Jennifer Blaine grew up in the town of Paradise, California that is now famous for burning down a little over a year ago on her birthday. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a minor in zoology. She has been a part of this Promontory community since the beginning. All 5 of her children either attend or attended this school. She owes much to Promontory for their love of learning.
Jennifer has spent many hours at Promontory. She has volunteered as a parent helper since day one. She served on the school board for five years. She has been employed at Promontory as an aide, a substitute teacher, an intervention specialist, and now as an interim director.
It is hard to pick a favorite from all the wonderful things about Promontory. Jennifer love's the expeditions that help students learn deeply and apply subjects to real life. She loves the fieldwork that gets students outside of our building to learn, the new explorations that the 7th and 8th graders have started this year, and the strong arts program Promontory provides for students that she feels is crucial to their education. She loves Promontory's healthy and yummy lunches, the amazing librarians who keep reading interesting and rewarding and Promontory's kind and wise approach to discipline using restorative justice. She loves our parent volunteers who without we could not have everything else in the this paragraph. She loves our teachers and aides and staff who are her friends and who work harder than anyone she knows. But her favorite thing about Promontory is the kids. They are the light and energy and reason Promontory exists.
Jennifer and her husband love adventure. Their favorite adventure so far has been raising our kids. They also love the adventure of learning new things, of traveling, and of enjoying the great outdoors. In the winter you can find Jennifer cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the mountains. In the summer she hikes and enjoys finding warm water to swim in.
Assistant Director / Instructional Guide
Danielle, known to most as Miss W., grew up in St. Paul, MN. She had an idyllic childhood filled with memories of playing in the snow in the winter and spending time “Up North” at the lake or on the farm with her extended family in the summer. She is a true Minnesotan through and through, and every once in a while you will hear her accent creep into certain words, especially after visiting family.
Danielle loves sports. Growing up she competed in gymnastics, soccer and hockey. In the end, she decided to play for a traveling soccer team. Miss W. still plays soccer to this day. When she is not playing sports (or hiking), you will find her with her nose in a book. She loves to read! Although she reads a variety of books, her favorite genre is historical fiction. Suggestions please!
After high school, Danielle went on to the University of Minnesota to pursue her dream of teaching and she became a true Golden Gopher fan. On any given Saturday afternoon you could find Miss W. cheering on her beloved Golden Gopher football team. During the winter, on any Friday or Saturday night you could find her cheering on the hockey team. Ski-u-mah! She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and followed it by earning her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. After graduation, she was ready for a change and packed up her Volkswagen Jetta with all that she owned and drove west, landing in Layton, Utah.
Prior to working at Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning, Danielle taught for 7 years as a first and/or second grade teacher. She has experience in both traditional and multi-age classrooms and fell in love with the multi-age experience, which brought back fond memories of when she was in elementary school. She had the same teacher from first through third grade and from fourth through sixth grade.
Danielle loves coming to work every day. Her joy lies in watching and working with teachers and students as they realize that “nothing is impossible as long as you are humble and have grit.”