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, discussing various theories and methods of best practices, as well as, bring professionals into the building to provide continuing education opportunities.  Everyone is encouraged and supported in continued professional development.

In addition to Boulder Elementary School staff, the school is fortunate to have district educators, providing occasional instructional support to students and paraprofessional 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 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 was previously a Boulder Town Planning Commissioner, now serving as an elected Town Council Member.

Continuing Education:  
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2020 Words Have Power! Protecting Intellectual Freedom, Utah Library Media
• 2019-2020 Bootup, Computer Science PD
• 2019 STEM Action Center, Mathematics Digital Learning 

• 2019 Literacy and Leadership
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2018 Kindergarten Entry and Exit Profile

• 2018 STEM Action Center, Mathematics Digital Learning 
• 2018 Mathematics Professional Development: What’s Your Game Plan?
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2018 DIBELS Math Mentor Training
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2018 DIBELS Math Data Analysis and Professional Development 
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2018 STEM Best Practices Conference
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2018 NASA/SUU STEM Workshop for Teachers
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2018 Stanford University Graduate School of Education Course: How to Teach Math with Jo Boaler
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2017-2018 DIBELS Next and Amplify: Data Analysis for School and District Leaders
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2017 week-long National Conference
• 2016 DIBELS Next, Pathways of Progress
• 2016 Mountain West Arts Conference

Elin Isakson, Teacher
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Elin is currently working on receiving a teaching license and is the part-time STEM teacher.  Also supporting students in literacy, reading and writing. She received a bachelor’s in English with an emphasis in teaching English as a Second Language at Brigham Young University in 2004. She completed an English teaching internship in Cuenca, Ecuador. Elin earned her master’s degree in applied linguistics at the University of Utah in 2008 and served as a research assistant for the department of education where she had the opportunity to observe elementary school teachers around the state.

Over the years Elin has taught English and mathematics to children and teenagers.  She has taught English, literacy, history, and humanities to adult high school students and newcomers to the United States. Prior to moving to Boulder at the start of the 2019-2020 school year, she and her husband worked together as house parents at a boarding school for teenage girls.  She is excited to be part of the community by serving the kids and families of Boulder Elementary.

Andria Rice, Highly Qualified Paraprofessional
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Andria is a Utah native, who along with her husband Andy and two daughters, Carmen and Shirley, moved to Boulder in March 2019.  Andria earned a Bachelors’s degree in Elementary Education in 2012 with an emphasis in Art, from Utah State University before going on to teach Kindergarten at Bear River Charter School in Cache Valley. 

While receiving her college education, Andria also gained valuable experience as a teaching assistant at Edith Bowen Laboratory School at the USU campus. In addition, Andria has taught children in both Tamil Nadu, India and Norway, enriching her teaching philosophy and pedagogy.  

Prior to moving to Boulder, Andria spent five years on a large Colorado mountain ranch focusing on being a mother and raising a small flock of fiber sheep.  Andria is thrilled to be working with students again and being a member of the community.  She will be working with students from kindergarten through sixth grade. 

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, with an emphasis on foundational reading skills and enrichment.  Claire’s intention for teaching at Boulder Elementary School is to empower children, honoring each student’s flow of learning and natural rhythms.  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. 

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?

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.

Sharla Poast, Special Educator for Escalante and Boulder Schools
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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.