AMY SIMKINS- owner/director
Amy Simkins began dancing in St. George, Utah. She trained primarily at Ballet Arts of Southern Utah and was a member of the drill team in high school. Amy was awarded the regional Sterling Scholar in dance, which enabled her to further her education at the University of Utah studying child development, education, and dance. In 2004 she graduated with a degree in sociology. Since moving to Northern Utah, Amy has become an accomplished dancer, performer, choreographer and teacher. She has also had the opportunity to train in New York City and LA,
Before establishing Expressions Dance and Preschool in 2006, Amy gained experience teaching ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, lyrical and academic preschool for several dance studios. She also worked with Ballet West Conservatory’s “I CAN DO” program.
Amy is married to her best friend, Aron, and has three amazing kids, Ashton, Addison and Avery. She considers her family her greatest accomplishment, support and inspiration. In her spare time she enjoys learning, traveling, boating, running and being a mom.
Amy's biggest ambition in running a dance studio is to create a place where everyone who comes through the door feels valued. Her mission is to not only create excellent dancers, but confident, strong young people who exhitibs positive self-esteem in all facets of life. She loves teaching dance and looks forward to many more great experiences with her students and teachers.
Preschool Dance Instructor
Amy has been with Expressions Dance since it opened in 2006 teaching jazz, tumbling, preschool dance, and ballet. Her love for dancing has included many prestige awards. She was very honored to have been part of the amazing production of Ballet West's Nutcracker and has performed several times as a Junior Jazz Dancer for the Utah Jazz. Amy has helped choreograph and teach multiple competition routines for high schools and dance companies throughout Utah. She loves being a part of the artistic development of children, by sharing her love for dance.
Our preschool's real strength is derived from our teachers who are dedicated, well trained, and qualified by experience. They have impressive credentials and work closely with every child. Our teachers are committed to their callings as educators and have an unquenchable love for teaching and learning.
We carefully screen and select the very best providers of early childhood education. Our teachers are lifelong learners who continue to educate themselves and regularly complete ongoing training and professional development to improve and sharpen skills. Training includes monthly training meetings, weeklong training each fall, and weekend conferences/certifications each spring.
We work closely with the school district and teach according to their standards of education. We host training classes with the Davis Early Childhood Education coordinator to ensure our teachers are trained to watch for children that might benefit from early intervention services.
128 W. Parrish Lane, Centerville, UT 84014
T/Th Bountiful Teacher, Wed Barely Threes
Meet Ms. Jess! She is an awesome addition to our team! Working with children has always been her goal! She has two beautiful girls and one baby boy. She attended Snow College and graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Family, Consumer, and Human Development. Her experience includes teaching at Mini Miners Preschool and spending time working in an orphanage in Mexico. We are so glad she is teaching at Leap n’ Learners Preschool, and she loves every second of it!
T/Th Bountiful teacher, Literacy Specialist
We love having Ms. Anna on our team! Anna graduated from Utah State University in Family and Human Development and also worked at the Child Development Lab while going to school. After graduating she taught at Headstart Preschool in Logan, and was also a family educator. She is amazing and is passionate about teaching. She has always loved kids and is so happy to be teaching with us!
M/W/F Bountiful Teacher
Ms. Debbie is excited to share her love of learning with each child and wanted each of them to feel happy and successful at preschool. Debbie grew up in a musical family and was able to study vocal performance in Michigan. She attended Ricks College where she studies music and toured with a performing group. After raising a family of 7 children she jumped back into the workforce in education and has loved it! Before joining us, she spent six years as a kindergarten and first grade instructor. Ms. Debbie loves working with children!
M/T/Th/F Centerville Teacher
Ms. Ocea is a true blue, Utah State Aggie! She is currently working on a dual major in Elementary and Special Ed. Ocea has spent over 100 hours volunteering in Elementary schools. In 2013 she lived in China and taught English to first graders! Ocea is always eager to learn something new and LOVES teaching. She and her husband enjoy camping, reading and doing puzzles together. Her goal in life is to change the world, one child at a time.
M-F AM Centerville Teacher
Miss Lisa loves preschool and being with her preschool friends! She graduated from the University of Utah in Human Development and Family Studies. She has spent years in the classroom and even spends lots of her spare time tutoring preschool and elementary students in reading and math. She and her husband Greg are the parents of four amazing sons. She enjoys singing, walking, laughing, playing tennis, and watching her boys play sports. Miss Lisa is so excited to be back teaching again at Leap’n Learners preschool!
M/W/F Bountiful teacher, Office Manager
Ms. Kellie is so excited to work with your children! She attended BYU, and majored in Elementary Education. She had the opportunity to spend one semester in the Dominican Republic, where she learned Spanish and got her Spanish Teaching minor. After college, she moved to Logan, Utah, where she spent the next 5 years teaching 4th grade. I love teaching preschool and can't wait to meet you!
Preschool Dance & Tumbling Instructor
Miss Dani has training in jazz, lyrical, modern, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, african, and ballroom. She graduated from the University of Utah on the Dean's list with her Bachelors of Science in Human Development and a minor in Modern Dance. Dani was also a Utah Jazz Dancer. She has danced in the professional productions of Odyssey Dance Theatre's Thriller, Martha Graham's Panorama, and alongside the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during their infamous Christmas Concert. She is loved by all her students and is a great addition to our faculty at Expressions Dance!
T/Th Centerville teacher
Ms. Danni 's goal is to instill in her students a love of learning and a fun introduction to the academic world. It is also her aim to reach a student at their own individual level of learning, encourage them when they struggle, and challenge them when they excel. She enjoys helping children explore their imaginations and find their own sense of creativity. Ms. Danni studied Elementary Education at the University of Utah and her teaching experience includes preschool up to grade three. Danni loves working with preschool students most!