Owner and Executive Director
Kristel was born and raised in Utah with a few years spent in Las Vegas, Nevada but no matter how many times she tried to leave, she always found her way back home to Utah!
Her passion for children began at a young age between her siblings, 60+ cousins, and her neighborhood in Heber Valley. She began babysitting at age 8 and was dubbed the "Baby Whisperer" for her knack to get the littles calmed and asleep quickly.
Kristel began her career in Early Childhood Education in high school in conjunction with Dixie State University in 2010 followed by UVU after graduating. After the births of her two children, she began working in childcare centers. Kristel was introduced to the Montessori philosophy in 2012 and quickly implemented Montessori methods in her home with her own children. She then opened a state licensed
in-home childcare in 2013.
She wanted to gain experience in all areas of childcare and understanding the business aspect before pursuing her lifelong dream of opening a school when the time was right. She studied Montessori for several years until she had the opportunity to study under a private Montessori educator for two years in 2016. She is currently completing her degree and credentials in Montessori education along with her CDA. Her children have been enrolled at a Montessori charter school since 2017.
Kristel is a Jill-of-all-trades with certification as a CNA, Licensed Massage Therapist, Life Coach, and entrepreneur. She loves holistic health, yoga, meditation, art, music, plants, outdoor life, and above all else, being a mother to her two little humans.
Kristel is so grateful for this opportunity to implement her vision and experience within a child-centered environment. Thank you for trusting us to be part of your village to teach your children.
Front Office Assistant
Lead Primary Teacher
Naomi Kerr grew up in Kennewick, Washington and moved to Utah in 2011.
She attended BYU and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science Teaching. She recently completed a Professional Teaching English as a Second Language certificate at the University of Utah.
Naomi’s top hobbies include hiking, reading, and playing board games with friends and family.
Her favorite thing about working in Early Childhood Education is watching the children get excited about learning. They are at a stage where they are brimming over with questions and she loves being able to help them get some answers. One of Naomi’s biggest strengths as a teacher is being able to teach information with enthusiasm and empathy. Naomi loves Montessori because of the control the students have over their learning and the hands-on nature of the material.
Lead Toddler Teacher
Andrea grew up in Houston, Texas and has a Mexican heritage. She grew up in a close blended family with many siblings. Some of her fondest childhood memories include ice cream trips to the park on cold winter days and attending all of her family’s extra curricular activities.
Andrea has been in the Montessori education field for 4 years and is working towards achieving her Montessori teaching credential. She is passionate about teaching and Montessori methods.
In her free time, Andrea enjoys creative outlets such as photography, art, and crafts. She also enjoys watching movies.
Her favorite aspect of working in early childhood education is interacting with students. She loves getting to know each student’s personality and witnessing them flourish in a Montessori environment.
Andrea is patient, loving, organized, and responsible. She loves how children thrive when they are given space to have independence and freedom within their learning. She believes that even though children are small, they are capable of so much!
Preschool and Co-Primary Teacher
Violet is passionate about writing. In her free time Violet enjoys songwriting, reading, writing, and simply being alive. Violet loves working with young children because she loves that she can apply what she has learned to her students. She strives to be an emotionally supportive, empathetic, and reliable individual. Her goal in her classroom is to show each child how lovable they are and how fun learning can be. Violet loves Montessori because it focuses on the whole child. She loves that autonomy is celebrated and that each student is treated with love and respect.
Lead Infant Teacher
Assistant Toddler Teacher
Assistant Infant Teacher
Kandice identifies as an incredibly nerdy, cold weather mountain girl. Having lived in Utah her entire life,
she has developed a love for hiking, camping, and skiing. She and her mother both love and adore the opera and ballet.
Kandice has always loved kids. In high school, she taught at the on-site preschool and daycare. She
easily fell in love with the children she worked with and has filled every moment since being in childcare.
She is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Utah Valley
University. One of her favorite things about working with the littles is the light in their eyes when they
discover something new whether it be their feet, a bug, or an airplane. She is excited to work at
Inquisitive Minds Montessori because of the opportunities the children will have to make their own
discoveries. Kandice cultivates an environment that nurtures young minds. You can often find her singing and teaching the children in different languages.
Yoga, Meditation, and Outdoor Teacher
Extended Care Coordinator
Hailey has been home schooled since 6th grade in a Montessori home. She is the oldest of 5 siblings and is currently working on finishing high school. Hailey enjoys a variety of hobbies including drawing, sewing, crocheting, organizing, and painting. She aspires to be an author.
Hailey enjoys getting to know the students and learning how to prepare classroom spaces. She describes herself as hardworking and orderly. She loves Montessori because students are free to learn about what interests them. She loves that they are met at their own level and learn at their own pace.
Jacey grew up in the East Millcreek area. She is the youngest of four girls and is passionate about her family.
She spends her free time watching football, dancing, baking, and volunteering with Millie’s Princess
Foundation. Jacey has taught dance for many years where she owned a dance studio and loves working with children. She enjoys watching
them learn and grow. Her favorite part of working in Early Childhood Education is the opportunity to
practice positive reinforcement, being silly, and having fun. She is passionate about Montessori
methods and has enjoyed watching her own children go through Montessori programs. She truly believes in educating the whole child and facilitating learning through play and hands on experiences.
“Of all things, love is the most potent.”
Lara grew up in Utah and comes from a large family. She loves spending time with her siblings, nieces, and nephews.
Lara has over 8 years of experience in the education field and is currently enrolled at Western Governor’s University pursuing her dual license in Special Education and Elementary Education.
In her free time Lara enjoys creating, puzzles, playing volleyball, crafts and spending quality time with her family.
Lara is known for being patient and understanding with her students. She authentically enjoys connecting with her students and inventing games with them.
Lara loves early education because of the genuine nature of children. She loves how easily children love. She loves the Montessori philosophy because it is child focused. Montessori makes children's needs the main focus and cultivates independence and self sufficiency. She loves IMM because of the authentic connection she has with her team and students and because of the space that IMM provides her students to learn and grow.