Evergreen Montessori Academy has high expectations of our staff. We ask that all lead teachers hold a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and that they hold Montessori teacher certification for their specific age grouping from a MACTE accredited teacher training program. For those teachers who are in the process of completing their Montessori certification, we ask that they complete all requirements within three years. Because this specialized training is not only a financial sacrifice but also intensely time-consuming and rigorous, our staff exemplify commitment and professionalism to our educational philosophy. We select teachers based on their ability to observe the children, connect with them intuitively, and tailor each lesson to the unique students in their classrooms. Our teachers are always looking for new ways to make their classroom and curriculum more inviting and interesting to the children. We are creative so that the children enjoy the work and the teachers remain challenged and engaged as well. Even though many of our lessons are repeated year after year, there are always new ways of approaching the same lessons.
After spending a number of years working in the corporate world in Washington, D.C., Ms. Amy decided to take a new direction and entered the field of education. She had long fostered a love of children and the learning process but had avoided traditional education because of its inherent and systematic problems for students and teachers. She made the decision to become a Montessori educator, completing her Montessori teacher training at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, MD where she was certified by the American Montessori Society (AMS) as a lead elementary teacher. She taught in the Washington, D.C. area before moving back to Utah to be near family & friends. Amy acted as lead elementary teacher at the Ogden Valley Montessori School for three years before opening Evergreen Montessori Academy in 2006. Amy's passion for the Montessori approach as well as her desire to provide a comprehensive, high-quality Montessori program for children through Middle School prompted her to open Evergreen. She received her Bachelor's degree from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in Psychology and Sociology and her Master of Arts in Education from St. Catherine University in Minnesota. In addition to her work at Evergreen, she has also helped to launch a new AMS Montessori teacher training program at Westminster College and acted as an adjunct professor for the program. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach more educators about the Montessori Method so that more students and schools can benefit from this progressive and innovative approach through authentic implementation of the Montessori principles and pedagogue. Ms. Amy is grateful for the opportunity to work every day with the children, staff, and enthusiastic families of Evergreen.
Ms. Sally Gruber, with endless energy and dedication, works as our lead Toddler teacher. She was born and raised in South Africa and graduated from Northeastern College in New Jersey with a major in Psychology & Counseling and a minor in Education. She has worked for the past ten years as an educator for children with special needs. Her experience as both an educator and mother of two (nearly grown) children, as well as her life-long pursuit of excellence, growth, and loving care for others make her such a beautiful part of our Toddler classroom and school. Ms. Sally is constantly looking for ways to enhance the experience of her little students and brings such warmth, dedication, and professionalism to her classroom. In the time she has been here, she has proven herself to be an integral part of our community. We are truly grateful to have her with us and we know her little students all feel the same! Every year as her students graduate into our Early Childhood programs, they first come by to see their beloved Ms. Sally.
Ms. Chelsea Tracy is the Lead Teacher in our Early Childhood 1 classroom. Having previously worked closely with Ms. Amy in our Lower Elementary program, Ms. Chelsea has proven to be an excellent teacher and mentor to the children of all ages she has worked with. As the lead teacher in our Early Childhood 1 class, she has created a beautiful community of students who are eager to learn, and love her gentle, respectful ways and sincere interest in their development. She completed her Bachelor's degree from Weber State University and her Montessori training from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies in Sarasota, Florida. In addition to her work as a lead teacher in our Early Childhood program, Ms. Chelsea has also co-directed our summer programs for the past three years. Ms. Chelsea brings such positive energy, enthusiasm, and sincere desire to connect with and inspire the children in her classroom. She brings her natural teaching ability, creativity and passion for education to our Early Childhood program and has created a beautiful classroom experience for her students. Her dedication to excellence and constant drive to improve her classroom benefit her students every day. She is very excited to welcome her own little Montessori child to our school after her birth later this year!
After teaching at the Montessori Community School in Salt Lake City for ten years, Ms. Jen eagerly joined the staff of Evergreen and enrolled her three boys, Jackson, Wyatt, and Lucas in 2011. Having already completed a local Montessori training program many years ago, she determined to complete an AMS accredited training program as well, which she undertook this past year at the Institute for Montessori innovation at Westminster College. Her dedication to personal development and better understanding the Montessori approach to leaning as well as seeking ways to improve her classroom bring her students wonderful opportunities and experiences. Ms. Jen's patience, sense of order and natural talent for connecting with and guiding children add a wonderful tone to our Early Childhood programs.
Since the opening of our school in 2006, Ms. Angela has proven to be an integral member of our faculty. Helping to pioneer our Upper Elementary program at its start as well as co-directing our Lower Elementary program for the past two years, she has inspired many students over the years with her patience, diligence, and sincere dedication to an optimal learning experience for every student. She received her Bachelor's Degree from New School University and her Master's in English from Weber State University. She completed her Montessori training for 6-12 year olds through a premier Montessori training program at Houston Montessori Center. In addition to her work in the elementary programs at Evergreen, Ms. Angela also works as an adjunct professor in the English Department at Weber State University. Ms. Angela has extensive experience in the field of education having worked in various administrative roles at the university level and as a middle school teacher in Brooklyn, NY. She fell in love with the Montessori Method when her daughter, Olivia, began attending a Montessori school many years ago. Ms. Angela's ability to see children's potential and to empower them to find it for themselves make her an incredible asset to our elementary programs.
Having been a Montessori student herself as a child in Oregon, Ms. Lana has long fostered a love of the educative process. She began to study traditional education in college and soon realized the challenges that are inherent in the system as it is now functioning. She yearned to offer children the chance to experience personalized, hands-on learning in a classroom that allows children to move freely. She will receive her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development from Weber State University this December. She is currently completing her Lower Elementary Montessori training through the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College. She is very excited to work with Ms. Angela, Ms. Amy & Ms. Kelle to offer our Lower Elementary students a wonderful year of learning!