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Magna Crew – Elementary

On this page you will find our current Magna campus elementary teachers, and the paraprofessionals who assist them.

(Last Updated: Jan. 14, 2021)

Kindergarten

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Summer Spjute 

Teacher | [email protected]

Miss Summer is a Kindergarten Teacher – both AM and PM classes. Her favorite EL Design Principle is “Success and Failure”. She tries to teach her kindergarteners that making mistakes is great and that it helps us learn: there is no shame in failing! She also helps them celebrate when someone is successful. She loves to read and try to crochet and knit. She spends a lot of time with her big family, – especially her nieces and nephews. She taught pre-school for 4 years before moving up to Kindergarten. Miss Summer graduated from University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Child Education.

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Kelsey Stirland

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Mrs. Stirland teaches kindergarten and the middle school learning strategies classes. Her favorite EL design principle is Empathy and Caring. She loves teaching students to be kind and to be a friend to everyone. She loves traveling and spent 6 months in China as a second grade English teacher. She loves all things Disney and being an aunt to her 11 nieces and nephews. She’s also a cosmetologist when she’s not teaching. She has taught preschool and kindergarten before joining Entheos Academy. She is currently working on getting her Elementary Education degree from Western Governors University.

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Missy Manzanares

Paraprofessional | [email protected]

Miss Missy is a Kindergarten Para. She relates best to the EL Design Principle “The Natural World”. Along with her husband and her two girls, she loves exploring the great outdoors by hiking, camping, and kayaking. Their favorite hikes are those that lead to ancient ruins, petroglyphs, Indian living quarters, dinosaur findings and anything like that. They are a very adventurous family. Her hobbies include making custom craft items, drawing, and coaching her girl’ softball teams. One of her favorite places to go is beautiful Yellowstone National Park.

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Sarah Loosle

Paraprofessional | [email protected]

Ms. Sarah or Mrs. Loosle is a paraprofessional in Kindergarten and assists Mrs. Stirland in Middle School with the Learning Lab. Her favorite EL design principle is the Primacy of Self Discovery. People discover their abilities, values, passions, and responsibilities in situations that offer adventures and the unexpected. This is her favorite principle because each day is a new adventure, and she is learning about self-discovery through being a para. She loves creating new passions in her life. She has been married for 18 years in October to her husband, Andy. She has 4 awesome kids. She loves making anything crafty and just started quilting this year. She loves going 4-wheeling and boating. She especially loves spending time with her family. She went to LDS Business College and Salt Lake Community College.

First Grade

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Cindy Edwards

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Miss Cindy is a 1st Grade Teacher. She connects most with the EL Design Principle of “Empathy and Caring”. Miss Cindy strives to foster a crew where kindness and respect thrive and where each crew member looks out for one another. She feels that learning and curiosity can be best nurtured in an environment of mutual trust. Miss Cindy has 4 wonderful children of her own who she loves. She enjoys listening to audiobooks and helping students gain the skills necessary to unlock the exciting adventures hidden within the pages of books. If she could go on her own real life adventure, she would visit her grandmother’s home in Ireland. Miss Cindy graduated from University of Phoenix.

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Melanie Speirs

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Ms. Melanie is a 1st Grade Teacher and her favorite EL Design Principle is “Service and Compassion”. She is passionate about service and feels that service and compassion are not only what society is severely lacking, but also what takes a person from good to amazing. She feels that children should be taught these principles early in life. She loves to read, absolutely loves the beach, and is teaching herself to crochet. She has three of her own children and is a very busy basketball, dance and baseball mom. Ms. Melanie graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Governors University.

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Deb Azevedo

Paraprofessional | [email protected]

Ms. Deb is a 1st Grade Para who loves “littles.” When her three children left elementary school, she missed working with students, so she returned to assist in preschool and now first grade. Anything pertaining to her family is what makes her happy. She often says that negativity takes too much work and can always find the silver lining.

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Rebecca Johnson

Paraprofessional | [email protected]

Ms. Rebecca is a 1st Grade Para. Her favorite EL Design Principle is “Service and Compassion”. She loves how we teach our students to become better members of society and show them how much service is needed in our community and how service can be fun and enjoyable. She loves to play a variety of sports, hiking, swimming and being with her family.

Second Grade

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Melissa Durfee

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Mrs. Durfee is a 2nd Grade Teacher. Her favorite EL Design Principle is “The Having of Wonderful Ideas”. She loves to celebrate and learn from the wonderful and creative ideas of children. She grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and has traveled outside of the US to Korea, England, France and Italy, and would love to visit Japan or Australia. She loves teaching second grade, reading, cooking, the smells of lavender and eucalyptus, and going on nature walks. Her all time favorite food is sushi, and her love for succulent gardens is very great. Mrs. Durfee graduated from Brigham Young University.

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Anita Holfeltz

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Ms. Holfeltz is a 2nd Grade Teacher. Her favorite EL Design Principle is “Success and Failure”. She believes that all students need to be successful if they are to build the confidence and capacity to take risks and meet increasingly difficult challenges. She also believes that it is important for students to learn from their mistakes, to persevere when things are hard, and to learn to turn failure into opportunities. Her favorite hobby is drawing and her favorite subject is Math. Her favorite places to go are the mountains and the beach. She loves to go hiking, camping, and fishing with her family. She also loves to go swimming with her little boy during summer break and working in her yard. She has worked with students from kindergarten – 9th grade before she came to Entheos. Ms. Holfeltz obtained her degree in Elementary Education through Western Governors University and she almost has her Master’s in Math.

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Sanna Smith

Paraprofessional | [email protected]

Mrs. Smith is a 2nd Grade Para. Her favorite EL Design Principle is “Diversity and Inclusion,” because she likes to see students developing their problem-solving skills and being respectful of each other. Mrs. Smith is originally from Finland, and she also lived in Japan before moving to Utah in 2005. She loves reading, drawing, baking, and spending time with her son and husband. Mrs. Smith has a master’s degree from the University of Helsinki in Finland.

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Heather Kauffold

Paraprofessional | [email protected]

Ms. Heather is a paraprofessional in 2nd grade. Her favorite EL principle is Perseverance because it teaches to never give up and to keep trying until you succeed. Her favorite thing to do is reading, bowling, going to Lagoon, and spending time with her family.

Third Grade

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Fidias Penate

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Mr. Penate is a 3rd Grade Teacher and his favorite EL Design Principle is “Collaboration and Competition” working together for the best of both worlds. It is awesome to be united as a crew and make sure that each student feels special. He loves teaching as well as being the Director of Musical Theater productions at Entheos Academy, and this is his 6th school year at Entheos. He loves to play and watch basketball. Mr. Penate graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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Sharie Blackburn

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Ms. Blackburn is a 3rd Grade Teacher. Her favorite EL Design Principle is “Empathy and Caring”. She is passionate about teaching, and loves helping kids be successful in their learning. This means that she respects the students, and they respect her, which builds a safe trusting learning environment. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 4 year old grandson, watching movies, swimming, and being with her family. One day she hopes to visit Australia. Ms. Blackburn received her Master’s degree in Education, March 2019, from Liberty University.

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Aysia Holfeltz

Paraprofessional | [email protected]

Miss Aysia is a 3rd Grade Para. Her favorite EL Design Principle is “Empathy and Caring”. She believes that empathy and caring for others are essential for a well rounded life, and that everyone participates better when they feel safe in the environment they are in. She loves to play the piano and guitar, as well as playing games with her little brother. She also enjoys swimming, cheer, and running. It is her ambition to travel around the world to learn from different cultures. Miss Aysia is currently in college at Western Governors University.

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Marysa LeCompte

Paraprofessional | [email protected]

Ms. Marysa is a paraprofessional in 3rd grade. Her favorite EL principle is Empathy and Caring because she believes that it is a moral obligation, especially at Entheos, to make sure that we are all doing our best to be kind to one another. She’s currently a student at Salt Lake Community College working to become an occupational therapy assistant.

Fourth Grade

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Emma Hocking

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Mrs. Hocking is a 4th Grade Teacher. After teaching students at the University of Puerto Rico to be teachers for over twenty-five years, she decided to retire early and become an elementary teacher herself. She feels it has been the best decision she made in her processional career and a very emotional one. She has three children and three grandchildren that are the loves of her life. She loves to play the piano, do arts and crafts, and play on the beach and in the snow.

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Evette Mendisabal

Teacher | [email protected] 

Mrs. Mendisabal is a 4th Grade Teacher. Her favorite EL Design Principle is “Service and Compassion”. She believes that when a person looks outside of themselves to serve others, their heart opens and their capacity to love grows. She knows that helping others builds a brighter community. She is passionate about teaching and learning, and sees it is as a life-long pursuit. Mrs. Mendisabal was born and raised in New Zealand but has lived in Utah for the past 18 years. Her favorite hobby is reading, and she looks for any opportunity she can to get lost within the pages of a good book. Her favorite authors are JK Rowling and Jane Austen. Mrs. Mendisabal attended Auckland University and is currently enrolled at Western Governors University.

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Jaelyn Te’o

Paraprofessional

Ms. Jaelyn is a paraprofessional in 4th grade. Her favorite EL principle is Integrity. She believes if we have integrity in all that we do, we are happier. When we are honest and do what is right, we can set an example. She loves to sing and dance. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family, play games, and laugh. She is currently attending Utah Valley University.

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Sadie Holfeltz

Paraprofessional | [email protected]

Miss Sadie is a paraprofessional in 4th grade. Her favorite EL Design Principle is The Primacy of Self-Discovery. She likes it because she believes it’s important for each person to find who they are and to learn to accept themselves. A fun fact about Miss Sadie is that she wants to travel around the world. She is currently attending Salt Lake Community College.

Fifth Grade

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Katie Ellis

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Ms. Katie is a 5th Grade Teacher. Her favorite EL Design Principle is “Success and Failure”. It is important to teach kids that failure isn’t the end. She loves quilting, Harry Potter, and tacos.

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Daren Parker

Teacher | [email protected]

Mr. Parker is a 5th Grade Teacher, and his favorite EL Design Principle is “Empathy and Caring”. He has been at Entheos Academy since 2016, and is seen as a very energetic teacher who likes to interact and joke with his students. He enjoys being in the outdoors, and has a goal with his family to visit every National Park in the United States. Mr. Parker earned a degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, and received a Masters in Social Work at the University of Utah.

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Kilani Te’o

Paraprofessional

Ms. Ki is a paraprofessional in 5th grade. Her favorite EL Principle is Empathy and Caring. She thinks the best way for people to learn is in a safe and comfortable environment. She loves basketball, Harry Potter, and being with her family. She has attended Snow College.

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