Faculty

Duna Strachan, BS AMS

Founder/Executive Director

Duna founded Soaring Wings in 1987. She received a BS in Wildlife Biology from Arizona State University and was in the midst of a Master’s degree in Environmental Zoology when parenthood suddenly drew her attention to the world of Montessori. Duna found that her science background lent itself to the science-based Montessori method and enabled her to be a “Renaissance woman”, dabbling in art, music, geography, literature and math as well as science. Duna holds Montessori credentials at the Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood levels. She was founding president of the Utah Montessori Council and founding member of the UMC Council of Elders. She coordinates the annual state teacher conference, hosts teacher training workshops and serves as consultant for teacher training programs in Utah, California and Colorado. She lives in Park Meadows with her husband, best friend, and administrator, Bruce King. Her two Montessori children, Lina and Leith, are grown but the family still enjoys frequent boating expeditions. As Executive Director of Soaring Wings, Duna oversees classroom quality, curriculum integrity, faculty development and community projects aimed at continual improvement and growth of the school.

Lina Singleton, BS AMS HHC

School Director/Holistic Health Coach

Lina grew up in Park City and has been involved in Montessori since she was 2 1/2 years old. She has watched her parents, Duna Strachan and Bruce King, transform the school from a single small classroom in their Park Meadows home to what it is today. Lina graduated from the University of Utah in 2004 with a BS in Communication and holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood teaching credential. Lina also works as a Holistic Health Coach, with a focus of children and their families. Lina & her husband Lee, along with their third generation Montessorian Finley, love to travel & spend as much time as possible on Lake Mead. As Director of Soaring Wings, Lina oversees classroom quality, curriculum integrity, faculty development and community projects aimed at continual improvement and growth of the school. As a Health Coach, Lina leads workshops on nutrition, offers individual health and nutrition coaching to parents, teachers and families, and maintains a healthy school environment.

Stevie Harrison, BS AMS

Program Director/Early Childhood Teacher

Born and raised in Park City, Stevie is a true local. Graduating from the University of Utah in 2007, she holds a BS in Interpersonal Communication and holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood teaching credential. She has the dream and vision of being able to give back to a community that experiences the everyday pressures of an ever increasing and anxious world. She owns and operates a Bobby Lawrence Karate school with her sister in Heber City and is passionately dedicated to propel and implement children’s education and their role in the world. During her free time she enjoys, karate, reading, dancing, and snowboarding.

Leah Linebarger, BS AMS

Toddler Teacher

Leah has a BS degree in Social Science from Westminster College and holds an American Montessori Society Infant/Toddler teaching credential. She attended a Montessori school as a child in Texas, loves the outdoors and is an avid runner.

Lynn Chadderdon, BA AMS

Parent/Infant/Toddler Teacher

Lynn holds a BA from University of California, Berkeley and has lived in Park City since 1988. She has been a part of Soaring Wings as a parent and as a teaching assistant and holds an American Montessori Society Infant/Toddler teaching credential. She enjoys fly fishing, climbing, cycling, camping and being mom to Max.

Tama D’Angelo, BS AMS EMT

Toddler & Music Teacher/Emergency Medical Technician

Tama grew up in Orem, Utah. After spending ten years in Park City she moved to Heber City where she currently resides with her loving husband, James, beautiful 2-year-old son, Oliver, and friendly dog, Sidney. She earned her BS degree in Biology from the University of Utah and spent several seasons working for the Forest Service as a Biological Sciences Technician conducting wildlife surveys in the Uinta Mountains. Tama holds an American Montessori Society Infant/Toddler teaching credential and is currently working towards her Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification and should have that in hand by the beginning of the ’13/’14 school year. In her spare time she enjoys sharing her passion for the outdoors with her family, camping, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, running, biking and attending outdoor music concerts.

Kim Norman, BA AMS MMEd

Early Childhood Teacher

Kim has a BA in Journalism from Brigham Young University, a Master of Arts in Montessori Education from St. Catherine University and holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood teaching credential. She enjoyed her photo-journalism internship in Cairo, Egypt. She has taught youth art programs and worked as a children’s grief counselor. She was a research assistant in a pulmonary lab for seven years before coming to us. Her varied art and science background gives her a great foundation for the Montessori curriculum. Kim loves photography, skiing, yoga and spending time with her family including husband Wayne and children Zayah, Maya and August.

Julie (Jules) Manning, BA AMS

Early Childhood Teacher

A lifelong Parkite, Jules left Utah for four years to earn her BA in English Literature from California’s Chapman University. She holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood teaching credential and enjoys every moment in her class.

Anne Weinrauch, BA AMS

Early Childhood Teacher

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Anne is a graduate of University of California with a BA in Psychology and holds an American Montessori Society Early Childhood teaching credential. She also received her graduate degree in teaching at the School of Education at UC Berkeley and is fluent in French. Anne has traveled throughout Europe residing in Paris where she studied French and taught at the American School. She has also taught at the Child Development Center at the University of Utah Hospital Complex. After moving to Park City in 1992, Anne joined Soaring Wings Montessori School as a toddler assistant. She has three talented children and enjoys life with her husband Frank and their three dogs.

Michelle Aldrich, BS AMS

Elementary Teacher

Michelle graduated Cum Laude with a BS degree in Social Work from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. She is an accredited children’s educator and supervised the children’s programs at Deer Valley for five years before coming to Soaring Wings with high recommendations and holds an American Montessori Society Elementary teaching credential. Michelle is an outdoors woman who enjoys bike touring and traveling in the out-of-doors. She lives in Woodland with her husband Jim, and Montessori children Tobianna and Lily.

Erin Martin, BS MS AMS

Elementary Teacher

Erin grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. She earned a BS in Recreation Administration with a minor in Child Development at Chico State University, an MS in Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Science from Utah State University and holds an American Montessori Society Elementary teaching credential. Erin worked as an Early Childhood Assistant at Growing Light Montessori School for three years. She lives in Heber City with her husband Dave, son Connor, daughter Lily and their two dogs, Sierra and Nevada. Erin enjoys exploring the outdoors while hiking, biking and skiing and especially enjoys the unique environment found in Southern Utah.

Amy Warren, BA AMS

Elementary Teacher

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Amy is a Park City native; she attended the University of Utah and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Spanish. While working on her BA she studied in both Spain and Chile. After graduating, she worked for a major airline for a few years before meeting her husband and moving to Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, Amy began volunteering to tutor homeless students. She decided she wanted to start teaching and obtained her teaching credential from CalState LA. After teaching in Los Angeles, Amy and her family moved to Portland where she started working with a start up public charter Montessori school. There she worked in both upper and lower elementary classrooms. After her first year at that school she decided to take additional training and obtained her American Montessori Society elementary teaching credential. After being away from Park City for nearly ten years, she decided it was time to return to her home town of Park City and work with people she had know her whole life. Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She loves yoga and spending time outdoors.

Leah Morisi, BS AMS

Early Childhood Teacher

Raised in Utah, Leah holds a BS in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from the University of Utah. Previously, Leah worked for a Montessori school in Bountiful, Utah. She has just completed the Montessori Early Childhood teacher training at Westminster College, is completing her practicum year of teaching and will receive her American Montessori Society credential in August. She enjoys crocheting, bike rides with her family and attending music classes with her children.

Leticia (Leti) Burns, BA AMS

Elementary Intern

Leti grew up in Asuncion, Paraguay. She received a BA degree in Business Administration from Universidad Americana. She is fluent in Spanish and has begun working on her Montessori Elementary teaching credential through the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College. She loves the outdoors, travel and family and lives in Park City with her husband Kerry and daughter Sophie Maria.

Araceli (Ari) Alba, BS AMS

Toddler Intern

Ari was born in San Juan, Argentina and moved to Utah as a child up and grew up Murray. She went to Macalester College to study Biology and then returned to Utah to study and finish her BS degree in Psychology at the University of Utah. She speaks fluent Spanish and has worked for nine years with children on the autism spectrum at the Carmen B. Pingree School for Autism and then helped to start up the Bridges Program at Kids on the Move in Orem. She will be taking Infant/Toddler training at the Montessori Teacher Training Center in the San Francisco Bay Area summer 2013. Ari loves everything outdoors and is an avid snowboarder, downhill mountain biker, climber and hiker.

Carla Grimaldi, BS

Teaching Assistant

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Carla is from Peru. She holds a BS in Linguistics from the University of Utah and holds a TESOL certification. She has taught Spanish for several years, using different teaching methodologies for second language learners. She worked as a private and Lango instructor in Park City and did her practicum in the English as a Second Language department in a public school. Carla enjoys running, hiking and camping with her husband Travis.

Lori Whistler, BS

Teaching Assistant

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Lori has a BS in Business Education from Brigham Young University and plans to take the Montessori teacher training at Westminster College next summer. In her free time, she enjoys working on arts and crafts with her son, Peyton. She, Petyon and her husband, Brett, live in Heber City.

Jorden Hackney, BFA

Teaching Assistant

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Jorden is a proud Utah native.  She received her BFA in Theater from the University of Utah in 2013.  On and off the stage, she believes in taking advantage of all that a Utah lifestyle has to offer.  Snowboarding, backpacking, and climbing are just a few of her favorite things.  Through her passions and her playfulness she hopes to enrich the Montessori community, and to allow it to enrich her.

Bruce King, BS AMS MEd

Administrator

Bruce left a successful 15-year career in engineering to take the AMS Montessori teacher training and establish the elementary program in 1993. He lent his talents in science, math and scouting to the popular elementary traditions of weekly field trips, family camp outs, a fascination with science and dissecting all things mechanical. Bruce holds a Masters of Education degree from the University of Utah as well as the BS he completed at Arizona State University while courting his soul mate, Duna Strachan.

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Freedom of Movement

Monday, February 24th, 2014 by Soaring Wings

I had the pleasure of watching a former student, Joss Christensen, win gold at the Olympics recently. I’d known this boy since before he was born. His parents, Debbie and JD, were among those Parkites who came to town to ski in the ‘70’s, met, married, found jobs and began a life here. Joss’s older…

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