Boulder Elementary School is committed to providing continual professional development to the teachers and staff that work with the students in our community.  The staff meet weekly, discussing various theories and methods of best practices, as well as, bring professionals into the building to provide continuing education.  Additionally, all employees are encouraged and supported in continuing education experiences outside of the school.

Elizabeth Julian, Teacher & Administrator
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Elizabeth is the Head Teacher and Principal at Boulder Elementary School.  She earned a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Sociology and Studio Art 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 teaching all children strategically in diverse communities.

Prior to teaching at Boulder Elementary, she taught 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 board of the Boulder Arts Council, and is a Boulder Town Planning Commissioner.

Continuing Education:  2018 Mathematics Professional Development: What’s Your Game Plan?; 2018 DIBELS Math Mentor Training, 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 and Professional Development for School and District Leaders; Staff Development for Educators 2017 week long National Conference; 2016 Mountain West Arts Conference

Molly Benson, Teacher
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Molly started right here as a student at Boulder Elementary School.  Later, in 2010 she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied Film and Feminist Studies. She then spent six years in Seattle where she gained experience working in many fields, including event management, graphic and web design, theatre and film festival production, and had the opportunity to work with opera singers, filmmakers, and writers, among others. She is delighted to have come full circle to contribute her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to her former elementary school.

Molly works with students in kindergarten through sixth grade in all areas of studies with a focus on Reading, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Engineering, and the Arts.

Continuing Education: 2018 Mathematics Professional Development: What’s Your Game Plan?; 2018 STEM Best Practices Conference, 2018 NASA/SUU STEM Workshop for Teachers; Staff Development for Educators 2017 week long National Conference; 2017 NASA/SUU STEM Workshop for Teachers

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 a 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?

Michala Alldredge, Highly Qualified Paraprofessional
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Michala works with Boulder’s kindergarten through sixth grade students. She has a great love for learning and working with children. Michala grew up in Utah and attended schools in Richfield, Kanab, Orem and Salt Lake City. In 1992, she graduated from high school in West Jordan.

After attending college in Salt Lake City she moved to Portland, Oregon where she continued her education with a focus on English and Environmental Science. She worked in Pharmacy and business development for nineteen years. Her interest in science and healthcare inspired her to study massage therapy in 2008.  She completed her training and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since January of 2010.

Michala moved home to Utah in March of 2015 and she has been residing in Boulder since then. Her pioneer roots in Boulder, Escalante and Henrieville instilled a great love for the land and the people who make it their home. She is excited to be working and making a home in this great community.

Continuing Education: 2018 Mathematics Professional Development: What’s Your Game Plan?; Staff Development for Educators 2017 week long National Conference

Tessa Barkan, Highly Qualified Paraprofessional
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Tessa attended college at Tulane University in New Orleans where she earned a dual degree in Psychology and English. During her time in school, she worked with a number of educational organizations including local schools and after-school and summer leadership programs for teens. She also founded and headed a Supplemental Instruction department (similar to group-based tutoring), and taught English abroad to Tibetan refugees in Dharamshala, India.

Tessa moved to Boulder in 2016. In addition to working at the school, she volunteers at the Boulder Library, is a member of Boulder Tree City, and covers community events and meetings for The Insider. She is an active writer, and her works have been published in a number of literary magazines and online journals.

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

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 the students and faculty of Boulder Elementary School.

Heather Logan, Speech & Language Pathologist
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Heather received her degree from the University of Vermont after which she spent 2 years with Child Find, an early intervention program for rural communities in Vermont schools, and as a speech language pathology paraprofessional. She then received her degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Heather then spent several years in the Massachusetts public schools as the Speech and Language Pathologist and as the transition specialist for the Language Enrichment and Achievement Program (LEAP) with Hurricane Island Outward Bound Schools, where her role was to coordinate the Outward Bound Course mission to at-risk students.
In Utah, she has worked in several districts and as the Chief of Speech Pathology/Audiology at the University of Utah Medical Center, providing therapy and educational services across the Wasatch front and Intermountain area. As the Garfield County speech language pathologist, she provides assessments, therapy and consultation for students throughout the county.
Sharla Poast, Special Educator
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Sharla is the Special Educator for Boulder Elementary School, Escalante Elementary School, and Escalante High School. She moved to Escalante and began working in the district in the Fall of 2016.