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Jayde Prudden


Lower School OEE & Movement Teacher

At McGillis since 2002


Contact Jayde Prudden:


B.A., English, University of Utah
Teacher Certification, Westminster College


I enjoy exploring the Wasatch Mountains in all seasons, but especially during the winter months. When not at home, I am traveling the world discovering new places to paddle, surf, savor local delicacies, appreciate local art, and meet new people. I savor mornings alone on the trail before the sun rises.


I am currently reading:
The Hunger


I am learning to:
Play the Shabbat blessings on my guitar


Favorite McGillis lunch:
Mediterranean day


Favorite McGillis tradition:
Family Group


Favorite McGillis moment:
Box City Project long-term project working with a local architect and interior designer and incorporating Green School principles working with recycled materials seeing students working collaboratively and creatively with their peers.


The defining moment that led to your career in education:
My long-term substitute position at New City School in St. Louis. I explored multiple intelligent theories with incredible teachers and realized that I enjoyed learning along with elementary school-aged children.


What is a powerful moment you experienced at school?
Integrated unit study at Judge Memorial reading Edward Abby, exploring desert ecology, and conducting research about Black Brush. It was my first published research that was accomplished by collaborating with peers and doing science - all the while reading and discussing literature in my instructor's house for several evenings. The discussions were lively and assisted in shaping my love for wild spaces and the value of these spaces for humanity.