Jessica Tsu, Upper Elementary Director

Jessica TsuMs. Jessica Tsu received her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Jessica has been teaching for over 10 years.  In that time, she has taught, third, fourth, and fifth grade, and has been named, “Teacher of The Year,” on two accounts.  She has helped successfully open a charter school, has had training and experience in Expeditionary Learning, writing curriculum, and Project-based Learning.  AISU’s model for Upper Elementary follows the successful Acton Academy Model, which is similar to Project-based learning and Expeditionary Learning.  Jessica’s experience with creating curriculum, Project-based Learning, and Expeditionary Learning will deepen the level and quality of Quests (Science and Social Studies units created in the Acton model).  Jessica will not only be conquering the task of directing, creating, and implementing a successful Upper Elementary Program, but will also have the opportunity to continue teaching in each classroom with a focus on coding, engineering, genius hour, and passion projects.

Jessica is excited to direct the Upper Elementary and still have the opportunity to teach because she enjoys teaching.  Teaching gives her the chance to inspire and help shape young minds positively.  She also loves the opportunity to ignite a love for life-long learning within children, and help them realize their individual worth within the context of their peers and outside of their family.  She works every day to ensure that each student feel loved, accepted, and safe when they come to school.  She creates an environment where students can be themselves and yet understands the value of success and failure.  Jessica creates an environment where students choose to persevere and revise when necessary.

She believes that within each child lies a genius; and to help fully reach this genius, each child needs to be supported by parents, teachers, and community members, as well as students taking an active role in their own responsibility to learn.  She truly believes, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Jessica enjoys nature, photography, traveling, the arts, family time, different cultures, reading, sports, community events and festivals, and learning. She has a 130-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback named Simba, who she has taught many fun tricks to, including turning off the lights, giving high-five, playing dead, and holding treats on his nose.

Cindy Myrup, Elementary Literacy Coach

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 Tim Larrabee, Upper Elementary Lead Guide

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 7.43.46 PMMr. Larrabee grew up in Bountiful, Utah and attended high school at Judge Memorial in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1988 Tim joined the United States Coast Guard and had the opportunity to live and work throughout the country. After 23 years of service Tim retired from the Coast Guard in 2011 and return to Utah with his family. Tim received a Masters of Arts in Teaching with a focus in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education with a focus in K-12 Special Education from Westminster College. Tim is excited to be on the American International School of Utah team and working with the upper elementary faculty, staff, students, parents, and community.

 

 

Carrie Donahue, Upper Elementary Lead Guide

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 7.52.22 PMMrs. Donahue grew up in a suburb near Detroit, Michigan. She received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from University of Michigan. After graduating she decided to take a chance and move to Utah to find a teaching job. For the past five years, Mrs. Donahue has taught fourth and fifth grade. She loves working with students and cares for each student’s success as if they are her own.Mrs. Donahue’s favorite part about teaching is when students connect what is learned in the classroom to their own personal lives
When Mrs. Donahue is not teaching she enjoys playing pretend with her three year old son, hiking, reading, and going to the gym.

 

Karen Mangome, Upper Elementary Lead Guide

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Sandra Liddell, Upper Elementary Lead Guide

 

Gina Mejia, 4-6 Resource Guide

Sherry Spence, Early Childhood

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 8.11.01 PMMrs. Spence has been teaching the Montessori philosophy for 21 years.  She was born and raised in Salt Lake City.  She completed her first Montessori credential through MWEI (Montessori World Education Institute) in 1995 and worked as the lead teacher in a Montessori classroom at Oakridge Elementary for 15 years. In 2005, she received an advanced Montessori degree through MEPI (Montessori Education Programs International.) She joined Elizabeth Academy Montessori School in 2010 where she worked with children with special needs.   She has also completed Montessori Early Childhood coursework at the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College.  Mrs. Spence truly believes in the Montessori philosophy and incorporating a peaceful environment for learning.

 Kim Crow

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Char Johnson, Lower Elementary Lead Guide

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 8.06.07 PMI am excited to be teaching 1-2 grade in the Mustang classroom this year. I received my special educator license in June of this year. I have been teaching for about 5 years in grades K-12 in both regular and special education. I look forward to working in the elementary this year and to be working with many of the same students! I attended the Institute of Montessori Training at Westminster College this summer and I am currently working on a Masters Degree in Education.

 

 

Andrea Marchant, Lower Elementary Lead Guide

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 10.58.43 AMAndrea Marchant completed the Lower Elementary Montessori program through the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College. She is currently working towards her Masters of Education which will be completed in 2016. Andrea is from Oklahoma, she has lived in Salt Lake City for two years.

 

Cathie Mathews- Lower Elementary Lead Teacher

 

 

Laura Moore-Bateson- Lower Elementary Lead Teacher

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Laura Bateson Moore- Lower Elementary 1-2

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