto is,” We may not have it all together but, together we have it all.” I feel that is something that can be applied in all stages in life and especially Early Childhood. Sometimes life can get messy and nothing is perfect. But if we can come together and work as team we can have it all.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be apart of St. Johns family.
Murray Director: Megan Clawson
My name is Megan Clawson and I am the Director of St. John’s in Murray. I am currently working on my last class to earn my BA in Human Development and Family Studies. I have been working in child care centers for the past 10 years and love being in my new role as Director of the Murray location. I enjoy being able to be in every classroom and getting to see all of the children at our location grow and change throughout their time with us. I have been married for 9 years and have four adorable children. As a family we enjoy playing outside, going for walks and having family movie night.
Hello, I’m Tiffany Simpson. I am 29 years old and raised in Conway Arkansas. I attended an HBCU college at Lemoyne Owen in Memphis Tennessee, I graduated with a social work degree. Shortly after graduation I started working at Youth Villages as a behavioral counselor for about a year. I decided to move to Park City Utah for something different in life. I started working at St. John’s CCDC as the Summer Camp Coordinator/after school Coordinator. I love everything about St. John’s CCDC and have developed wonderful bonds with the children. I’m very thankful that St. John’s CCDC has given me this opportunity. I look forward to meeting all the families this coming up year.
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