Camp Wild Life Director
Ms. Jessica started with us during the summer of 2020 as a camp counselor and she’s quickly moved up to become our director! She loves working with children and being able to help them with their schoolwork.
Hi, I’m Miss Hannah. I moved here from California a few months ago and I’ve been having fun exploring the mountains with my fiancée. When I’m not at work or outside I like to spend time doing art or snuggling with my two cats.
Mr. Zane began working with us in 2019 and he’s one of our senior counselors. He loves to play with the children and bring them on amazing hikes and adventures.
Hi! My name is Melissa Williams and I am excited to be taking on my new role as a Director at the Sugarhouse location! A little about me: I was born and raised right here in Utah. I am the oldest of seven children. My husband and I have been married for seven years. I am a caretaker by nature and mother to three amazing children. I worked in the service industry for many years, in many roles, including supervisor. I have been an Early Childhood Educator for what will be ten years this April. I started as a toddler teacher at Christ Lutheran School and from there I have had the opportunity at one time or another to be the lead teacher in each of the classrooms we have at St. John’s including summer camp. I really enjoyed working with Camp Wild Life this past year and the experience of getting out into the great outdoors with the kids.I have a passion for learning and it gives me great joy to see that same spark ignite in the minds of the children I get to work with. I am a big believer in the philosophy that children learn best through play. I love the Reggio Emilia approach to education and I am eager to help others incorporate it into their classrooms. I have taken a wide variety of classes over the years to further my knowledge and stay informed in my field. I will be working on obtaining my National Administrators Credential over the summer.I consider myself a big nerd at heart and enjoy books, comics, movies, and pop-culture. I look forward to getting to know and working with the Sugarhouse team. I can’t wait to meet you and for all the adventures that lie ahead. Cheers!
Liberty Park Director
Ms.Amanda is the Liberty Park Director. She is in the process of obtaining her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education as well as continuing in community classes and programs to keep up on the latest in the early childhood world. A transplant to Salt Lake from Miami, she has found her place in Sugarhouse and loves the community around her. A dog lover and avid road tripper, she has crossed the country 9 times in total so far, each time finding a new place to explore.
“Working at St. Johns has assured me that I have found my calling in the education world, interacting with and teaching children add so much to my days, I know that I am where I am supposed to be.”
Hello, my name is Amber Madsen, and I am the Sandy Director. I have worked at St. John’s for many years, during that time I have worked in the Honeybee class, the Crickets class and the caterpillar class. I appreciate this opportunity to focus my skills and talents from the classroom to being a director. I love watching children grow and explore the world around them. I have been married for 17 years and am the mother of four adorable boys. As a family we love to play games, be outdoors and watch movies together. In my quiet moments I love to craft.
Executive Director of St. John’s CCDC and Camp Wild Life/After School Programs
I am lucky to have been given this opportunity because it has allowed me to have a job that has true rewards attached to it. To see the differences you can make in a young child’s life is truly a gift.
I started Camp Wild~Life years ago when I saw a need for a quality childcare program for school-age students. I knew we needed to keep them busy and I couldn’t think of a better way to accomplish this then to expose them to everything Utah has to offer.
I have a passion for the environment and a love for the outdoors. It is my hope that we inspire a love for exploration, conservation, and wilderness in our young Utahns.