Provider Biographies

      [Ilse Wilson]
    Ms. Addison Rivera   Mrs. Ilse Wilson

 

Hello, my name is Addison Rivera, and I am a teacher at Fairyland. I am twenty years old and very passionate about early childhood education. I have worked in two childcare centers as well as a family child care home with children of all ages. I have just finished my CDA and intend to further my education. I am a member of Utah Montessori Council and HighScope. I am currently learning about Montessori and intend to integrate it into my teaching style. In my free time, I enjoy crafting, reading, and spending time outdoors.

 

Miss Sara Juston joined the Fairyland team in the Spring of 2016. She worked at Fairyland Family Childcare until the Fall of 2018, when she transferred over to Fairyland Preschool. Sara has lived in Utah for most of her life. She moved from Buffalo, New York to Sandy, Utah in 2005. She is the middle of five children, three brothers and one sister. In her spare time you can find Sara off hiking, camping, or doing anything outdoors.

Sara is currently going to Salt Lake Community College working towards a degree in Family and Human Studies. She is also working on earning her CDA (Child Development Associate). She is very passionate about child development and learning more about children and how their little minds develop. Sara has worked with children for the last 4 years. She took many concurrent enrollment classes during high school. Teaching pre-school as one of those classes. From 2015-2016 Sara worked at a child care center in Draper, Utah as a school-age teacher. She is now working at Fairyland.

 

My name is Ilse Wilson, and I am the owner, teacher, cook, and accountant at Fairyland – My Family Child Care program. My passion is childcare and that resonates in the quality I strive for in my home! I am an NAFCC Accredited provider and have a nationally certified NATURE EXPLORE outdoor classroom. I am also a TOP Star and Let’s Move! Child care home, dedicated to the 5 goals to prevent obesity in young children.
In June 2017 I bought The Alta Children Center and in October 2017 opening the Fairyland Preschool & Pre-Kinder care program in Millcreek. 

I started caring for and educating children as a nanny in Germany at the age of 18. As this passion grew I studied and in 2008 completed my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, with director and group certification. I also obtained a degree in Accounting. During my studies I worked and volunteered at different childcare centers, gathering a wide variety of experience. Before opening my family childcare I was the lead preschool teacher in the 4 and 5 year-old class at a preschool in Holladay for 2 years.

2013 - Since March 2013 I’ve been a trainer for our local Care About Childcare agency, where I teach the family childcare and other courses to providers. At the NAFCC Conference I received an award as 1 of 5 national initiative winners for Let’s move! Child Care initiative.
2014 - Region 8 Leadership award, in recognition of outstanding efforts and education in the field of family child care.
2015 - In May 2015 I received an honoring award as “Promising Emerging Leader” by Exchange magazine, an early childhood magazine since 1978. I was also the feature teacher and cover page photo for the June/July issue of Teaching Young Children (TYC) magazine, a NAEYC publication. In August 2015 I was awarded provider of the month by Child Care Aware of America.​
2016 - I was awarded the Utah Early childhood Teacher of the Year Award.
2017 - National Teacher Award Award. Spotlight provider in the Family Child Care Magazine. 

I grew up on a farm in South Africa however German is my first language. I traveled from my home country to the USA in 2004 to be a nanny to wonderful families in Colorado and Virginia. I now live in Sandy, Utah with my husband and two sons. In February 2015 I proudly became a US citizen! In my spare time I enjoy photography, and have written, and illustrated two children’s books.

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