Educational Specialist Tuesday
I graduated Cum Laude from Utah State University with a dual major in Special Education and History. I started out wanting to teach History with Special Education as “my back up plan”, but as my career went on, I discovered Special Education to be my true love (with history as a close second ;). I love the challenge of figuring out how each child learns. It is the best feeling to see “the light go on”, as something finally clicks in a child’s mind. I have had the opportunity to teach children in many different settings. My experience ranges from teaching communication skills to children with severe autism, to instructing young children on how to do a chaise in dance class. When I am not chasing my own 5 children around, I can be found coaching a team, volunteering at church, running (sometimes for exercise, and sometimes to save my four-year-old from yet another disaster), reading, or eating a huge bowl of Lucky Charms. I am so excited to be a part of this program, and your child’s education experience.
Educational Specialist Thursday
Traci Folkersen is beginning her third year at Davinci Academy. She graduated from the University of Utah in Elementary Education. She worked for Jordan School District at the district office in Curriculum and Staff Development for 11 years. She also has a small art/craft business. She has one daughter and three boys. She enjoys traveling, decorating, learning new things, and doing all sorts of art/craft/painting projects.
Teacher and Event Planner
Cydnee Peterson graduated from Ricks College with her family science degree specializing in professional preschool education. She then owned and operated her own preschool/daycare that served more than 150 students from age 6 weeks to 6th grade. She continued her education and was licensed to work with early intervention programs assisting families of children with special needs. Following a family move to Indiana she took a position with a private school where she was not only a classroom teacher but also develop curriculum and implemented enrichment activities. She has been happily married to her husband for 24 years and they are the parents of 5 children. She enjoys cooking, kayaking, hiking, reading, writing, and has a special fondness for Disney Land.
Morgan has always loved kids. Ever since she was a young girl she couldn't wait to grow up and have a family of her own. She's been married 10 years and has 4 beautiful children with her husband Chris. Homeschooling was a big dream of hers and having the opportunity to teach at the distance program has been the cherry on top. Her children have attended Davinci Distance for 4 years including the upcoming school year and this will be her 2nd year teaching. Her favorite part of teaching is really getting to know each one of her students and trying to make every lesson fun and memorable. Some of her favorite things to do include reading, thrifting, watching movies, and playing at the lake with her kids.
Debbi Anderson has always loved children and working with them. She graduated from Utah State University in Family and Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood education. She worked on Capitol Hill in the Education Committee. She was the president of the children's group at her church for 3 years. Debbi has 4 wonderful children. She loves to travel and spend time outside. She loves reading and going to book club each month. She absolutely loves teaching at DaVinci Academy.
I grew up in a family of 8 children, in the military life, where I was able to live and visit in most parts of the world. Moving has always been a part of my life (I have lived in 6 different states and 2 different countries) but I hope to settle in Bountiful now that we have lived here for just over a year. I am married with 4 children of my own (2 girls, 2 boys). My older two are nearly grown while my younger 2 are just starting on their life adventures (ages 20, 16, 5, and 3). I have primarily been a stay at home mom all these years but spent several of those years teaching preschool, then later moving on to get certified and licensed in Personal training, and Yoga. I did personal training, exercise therapy for a few years before moving on to teach my great passion for yoga. I have been a yoga teacher for 8 years and have found that teaching children yoga is probably one of my most favorites. Aside from my greatest love of being a mom, I love the great outdoors, I love to hike, camp, garden, and bike. I enjoy reading, decorating, creating new healthy recipes, and exercising for my sanity! I love to spend time with my wonderful hubby and amazing kiddos, they are my joy and my life.