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

Ms. Sharon

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 in Secondary Education and earned her Administrative Endorsement. She taught history and government for 8 years in a high school, and then was a Vice-Principal of a public high school and an elementary school Principal for 12 years. This is where her love of pre-school started. She was the Administrator over the district pre-school for 6 years and developed a passion for young learners. After leaving the public school system, she worked at Waterfall Canyon Academy for 3 years, 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.

greek teacher Toni Mae

Greek Teacher

greek teacher Ms. Tricia

Greek Teacher

teresa_olsen Teresa Olsen

Pre-K 3

shelley_howells Shelly Howells

Pre-K 4

 female-placeholder Mary Arnt

Toddler Tuesdays

 female-placeholder Jody Mulligan


 fatherelias Fr. Elias

Religion and Ethics

 kirstynmorgan Kirstyn Morgan

Toddler Day teacher

mckenzietrujillo Mckenzie Trujillo

Office Manager

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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