Camp Wild Life Operations Director
I would like to first say that I am very excited to join the team as the Operations Director for Camp Wild Life. I started working with youth in 2010 while working on my undergrad. I taught rock climbing, hiking/outdoor exploration, and several different sports to at-risk youth and was the Assistant Director for an After School/Summer Program. During this time, I saw how much our youth benefit from experiences in nature and how it enriched their lives.
I completed my BS in Parks, Recreation & Tourism in 2012 and later continued on to obtain a Master’s in Public Administration in 2019. I have a passion for education and continue to learn and grow throughout life.
I enjoy camping, hiking, and off-roading with my amazing wife and 2 beautiful daughters but am also a nerd for technology, games, and older comics. I look forward to meeting you all and being a part of Camp Wild Life!
My name is Megan Clawson and I am the Director of St. John’s in Murray. I am currently working on my last class to earn my BA in Human Development and Family Studies. I have been working in child care centers since 2001 and love being in my new role as Director of the Murray location. I love being able to be in every classroom and getting to see all of the children at our location grow and change throughout their time with us. I am happily married and have four adorable children. As a family, we enjoy playing outside, going for walks, and having a family movie night.
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 a mother to three amazing children. I worked in the service industry for many years, in many roles, including the 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 Lead Director
Ms.Amanda is the Liberty Park Director. She is in the process of obtaining her Bachelor in Early Childhood Education as well as continuing in community classes and programs to keep up with 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 than 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.