I love working with the students here at Elk Ridge in the Counseling Center! I grew up in southern Utah and have degrees from both Dixie State University and Southern Utah University. A million years ago, I taught kindergarten and then stayed home to take care of my family. During this time I was a substitute teacher, a PTA President and a passionate parent volunteer supporting a wide variety of music, drama, sports, and academic events. During all those years with my kids I knew I wanted to keep working in the schools helping students so I went back to school at the University of Utah to get my Master’s Degree.My desire is to help students feel confident in doing hard things and make their time here at Elk Ridge an amazing and positive experience.
Mrs. Cook Last Names D-J I am joining the Elk Ridge counseling team this year after working at middle schools in the Canyons and Alpine school districts. I am so excited to be here and to get to know the amazing students, teachers, and parents with whom I will be working. I might be the most passionate and enthusiastic person you will ever meet. Especially when it comes to helping my students succeed in school and in life! Before becoming a school counselor I have been a substitute teacher in public and charter schools, as well as teaching voice, piano, and performing arts to youth in the private sector.
My education has been varied. After high school, I earned a Cosmetology license in the state of Colorado which is where I grew up (go Broncos!). I then felt a call to pursue my passion of music and earned an Associate of Science in Music from College of Eastern Utah (now Utah State Eastern.) I still love music, especially singing and have been known to perform on occasion. I went on to earn a Bachelor of Science from Weber State University in Family Studies with a minor in Sociology and EVENTUALLY a Master of Science in School Counseling from the University of Phoenix. My experiences fuel my determination to help students pursue their own dreams and passions, however varied they may be.
Ms. Memmott Last Names K-P
I love working with the students at Elk Ridge Middle School! My early interest in life was Law Enforcement which lead to a Bachelor's of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from Weber State University. As I was earning my undergraduate degree, I realized that working with youth and helping them to get on the right path at an early age was what I truly wanted to do. This led me to pursue a Master's of Counseling/School Counseling degree from the University of Phoenix and I haven't looked back once. I love being a Wapiti!
Ms. Robinson Last Names Q-Z
Elk Ridge Middle School students are the BEST! I love my job! I earned my Master’s degree in School Counseling from University of Phoenix, and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a Minor in Psychology from Brigham Young University. Go Cougars! I have also had experience counseling in an elementary school and a high school, but my favorite by far is working in Middle School!
On a personal level, I have 2 daughters who love to go hiking and climbing with me. I love to go ice climbing on frozen waterfalls, enjoy baking yummy desserts, and l like to go backpacking! I also like to read and go to movies. I was a dance teacher for 7 years and still love to dance and judge competitions. But most of all I like to help kids to reach their full potential!
Mr. Baggs (Bear) School Psychologist
"Bear" is our School Psychologist/Miracle Worker! His nickname is very fitting because he loves the cold and despises the heat. He splits his time between Elk Ridge and Joel P. Jensen Middle Schools. He LOVES helping kids in any way he can!
Bear completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at BYU and earned his School Psychologist certificate from University of Utah. He loves hiking tall mountains, and camping in sub-zero temperatures without a tent and several feet of snow on the ground! He has 4 daughters and one son and 14 grandkids! Bear was in the Marines and is also an avid scouter and has been a Scout Master for 40 years.
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