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Meet Our Staff

Purple Room

 Valerie Colwell, B.S. - Teacher

valerie colwellHey there, my name is Valerie and I am the Purple Room teacher.  I graduated from BYU-Idaho in December of 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Child Development and an Associates in Professional Preschool Education.  I love working with children and especially with your sweet babies.  In my spare time I love reading anything I can get my hands on; I also love writing articles that advocate for families. 

Green Room

Michelle Chestnut, M.S. - Teacher

michelleI graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in Marriage, Family & Human Development and went on to receive a master's degree from the University of Utah in Human Development & Social Policy. During graduate school, my children attended UKids - Presidents Circle and I developed a great appreciation for this incredible child care. I am grateful for the opportunity I have now to teach here. In my spare time I enjoy playing the piano and spending time with my husband and our three kids. 

 Yellow Room

Jillian Speaks, B.S. - Co-Teacher

jillMy name is Jillian, but I also go by Jill.  I graduated from BYU with a degree in Human Development. I love working with children of all ages, but especially the little ones.  I am super excited to continue to build relationships with all of the children at UKids - Presidents Circle.  I joined the team in Spring of 2016 and I love the yellow room!  In my spare time I love to travel, eat delicious food, and spend time with my family.  

Allie Schults, B.S. - Co-Teacher

I've worked formally in childcare pre-K/Kindergarten for 2 years and was a personal nanny for about 10 years. I love watching children grow & my biggest passion is creating a safe and loving environment for all children. I graduated from the U in Human Development & Family Studies. I'm a wife to a medical student and love him! I love making things: art, wreaths, writing, music... 

Blue Room

Bex Kelley - Teacher

Description coming soon!


emilyEmily Duffin - Teacher 

My name is Emily Diffin and I have had the pleaseure of working at UKids since January of 2017. I am also a student at the University of Utah (go Utes!) studying Human Development & Family Studies with an emphasis in child life. I believe in the power of play and in giving kids, no matter how young, the opportunity to explore their abilities. In my free time I either like to curl up on the couch and watch Netflix with my husband or grab a cup of hot chocolate and read Harry Potter. 

 Red Room

Cori Robison, B.S. - Teacher

coriI graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor's degree in Family, Consumer, and Human Development and have been teaching 4 & 5 years since 2009. The children at this age are curious, imaginative, eager to learn, and gaining confidence in their abilities. It makes for a fun and unpredictable experience! In my spare time I love traveling, going to concerts and live theater, and spending time with my family. 

Last Updated: 11/16/17