Faculty & Staff
Boulder Elementary School is committed to providing continual professional development to the teachers and staff that work with the students in our community. The staff meet weekly, discussing various theories and methods of best practices, as well as, bring professionals into the building to provide continuing education. Additionally, all employees are encouraged and supported in continuing education experiences outside of the school.
Elizabeth Julian, Teacher & Administrator
Elizabeth is the Head Teacher and Principal at Boulder Elementary School. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont in 2003. Elizabeth graduated with honors receiving the Elementary Education Program Diversity Award, recognizing her efforts to advance the Elementary Education program’s mission of teaching all children strategically in diverse communities.
Prior to teaching at Boulder Elementary, she taught with various experiential education programs and was a wilderness guide throughout the United States. Elizabeth has been living in Boulder with her husband since 2008. In addition to her role at the school, she is a volunteer librarian at the town library and serves on the board of the Boulder Arts Council.
Continuing Education: 2018 DIBELS Math Mentor Training, 2018 STEM Best Practices Conference, 2018 NASA/SUU STEM Workshop for Teachers; 2018 Stanford University Graduate School of Education Course: How to Teach Math with Jo Boaler; 2017-2018 DIBELS Next (and Amplify) Data Analysis and Professional Development for School and District Leaders; Staff Development for Educators 2017 week long National Conference; 2016 Mountain West Arts Conference
Molly Benson, Teacher
Molly started right here as a student at Boulder Elementary School. Later, in 2010 she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied Film and Feminist Studies. She then spent six years in Seattle where she gained experience working in many fields, including event management, graphic and web design, theatre and film festival production, and had the opportunity to work with opera singers, filmmakers, and writers, among others. She is delighted to have come full circle to contribute her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to her former elementary school.
Molly works with students in kindergarten through sixth grade in all areas of studies with a focus on Reading, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Engineering, and the Arts.
Continuing Education: 2018 STEM Best Practices Conference, 2018 NASA/SUU STEM Workshop for Teachers; Staff Development for Educators 2017 week long National Conference; 2017 NASA/SUU STEM Workshop for Teachers
Lexi Johnson, Highly Qualified Paraprofessional
Lexi works with students in preschool through sixth grade in all areas of study. She plans on continuing her education as a early childhood educator, until then Lexi is using her time at Boulder Elementary School for professional experience. Lexi grew up in Boulder and attended Boulder Elementary School. She was a student at Escalante High School and graduated from Utah Online School in May of 2016.
Michala Alldredge, Highly Qualified Paraprofessional
Michala works with Boulder’s preschool students. She has a great love for learning and working with children. Michala grew up in Utah and attended schools in Richfield, Kanab, Orem and Salt Lake City. In 1992, she graduated from high school in West Jordan.
After attending college in Salt Lake City she moved to Portland, Oregon where she continued her education with a focus on English and Environmental Science. She worked in Pharmacy and business development for nineteen years. Her interest in science and healthcare inspired her to study massage therapy in 2008. She completed her training and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since January of 2010.
Michala moved home to Utah in March of 2015 and she has been residing in Boulder since then. Her pioneer roots in Boulder, Escalante and Henrieville instilled a great love for the land and the people who make it their home. She is excited to be working and making a home in this great community.
Continuing Education: Staff Development for Educators 2017 week long National Conference
Tessa Barkan, Highly Qualified Paraprofessional
Tessa attended college at Tulane University in New Orleans where she earned a dual degree in Psychology and English, graduating in 2015. During her time in school, she worked with a number of educational organizations including local charter elementary schools, and after-school and summer leadership programs for teens. She also founded and subsequently headed a Supplemental Instruction department at the University (similar to group-based tutoring), and taught English abroad to Tibetan refugees in Dharamshala, India.
After graduating, she worked for a year in the mental health field, assisting a number of psychiatrists and social workers. During that time, she additionally assisted one of the clinicians in founding a radio program/podcast (Whole Body Mental Health Radio) to increase public awareness about integrative mental health and well-being. She is an active writer, and her works of poetry and creative non-fiction have been published in a number of literary magazines and online journals.
Tessa moved to Boulder in 2016. In addition to working at the school with students from kindergarten to sixth grade, she volunteers at the Boulder library, is a member of Boulder Tree City, and covers community events and meetings for the Wayne and Garfield County Insider.