Meet Our Faculty

Amber Wiedmeier, Director

AmberTeacher Amber is a Cache Valley native that graduated from Utah State University in 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in Family, Consumer, & Human Development with a double emphasis in Early Childhood Education and Family & Community Services.  She has been a head Preschool Teacher at Morningside School for three years and this will be her third year as the School Director. Amber loves play-based learning and letting children get messy as they discover the world around them. She is passionate about music and dance and feels that they are a crucial part of making learning fun. Amber is an Old Grist Mill addict who also loves to bake, hike, dance, and camp. She finds her greatest joys in life spending time with her loved ones and feels so blessed to be a Mother.

 

Gigi Jacome, Kindergarten Teacher/Assistant Director 

Gigi_newTeacher Gigi graduated from Utah State State University in 2000 with a Liberal Arts and Science degree with an emphasis in science. She has been at Morningside School for over 8 years.  Gigi’s love of teaching young children lead her to begin the alternate route to licensure through the Utah Department of Education. She has been a kindergarten aide at Ellis Elementary and has taught Kindergarten at Bridger Elementary and Morningside School. Gigi loves to travel, ride horses and go hiking with her husband Oscar, and their children, Antonio, Carmen, Maria and Maya.

 

Susan Clark, Head Preschool Teacher

Susan clarkTeacher Susie has worked as a special needs teaching assistant in preschool for the past 8 years at Fielding Elementary. While working she began school for Early Childhood Development and earned her associates in 2010 and her Bachelors in 2014 from Kaplan University. She lives on the Utah/Idaho border on the Idaho side of Portage Utah. Susie has been married for 19 years this year and has three beautiful teens! She loves spending time with her family, camping, swimming, riding their UTV and helping out on their Ranch. Susie is excited to get to know each Morningside Family and get to work teaching their children!

Makenzie Hawk, AM Assistant Preschool Teacher

image1Teacher Makenzie is working on finishing her Family, Consumer, Human, Development degree from Utah State University. She has been married for seven years and has two kids who are her world. Makenzie has done daycare out of her home for the past three years.  She loves to spend spare time with family, playing volleyball, being outdoors, and organizing. She is so thrilled to be a part of Morningside this year and can’t wait to get to know all of the children and help them learn and grow!

 

Bambi Thompkins,  PM Assistant Preschool Teacher

image1Teacher Bambi is from South Carolina but has been living here in Logan since 2007. She loves children and has three of her own that are now full grown and two grandbabies. Teacher Bambi loves to cook, spend time with family, and watch movies in her spare time. She is very excited to get to know your children and help them learn and grow!

 

Kelsey Chappell,  Monday & Wednesday AM Preschool Student Teacher

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Kelsey is studying Family and Consumer Sciences Education at Utah State University. She will graduate next Spring with her Bachelor’s Degree. She got her Associate’s Degree in Home and Family Studies from Snow College. Kelsey is the third child of thirteen, so she loves being around people! She likes to play board games and bake. Kelsey is very excited to help out at Morningside.

Brooke Larsen,  Monday & Wednesday 11-3:45 Preschool Student Teacher

brooke larsonBrooke will graduate in May from Utah State University with her degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. She is from Centerville, Utah and has three younger brothers who keep her on her toes. Brooke loves playing the violin, cooking, sewing, reading, and watching her brothers play sports. She is looking forward to this experience at Morningside!

 

Kadie Perkes,  Tuesday & Wednesday 8:00-10:00 Preschool Student Teacher

Kadie PerkesKadie is a senior studying Family and Consumer Sciences Education. She goes to school at USU and comes from a family full of Aggies including both of her parents and all of her siblings. Kadie is newly married as of June and is excited to move to Nebraska in the Spring to student teach while her husband attends law school at Creighton University. Her favorite subject in FACS Education is Child and Human Development and she loves being around children of all ages. Kadie is excited to get to spend the semester gaining experience in a preschool setting and getting to know the children and other members of the Morningside team!

Carol Gackstetter, Volunteer Kindergarten Aide and Substitute

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Teacher Carol, a retired early educator, has volunteered at Morningside School for the past five years, every Tuesday and Thursday, in our Kindgergarten classroom! She has a hilariously dry sense of humor — and always has a story to tell!  We are grateful for her dedication and feel so lucky to have her as a part of our team!

 

 Madyson Lamb, Substitute Teacher 

madyTeacher Mady is studying Family and Human Development at Utah State University. Last summer she had the opportunity to spend time in Ghana, Africa working in an orphanage where she fell in love with the children and grew to love the culture. Mady likes to craft and travel in her spare time. She absolutely loves children and can’t wait to have another amazing year at Morningside!

 

 

Devanee Smethurst, Substitute Teacher 

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Teacher Devanee graduated from Utah State University in 2016 with a degree in Family, Consumer, and Human Development. Devanee did her student teaching with Morningside and was an Assistant Preschool Teacher for the 2016-17 school year. Teacher Devanee loves children and is excited to welcome her own child Fall 2017!