Kim Turner, CCNS Director, is a native of San Diego and she loves to spend time in the beautiful outdoors around SLC! Kim has a MBA from San Diego State University. Her organizational, administrative, and business skills serve her well as Director of CCNS.
She has personally seen the benefit of a play-based preschool as she has two children who currently attend CCNS. She believes the classes here genuinely foster curiosity and learning by encouraging children to engage and explore their world through play. If you don’t catch Kim at school, feel free to email her at email@example.com, or call her at 385-743-0114.
Terry Crandall, teacher, is a mother of two CCNS alumni who are now both in their twenties. Terry has taught at CCNS since 1988. She continues to teach at CCNS because of the children and philosophy, which embodies hands on learning, great field trips, and socialization through experience.
She loves children, nature, animals, family, friends, overalls, heart-shaped rocks, books, and hiking. Terry has three cats and a dog. Her favorite color is green (ask any of her students!) and soon after you know her, you’ll know her favorite animal is the giraffe. Her favorite part of the school days is “All of it!” On a personal level, she and her children have made lifelong friends.
Terry feels the co-op nature of CCNS binds our school community together. Children learn that their parents value them and it builds a rapport between all involved. She also knows that the school is successful because parents like to be involved with their child’s education. Additionally, research has shown that the philosophy of socialization, which includes getting along, problem solving, and asking for help, raises a child’s social IQ and produces happy, confident, and joyful children.
Stephanie Waldo, teacher, has been with the preschool since 1987. Stephanie discovered CCNS when she was looking for a part time position that would support her desire to spend time with her then 2-year-old (and second on the way). Her teaching background is working with emotionally and behaviorally disturbed kids. Stephanie’s favorite things about the CCNS program include the our philosophy on the importance of play, watching the kids learn to work out their own problems, and having parents in her class. Stephanie believes parents can take skills modeled and learned in the classroom into the home. It is enjoyable for her to see parents come in and want to spend this quality time with their child.
This skilled teacher believes in the sound philosophy of CCNS and believes it is precisely what keeps this school going strong. As society changes, and our day-to-day lives may seem more stressful than in past generations, Stephanie sees consistency and a feeling of security in CCNS. She also loves to see more fathers involved in the classrooms than ever before and more grandparents having an active role in children’s lives. She truly believes that it is no accident that parents seek out CCNS year after year. People are drawn to the goodness of the school and nothing but great children graduate from it.
Stephanie retired from a full-time teaching job with CCNS in 2020, but CCNS leadership is working on ways for Stephanie to impart her experience and wisdom on our current teachers as a mentor and trainer going forward. CCNS Loves Ms. Stephanie!
Annie Jensen, teacher, is thrilled to return to teaching at CCNS. Anne greatly values what she considers the “wonderful CCNS community.” She has two children who are both alumni of CCNS. Annie is a Utah native and attended the University of Utah, and New York University, where she studied musical theatre, and early childhood development. She has performed in two Broadway National tours and loves to share her love of music with children. She comes from a family of teachers and is a strong believer of learning through play, art, music and socialization.
Nicky Wight, substitute teacher, found her passion working with children at a young age. She worked at the Jewish Community Center’s summer camp while in high school. After graduating she began working with kids from infants to 4 years old at a local day care center. She moved to North Carolina in her twenties and began a fun and fulfilling job as a nanny for two wonderful families until she returned to Utah to start her own family. Nicky is a former CCNS parent that believes in the play-based, cooperative learning environment that the school provides. She saw first-hand how such a caring community can help kids learn social and behavior skills as well as academics. Nicky enjoys the outdoors and tries to go camping as much as possible. She also loves exercise, dogs, sewing, and crafts of all kinds.
Indigo Cook, teacher, is a musician, dancer, lover-of-dogs, and avid wilderness explorer from Salt Lake City. She performs and works as an artist locally and loves teaching kids with her job at the University of Utah’s Tanner Dance program. Her greatest joy in life comes from fulfilling her destiny as a twin aunt of the two most adorable twin nieces the world has ever seen.
Brooke Parker, teacher, is an educator who is passionate about outdoor and play-based learning and honoring children’s innate wonder, creativity and curiosity. In 2018 she earned her Masters in Education from the University of Colorado Denver with an emphasis in human learning and development and completed the Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program to receive her Early Childhood and K-6 teaching license. She has been teaching for eight years and has taught everything from Pre-K through eighth grade.
Besides teaching, Brooke enjoys watching movies (her undergraduate was in film!), cooking, baking and generally experimenting in the kitchen. She also loves reading, gardening and traveling. She is so excited to be joining the team at CCNS this fall and to dive into a fantastic year of outdoor learning with her Sightseers class!
Ashley Parker, teacher, is an experienced grade school and early development teacher. She spent years teaching in Jordan and Salt Lake district before having little ones of her own, Lottie and Max. She is passionate about the outdoors and loves nothing more than leading a class of Little Wanderers on a new adventure. She believes in gentle leading and modeling of behavior and she is especially creative with outdoor arts and crafts.
Ashley Kate Catmull, teacher, loves working with children. After years of teaching ice skating to young children, she decided to pursue a degree and career in education. She is currently working towards a Bachelors in Elementary Education (K-6). Ashley Kate says, “I am so excited to start teaching at CCNS because I firmly believe that play-based learning is the best way for children to learn and be introduced to the world around them.” One of her favorite things about working with kids is their innate curiosity and contagious energy. Besides teaching, Ashley Kate loves to figure skate, bake (especially cupcakes), and go hiking with her dog.