Middle School

Lindsay Wellman, Middle School Director
Hamilton College, BA

Quote: “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”   —Henry David Thoreau

During her time at Hamilton College, Lindsay Wellman studied ceramicsand glass under the guidance of internationally recognized glass artist Robert Palusky. 

Inspired by his dedication and passion, Lindsay decidedto focus her studio art degree in pottery, and stayed on after graduation to work in the ceramics studio as an artist-in-residence. For two years she was responsible for all studio materials and equipment, and assisted with undergrad instruction in sculpting, pottery, and glass. During this time Lindsay worked on developing her portfolio, participated in various art shows, and was featured in several local galleries. 

After moving to UT, Lindsay taught Art and helped lead Outdoor Education programs at The Colby school for four years before becoming the heart and soul of Park City Day School's Visual Art program in 2010.  In the spring of 2013, Ms. Wellman was promoted to lead the growing Middle School at Park City Day school, bringing impressive breadth and depth of relevant experience in education and leadership. Already actively engaged with the school's Outdoor Education program, Lindsay’s extensive background in outdoor leadership, team building, experiential education, leadership and customer service make her a gifted and effective leader for the Middle School team.  In addition, her evident success at integrating creativity, collaboration, character development and interdisciplinary content into her classroom and her mentoring of new teachers demonstrates a fluency with those 21st century skills that we aim to develop in our students  - including collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and effective communication.  email >

Jessie Levesque - MS English
University of New Hampshire, BA

Quote: "Words, so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them."  – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Jessie , a native of New Hampshire, knew at a young age that a career in education was her calling.   At the age of 17, she began teaching for the Breakthrough Collaborative in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she taught middle school students in a variety of courses including, Language Arts, Poetry, Creative Writing, Speech and Debate, and Arts and Crafts. 

Following study at James Cook University in Australia, Jessie graduated with a degree in English Teaching.  Immediately after graduating,  she road-tripped across the country to Tucson, Arizona, where she has been teaching seventh and eighth grade Language Arts for the past four years. 

After searching for a place that felt a bit more like home and had a fantastic school, Jessie found a perfect match.  In the summer of 2011, along with her dog, Pickles, she loaded up her trusty jeep and moved to Park City.  In addition to education, her passions include traveling, softball, card making, and writing. email >

Melissa Christensen - MS History

Brigham Young University, BA 

Quote:  “It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishment the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I amthe captain of my soul.”   -- William Ernest Henley

Raised in Los Angeles, California, Melissa earned a degree from Brigham Young University with a major in history teaching and a minor in teaching Spanish.  She spent a semester attending a local university and living with a Chilean family and traveling throughout South America.

Melissa began her teaching career in Santa Cruz, California at the high school level. She taught Spanish 1, World History, World Civilization, International Baccalaureate History of the Americas, US History, Government and Economics, and served as department chair. 

Taking some time off to raise her three children, she had the opportunity to spend a year in Hawaii with her family, volunteering in the local elementary school and learning to surf. Melissa and her family are now settled here in Park City and she is thrilled to be working at Park City Day School. In her free time Melissa, enjoys doing activities with her three children and husband Boyd.  She enjoys reading, running, camping and other outdoor activities, and hopes to have the opportunity to travel to all of the continents. email >

Jim Zimmermann, Middle School Math and History 

Washington University, BA
University of Pennsylvania, MS

Quote: "You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out offocus." —Mark Twain

A native Missourian, Jim Zimmermann graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Biology (and a wife—not your typical combined degree program!). Graduate school brought Jim and his wife Linda to Philadelphia, where Jim studied early developmental biology at the University of Pennsylvania; his research there culminated in a graduate degree in Molecular Biology.

After engaging in scientific research in both Denver and Salt Lake City, Jim moved into the field of education. He is now in his 14th year of teaching Middle School, with subjects having ranged from math to science to history to Latin.

A board game enthusiast, Jim has hosted a Middle School Strategy Games Club and co-sponsored a Chess Club.  email >

Charlotte Friedman, Middle School ScienceCharlotte Friedman
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, BA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Teaching License

Quote: "Be the change you want to see in the world."  —Mahatma Gandhi

Charlotte was born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina and spent her summers on the coast of Virginia. She spent her time exploring her natural landscape, instilling a love and curiosity for the world around her, which led to a love of Science to help unlock the world's mysteries that she encountered during these explorations.

After graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Charlotte shared her love of nature and science with local school children at Don Lee Environmental Education Center. It was here that she found her passion and excitement for teaching and sharing science and nature with children. Charlotte continued to work at environmental education centers around the country, working as an naturist, youth volunteer coordinator and environmental educator.

While at UNC, this time in Chapel Hill, to become a classroom teacher where she could continue to share her love of Science, Charlotte married husband, a soldier.  After moving around for several years for his career, they decided to set down roots and moved to Park City to be apart of the amazing community found here.

Having welcomed her first child this winter, Charlotte loves to spend whatever free time she has remaining cooking, gardening, hiking and learning about the unique ecosystem that surrounds the Park City area. email >