Early Childhood

Lauri Linton, Preschool Lauri Linton

Columbia University, BA
Bank Street College ofEducation, MS

Quote: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve meand I learn." —Benjamin Franklin

Lauri Pendray Linton has been a classroom teacher for preschool-aged children for more than 10 years in both regular and special educational settings.  In addition, she has developed parenting programs, staff development workshops, and curriculum models. 

Lauri also works as an educational consultant for Learning Pathways, achildren’s media company in New York City. In this role, she teams withdesigners to develop concept ideas for toys and games, and conductsobservational research of young children at play with the designedmaterials. This research has contributed to subsequent concept ideas andfurther developed the overall child development databases for LearningPathways.

In addition to her academic education, Lauri has pursuedcertification in massage therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys running,skiing, hiking, and a good book. email >

Donna Harshman, Jr. Kindergarten
Kutztown University, BS
Kutztown University, MA

Quote: “We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Raised in northeast Pennsylvania, Donna spent as much time as possible outdoors while growing up, observing the plants and insects on the path to school each day and developed a curiosity for learning about the world around her.  It was fun to imagine being a teacher who would inspire children to explore and discover their world.  

With a BS in elementary education and an MA in Education as a reading specialist, Donna has taught in public and independent schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland, has trained teachers in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia through work with Children’s Resources International, spent time in Britain studying the British education system, met with faculty at two universities in China, and visited early childhood schools in China.  She has learned that children around the world are eager and take delight in learning and, after some time most recently as a school administrator, Donna is ready to return to the classroom where the real work of education takes place!

Having moved from the Washington, DC area to Park City, Donna and her husband Tom Martin are enjoying the beauty of the mountains, being outdoors as much as possible and taking pleasure in the slower pace of life.  Their daughter is pursuing undergraduate studies in International Relations at the George Washington University and has a wonderful place to come home to during breaks. email >

Lyndsey Stewart,  Preschool Assistant & Afterschool Programs Coordinator
University of Utah, BA 

“Quote: I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” - Maya Angelou

During her senior year in high school, an optional eighth period professional development in elementary education would spark an interest in children’s education in Lyndsey for years to come. Wanting to help make a difference in children’s lives, Lyndsey has continued to work with children wherever and whenever she is needed.

After graduating from the University of Utah with a Bachelors degree in English, Lyndsey continued working with children and education through Nonprofit Organizations, Charter and Public elementary schools throughout Utah Valley, Salt Lake City, Davis and Los Angeles County areas. When Lyndsey is not working, she spends her time with her husband, Josh and their two dogs, ‘fixing up’ their 1943 Sugarhouse, home. email >

Sara Swenson. Jr.Kindergarten Assistant

University of Texas, Austin, BA

Quote: "It is not what you do for your children, but what youhave taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successfulhuman beings." - Ann Landers

A native of  El Paso Texas, Sara enjoyed a successful career in corporate trust banking in Dallas before the arrival of her two children. She moved with her family to Utah nearly twenty years ago for her husband's job and quickly fell in love with the area, settling in Park City.

Actively involved in her children's early education as a classroom volunteer and then teaching aide, Sara continued in Early Childhood and Early Elementary education as her children moved through Park City schools, working at Soaring Wings and Jeremy Ranch Elementary before coming to Park City Day School.

Empty-nesters, with two children off to college studying engineering and music,  Sara and her husband John enjoy the extensive trail system of Park City, biking ,hiking, and snowshoeing. email >