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Sarah Stone, PhD
Executive Director

Sarah, the founder and Executive Director of Wonderbloom, has a PhD in early childhood development and has spent over 20 years teaching and supervising early childhood programs including Parents As Teachers and Early Head Start. In addition, Sarah has trained in nature-based education approaches. She has incorporated her extensive knowledge of early childhood development with principles of nature-based learning to create the underlying philosophy and structure of Wonderbloom.

Sarah has two little ones, ages 11 years and 7 years. She loves to take them on adventures both in Utah and abroad.  Sarah also loves to spend extra time volunteering in the community; you'll find her at Sundance Film Festival each Winter.

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Abdul Razak Adam
Early Childhood Educator
 

Abdul Razak Adam is originally from Ghana, West Africa where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in education and was a PE teacher for many years. Abdul spent time working with school aged kids in New York City before moving to Utah to work with children with special needs. Teaching has been his life’s work and passion.. His goal is to try to understand their behavior and help them grow in the best possible ways. His hobbies include playing volleyball and listening to music

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Luma Dos Santos
Early Childhood Educator

Luma is originally from the East Coast, more specifically Quincy, Massachusetts. She moved to Salt Lake City earlier this year from California, where she was a seasonal Outdoor Educator. She has fallen in love with Utah’s wilderness and more specifically Cottonwood Canyon! Luma is very passionate about working with young learners, and has previously worked as a preschool teacher, outdoor educator, and nanny. In her spare time, Luma enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, doing arts and crafts, and spending time with friends and family. Luma joined the Wonderbloom Team in October 2023.

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Sophie Nay 

Classroom Assistant

Sophie has lived in Utah her whole life. She has subbed for daycares and after school programs in Utah for the past two years. Working in childcare has been a lifelong dream of Sophie's. She hopes to further her education in the field, providing foundational work for children and growing support for nature-based education. Sophie is deeply passionate about the environment and animals, which led her to spend time volunteering and advocating for animal rights and environmental protections specifically throughout Utah. Sophie loves going on trips to Southern Utah, crocheting, cooking and trying out new coffee spots. She is so excited to be a part of the Wonderbloom community. Sophie joined the Wonderbloom Team in February 2024. 

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Bobby Mallick

Substitute

Bobby is a 4th-year psychology student at the University of Utah. He has always been fascinated by the intersection of child development and the natural world, which led him to explore the incredible opportunity of working in an environment where these two elements intertwine. Bobby hopes to actively engage, and encourage exploration and connection with nature. He is fortunate to have the opportunity to witness firsthand how exposure to the outdoors positively impacts cognitive, emotional, and social development. Bobby joined the Wonderbloom Team in August 2023

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Lianna Lopez, MEd
Director

Lianna is originally from Northern California. Lianna moved to Utah in 2015, and earned a master’s degree in Education with a focus on Montessori Early Education from Westminster College. Lianna has over 17 years of experience working in the classroom with young children and families. One of Lianna's biggest passions is being a bird nerd! Lianna loves birds so much that she currently serves on the Great Salt Lake Audubon Board of Directors and is their Education Chair. Lianna also enjoys cooking, swimming, playing pinball, crocheting, hiking, golfing, backpacking, bowling and spending time with her family.

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Mariah Leick

Early Childhood Educator

Mariah grew up in the beautiful Southwest desert and moved to Utah after graduating from Arizona State University in 2018. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Environmental Sustainability. Her previous experiences include providing gardening education to refugee community members, teaching toddlers, and working as a nanny. Mariah enjoys exploring the foothills with her dog, experimenting in her garden and kitchen, and learning new languages.

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Koko is originally from Los Angeles California and moved to Salt Lake City in 2009. Koko has worked alongside young youth groups since she was 15 years old. Ten years later Koko is still in love with curious and exquisite minds. She is the middle child of a total of 16 siblings spread all over the map! In her spare time Koko loves to crochet, read, as well as hang with close friends and family! Koko is a registered behavior technician and has about three years of behavioral support techniques that apply to neuro-typical/neuro-divergent children. She is grateful to be apart of the Wonderbloom team and dive into our awesome community. Koko joined the Wonderbloom Team in February 2024. 

Koko Lawrence
Early Childhood Educator

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Sami Solomon-Kleeba

Classroom Assistant

Sami is a second-year student at the University of Utah. She is majoring in Environmental Sustainability with an emphasis on Eco-justice Education as well as pursuing a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Sami has worked in childcare for just over 5 years in many settings such as summer camps, nannying, as well as daycare jobs. She love getting the chance to watch kids grow and thrive! Sami joined the Wonderbloom Team in December 2023.

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Autumn Busse

Substitute

Autumn is a native Minnesotan, but she loves being out West. She is a sophomore in college and is studying early childhood education. Her boyfriend plays basketball for the University of Utah and she loves watching the Utes play. Her favorite state is Colorado, and she loves meeting new cats and dogs. In her spare time, Autumn enjoys camping, traveling, spending time with her niece, and being outdoors. Autumn joined the Wonderbloom Team in June 2022.

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Lizzy Bradford
Assistant Director

 

Lizzie grew up in Salt Lake City. She has a bachelor's degree from Utah State University in Family Life Studies. Lizzy has over 8 years of experience working with infants all the way up through school aged children. She is excited about the philosophy of Wonderbloom and to embrace nature based learning fully. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, restoring old items, hiking, and spending time in the sunshine. 

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Jenna Krueger

Early Childhood Educator

Jenna is from Eugene, Oregon. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2021 with a degree in Psychology. She has been living in Salt Lake City for a little over a year working as a wilderness therapy field guide. Her experience with children includes working at preschool, working at a summer camp as a counselor and a naturalist, and with a wilderness therapy program. In her free time she loves to go rollerblading, rock climbing, and reading.

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HIRING!
Early Childhood Educator

We are currently hiring for an EC Educator!

If you are interested in working with us please send a cover letter and resume to our Director, 

lianna.lopez@wonderbloom.org

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Celine Pope

Classroom Assistant/Intern

 Celine is a senior at the University of Utah, majoring in Environmental Science and Sustainability with an emphasis in Eco-justice and Education. Celine enjoys working in the outdoors, teaching skiing, rock climbing and being a summer camp counselor. Her hobbies include hula hooping, walking my dog, writing poetry,  listening to audio books & jazz. Celine joined the Wonderbloom Team in December 2023

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Jake McCabe

Substitute

Jake is from Rochester, Minnesota. In Minnesota, he worked at a daycare, coached AAU basketball, and various sports camps. He has been living in Salt Lake City for the last year, and is loving the change of scenery! Since moving, Jake has worked as a substitute teacher at various schools, daycares, and after school programs. He is incredibly excited to be a Butterfly teacher and work with your kids! Outside of the classroom, Jake is a basketball skills trainer. In his free time, he enjoy thrifting & reselling clothing, slack-lining, tree climbing, and woodworking. Jake joined the Wonderbloom Team in June 2022.

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