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 Caitlynn

Miss Caitlynn graduated from Murray High School in 2018.  She has worked with children for most of her life, including working as a cheerleading, tumbling and dance coach, nanny and pre-k teacher. This is Miss Caitlynn's second year at Shining Stars and we are so excited to have her return.  

Miss Caitlynn is currently studying pre-med at SLCC and will be transferring over to the University of Utah for their nursing program in the spring.

Miss Caitlynn is an assistant teacher for the morning and afternoon classes.  

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About Miss Faith

In addition to being in the first Graduating Class of Shining Stars Academy, Miss Faith has been a staff member at Shining Stars for over 5 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 graduated from Summit Academy High School in 2021 and will be attending SLCC this summer.  Miss Faith is an assistant teacher/floater for the morning and afternoon classes.

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About Miss Averie

Miss Averie graduated from Mountain Ridge High School in 2020. She cheered all 4 years of high school and loved taking peer tutoring classes and helping out in the preschool. With a major in Special Education, Miss Averie has attended Utah Valley University and is currently studying at Salt Lake Community College.  This is her third year teaching preschool and second year at Shining Stars.  Miss Averie is an assistant teacher for both the morning and afternoon classes.

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About Miss Chelsea

Miss Chelsea is new to the Shining Stars team this year. She is a proud mother of 4 amazing kids ranging in age from 7 to 13. Chelsea recently moved to Utah from California where she spent the last year and a half helping her kids navigate their lives through the pandemic and master remote learning via Zoom.

Chelsea has surrounded herself with children for most of her life. During High School she spent most of her time as a peer tutor and went on to work with children in many different forms. Before becoming a full time Mom, Chelsea worked as a personal nanny and as an employee in daycare settings. She has also volunteered in several religious capacities that involved child development. Chelsea has always had love for children and has always positioned herself to be around children in some teaching capacity. Miss Chelsea is an assistant teacher for the morning classes.