Principal's Message

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Dear Edgemont Families,

Happy Summer!  I hope everyone is having a relaxing and enjoyable summer.  I have seen pictures of our Edgemont families playing games together, hiking, playing soccer, swimming and appreciating the great outdoors in Utah.  Even though this summer looks different than past summers I hope all of our families are able to unwind and rest to be ready for the Fall.  We are working hard with the district and the state to prepare a safe return for our students in the Fall.  We will send our more information as we solidify the procedures and plans we will have in place. Our custodian and crew have also been working extra hard to sanitize, disinfect, and clean our school.  It has never looked more shiny and beautiful.  We appreciate their hard work.

This Fall  we will have several new teachers at Edgemont Elementary that I’d like to introduce.

Allison Knighton will be joining us as one of our Kindergarten teachers next Fall.  Allison recently graduated from UVU with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She has spent a lot of time at Edgemont in her school field work and most recently completed her student teaching under Mrs. Giles. She likes to spend her time volunteering and has volunteered in a special education class in high school as well as had the opportunity to teach English to children in Cape Verde, Africa and Suva, Fiji.  Since she was a little girl, she always wanted to be an elementary teacher. She says, “I plan on taking everything I have learned in my past and implementing it in my classroom.  I am so excited to be a part of this Edgemont community and look forward to working with you and your children this coming year!” Miss Knighton joins Mrs. Smith as our two Kindergarten teachers next year, each teaching AM and PM kindergarten classes.

Our 1st grade team remains the same with Mrs. Baraketse as our French DLI teacher, Mrs. Lowe as our English DLI teacher,  and Mrs. Garner and Mrs. Amesse as our STEAM teachers.

Emma Coronado will be one of our 2nd grade STEAM teachers this Fall.  “Hello! I’m Emma Coronado and I am so excited to be a new second grade teacher at Edgemont this fall! I love teaching children and getting to see how their curious minds work. It’s fascinating to see how children light up when they understand something new, and how they genuinely love to learn about everything around them. Some things you might want to know about me are that I grew up in Wisconsin, but have now lived in Utah for about 12 years. I am married and have 2 children. Some of my favorite things to do are spend time with my family and  be outside. I also love to go hiking, bike riding, organizing anything, and baking desserts. I am excited to get to be a part of the Edgemont community and am looking forward to meeting many of you this fall!”   Mrs. Cornado will be joining our current 2nd grade team of Mrs. Gimenez as our French DLI teacher, Mrs. Cummings as our English DLI teacher, and Mrs. Lozer as our other STEAM teacher.

This year our 3rd grade French DLI  teacher is coming to us from France.  “Hello, my name is Daniela Da Cuz, I’m the new 3rd Grade French teacher for the school year 2020/2021. I’m actually living in France, in Annecy, in the French Alps. I have 3 daughters : Anna 13, Elsa 10 and Charlotte 7. I’m looking forward to coming to Provo and be part of Edgemont Elementary School. I graduated in Education Sciences and English Studies. I’ve been teaching for 19 years and have been teaching all ages. I started with a European program in Lisbon where I taught French to Portuguese students from 1st to 4th grade for a year. After two years, I moved to the Alps region. I had a special position in my actual school where I’ve been teaching English to the students for several years. I particularly like literature and social sciences as well as languages such as English. I love teaching and seeing  in children’s eyes that they understand me, that they blossom and become brighter individuals and future citizens of the world makes me very happy. I’m proud to be part of students’ gaining autonomy, knowledge and a bright future.”   Mrs. Da Cruz will be joining our 3rd grade team of Mrs. Israelson as our English DLI teacher and Mrs. Driggs and Mrs. Patching as our STEAM teachers.

Our new 4th grade French DLI teacher will be Sasha Spencer.  “My name is Oleksandra “Sasha” Spencer. I am a native of Ukraine, and I grew up bilingual. I graduated from Heidelberg University with M.A. in Conference Interpreting. I also hold an M.A. in Applied Linguistics. I am married and my husband retired from the military several years ago. I have been teaching French since 2011. This is my third year teaching in K-12 schools and first year of teaching DLI. I love teaching because learning gives you keys, and I want to give as many keys as I can to my students so they can open any doors they wish.”  Mrs. Spencer joins our 4th grade team with Mrs. Taylor as our English DLI teacher and Mrs. Stoddard and Mrs. Bowman as our STEAM teachers.

Our 5th grade will have a new STEAM teacher.  Her name is Kayla Rainey.  “Hello! My name is Kayla Rainey. I am so excited to be teaching 5th grade at Edgemont Elementary this year! I am from Provo and truly enjoy it here. I am enthusiastic about learning and I believe that having a positive mindset can make all the difference when it comes to learning something new. I love teaching because it challenges me to learn and grow. I hope to show my students how fun and interesting learning can be.”   Mrs. Rainey joins our 5th grade team with Mrs. Robertson as one of our STEAM teachers, Mrs. Blanton as our English DLI teacher, and Mrs. Cottle and Mrs. Lehmann as our French DLI teachers.

Our 6th grade team remains the same as last year with Mr. Jennings as our English DLI teacher, Mr. Jatioui as our French DLI teacher,  and Ms. Raile and Mrs. Barrett as our STEAM teachers.

We also have two new special education teachers that will be joining our team.  Marina Graves will be working full time at Edgemont and Rachelle Hulse will split her time between Edgemont and Amelia Earhart Elementary.

I’m Mrs. Greaves, and I am going to be one of the special education teachers here at Edgemont! I recently graduated from BYU and am now loving teaching here in Provo. I have one husband, one dog, and one cute small apartment where we love having people over for game nights and dinner. I love teaching because I love to see the light bulb go off when a child finally connects with the concept they are learning about. I really enjoy working with children, teaching curriculum, and finding new ways to teach that will be fun for my students. I look forward to meeting all the children and parents I will be working with!

Hello, my name is Rachelle Hulse. I am from the Orem/Provo area. I am married and have two boys, ages 20 and 22. I have been in the Provo School District for 27 years teaching special education, with a bachelor’s degree in mild-moderate K-12. I have taught all grades, but I really do enjoy teaching the elementary age students. I enjoy their smiles, their love, their hard work, and honesty.   Mrs. Greaves and Mrs. Hulse join our special education team with our current teacher Mrs. Staten.

We will miss Mrs. Giles, Mrs. Freese, Mrs. Budge, Mrs. Jensen, Mrs. May, and Mrs. Thompson but wish them the best on their new adventures. We have hired some great teachers and look forward to having them be a part of our Edgemont team!

On a different, but similar note, our 3rd grade French teacher, Daniela Da Cruz, will be in need of temporary housing and a host family for herself and her family of five.  This housing and hosting would need to be for around two weeks while she gets her social security number, finds a car and permanent housing.  As a host family we would ask for your help in taking Daniela to get her social security card, and get to know the Provo area.  If you and your family are interested in hosting our new French teacher and family for a couple of weeks, please contact me as soon as possible at so we can make arrangements.  They will be arriving in the United States August 10 and it would greatly put their mind at ease if they knew that temporary housing was ready for them when they come.  I appreciate your help with this!

We still have several student packets with work and materials from their teacher for this school year.  Each family with items still here received a phone call.  If you didn’t come pick up your child’s items you can come by on Wednesdays through June and July between the hours of 8:30 am-3:30 pm.

As a reminder our school is open this summer on Wednesdays from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.  When you come we ask you wear a mask and practice social distancing to help keep our front office healthy.  If you have any cold-like or Covid symptoms please wait until you feel better and are symptom free before visiting the school.

Class assignments for the 2020-2021 school year will be available in the beginning of August on PowerSchool.  If you don’t have your PowerSchool account set up yet and aren’t sure how to do it, please call our front office 801-221-9984 for help.  Additionally, it is very important for all our families to update their addresses, phone numbers, and emergency contacts in PowerSchool.

Enjoy your summer and keep watching your emails, our school website, and social media accounts for updates.  We can’t wait to see you in the Fall!


Harmony Kartchner, Principal