Class Aides

  •  Jessie Clement
    Jessie Clement
    Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
    Jessie Clement
    Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

    Jessie was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. At 18 years old, she left the East Coast for the first time to attend Brigham Young University, where she received a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. She later obtained licensure in Early Childhood Special Education from Utah State University. Jessie is passionate about the importance of a child’s earliest years of life and finds joy in nurturing wonder and empowering families to embrace the opportunities of this unique window of childhood. She has had the privilege of teaching in a variety of settings, including early intervention preschool, Head Start, homeschool co-ops, Tinkergarten, Sports Academy Preschool in Logan, Utah, various English language learning programs, and (most importantly) at home with her 3 boys (ages 11, 8, and 6). On a typical day, you can find Jessie out adventuring with her 3 sons. Some of their favorite excursions include hiking, swimming, and exploring nature. They also love to visit museums and search for great books at the library to read together. After living in Peru for 1 ½ years and developing a deep love for its people, language, and culture, Jessie hopes to one day return to adventure there with her boys. Jessie loves children’s literature and storytelling, enjoys musical theater, delights in baking and trying new (mostly vegetarian) recipes, and values sharing the simple beauties that each season of the year brings with her family (although she struggles to fully embrace winter!). Jessie was first introduced to Waldorf education while living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and was immediately drawn to it. She incorporated some of its guiding principles into her home and personal philosophy, and dreamed of one day having the opportunity to embrace it more fully. She is thrilled to be a part of the Mountain Sunrise Academy family and to help educate the heads, hearts, and hands of its incredible students.

  •  Rachel Snyder
    Rachel Snyder
    Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
    Rachel Snyder
    Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
  •  Elizabeth Barbosa
    Elizabeth Barbosa
    1st Grade Teacher Assistant
    Elizabeth Barbosa
    1st Grade Teacher Assistant

    Elizabeth Barbosa grew up in Southern California and moved to Utah in 2021. She and her husband have 4 children that were homeschooled off and on. She was previously a Sunday school teacher and very much enjoys the company of little ones.

    Elizabeth enjoys hanging out with friends and family, baking, cooking and gardening. She is very excited to join Mountain Sunrise Academy.

  •  Alex Ruiz
    Alex Ruiz
    1st Grade Teacher Assistant
    Alex Ruiz
    1st Grade Teacher Assistant
    Alexandra (Alex for short) was born in Lima, Peru.  She speaks Spanish and English.   She is married with three children (a daughter age 13, and 2 sons ages 11 and 6).  Alex loves spending time with family and friends. Some of her hobbies are camping, hiking, skiing, and traveling. She also enjoys watching sports, especially when her kids are playing.   Alex is excited to be part of Mountain Sunrise Academy. 
  •  Katelyn Snyder
    Katelyn Snyder
    1st Grade Teacher Assistant
    Katelyn Snyder
    1st Grade Teacher Assistant

    Katelyn is excited to return for another year as part of the Mountain Sunrise Academy Team! She has a lot of experience with Waldorf Education as she was a Waldorf student for many years. She enjoys music, cooking, theatre, and traveling.

  •  Ryanne Andrews
    Ryanne Andrews
    2nd Grade Teacher Assistant
    Ryanne Andrews
    2nd Grade Teacher Assistant

    Ryanne grew up in Southern California with her three younger siblings. She moved to Utah after High School and has lived here for four years now. Ryanne plans to graduate college as an orthopedic technician with a minor in art studies. She has no children of her own but is excited to work at MSA and be able to share her talents and passions with the students here. She loves plants and succulents even though she’s not super great at keeping them alive. Ryanne loves taking long road trips where she kayaks in lakes all over the west coast with her dog Charlie and one day she plans on having a pet skunk!


  •  Alli Sorensen
    Alli Sorensen
    2nd Grade Teacher Assistant
    Alli Sorensen
    2nd Grade Teacher Assistant

    Alli is from Eagle Mountain, Utah, and graduated from Westlake High School in 2020. She is an avid fan of all things Marvel, Harry Potter, and Taylor Swift, and enjoys musicals, movies/tv shows, and books. Alli loves nature, camping, and being in the mountains, but hates the heat! She looks forward to sweater weather every year, and wears sweaters throughout the year, even during the summer. If you were to ask her what her favorite summer activities are, she would likely say, “camping, boating, and staying inside, pretending it’s not 80 degrees outside.” So, don’t be surprised to find her walking around wearing long sleeves, even if it’s a hot day outside!

    Alli worked in a crisis nursery for just under a year, after volunteering there throughout her senior year of high school. She joined the MSA team as an aide in January 2021. She is extremely passionate about working with children and loves getting to spend time with them everyday at work. She hopes to eventually get her degree in elementary education and become a teacher herself. She is excited and optimistic about working at Mountain Sunrise Academy!

  •  Bethanie Edwards
    Bethanie Edwards
    3rd Grade Aide
    Bethanie Edwards
    3rd Grade Aide

    Bethanie and her husband Josh moved to Eagle Mountain in 2020. They have 3 children Kelsi (12), Londyn (7) and JJ (5). She loves being involved in the classroom and has served as room parent for two classes this past year as well as being PCC president. In her spare time, Bethanie enjoys reading, camping and exploring with her family. Bethanie is excited to be an aide and to see things in a different light. She truly believes that in order for our children to succeed we need our teachers to be successful and in order for our teachers to be successful we need our school to meet its full potential. Together we can make a difference.



  •  Elisa Brazell
    Elisa Brazell
    Student Success Aide/ELL
    Elisa Brazell
    Student Success Aide/ELL

    Elisa Brazell has a love for education and learning, having taught 5th and 6th grades in the past, but more recently, she has been sharing her love of music as a guitar instructor. She is also an entrepreneur, building an online business, Journey to Become.  Elisa is passionate about self improvement and helping others to live up to their highest potential, through healthy living and healthy thinking. Being a checklist person, she loves to track things and create systems to help herself and others achieve success.  

    Elisa loves to hike, walk in the mornings and evenings, read and listen to great books, and play board and card games with her family and friends.

    She is excited to be a part of the Mountain Sunrise community!

  •  Teresa Barrett
    Teresa Barrett
    Student Success Aide
    Teresa Barrett
    Student Success Aide
  •  Trisha Vale
    Trisha Vale
    Student Success Aide
    Trisha Vale
    Student Success Aide

    Trisha Vale is a graduate of Viewmont High School and has lived in Utah throughout her life. She is currently a resident of Eagle Mountain, where she has lived with her family for the past 18 years. Together with her husband of 24 years, she has dedicated her life to raising and nurturing their 3 children. 

    Trisha is an avid reader, TV show connoisseur, and loves exploring nature. But, her favorite hobby is spending time with her family. Her love of the ocean and bodyboarding take her and her family to California annually to enjoy the sun, waves, and of course, Disneyland.

    Trish’s passion for serving others and love of youth has brought her to Mountain Sunrise Academy, where she plans to explore a career in education.

  •  Vanessa Gibby
    Vanessa Gibby
    Student Success Aide
    Vanessa Gibby
    Student Success Aide

    Vanessa was a stay-at-home mom for fourteen years, making her three children her life and joy. She homeschooled them and loved being able to spend every moment with them. She knows that the experiences one has during their childhood years are extremely impactful on the quality of the rest of their life. She wants every child she has the privilege of interacting with to know that they have individual value and great worth. 

    Prior to becoming a mother, Vanessa earned a B.S. degree in Applied Environmental Geoscience. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was honored to receive the Outstanding Graduate of the Year Award from the Department of Geosciences at Weber State University. Shortly before she graduated, she began working at Utah’s Department of Natural Resources, where she worked for 7 years. Her favorite job ever was tutoring students who were experiencing academic struggles. She is thrilled to be part of the Mountain Sunrise Academy community and looks forward to contributing positively to its nurturing environment.

    Vanessa’s favorite activities include cuddling with her children while reading a good book, landscape photography, and oil painting.

  •  Malissa Rohbock
    Malissa Rohbock
    Student Success Aide
    Malissa Rohbock
    Student Success Aide
    Malissa Rohbock's current role in life is a full-time mama and energy worker. She was a stay at home mom for ten years and over the last three years has grown in the study of breath-work energy work and meditation. It has taught her to find joy in the little things and how to navigate this human experience with all its highs and lows, wholeheartedly. 

    Malissa was homeschooled by her grandma and mom, whom are both brilliant women. and feels fortunate to have been able to receive that kind of foundation. 

    Malissa is passionate about giving her time and presence to MSA for the vision of raising our youth to know who they uniquely are. Watching them thrive in mind, body and spirit while staying connected to learning through creativity, and having respect for Nature. 

    A few of her favorite things are: dancing, being in nature, good chocolate, holding safe space, hot springs and live music. 
  •  Aspen Meek
    Aspen Meek
    Gardening Assistant
    Aspen Meek
    Gardening Assistant

    Aspen Meek is a recent graduate from the University of Utah with a BA in Environmental Sustainability. She is a lover and learner of organic gardening, permaculture and Biodynamics. She enjoys roller skating, frogs and the color purple. Her dream is to run her own sustainable/regenerative farm where there are lots of mini cows and all the produce that grows is purple (orchid purple to be exact). 

  •  Emily Kelly
    Emily Kelly
    Handwork Assistant
    Emily Kelly
    Handwork Assistant
    Emily finds the most joy when creating and working with her hands whether it’s knitting, crocheting, sewing, beading, making jewelry, drawing, gardening or giving big hugs to her kids.  She and her husband Steve have four of the sweetest kids: Isla, Charlie, Edison, and Faye. They have lived all over the United States and are thrilled to now call Utah their home. 

    Emily’s favorite thing is to be with her family laughing while on an adventure that is probably going “differently than planned” in some way but she always says “maybe this is better!”
  •  Raelin Somers
    Raelin Somers
    Handwork Assistant
    Raelin Somers
    Handwork Assistant
  •  Ashley-Marie Olmstead
    Ashley-Marie Olmstead
    Handwork Assistant
    Ashley-Marie Olmstead
    Handwork Assistant
    Ashley-Marie has enjoyed being creative since a very young age. She loves to help others work though problems and help them see the beauty in life that's all around them. She's a mama of two beautiful girls and loves to go on adventures with them and her hunky husband.  Ashley-Marie taught herself how to crochet and knit after becoming a mom and wanting to follow in her great grandmas' footsteps. She is a certified yoga instructor with special training in trauma and children's yoga. She loves working with children and hearing all about their dreams and stories. She enjoys being in nature and with all the beauty God has put on the earth.

    Fun fact: she loves Indian food. Sorry tacos. 
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    Stephanie McDonald
    Handwork Assistant
    Stephanie McDonald
    Handwork Assistant
  •  Jade La Luna
    Jade La Luna
    Substitute Teacher/Aide
    Jade La Luna
    Substitute Teacher/Aide
  •  Karee Read
    Karee Read
    Special Education Paraprofessional Lead
    Karee Read
    Special Education Paraprofessional Lead

    Karee has been happily married to her husband Michael for over 38 years. They have two children and two granddaughters. Her family lived in Loveland, Colorado where Karee worked in the Thompson school district for many years as a special education paraprofessional.  She moved back to Utah in 2004 and then became an early childhood center director for a licensed preschool and childcare program. 



  •  Tammie Penwell
    Tammie Penwell
    Special Education Paraprofessional
    Tammie Penwell
    Special Education Paraprofessional
    Tammie is originally from Montana. She has spent most of her adult career as a behavioral therapist working with children with disabilities in Idaho and working with children in schools. She has also done some mental health work. Her favorite hobbies are music, arts and crafts type things, and she likes to use these things to assist in her work with others. She is glad to be a part of the Special Ed team.



  •  Susan Perkins
    Susan Perkins
    Special Education Paraprofessional
    Susan Perkins
    Special Education Paraprofessional

    Susan grew up in Sandy, Utah and has since lived in Las Vegas and Montpelier, Idaho. She has three boys ages 22, 20, and 18 whom have all been raised right here in Saratoga Springs. Susan is looking forward to helping teach your wonderful children.

  •  Sarah Gibby
    Sarah Gibby
    Special Education Paraprofessional
    Sarah Gibby
    Special Education Paraprofessional

    Sarah's first love is her family. She has 5 children and a supportive husband.  She earned an education degree from BYU and has always had a special place in her heart for children with special needs. Sarah also loves many forms of crafting, travels as much as she can and enjoys theater and concerts.