Teachers

Liberty Park Location

Lead Infants: Ms. BenildaBenilda

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. SandraSandra

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

 

Infant Assistant: Ms. Alishka 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!

Lead Toddlers: Ms. TonaTona  

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 Lead: Ms. Laura laura

Ms. Laura has been a baby house teacher with St. John’s for the past two years. She has held a CDA for the past 9 years and has over 15 years experience with infants and toddlers.

 

Lead toddler: Ms. JackieJackie

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.

Assistant toddler: Ms. Eli (Ellie)Eli

“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. DenaliDenali

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. AlishaAlisha

Hello my name is Alisha Harding.

I enjoy the simple things in life and in my free time I enjoy this running with my dog, playing video-games, and practicing a vegetarian lifestyle.

I’ve grown up with always surrounded with children and taking care of them, children have beautiful souls and deserve the world! I’m excited everyday to see their smiles and very lucky to watch them develop into their own person.

Lead 3’s: Ms. Becca

Ms. Becca has been with St. John’s for 3 years. She has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Utah. She has taught in many of our classrooms and found the perfect position has the Lead Caterpillars teachers.

Lead 2-3’s: Ms. DeepaDeepa

Ms. Deepa is an assistant Firefly teacher for our 2 1/2 year olds to 3 1/2 year olds for the past three years.

Ms. Deepa is mom and  a really fun teacher. She loves her students and loves creating an inviting space for her classroom.

Preschool Floater: Ms. Laura Edith

Laura Edith

Has been with us since 2018 working with many of our classrooms and students. Laura is currently obtaining her CDA with UTah Care about Child care. She loves being able to sing and help the children create art in the classroom.

 

 

 

Lead Pre-K (4’s &5’s): Ms. EmilyEmily

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!

Sugarhouse Location

 

Lead Infants: Ms. Alyssaalyssa

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(2’s): Ms. SabrinaSebrina

My name is Sabrina Begay I’m eighteen and recently joined the St.John’s CCDC. During my senior year I was given the opportunity to work with children for a year where I then discovered I wanted to continue to work with toddler’s. I recently graduated in June of 2018, after my graduation I made the decision that I wanted to continue to teach and nurture children. I am now the Cricket teacher assistant, and I’m very fond of the children and their diverse and unique personalities.I was born and raised in Salt Lake city and I love it here! I have a younger mischievous brother who does everything in his power to rile me, but I still adore him. On my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, and I also love photography, drawing and reading.

Assistant Infants: Ms. Armida Armida

I am from Peru. I am married and I have 5 children. My favorite thing about being a teacher is playing with the children. My favorite dish comes from Peru and it’s called Rocoto Relleno. My favorite color is pink. In my free time I love to read and sing

Floater: Ms. YasmineYasmine

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.

Lead (3’s): Ms. Whitney
whitney

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. Nadia Nadia

I am from Brazil. I am married and have two boys Dante and Moroni. I just got my CDA and I am so proud!

My favorite things about being a teacher is having fun and learning from the kids. I love Italian food, My favorite color is green. In my free time I love to do crafts and spend quality time with my family.

 

Lead PreK: Ms. Veronica

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Murray Location

 

Co-lead Infant: Ms. Amyamy

My name is Amy Cid. I have been lucky to be able to visit all the classrooms and help out when needed.  Recently I was promoted to a lead infant teacher and I can’t be more excited. I have been at St. John’s since October of 2015 and have goals to be a director one day.  I have one son, Liam, who was born in April of 2016, and another one on the way.  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.

Co-lead Infants: Ms. Sierra

Lead Toddlers: Ms. Toritori

Hi, My name is Tori and I am the toddler 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.

Assistant Toddlers: Ms. Alissia

Co-lead 2’s: Ms. Bailey 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.

Co-lead 2’s: Ms. Lexilexy

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. Glena

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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 4’s and 5’s: Ms. Alex

Sandy Location

Infant Lead: Ms. KatyKaty

Hey there! My name is Katy Larson. I am from Southern Utah and have an Associates degree from Southern Utah University. I have an amazing husband and a super cute 5 year old daughter named Emilia. I have worked in childcare for 2 years and have been at the St. John’s Sandy location from the start! I get to work with our tiniest students in the Honeybee class, and I love every minute of it! It is so much fun watching our little friends grow! When I’m not taking care of little ones, I love to do crafts, travel, and listen to podcasts!

Infant Assistant : Ms. Alinot sure

Bio coming soon!

 

 

Toddler Lead:

Toddler Assistant : Ms. Shallyn

2’s Lead: Ms. SavannahSavannah

Hi! My name is Savannah. I’ve been in childcare for almost three years. I’ve known my whole life I’ve wanted to work with children. I love teaching them and watching them grow! I’ve been working with the two year olds since I started working in childcare and I love it! Children in this age group grow and learn so much. In my spare time I like to hike, play video games, cook, and play with my puppy! I’m so grateful to be apart of such a wonderful program like St. John’s!

 

4’s Lead: Ms. KennedyKennedy

Hi, I’m Kennedy. I was born and raised in Utah and love teaching preschool and theatre to children. I will being graduating from the University of Utah in May 2019. I am graduating with a degree in Sociology, a certificate in criminology, and a minor in theatre. In my spare time I love watching movies, participating in live theatre and screen acting, and I like cats.

 

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