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.
Infant Assistant: Ms. Alishka
Hi! My name is Ms. Alishka. I am an assistant teacher for the honeybees and Rollie pollies. I was born and raised in Utah. I am currently on my junior year at the University of Utah and going to major in Family, Community, and Human Development. Working with families and kids is what I enjoy! I also love the outdoors like camping, hiking, hammocking, and much more!
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.
Infant & Toddlers floater: Ms. Laura
Infant & Toddlers morning floater:
Infant & Toddlers afternoon floater: Ms. Thania
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. 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.
Assistant 2’s: Ms. Alisha
Lead 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.
Assistant 3’s: Ms. Valkyrie
Preschool Floater: Ms. Deepa
Preschool Floater: Ms. Sandra
Hello! My name is Sandra. I have been the Floater Teacher since April 2018. I relocated from Massachusetts in order to be close with my adorable grandson and my children. I graduated from State University of Londrina in Arts in Brazil on 1986 and I was a Middle School Art Teacher for 6 years.
Since I came to the USA 17 years ago, I have worked with children and their families. For 7 years I worked at a pre-school In Rhode Island as an Assistant Teacher for babies to toddlers. I have also worked in other various teaching or caregiver paths: Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School and childcare. I always wanted to be a teacher and I love to be around children, love to see them grow and reach their potential.
I enjoying staying fit and active, biking, hiking and playing with my grandson and spending time with my family. I am grateful and happy to be part of your children’s lives.
Thank you, Sandra
Lead Pre-K (4’s &5’s): Ms. Emily
Hello, my name is Emily Bryan, and I am a Dragonfly Lead Teacher here at St. John’s! I am originally from East Central Illinois and moved to Salt Lake City in August, 2015. I married my husband, Garett, in September, 2017. We love being active in this amazing landscape that surrounds us. We bike, hike, and backpack as we can. We also have a great love of film; local arts; and local food and beverages. Before moving, I worked nearly 4.5 years at a Montessori-based private preschool in Mahomet, IL. There, I spent almost 2 years as an assistant preschool teacher, and the remainder of my time as a preschool lead teacher (3- to 5-year-olds.)
Long before all of this, I grew up the daughter of a Christian Church minister and a bank teller. My parents still reside in Illinois. I graduated from Fisher High School in 2002, and I attended Lincoln Christian University for five years. My course of study there was Intercultural Studies with a focus/minor in TESOL. I also took some courses in Early Childhood/Child Development during my college years. I am currently in the process of attaining my Child Development Associate credential.
Along with my 7.5 years of experience as a preschool teacher, I also have 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 teaching methods. I feel that they reinforce these qualities of character, as well as allowing children to learn in a self-initiated manner. I love developing strong relationships with my students and their families. I am always here for you and your child, willing to work alongside you every step of the way in his or her education and development!
Lead Pre-K (4’s &5’s): Ms. Nannette
Ms. Nannette loves teaching and you can tell by how magical her classroom is. Her students walk through the door and into story books, history, or fairy tales. Ms. Nannette does an amazing job of disguising learning in the most creative ways.
Ms. Nannette’s big dream is to one day be able to write curriculum for all age groups.
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. Jordan
I am from salt lake city, utah. My favorite things about being a teacher is watching the children learn. I have 5 people in my family.
my favorite color is turquoise. My favorite thing to do during my free time is going for walk and hikes.
Lead Toddlers: Ms. Becca
Assistant Toddlers: Ms. Armida
Floater: Ms. Yasmine
I am from Mesa, California. I love being a teacher because i get to read, sing to the kids and it makes me so happy.
I have four people in my family and two dogs. My favorite food is pizza and Latin food. My favorite color is lavender. In my free time I love hiking with the dogs, reading, playing/watching sports, and watching movies.
Lead (2’s): Ms. Amanda
Hello, my name is Amanda Jones and I am an Assistant Teacher in the Honey Bee’s Class. I was born and raised in Arizona, I love the heat!. I have 1 sister and 2 brothers. I married my husband in 2015 and have a 10 year old daughter of my own. I have been working with all ages in the childcare field for over 3 years now. I really enjoy working with the children because I am able to experience the different stages as they grow.
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.
Assistant (3’s): Ms. Cathryn
My name is Cathryn Miller, and I have been working with St. John’s as a teacher for over two years. I love being able to hang out and teach the children at our school. I am also currently going to the University of Phoenix to get a degree in teaching. Before becoming a teacher I was working as a Chef at several locations and even have an Associates in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of Salt Lake City. I have always been interested in teaching children and find that there is nothing better in this world than to see a child’s whole world light up when they learn something new.
Assistant (3’s): Ms. Nadia
Lead PreK: Ms. Domique
Hello! My name is Dominique Johnson, but I prefer to go by Ms. Dom. I am very excited to be St. John’s Dragonfly teacher. I love working with children and have been doing so for six years now! Before being the Pre-K teacher I was a Rollie Pollie teacher 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.
Floater: Ms. Rachelle
I am from Fort worth Texas. I was raised in utah. I have a son and we love hanging out. My favorite things about being a teacher is bonding with the kids. My favorite food is Pho. My favorite color is green. In my free time I like to do archery, yoga, hiking, being with my friends and family.
Infants: Ms. Tori
Hi, My name is Tori and I am the Honeybee teacher. I am 24 years old and was adopted from Marshall Islands, I grew up in a large family with 10 sisters and 7 brothers. I have 27 nieces and nephews and love being around children. I moved to Utah last month from Idaho, I am planning on going back to school next fall to get my degree in nursing and physical therapy. I love getting to spend my days with the honeybees and watching them grow and explore new things each day.
Infants: Ms. Sierra
Toddlers: Ms. Tamisha
Hello my name is Tamisha. I am new to St. John’s and have loved every minute with these awesome kids and great co-workers. I come from a family of six and love our crazy adventures. My newest adventure is I am getting married to the nerdiest man and the love of my life in October 2018. In my spare time I love watching movies, kayaking, fishing and hanging out. I am so excited to watch these little ones grow.
Toddlers: Ms. Lexie W
Hello! My name is Lexie. I was born and raised right here in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have been with St. John’s for the past two years and have been a teacher in every classroom imaginable (including Camp Wildlife). I have a deep love for kids and am so blessed to be a teacher at St. John’s. I am currently attending Utah Valley University, and studying Community Health with an Emphasis on Hospital Administration as well as minoring in Spanish. I love to travel and live life to the fullest. Life is an adventure and I’m excited to see where it takes me.
Toddlers: Ms. Bailey
Hi, I’m Bailey Touhuni. I’m fairly new to St. John’s, and I love it. I spend most of my time in the 1’s and 2’s classes and love those ages. Outside of work and school I like to spend my time outdoors. I love to play sports and I also love singing and playing the ukulele. My job is great because I love interacting and playing with the kids.
Lead Two’s: Ms. Glena
My name is Glena and I have worked with many of the different age groups in St. John’s. Currently I am with the 2’s and I love working with preschoolers, watching them grow and develop is the best! aside from the hugs and love they give me. The ladies that I work with are awesome and so caring. In my spare time I enjoy helping my sister with my nieces and nephews.
Lead 2’s: Ms. Lexi
My name is Lexi and I am the crickets teacher at St. John’s. I adore all of the kids here at Murray. I have been working for St. John’s for a year and a half now and I love working with the two year olds and the staff here at Murray! In my spare time I love the outdoors, sports, food, hanging out with my friends and spending time with my family!
Lead 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 16 years and am the mother of four adorable boys. As a family we love to play games, be outdoors and watch movies together. In my quiet moments I love to craft.
Lead 4’s and 5’s: Ms. Melissa
Hi! My name is Melissa Henline. I was born 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. Abby
My name is Abby. I have been with St. John’s for 2 years. Before St. John’s I taught pre-k in Montana. I love working in all the classrooms at St. John’s and love getting to experience all the different ages. I have an 8 year old daughter Isla and a 4 year old (almost) step daughter. I am getting married next summer to the love of my life. In my spare time I love Zumba, crafting and hanging out with family!
Floater: Ms. Solana
Hi I’m Solana! I was born and raised in Utah but moved away to study at the University of Portland for about a year and a half. Now I’m studying Biochemisty and International studies with a focus in Global Health at the U of U and have aspirations to become a doctor. I love traveling, food, and children! I’ve worked with St. John’s for three and a half years now. I started working camp wild-life and the after school program but, have since transitioned to the preschool. I’ve been lucky enough to work in all the rooms. I enjoy getting to watch all the children grow and change and being part of their lives.
Floater: Ms. Amy
My name is Amy Cid. I am lucky to be able to visit all the classrooms and help out when needed. 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 them grow and change. In my spare time I love hanging out around the house with my family and friends.
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. Madison
Hi! My name is Madison. I am the Registrar at St. John’s Community Child Development Center. I love being the registrar because I get the opportunity to get to know the parents as well as 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.
Office Administrator-Human resources: Ms. Kimberly
Hello! 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 humbled to have lived, studied and volunteered in over 35 countries, hold a Bachelors in Cultural Anthropology and currently finishing a Master’s in Education. 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. At the base of my philosophy is the belief in a bright future through children and doing my part to better our communities through collaboration in education.
In my spare time I enjoy exploring and playing make-believe with my daughter, yoga, hiking, traveling, and organizing community events. I look forward to meeting you and supporting your children’s development through St John’s.
Ms. Amanda is St. John’s Liberty Park Director.
I am in the process of obtaining my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I have a National Administrators Credential (NAC) and enjoy continuing my education in community classes and programs to keep up on the latest in the early childhood world. I am a transplant to Salt Lake from Miami, and I have found my place in Utah and love the community around me. I am a mom, dog lover and avid road tripper, I have 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”.
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 since 2001 and love being in my new role as Director of the Murray location. I love 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 am happily married and have four adorable children. As a family we enjoy playing outside, going for walks and having family movie night.
I was born and raised in Wyoming and moved to SLC in 2003. I am a proud mom, wife, avid gardener, art fanatic, and self proclaimed people person.
I began my career with St. John’s in 2011 when we were just one little preschool by Liberty Park. I have been lucky to see St. John’s CCDC grow into 3 locations and a thriving school-age program.
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 our students, the teachers, St. John’s, and most of all my family. I am truly blessed by God’s good grace.
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