Brittany Hawkins


Brittany Hawkins was born and raised in Moab, Utah. Her family owned a pharmacy and always instilled the importance of education. After high school she went to Westminster College where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Sociology.


She then went back to Moab where she was able to volunteer as an EMT and work in a Family Medicine Clinic. In 2011 she moved back to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah. She took chemistry, biology, and physics courses so she could understand both the social and physical sciences. During this time she also worked at a family medicine clinic where she really enjoyed working with children and diversity.


Brittany grew up loving sports and the outdoors. She believes in teaching and encouraging children to choose healthy lifestyles and making choices that will carry over into adulthood. She thinks it is very important to get to know the families as well as the children. Brittany is very close to her family and has a dog named Abbie who she loves very much!


Brittany knows that early childhood education sets the tone for the children’s future, and she is very honored to be part of the Saint Sophia School community.

Megan Garza 


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.

Shelly Howells 

Pre-K 4 

Ms. Shelly 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.  Skiing is her hobby of choice during our beautiful Utah winters.

Jody Mulligan 

Pre-K 4

Ms. Jody has enjoyed teaching children for over 16 years.  She loves teaching. "I am never bored, there is always something to learn, and someone to help. You can never go wrong when you help a child. " At Saint Sophia, we get to be compassionate and teach to the whole child.  Ms. Jody feels so close to the community at Saint Sophia.

She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a major in elementary education and a minor in physical education and health. Her goal is to finish her masters.   

Ms. Jody has a 10 year old daughter named Emmy and as a family they love being outdoors.  Emmy is an amazing mountain biker and leaves her mom in the dust.  They also have two dogs and a cat.  During her free time, she enjoys refinishing old furniture and sells salsa at the farmers market.  

Joy Manning 

Pre-K 3 

Ms. Joy was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. She lived a few years in Texas and Maryland, but is excited to be back home. Joy began working with preschool children in 2007. She received her Early Childhood Education Certification through Utah State University, and a Master of Education through Arizona State University. She has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings throughout her career including public schools, private schools, orphanages, homes, and recreational settings. She has worked with kids of all ages, but enjoys working with preschoolers the best. Her favorite thing about working with young children is how fun and creative they are, whether they’re using their superpowers to defeat a ferocious dragon or creating a masterpiece of art.


 Joy loves spending time with her family, playing the piano and guitar, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Sjaanie Olds

Toddler Program

Ms. Sjaanie was named after her sweet Dutch grandmother.  She earned a degree from the University of Utah in Family and Consumer Studies with an emphasis on Early Childhood Development.  She has taught piano lessons for 15+ years and loves her students as well as playing the piano.  Ms. Sjaanie enjoys camping with her family  in the National Parks, their backyard chickens, self-help podcasts, being involved in the community,  and sugar cookies.  She is excited to be teaching the Toddler Class at St. Sophia.

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