Boulder Elementary School is committed to providing continual professional development to those that work with the students in our community. 
The building staff meets weekly, discusses various theories and methods of best practices, and brings professionals into the building to provide continuing education opportunities. Everyone is encouraged and supported in continued professional development.
Besides Boulder Elementary School staff, the school is fortunate to have district educators, providing occasional instructional support to students and paraeducator training.

Elizabeth Julian, Teacher & Administrator
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Elizabeth is the Head Teacher and Principal at Boulder Elementary School and was the recipient of the 2019 Utah Education Association Excellence in Teaching Award

Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Sociology and Studio Art concentration from the University of Vermont in 2003. Elizabeth graduated with honors receiving the Elementary Education Program Diversity Award, recognizing her efforts to advance the Elementary Education program’s mission of strategically teaching all children in diverse communities.

Before teaching at Boulder Elementary, she trained with various experiential education programs and was a wilderness guide throughout the United States. Elizabeth has been living in Boulder with her husband since 2008. In addition to her role at the school, she volunteers at the Boulder Library, serves on the Boulder Arts Council board, and was previously a Boulder Town Planning Commissioner, now serving as an elected Town Council Member.

Continuing Education for Elizabeth Julian:  
• 2020 Words Have Power! Protecting Intellectual Freedom, Utah Library Media
• 2019-2020 Bootup, Computer Science PD
• 2019 National CS for ALL Summit
• 2019 STEM Action Center, Mathematics Digital Learning 
• 2019 Literacy and Leadership
• 2018 Kindergarten Entry and Exit Profile
• 2018 STEM Action Center, Mathematics Digital Learning
• 2018 Mathematics Professional Development: What’s Your Game Plan?
2018 DIBELS Math Mentor Training

• 2018 DIBELS Math Data Analysis and Professional Development 
• 2018 STEM Best Practices Conference
• 2018 NASA/SUU STEM Workshop for Teachers
• 2018 Stanford University Graduate School of Education Course: How to Teach Math with Jo Boaler
• 2017-2018 DIBELS Next and Amplify: Data Analysis for School and District Leaders
• 2017 Staff Development for Educators National Conference
• 2016 DIBELS Next, Pathways of Progress
• 2016 Mountain West Arts Conference

Alexxia (Lexi) Johnson, Highly Qualified Paraprofessional
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Lexi works with students in preschool through sixth grade in all areas of study. She plans on continuing her education as an early childhood educator. Until then, Lexi is using her time at Boulder Elementary School for professional experience. Lexi grew up in Boulder and attended Boulder Elementary School. She was a student at Escalante High School and graduated from Utah Online School in May of 2016.

Continuing Education:  
• 2018 Mathematics Professional Development: What’s Your Game Plan?

April O’Neal, Highly Qualified Paraprofessional
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April works with Boulder’s kindergarten through sixth grade students. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Behavior Science with a minor in Sociology from the University of Maryland and a Masters Degree in Park Recreation Resource Management from Frostburg State University.  

She worked in various Park and Recreation field positions from Park Ranger, Recreation programs at a Community Center, Park Manager, and Land Acquisition Specialist.  Before moving to Boulder, April spent a year teaching English to Middle School students in South Korea.

Claire Nelson, Paraprofessional
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Claire moved to Boulder in 2019 after completing a local herbal apprenticeship. She works with students in kindergarten through sixth grade, emphasizing foundational reading skills and enrichment. Claire’s intention for teaching at Boulder Elementary School is to empower children, honoring each student’s learning and natural rhythm. She encourages open awareness and a conscious approach to communicating with and guiding children. Claire is a certified Qoya teacher, a movement system integrating dance and yoga. 

Heather McDevitt, “Highly Qualified” Custodian
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Heather grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and moved to Boulder in 2014. She has experience in many areas, including food service, gardening, and property maintenance. She is detail-oriented, self-motivated and provides a safe and clean environment for Boulder Elementary School students and faculty.

Tessa Barkan, Highly Qualified Paraprofessional
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Tessa attended college at Tulane University, where she earned a dual degree in Psychology and English. During her time in school, she worked with several educational organizations, including local charter elementary schools and after-school and summer leadership programs for teens. She also founded and subsequently headed a Supplemental Instruction department at the University and taught English abroad to Tibetan refugees in Dharamshala, India.

She worked for a year in the mental health field, assisting many psychiatrists and social workers, and co-founded a radio program/podcast (Whole Body Mental Health Radio) to increase public awareness about integrative mental health. She is a certified yoga teacher, as well as an active writer, and her works of poetry and creative non-fiction have been published in a number of literary magazines and online journals.

Tessa moved to Boulder in 2016. In addition to working at the school with students from kindergarten to sixth grade, she volunteers at the Boulder library, is a member of the Boulder Skills Foundation, and covers community meetings for the Wayne and Garfield County Insider.