Stephanie Speicher grew up in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and most recently moved from Connecticut. Currently, she lives in North Ogden with her husband Tim and two children Morgan and Marley. Stephanie holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Social Sciences/Secondary Education from Towson University and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Maine. At this time, she is currently working on her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Utah State University.
For over 20 years, she has assisted teachers, administrators and other educational professionals to enhance their teaching, leadership and collaborative skills. The experiences and expertise she has acquired serving as a facilitator and consultant for organizations such as Maine Public Schools, New York City Public Schools, Guilford Public Schools and Outward Bound, have enabled her to bridge methodology and governance into practice.
Her focus as the Director of MMA will be to help the school community understand how best practices and performance assessments coupled with the accompanying data are shaping current trends in education and the effect it will have on Maria Montessori Academy. With this knowledge base, she feels that she can help MMA grow and prosper as an educational institution for years to come.
Kacee Weaver holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Weber State University and has a level 2 Utah teaching license. She received a Master of Education degree in Montessori Education from St. Catherine’s University and has a lower elementary Montessori certification through the Institute for Guided Studies.
Kacee has been at Maria Montessori Academy since its inception in 2010 and was a lead teacher in the lower elementary program for 4 years before becoming the Curriculum/Instructional Specialist. She leads the schools’ state accreditation team and continues to correlate the Montessori curriculum sequence to the Common Core Standards. She also serves on the Montessori Educational Programs International as the Vice President and Utah Montessori Council board of directors.
Kacee is a Utah native and spent her childhood years in a small town; climbing trees, building forts and playing in the river. She loves dark chocolate, coffee, the color pink, aspen trees and bookstores. She married her high school sweetheart in 2000 and together they have 3 children. As a family they like to laugh, hike, ski and go camping. She loves people, music, bookstores and being in the mountains. She enjoys reading to her children, playing with her dogs, sitting on the porch with a good book and doing yard work.
Her future goals include obtaining a Doctoral Degree in the field of curriculum and instruction or special education and owning a thrift store. Until then, she will continue to learn as much as she can from the children and adults around her