Best of State 2014

01 July 2014

Jennifer Duffield received "Best of State" Administrator for 2014.

Jenn is more than an administrator at Dancing Moose. You will often see her in the classroom teaching and assisting, in the halls talking with teachers and parents, but most of all connecting with the children as they enter the school. She knows the children on a personal level, she knows her teachers and her parents, and that is how a community is built! We love you Jenn.

As the Executive Director at Dancing Moose Montessori School (DMMS), Jennifer Duffield has a Montessori teaching credential in toddler as well as early childhood education.  These certifications provide a foundation for Jennifer’s overseeing day-to-day operations.  Her academic background in chemistry (Bachelor of Science) and business (Master of Business Administration) supports her role as director of faculty and staff.  She has conducted research and collaborated with numerous individuals in early childhood education to develop best practices for DMMS.

Jennifer also directs personnel hiring and evaluating teacher performance to ensure quality and identify areas for further training.  She organizes and administers in-service training to follow through with quarterly reports on performance goals and objectives.  Her highest priority is to maintain positive relations with parents and community members.  

Jennifer been the primary liaison to involve Dancing Moose in community outreach programs, such as Deseret Industries contributions, fund raising for the Utah Food Bank, Utah Animal Shelter, Utah Coalition for Healthy Weight (which is part of the Dancing Moose effort to help children develop habits for a healthy lifestyle), and tuition scholarships for low income families.

During her Westminster College MBA program, Jennifer wrote the Dancing Moose business plan.  She continues to attend Quarterly conferences to ensure that Dancing Moose is not only an ideal choice for children and families, but is a supportive and innovative workplace for teachers.

As a measure to maintain teacher quality and satisfaction, Jennifer conducts annual review meetings with teachers and has an open door policy to listen and make workplace adjustments as needed.  She conducts weekly coordination teacher meetings to improve communication and teacher trainings on Saturdays to further the education of her teachers.

Jennifer remains an active member of the MBA Alumni Board at Westminster College.  In the fall of 2010, she participated in a semester long course that allowed MBA students to analyze the Dancing Moose business model.  She made multiple presentations to the class and invited them to visit the school.  Students ended their class by writing consultant reports for Dancing Moose.

In April 2010, Jennifer was invited to be a keynote speaker for Westminster's Entrepreneurial Lecture Series for over 100 individuals to offer advice about the Dancing Moose business model.  In June 2012, she participated in a video interview for an online entrepreneurial college course.  In September 2013, she was invited to be on a "star alumni" as part of Westminster's Business School's 25th anniversary celebration.

What Our Parents Say

  • Jamie & Ken B:  We love that all the teachers and administrators are always smiling and positive - it sets the stage for a great learning environment for our child and let's us know that they truly care about all the children.

  • Keith W:  Moving here from the east coast, we were concerned about finding the proper level of education for our daughter. Dancing Moose was just opening and when we did our tour, Dr. Joyce impressed me with her professionalism,enthusiasm, and academic prowess. We started our daughter in the toddler class and never looked back. Now, four years later we have both our children in Dancing Moose and could not be more pleased. Not only is the education second to none, and I would apply that not to only Utah, but the entire country, the family atmosphere is phenomenal. I would recommend Dancing Moose to all toddler to 2nd grade children.  I can not understand why anybody would go anywhere else.

  • Alexis J:  Aislynn loves going to school at Dancing Moose, she's excited every day to tell me or any other adult near her what she did in school that day.  I love the flexibility the teachers are allowed, how every student gets to work at their own pace and none of them seem overwhelmed or bored.

  • Brandy G.:  Seeing how much the ENTIRE staff, not just their specific teachers, really care for my children is a delight and the first thing I share with prospective parents! 

    I LOVE Kid Reports because it lets me feel connected to my children while I have to be away. It also allows me to help continue my children's growth since I'm able to discuss what they did that day and continue with the concepts presented.

  • Brie S.: I am incredibly satisfied with our overall experience with Dancing Moose. We previously attended a different Montessori for the last two years. Moving to Dancing Moose was the best move that we could have made. The level of professionalism is excellent with every staff member I come in contact with everyday. The teachers are dedicated to their work and you can tell that they truly enjoy what they do. You can see that they love each and every student. My son loves his teachers and all of his friends, the hard part is getting him to want to leave school at the end of the day, he always wants to stay and that makes my heart happy. We absolutely love Dancing Moose. Thanks for all you do, you guys do a great job.

  • Shannon C:  We feel safe, comfortable and love coming to school everyday to learn from a FANTASTIC curriculum.  We also really enjoy the homemade food and organic gardening and most of all the consistent unconditional love from each teacher with our little ones!  Thank you Dancing Moose for providing my children a great early childhood educational experience!

  • Jenna D.:  We love Dancing Moose. Our children are thriving emotionally and academically. They are comfortable, safe, and most importantly they are happy! As a parent what else can you ask for? 

  • Kristin C.:  While driving to Moab for a weekend camping trip, the stars were shining bright. Completely unprompted, my daughter looked out the window and pointed out Orion’s Belt! She then proceeded to tell us all about how he is a hunter who lives in the stars. She THEN pointed out the North Star and told us how it’s used to help sailors crossing the sea know what direction to go. When we asked her how she knew all of this, she told us, “Ms Dorothy taught me that lesson!”

    Words can’t describe how proud and delighted we are that our FOUR year old not only understands what a constellation is, but can recognize them in the night sky!

    We want to commend you for the wonderful education you are giving our daughter. Thank you. Her future is bright, in part to the foundation you have given her these past two years in preschool.

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