My name is Rebekah Stauffer. I wanted to send out a quick hello and introduce myself. I am blessed to be married to my best friend Kyle Stauffer (Kyle is a Federal Contract Investigator). We have four beautiful daughters, three son-in-laws, two precious grandbabies, and one fluffy puppy that we love so much. I love being outside, reading, playing games, and taking road trips. I am looking forward to being the instructional coach and getting to know and work with all of the teachers and students at Traverse Mountain Elementary. I have been an instructional coach for the past two years at Cedar Ridge Elementary and loved every moment. I love teachers. I think teachers are the most choice, most creative, most caring, and most thoughtful people on earth. Prior to being a coach, I taught first grade for five years at Sage Hills Elementary and I taught one year of Kindergarten and one year of third grade at Legacy Elementary. I’ve taught, tested for, and helped with Summer STARS over the past five years. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from UVU. I strongly believe in continuing education and received my Math Endorsement in 2017 and will be finishing my Reading Endorsement this fall. I am currently in my Master’s of Science, Educational Leadership program with WGU, and will hopefully finish this fall. I’m excited to become part of the Traverse Mountain Family.
Mrs. Olsen – Counselor
Hello! My name is Becky Olsen and I am beyond excited to come to Traverse Mountain Elementary next year as the School Counselor. My kids have all attended Traverse Mountain Elementary, so I already know what an exceptional school it is with an incredible staff. I am excited to add my skills and knowledge into the mix as we focus not only on academic development, but also on social and emotional development. I have spent the last three years working as a speech and language teacher at Eaglecrest Elementary as I am working towards my Masters Degree in School Counseling. I am passionate about supporting mental health and absolutely love working with children. I have three kids of my own who keep me busy and I love it! I spend my free time hiking, reading, listening to podcasts, playing games with my family and binge-watching Netflix. I look forward to helping make next school year at Traverse Mountain Elementary one to remember.
Mrs. Ferris – Kindergarten
My name is Miranda Ferris and I am 26 years old. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two beautiful kids, Oliver who is 4, and Chloe who will turn a year old in July. I graduated from Utah Valley University in 2017 and have taught kindergarten for 2 years. I have such a love for teaching, and can’t imagine a more fulfilling career. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy being with my family, playing the piano or guitar, and writing songs. I enjoy singing and performing, and it’s my dream to audition for a music show such as American Idol or The Voice. I love being adventurous and traveling. I have traveled all across Europe to 6 different countries including: England, France, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, and Italy. I love learning about different cultures and traditions. My favorite quote, and what I try to live by is, “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”
Mrs. Gust – Third Grade
My name is Madisen (Madie) Gust. I grew up in Draper, Utah. I graduated from Southern Utah University in 2018 and had the wonderful chance to teach 2nd grade and 3rd grade at Manila Elementary school.
I have been married for almost 2 years and family means everything to me. I have a fun 3-year-old nephew that I love to be around, a 4-month-old nephew that I love to play with, and another niece or nephew on the way! I love spending time with my family, whether it be going on trips, playing board games, or just sitting around talking.
I have always felt like Lake Powell was my second home, because I love the warm weather and being on the boat. I enjoy water skiing, but I also enjoy skiing in the winter. My husband taught me how to ski four years ago and I enjoy every time we can go skiing together. I also love to travel! I was lucky enough to go to Ecuador to serve in an orphanage for three months. I have visited a few other states and many other fun vacations.
I love teaching and helping students learn! I am excited to be a part of Traverse Mountain and getting to know the community and families.
Mrs. Cornell – Fifth Grade
My name is Baylee Cornell. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Utah Valley University. This is my second year of teaching and I absolutely love 5th grade! I am happily married to my husband Nate. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, going on hikes, trying out new recipes, and am slowly learning how to play the guitar.
Ms. Elkins – Kindergarten
I am so excited to be joining the Traverse Mountain Elementary family in Kindergarten! While I was born in Salt Lake City, I grew up most of my life moving around the midwest, specifically in Wisconsin. After moving back to Utah, I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a minor in teaching English as a second language. Last year, I taught fifth grade, but I am looking forward to returning to a younger grade! When I have free time, I love to spend it out in nature hiking, climbing, and painting or watching movies at home. My favorite things to treat myself with are Crumbl cookies and Chick-Fil-A. I hope you each have a wonderful summer and are getting excited for next year!
Mrs. Vargason – 4th Grade
Hello! My name is Anna Vargason. I am excited to be joining the wonderful team at Traverse Mountain Elementary. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University, Go Aggies! I have had experience in 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th grade throughout my education. I am so happy to be teaching 4th grade this year! It is going to be an awesome year!
I grew up in American Fork, Utah and I am married to my high school sweetheart. We have an adorable, energetic, and sassy almost 2 year old daughter. In my spare time I enjoy being around my family, I am the second oldest of 6 and I absolutely love to spend time with my siblings. I enjoy being outside, my favorite outdoor activity is fishing. I love watching movies, especially at the movie theater although I mostly go for the popcorn. I love to bake and I am currently learning how to decorate cakes.
I love to learn and I am so excited to help my students love learning as well! I am excited to get to know everyone at this school and in the community.
Ms. Roberts – First Grade
Hello! My name is Shauna Roberts and I am so excited to join the 1st grade team at Traverse Mountain Elementary School. I received my degree in Early Childhood Education from UNLV. I have three children, my daughter is starting college and my boys will be in 10th and 8th grade this coming school year. I love spending time with my family and cherish the time I have with them as they are growing up so fast!
I have been teaching preschool for the last 7 years and I am so excited to teach first grade this year. I love teaching children and I am passionate about creating a classroom that is fun, loving, safe and organized. I believe when children come to a classroom where they feel loved, happy and safe, they will thrive.
Mrs. Timothy – Speech
Hi! My name is Sarah Timothy. I graduated this year from the University of Utah (Go Utes!) with a Master’s Degree in Speech-language Pathology. I am passionate about this field and can’t wait to help students communicate to the best of their ability. I have lived here in Utah my whole life and love exploring all of its beauty by hiking and getting outside into nature. I am 27 years old and have been married to my best friend, Shawn, for almost 5 years. We enjoy traveling to new places and experiencing different cultures. However most of the time you will probably find us at home with our families playing games and watching movies. I am so excited to join the team at Traverse Mountain Elementary this year!