Administration, Faculty, and Advisory Board



 “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”  – Mark Van Doren


“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Sharon Brown  (Director)

Sharon was born and raised in Utah on a farm. After high school she graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. She then completed her Master’s Degree from Utah State University in Secondary Education and earned her Administrative Endorsement. She taught high school history and government for 8 years, was a Vice-Principal of a public high school for 6 years, and a Principal of a public elementary school for 6 years. This is where her love of Pre-K started. She was the Administrator over the district Pre-K for 6 years and developed a passion for young learners. After leaving the public school system, she worked 3 years at Waterfall Canyon Academy as Principal of their private residential treatment school. She worked with 50 high school students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is ready to take on this wonderful opportunity and is looking forward to meeting everyone.

Sharon has two children, both in college. She is a former soccer mom and an avid skier. She enjoys reading, cooking, and gardening, but most of all loves spending time with her family.

Sissi Sakellarou (Greek and Religion Teacher)
Sissi Sakellariou was born in Piraeus, Greece, and immigrated to the USA with her family as a small child. She grew up in Sandy, and attended the University of Utah after high school. She has been married for over 30 years, and has three wonderful adult children. She has volunteered in many capacities teaching OPA camp and Greek School, and has taught in the Sunday School program for over 25 years. She is very happy to be with the children of St. Sophia School.
teresa_olsen Teresa Olsen (Pre-K 3 Teacher)

Teresa Olsen is originally from Hawaii, but has made her home happily in Utah.  She is the mother of three children and three grandchildren.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Hawaii in Elementary Education and minored in Early Childhood Education.  She worked for Jordan School District and trained high school students in working with Pre-K children. She taught Kindergarten and first grade as well.  That experience has helped her prepare Saint Sophia Students with their transition experience.  She has taught at Saint Sophia School since 2012.

shelley_howells Shelly Howells (Pre-K 4)

Shelly Howells has been teaching at Saint Sophia School for 14 years.  She is trained in early childhood education and has taught Pre-K classes.  Her classroom provides a hands on experience.  She believes children learn from manipulating their own materials to achieve success.  Her goal is to establish a solid foundation for exploring and learning to help each child gain confidence and self-assurance.  Shelly is also trained in the Montessori Method. In her free time she golfs, reads, and spends the weekends at the family cabin in Ashley National Forest.  She also enjoys skiing in the winter.

 fatherelias Fr. Elias (Religion and Ethics)
 kirstynmorgan Kirstyn Morgan (Toddler Day teacher)

Kirstyn Morgan was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is her second year at the Saint Sophia School teaching the Toddler Day Program and she loves being apart of this community. Kirstyn studied at Southern Utah University on a dance education scholarship and then transferred to the University of Utah where she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies as well becoming certified in Positive Psychology. Kirstyn has worked with young children in many capacities and finds joy in watching them learn and grow. She married her husband in 2013 and they have two young daughters who they adore. Life is busy with young children, however when she does have free time she enjoys reading, exercising, and attending sporting events. GO UTES!

Megan Miller (Kindergarten)

Ms. Megan was born and raised in Moab, Utah. As a youth, she spent her free time exploring her surroundings on horseback. In high school, she played basketball and softball. Upon graduating, she attended Colorado Mesa University, originally majoring in Sociology but knew she was destined to be a teacher and earned her bachelor’s degree in educational studies. She has four wonderful children ranging from sixteen to three. Ms. Megan enjoys everything about being a mom. Her favorite activities include attending her children’s sporting events, volunteering at their schools and reading. She loves children and is excited to be part of the Saint Sophia community.

Advisory Board:

“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.”  -Plato

The Saint Sophia School Advisory Board is the governing body of the school and consists of devoted and enthusiastic volunteers.  The Board meets quarterly to review, set, and implement school policy, ensure the school’s 501-C-3 status, and oversee the realization of the school’s mission.  Board responsibilities include managing the budget and annual audit, reviewing and updating the By-laws, and setting policy for general operations including tuition, salaries, school configuration, fundraising,  facilities.  Our fiscal year starts July 1 and ends June 30.  Please enjoy getting to know us.

Members by alphabetical order:

Elaine_Bapis Elaine Bapis (Co-founder, Chair of the Board)Graduated with a B.A. in English and History from Weber State University, and a Masters in English and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Utah and is a published author.  She has taught high school and college and has served on the Board of Trustees for the American College of Greece, the Board of Governors for Town Club, and the Home and School Association for Cosgriff Memorial School.   Elaine is a lifetime educator and is thankful for the opportunity to serve the Saint Sophia Community.
Vickie_Folias Vickie Folias (Co-founder, Education Chair of the Board)B.A. in Languages from St. Olaf College, ME.D University of Utah, Special Education & Learning Disabilities Gifted Educator’s Endorsement, 27 years of teaching Elementary Education in grades two through six.  Involved in Salt Lake City School District Committees; Strategic Planning, Annenberg Committee for Education Improvement, State Social Studies Revision Committee, Performance Tasks Assessment Committee, District Mentor for Curriculum and Assessment Lab classrooms, District Report Card Revisions Committee, School Improvements Council.  Parish Council Member, Sunday School Teacher, Parent Supervisor for Greek Dance Groups, Founder of Saint Sophia Hellenic Orthodox School, elementary and middle school teacher mentor for the Curriculum and Assessment program for SLC district

Artemis Vamianakis

Artemis Vamianakis Lavelle (Legal Advisor) is an attorney at Fabian & Clendenin in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Artemis focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and is licensed and admitted to practice in Utah’s state and federal courts, and in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.  In the community, Artemis has served on the Board of Trustees of Saint Sophia School for several years and also serves as a board member of the Daughters of Minos and as the Secretary of District 5 of the Pancretan Association of America.  Artemis also serves on the Leadership Committee for And Justice For All, on the board of the Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar and on the Women Lawyers of Utah Community Outreach Committee. Artemis received her law degree from the University of Utah where she graduated with honors, held the position of Executive Director of the Global Justice Think Tank and completed an externship for a Utah Supreme Court justice. She earned a double-major, honors bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, graduating summa cum laude.

AliciaMares2013-2 Alicia Mares

Parish council liaison

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