1/2 Crew Teacher
April Stoddart grew up in an adventurous family being the 10th of 11 children. She grew up in Utah and has lived in New York, Oregon and currently North Ogden with her husband and two kids.
April home schooled her two children for 15 years and taught 6 years in a local commonwealth school. She received her Bachelors of Science from Weber State University and is working on her Masters of Education at WGU. April taught at Maria Montessori and Capstone Classical Academy and is very excited to join the family here at Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning.
April loves to travel and learn about the world and cultures and what they have to teach us. She wants to share that love of learning with her students and feels that Expeditionary Learning gives children the tools to explore the wonders of the world and how we each can make a difference.
April says, “The idea of letting the child learn from his/her environment and the tools provided for exploration is key to why Expeditionary Learning resonates with me. I feel that education is more than what you find in books. It is learning to see the world around us, learning from it, and finding our place in it. It’s about learning how we have an affect upon each other as well as our surroundings. I believe that children are born with an innate curiosity and desire to learn. By providing various opportunities to explore the world around them, reading classical, living books and using hands-on tools as way of learning concepts, that innate curiosity and a love of learning is born.“
1/2 Crew Teacher
Jennifer Delaney is a lifelong learner and seems to find education on many paths. She has teaching experience as a mom, classroom aide, homeschool parent, substitute teacher, special education teacher, and currently as a part of Promontory’s 1-2 Community. She graduated from USU in Early Childhood Education and has a birth through 5 Special Education certification. Jennifer is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Special Education from University of West Florida. She is very excited for her new learning and teaching adventures at Promontory.
Jennifer lives in a small farming community with her best friend and husband, Robert, two amazing teenage girls, Rebecca and Rachel, her mom, Joyce, and their dog, Roofio. They love to be together as a family and enjoy movies, camping, puzzles, laughing, and eating dinner together as often as possible.
Jennifer believes children are magical and full of wonder with gifts to share and even more to discover. Children fascinate her. She sees teaching as a privilege to watch the magic unfold everyday.
One of her favorite quotes is from Rita Pierson,
“Every child deserves a champion, an adult who insists they become the best they can possibly be.”
She is happy to join the crew of champions at Promontory.
1/2 Crew Teacher
When Miss Darsie was young, she liked to “Play School” with all the neighborhood kids. She
dreamed about and couldn’t wait to be a teacher when she “Grew Up” just like her mom. Yes,
her mom, an uncle, and several of her cousins are or have been teachers. I guess you could say
that teaching simply runs in her blood. She loves learning with, and from her students. She
believes there are few careers that have such a huge impact on the future than that of a
teacher. She loves seeing the light of understanding in students’ eyes once they “Get It”
especially when they felt like giving up, but didn’t.
She graduated from Utah State University with two Bachelor of science degrees, one in early
childhood education, the other in elementary education in 2009. Since graduating from Utah
State University, she has earned an ELS endorsement from Weber State, in addition to taking
master’s classes for a level 1 reading endorsement from Utah State University. She has taught
pre-school, kindergarten, and first grade. She has been a part the Promontory crew the past
year substituting and helping our where and when she could.
Miss Darsie has a crazy wonderful life and blended family. She met and married her husband
thirteen years ago. Together, they have a mix of seven kids and eighteen grandkids whom she
deeply loves. She says that spending time with friends or family (especially her grandkids) is the
best thing in life! She also loves to travel, camp, watch movies or live theater. You can find her
often with her hand in the dirt working on her many flower beds and garden, in addition to
reading or listening Audible books, and music and of course teaching.
She had the amazing opportunity to live in Germany with her family for four years. While
living overseas, she and her family took the opportunity to visit multiple countries and many
cities within those countries. She has also lived in multiple states within the United States. With
each move, and after visiting each city, town or village, she came to the realization that
“Family” doesn’t just mean the one you’re born into. Miss Darsie believes that WE each have
the ability to create a family wherever we are. She looks forward to creating yet another family
with her classroom crew, the wonderful 1-2 teaching crew, POP’s, admin and support crew at
Miss Darsie loves sayings and quotes. Here are a couple she found recently:
"Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."– Babe Ruth
“In order to write about life first you must live it.”– Ernest Hemingway
1/2 Crew Teacher
Glenna Petersen grew up in Utah and was raised on a dairy farm. She lived her whole life here except for when she served a service mission in Kenya, Africa and taught at an International School in Bangkok, Thailand. She received her degrees at Utah State University in Elementary Education and Special Education. She was a founding member of Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning and taught here for 5 years.
Glenna LOVES teaching expeditions and feels that each child has a passion and love for learning. She makes it her purpose at school to find each child's and co-worker's strengths. She wants each child to see the real-world relevance in their studies and help them to know they can make a difference in the world both now as elementary students and as they grow up. She strives to create a climate of all voices being heard and respected.
Glenna grew up in a large family and has 5 children. She loves people, history, outdoors, adventures, and seeing the world through others eyes. Feel free to stop in and say hello to her!
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