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Stacey Collett


Kindergarten Teacher

At McGillis since 2011


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B.S., Human Development and Early Childhood Education, University of Utah
M.S., Elementary Education, University of Phoenix, Salt Lake City


Stacey has worked in education as a teacher for the past 22 years; this is her 11th year teaching kindergarten at McGillis. She loves to learn and be in the presence of young minds and is in awe of their capabilities. Her hobbies outside of teaching are mountain biking, hiking, playing ultimate frisbee, backpacking, nordic, and backcountry skiing. Stacey strives to spend as much time outside as possible. And she LOVES animals! She has two dogs, and two classroom tortoises -- Tatianna (has been with her for 29 years) and Zelda. 


As McGillis celebrates its 30th anniversary, what is a memory you would like to share with our community?
Observing the lifecycle of caterpillars to butterflies, along with the release of our newly hatched butterflies, is always a highlight and unforgettable memory in Kindergarten.  Students proudly observe, document, and care for caterpillars to butterflies.  We then release the beautiful butterflies into the McGillis garden. It is a magical moment of love and learning!


As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, what is your wish for McGillis?
To continue to strive and succeed for the things we value: community, love of learning, life skills and real-world experiences, and repairing the world.


I am currently reading:
Snow Child by Ewoyn Ivey and Lisey's Story by Stephen King


I am learning to:
Pack lightly for extended backpacking trips. 


Favorite McGillis lunch:
Grilled Cheese with Bridget's homemade tomato soup.


Favorite McGillis Tradition:
Tu B' Shevat- I LOVE TREES!!


Favorite McGillis Moment:
Seeing Kindergarteners’ faces on the first day of school.


The defining moment that led you to your career in education:
The first time a child looked at me with awe and gratitude for something they learned. 


What is a powerful moment you experienced at school (either as a student or an adult)?
When I was in 4th grade as a severely shy individual, my teacher took me under his wing and used me as his helper when dissecting cows’ eyes.  It was the first time I felt more than just a number in a classroom with a large number of students.