Our Staff

Mt. Olympus is blessed with highly-qualified, dedicated, and loving teachers. All of our teachers must pass a thorough background check, fingerprints, and complete at least 20 hours of continuing education training per year. In addition, they are all first-aid and CPR certified.

  • MADDIE WOODRUFF

    DIRECTOR

    Ms. Maddie has been working in Early Childhood Education for the past seven years. Although she studied Elementary Education, she has found her passion with the little ones. She had been the school's Assistant Director for two years before taking on the role of Director. Prior to this, she worked primarily with two, three, and four-year-olds. She loved being able to teach the children new things every day and share in their excitement for learning. Now, she loves being able to play an active role in each of our families lives. She also enjoys learning from and mentoring all of our wonderful teachers, as well as expanding her own knowledge in the field. Currently, she also has a National Administrator's Credential (NAC) and is completing her Child Development Associates (CDA). In her spare time, Ms. Maddie loves being with her husband, pets, and family. She is always up for a night of karaoke, enjoys DIY projects, crafts, and paddle boarding.

  • ALLY HOKE

    Assistant Director

    Ms. Ally has always known that she wanted to work with children. She loves teaching them and watching them grow. This all began when she babysat the neighbor’s children as a young teenager. When she was old enough to get a job, she searched through the local preschools and found Mt. Olympus. She started working at Mt. Olympus 13 years ago. It immediately felt like an instant family. As her family started to grow and changes occurred in her life, she sadly had to leave Mt. Olympus when her family moved across the country. Ms. Ally spent the next 11 years being a stay-at-home mom to four beautiful kids. After several moves, she ended up back in Utah. When she was ready to return to work, the first place that came to mind was Mt. Olympus. Over the last year and a half Mt. Olympus has become her second family once again. She absolutely loves the staff and families.

     

    Over the past year, she has grown in her positions of assistant teacher and lead teacher. Her ability to understand what the children want and how best to take care of them comes from her experience with her own children. Therefore, when the Assistant Director position became available, she knew this would be a great opportunity for her to share her love for all the children in the school. She is excited to be able to help in every classroom in our center and get to know all the kids. She is eager to help support our amazing staff and wonderful parents. Currently, Ms. Ally is taking Director courses and planning on getting her NAC (National Administrator Credential).

  • YOLANDA MUNENGE

    INFANTS

    Ms. Yolanda has been with Mt. Olympus for eight years. She is originally from Oceanside, California. Her family moved to Virginia before settling in Utah in 1994. This is her first job in childcare. She absolutely loves it, especially working with the babies! Currently, she is working on obtaining her Child Development Associates (CDA), and hopes to complete that within the year. Ms. Yolanda is married with three children: a beautiful baby, a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old.

  • Yanni zeng

    Infants

    Ms. Yanni (Jenny) was born in China and moved to Utah three years ago with her family. Before moving to America, she worked with young children for four years. She loves working with kids because seeing them play and smile brings her great joy. Ms. Yanni has been married for six years and has one son named William; Billy for short. He is the light of their lives. 

  • Morgan martinez

    Assistant Teacher/Infants

    We are so happy to have Ms. Morgan on our staff! Morgan was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She has lots of cousins that are all younger than her, so she grew up babysitting and realized she loves working with infants and toddlers. Previously, she worked with a family as a nanny but this is her first time working in a childcare setting. So far, she absolutely loves it and says it’s the highlight of her day. She loves coming to work and seeing all of the cute faces. 

  • GUADALUPE BARAZZA

    TODDLERS

    Ms. Guadalupe was born in Mexico and moved to Utah when she was 15 years old. She has been the Lead Toddler Teacher at Mt. O for the past six years, and has over 16 years of experience working with children. She is at Level 8 on the Utah Early Childhood Education Career Ladder and has her Child Development Associates (CDA). Ms. Lupe loves working with children because she feels it is such a rewarding job. It is a wonderful feeling for her to see the children learn and grow. She is married and has two boys of her own: Andres; 12, and Ivan; 7. Their favorite thing to do as a family is go to the movies.

  • BRANDY ZANDER

    TODDLERS

    Ms. Brandy has worked at Mt. Olympus for the past eight years. She is currently at a level 3 on the Utah Career Ladder and is close to obtaining her Child Development Associates (CDA). She loves working with children. Her favorite things about her job is watching the little ones grow and seeing their personalities develop. In her free time, she can be found camping, hiking, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors looking for scenes to photograph. Most of all, she loves spending time with her six year old son and her family.

  • Andrew Stuart

    Assistant Teacher/Toddlers

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  • Katelyn Petriess

    Twos

    We’re so excited to welcome Ms. Katelyn to Mount Olympus this year! Ms. Katelyn has always had a passion for working with children and helping them grow. She earned her Child Development Associates in 2018 and enjoys learning new things about children and their learning styles.  She has worked with many age groups from Infants to Kindergarten. She has been a Twos teacher for the past 3 years and loves it. Her favorite part about it is watching them grow and meet their milestones! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, crafting and painting. 

  • Rachelle Black

    Twos

    Ms. Rachelle has been working at Mt. Olympus for over a year now. This is her first official job in childcare. She is currently working on obtaining her Associates Degree in Social Work. Her goal is to earn her Masters Degree in Social Work. Ms. Rachelle has a five year old son named Lyle who will be attending Kindergarten in the fall. Rachelle is very artistic. In her free time, she loves working on art projects. She is also in the Utah Fire Tribe. She is very dedicated to her friends and family, and enjoys spending time with them whenever possible.

  • Sarah Questereit

    Twos Assistant Teacher

    Ms. Sarah is an assistant teacher in our Two's class. She adores them and all of the funny things they say! She loves to come up with fun activities and messy projects. In her free time, Ms. Sarah enjoys spending time with her four adult children and her granddaughter, Willow. She also enjoys paddle boarding with her daughters.

  • Desiree Edgar

    Preschool 1

    Mrs. Dessy has over 15 years of experience working with children, ages ranging from birth to teen. She loves kids and believes working with them is the greatest job on Earth. She moved to Salt Lake City when she was 6 years old and has lived in the same area of Cottonwood Heights most of her life. She is recently married with a baby on the way. She feels truly blessed! Her overall goal is to aid your children in developing through creative play, interactive games and to help each other grow through love. Her philosophy is simple; every child is a blessing and has a blessing to share! She is so excited to join the team and look forward to meeting you and all your precious children.

  • JOLIE BAWDEN

    Preschool 2

    Ms. Jolie just recently moved to Salt Lake City from St. George, where she was born and raised. She has worked in childcare before, teaching swim lessons at a Montessori school and nannying. Jolie loves to spend time with children of all ages and hopes to provide the kids with a safe and educational learning environment. In her free time, she loves to read and spend time in the sunshine, bake cookies and hang out with family and friends.

  • Dani Torres

    Assistant Teacher/Floater


  • Kiersten Ehlert

    Pre-Kindergarten

    Ms. Kiersten recently graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah in Human Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She has been working with children in an educational setting for two and a half years. She has been at Mt. Olympus since 2018. She loves watching and helping the kids continually learn and develop. In her spare time, Ms. Kiersten enjoys reading and painting.

  • Taylor Whittle

    pre-kindergarten

    Ms. Taylor was born in Mesa, Arizona and lived in Colorado for nearly 20 years. She loved Colorado so much, but knew that there was another path out there, and it led her to Salt Lake City in 2017. She has loved exploring Utah and getting to know so many wonderful people. She feels truly blessed for the friendships and associations that have come into her life! Ms. Taylor has been in the Early Childhood Education field since 2014 and recently earned her Child Development Associates credential in June. She has a big passion for teaching and is fulfilled when working with children on a daily basis! She hopes to provide a safe, happy and experience-rich environment for the children in her care. More than anything, she wants to impact children in a positive way that will open up new opportunities and experiences for them in the future!


    She loves to laugh and have fun with those around her! She finds joy in the little things in life because those make up the much bigger picture in the end. She loves to bake (and loves watching “The Great British Baking Show”), draw, write and sing! Being creative is the best! Mermaids, rings, cookies, and makeup are a few of her favorite things.

  • Tammy Villa-Humphreys

    KINDERGARTEN

    Ms. Tammy is in her second year teaching at Mt. Olympus and is a wonderful "quaran-teacher"! She has a passion for development. Graduating with a degree in Psychology from Westminster in 2004, she has spent most of her time in government and the private sector. With her two children now in school, she decided it was time to do something for herself and become a teacher. She is excited to watch her class grow, learn, and create excitement about education.


    When she isn't in the classroom, Tammy loves RV camping with her family, walking her dogs, and indulging in new foods.

  • Ana Melgoza

    Schoolage Teacher/Summer Camp Coordinator

    Miss Ana was born in Mexico but has lived in Utah for 19 years. She has worked for the After School Program in the Salt Lake City School District for three years with ages kindergarten through six grade as a group leader and also a sub coordinator. Miss Ana loves crafts, spending time with family and her two dogs. 

  • Alexa Daniel

    Assistant Teacher/Kindergarten

    We are so happy to welcome Ms. Alexa to Mt. Olympus this year. She grew up in Austin, TX and moved to Utah. She was adopted with her five siblings, making her the middle of nine kids. Alexa is planning on attending SLCC to study biology and is hoping to continue her studies to go into Marine Biology/ Oceanography. In Miss. Alexa’s free time she enjoys drawing, cooking or baking, relaxing and watching Grey’s Anatomy or Naruto. Alexa loves to teach and learn new things every day. 

  • Janneth Diaz

    Assistant Teacher/Schoolage


  • Annalee Mattucci

    Assistant Teacher/Floater