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How did Thriving Day come to be?

The journey for this school began when Ms. Stevie started elementary school and started disliking school.

Why should any young child dislike learning and school?

Education begins at home but teachers and school play a huge role in the foundation of our children. It's time that schools start to focus on the individual needs of our children and less on how children do on a standardized test.

Throughout Stevie's search to find an education style that ignites a child's natural curiosity she found Montessori. A unique style that meets the needs of the child through a custom curriculum that supports each child's independence, self-esteem, and confidence.

We invite you to schedule a tour and learn more about a school that aims to inspire children to thrive from the inside out and enjoy the learning journey.

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Ms. Stevie Clark


AMS, M.Ed, B.S

Founder, Director, Teacher

Stevie grew up in Heber and Park City, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2007 and shortly after she fell in love with the Montessori method. She believes it empowers both teachers and students to know what they stand for and claim their uniqueness. This is exactly the type of environment she wants to raise her own daughter in, and she knows that she's meant to share these gifts with a world full of children who are craving a learning environment just like this.

Ms. Stevie earned her American Montessori Society credential in 2009 and her master’s degree in education in 2014 all while teaching (and learning) in a Montessori classroom. And now she has the honor of sharing these gifts with families in Wasatch County at Thriving Day Academy.

When she's not pouring her heart into the school, she enjoys skiing, running, hiking, camping, and anything outdoors with her family!

Ms. Monique Reioux


B.S.

Lower Elementary Teacher

Monique grew up in Southern California and is the 2nd of 4 children.  As the only girl in her family, she grew a love for teaching and remembers at a young age pretending to be a teacher with her family and friends.

Monique attended Sonoma State University and received a degree in History and Political Science.  As teaching was always her passion, she was quickly promoted with Costco Wholesale into management.  Monique spent close to 20 years working for Costco and was excited to transition to the world of Early Childhood Education.  She is currently enrolled at Western Governors University, obtaining her bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  She has always enjoyed working with children and loves being in the classroom with eager-to-learn students.  Monique loves to watch the connections between play and learning.  She is very excited to work at Thriving Day to build relationships with the students and strive to help them grow and learn.

She and her husband Radek moved to Heber City ten years ago.  They love the outdoors and traveling to the National Parks with their two daughters.  Monique enjoys hiking, swimming, snowboarding, art, tennis, and camping with her family.  One quote that she lives by is “unto thy own self be true.”

 

Ms. Margie Gajkowski


Assistant Teacher

Ms. Margie was born and raised in northwestern PA. She is the second of five (5) children. She attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a Home Economics major. She moved to Orlando, Florida, she met and married her husband of 33 years, and she had three (3) children. While living in Florida, she was a real estate broker for over twenty years. 

When her children started preschool, she was invited to join the preschool team at All Saints. She continued there for nine (9) years, developing her love for teaching children, attending conferences, workshops, and Seminole Community college, earning her Child Development Associate accreditation. 

Her husband, who worked for the government, took a transfer to Red Stone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, and she worked at Hampton Cove Christian Academy for eleven (11) years. 

She and her husband decided to move to Heber, and she has been working with Thriving Day Academy since its opening. She has loved traveling the US in her motorhome and exploring and learning all about the fun landmarks in the US. She loves children and feels blessed to work with the team at Thriving Day Academy. She looks forward to growing with her students.

Ms. Jasmine Howard


B.S.

Assistant Teacher

Jasmine grew up in Sandy, UT as the 4th of 8 children. Her love of teaching young children started young when she would regularly hold “class” for her four younger siblings.

Since then, she has earned her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education at Utah State University as well as, teaching preschool for a short time before being blessed with her own four kids. Over the last eleven years, she has stayed home with her children and continued to put her Early Childhood Degree to use as she has learned and grown with them.

Her favorite part about children and being in a classroom with them is their natural curiosity for the world around them and their excitement in the simplest of things. She also enjoys painting/drawing, playing the violin, skiing, and camping with her family.

We believe an independent child is a confident child. A child who is independent and confident is primed for academic success and a deep love of learning.

Independence

We practice skills from pouring, preparing snack, putting away belongings, dressing oneself, and learning how to be a cordial part of a community that respects all living things.

Confidence

An independent child naturally becomes confident. The Montessori philosophy is based on practice, using mistakes as learning opportunities, and routine and consistency (which we all thrive on) creating confidence from the inside out.

Love of Learning

A child who completes all three years of the Montessori Early Childhood program will leave ready for first grade feeling independent, full of confidence, and encompass foundation for a genuine love of learning .

Come and Join Us

We will begin our 2021-2022 school year with one Early Childhood (3-6 year olds) classroom, and we are piloting a small elementary (6-9 year olds) classroom. Enrollment is very limited. If you are interested please don't hesitate to get on the waiting list.

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