Meet Our Staff

Deer Valley Academy programs are staffed by individuals who have been trained in early childhood education/child development and who demonstrate the necessary personal qualities for working with young children.

Our staff have been selected for their educational backgrounds, as well as their experiences and expertise for working with young children. All teachers undergo a thorough reference check and background screening. During the school year, each teacher will receive frequent observations, coaching and evaluations. All staff receive CPR and first aid.

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Flor Santa Maria - Infants Teacher

I am originally from Argentina. I got married and moved to Park City a little over a year ago. I've been working with kids for eight years now, from coaching gymnastics to working at the Deer Valley Ski School .I am very excited to join this spectacular group of teachers and to start my first school year with the youngest students of the Deer Valley Academy. Thank you for trusting us with your beautiful children.

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De-Lila McCracken - Little Tots

I am a mom to a large group of children who keep me busy. We are a "get up and go" family. I love adventuring, weather, paddleboarding, camping, snowboarding and just walking around in nature, helping to keep it clean. My life motto is "Don't get mad; just dance."

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Michele Desario - Big Tots Teacher

I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Utah to be closer to the mountains. I previously worked as a preschool teacher in New Jersey and am so excited to be part of the Deer Valley family. In my free time, I love to hike and read. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your families.

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Mollie Pollock - Little Kids

I am originally from Pennsylvania, and moved to Utah to be closer to my family. In my free time, I love to ski, camp and dote on my wonderful nieces and nephew. Having worked in child care for many years and in many different capacities, I feel incredibly privileged to work with the amazing team of teachers here at Deer Valley. We look forward to seeing you and we thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us.

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Olga Wooley - Preschool

I grew up in Central Asia and earned my master's degree in teaching Russian and English from the State University of Uzbekistan. With over 30 years of experience, I have taught numerous age groups in different countries.

Upon arriving to the United States and starting my new role as a Deer Valley Academy Teacher, I discovered the amazing world of 3- and 4-year-olds, which is a world where nothing is impossible and great discoveries happen every minute. The beautiful setting of Deer Valley reminds me of my home mountains and makes me treasure each day.

In my free time, I enjoy art, literature and classical music. I like to garden and cook healthy food for my family and friends. As part of my body-mind-spirit lifestyle, my most recent passions are Tai Chi and Yoga. I love traveling the world with my daughter Margo, as well as camping with my husband Rod, and our precious puppy Layla.

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Bethany Cooley -Preschool

I have been working with children for the past ten years and love seeing them grow and learn new things. I have lived in Utah for the past five years and enjoy swimming, playing the piano, crocheting, cross-stitching and reading. I am married with four children; Bekah (10), Tanner (8), Addisynn (6), and Kassie (3).

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Hailey Stuart - Substitute Teacher

I was raised in Oregon, spending time skiing at Deer Valley while growing up. I moved to Utah in 2017 to attend school at the University of Utah, where I am majoring in Recreational Therapy, and minoring in Family, Community and Human Development. I started working at Deer Valley in the Children’s Center during the ski season and at the summer camp. This will be my fifth year working here, and I am excited to be in the Deer Valley Academy! In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and playing with my puppy, Buzz.

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Jacky Fischer - Substitute Teacher

I left the public school system in Crystal Lake, Illinois in 1999 when my husband and I followed our children to Park City. I was an art teacher and enjoy doing projects with students of all ages. I worked as an interior designer in Park City until I joined the Deer Valley Children's Center in 2010, and have worked full-time, part-time and seasonally in all rooms of the center. I currently substitute in all classrooms, helping where needed.

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Kate Nelsen- Substitute Teacher

I have lived in California, Minnesota and South Carolina. I moved to Utah in 2017 and began working as a Deer Valley Academy Teacher with the Infants and Little Tots. I have been a member of the Park City Sunrise Rotary Club and have done volunteer work with the Park City Peace House. In my free time, I enjoy reading, walking and traveling.