Meet Our Staff

We love our staff at Little Farmers!

Ms. Katrina- Director

I found Little Farmers Preschool when I was searching for a quality preschool for my daughter. I wanted a school that was both child-centered and a high quality learning experience. I found what I was looking for at Little Farmers, as well as a one of a kind chance to experience what life is like on a farm.  As a former teacher of kindergarten and preschool, I love that Little Farmers is a high quality learning center that focuses on whole child development. As a parent, I love that my daughter asks to go to school every day and is making connections between her life and farm life every day. Currently I am pursuing my doctoral degree in Education Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah. I enjoy reading research related to best education practices, talking with parents about school values, and discovering ways we can make our education programs at Petersen Family Farm valuable to our community.

Contact Ms. Katrina: katrinaherd@littlefarmerspreschool.com

Ms. Shayla

This is my first year teaching at Little Farmers Preschool, and I am so excited. I have worked with children in many different capacities over the last 14 years from running my own in home daycare to being a supervisor at Gene Fullmer Recreation center. I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a wonderful husband named Mike and 4 great kids. Two girls and two boys (Rylee, Libby, Connor, and Colin). I am a big BYU fan and I love to sing and I enjoy sharing that love with children. I’m also really excited and nervous to be training for and running my first half marathon this fall!

Ms. Candace

I am so excited to join the Little Farmers Preschool team this year!  I have taught preschool at an in-home preschool before and I can’t wait for the unique experience Litter Farmers Preschool has to offer.  I love the preschool age because kids are so excited about learning and growing.  I love to be outside, explore and try new things.  This summer I checked off a few items on my Utah Bucket List: camping/hiking in Capitol Reef and hiking to the top of Mount Timpanogas!

Tauni

Ms. Tauni- Teacher

My name is Miss Tauni. I am very excited to teach at Little Farmer’s Preschool because I love children!  For me, a big part of teaching is using the value of “reaching”.  I feel that reaching out to children with love and respect will open the way for effective teaching to take place.  Like always, no matter how much I teach them, children always seem to teach me more!

Ms. Tammy, Teacher

I am so excited to teach Friday farm camp. I love working with little ones and seeing their excitement and enthusiasm about every part of life. I have a master’s degree in educational psychology and have worked in high schools and junior high schools. I love working with kids of all ages but have a soft spot in my heart for preschoolers. I love being outdoors with kids and have seen from my own children how much they can learn and grow from being in nature.

Ms. Sandi, Teacher

I truly have a passion for teaching and helping prepare the rising generation for their bright futures.  I love when a child’s face lights up while learning or experiencing something for the first time.  During my early years I enjoyed helping my mom with the preschool she taught in and owned.  My more recent teaching experiences have been in schools as well as raising and teaching my own children.  I look forward to a great year teaching your children at Little Farmers Preschool.

Ms. Amy, THPM

Ms. Amy, Teacher

Teaching children is where my happiness is. I love to see children learn and grow. They have a zest for learning that is captivating and contagious. I love learning with them every step of the way. 

Ms. Laurel, Farm Camp Friday 9-11AM

Ms. Laurel, Teacher

Hi! I’m Laurel Yeske. I have 6 years of teaching experience and I love the preschool age. I am really excited to teach farm camp and explore this new environment with your kids! My favorite thing about the farm is leaning more about where our foods come from and eating healthy.

Ms. Vanessa, Farm Camp Friday 11:30-1:30

Ms. Vanessa, Teacher

I am so excited to be a teacher at the farm. I can’t think of a better way to teach my children then to allow them real life, hands on experiences. I love watching children come alive while learning. The farm provides unique experiences that foster a love of work, life and learning in a way our children are excited about. It’s such a privilege to teach at and bring my children to the farm.

Ms. Kristina, THAM

Ms. Kristina, Tuition and Supplies

I’m excited to work at the farm!  I have a rich family heritage of farmers; the Rowley Red Barn and Payson Fruit Growers are owned by my Great Uncles and extended family.  I have enjoyed canning and preserving the wonderful “fruits” of their labors.

As a mother of four children, I have enjoyed teaching for many years.  Pre-K is such a great age because the kids are so excited to learn, explore, and create things in the world around them.  I hope to help and encourage that discovery this year.

Ms. Marci, Farm Camp Friday 1-3PM

Ms. Marci, Farm Camp Friday, Supplies

For as long as I can remember, I have dreamt of teaching preschool. As a child I played preschool teacher, in high-school I started working and learning to be a preschool teacher, and in college I choose a degree that would teach me all that I needed to know to be the best preschool teacher I could be. I have had the privilege of running my own in home childcare for 6 years and loved every minute of teaching and being around the children. When my brother, Farmer Luke, and Hilarie started the farm preschool, I wanted to someday be a part of it, that is, if we ever had a reason to move back to Riverton. That opportunity came and now I am thrilled to be a part of such a great program. Growing up on this same farm I have fond memories of learning how to cultivate and care for crops and care and tend to animals. I cannot wait to share my passion for children and love of farming with your children.

Lindy

Ms. Lindy- Volunteer, Teacher Coach

Children are real. Children can feel. Children are people, too — with BIG needs–and need to have an environment wherein they can feel safe and know that they are IMPORTANT to and LOVED by the adults in their world–therein lies the challenge for all parents and teachers. I am in my “Happy Place” when I am with a group of young children. After a day of teaching–I come away from the classroom feeling energized, uplifted, inspired, and taught by children. They are my source of what is right and good in the world. I love their innocence and genuine love for others. I love to watch them assume responsibility for their own behavior and education. I LOVE CHILDREN!! They are so teachable!!

lukenhil

Luke & Hilarie Petersen- Owners of Petersen Family Farm

I, Hilarie, grew up as a city girl, but as I witnessed how much my kids were learning about the world around them on our farm, I wanted to share it with the community.  Thats how Little Farmers Preschool was born. I have a passion for education and think the farm is a natural place to learn and grow!  Come join us!

Contact Luke & Hilarie: hilarie.petersenfarm@gmail.com