About Miss Sam

Miss Sam has over 25 years of experience as a Preschool teacher.  A native of Las Vegas, NV, Miss Sam attended Community College of Southern Nevada for 2 years, with a major in Elementary Education.  While living in Henderson, NV, Miss Sam owned and operated Shining Stars Academy's Nevada location, as well as working with Henderson Parks and Recreation, teaching 15 classes to young children ranging in age from 18 months to 5 years.  In the Summer of 2008 Sam moved to the Holladay area, where she worked with Granite School District Preschool for 1 year.  Taking what she learned from her experience in the public school system, and building upon it, Miss Sam opened her doors to Shining Stars Academy's Utah location in the fall of 2009.  As more years passed, the once home-based location quickly became too small.  Eager to meet the demands of a growing business, and excited with the opportunity to touch more lives, Miss Sam was excited to open the commercial location in August 2016.  

In addition to her teaching career, Miss Sam coached and directed the State-winning Morningside Elementary Chess Club for two years.  She has also worked with Utah Future Problem Solvers for 4 years and has coached several problem solving teams and individuals, including a Community Problem Solving team whose year-long Homeless Children's project was awarded the Award of Distinction at the Utah State FPS Bowl.  Sam also served on the Utah State FPS Board as the Scenario Director.  

A mother of 4 and a devoted wife, Miss Sam loves children and is excited to meet you to discuss your early childhood education needs. 

Miss Sam is licensed with the City of Holladay and the State of Utah, is trained in Pediatric First Aid and CPR, and is Food Handler's Certified

I encourage you to come in and talk to me as you make this important decision in your child’s life.  

About Miss Averie

Miss Averie graduated in 2020 from Mountain Ridge High School. She cheered all 4 years of high school and loved taking peer tutoring classes and helping out in the preschool. She’s attending Utah Valley University this year as a freshman, studying special education. This is her first year teaching preschool and she’s very excited to learn and grow with the program! Miss Averie is an assistant teacher for both the morning and afternoon classes.

About Miss Catherine

Miss Catherine has over 12 years experience as a preschool teacher. She was raised in Salt Lake, and attended the U Of U as well as Salt Lake Community College, with a major in Elementary Education. Her love for children grew more during her time in North Carolina, where she worked as a nanny and cared for 2 children. She first became a preschool teacher at Challenger in Holladay, and taught 3 and 4 year old classes for 8 years. After her son was born, she and her husband lived in Provo, where she and 3 other mothers formed a co-op preschool for their children.
She then worked as a teacher’s assistant at Treasure Tree Academy, with an emphasis in music. After moving back to Salt Lake, she taught at Children’s Discovery in Holladay for the 4 year old classes. 
In addition to teaching preschool, Miss Catherine taught swimming lessons to children ages 3 to 8. She also was a head teacher for a cooking class with Junior high students, and a reading tutor for pre-k students. Teaching at Shining Stars Academy has become one of her passions, and she has thoroughly enjoyed working with Miss Sam and the shining stars! Miss Catherine is an assistant teacher for the morning classes.

About Miss Faith

Miss Faith has been with Shining Stars for over 3 years. Growing up in a preschool environment has given her a love for young children and has enabled her to connect with them in an extraordinary way.  In addition to teaching, Miss Faith has worked as a nanny for several families and enjoys the energy and excitement of working with children of all ages. Miss Faith is a senior at Summit Academy High School and will be attending SUU in the fall.  Miss Faith is an assistant teacher for the afternoon classes.