Boulder Elementary School has the unique ability to teach students in a multi-age learning environment, meaning students of different ages learn together in one class, not separated by grade level.  This fosters instruction driven by individual objectives, allowing students to thrive and be challenged based on their specific needs.

Multi-age learning reflects the natural groupings that are found in the world around us, and offers opportunities for children to exchange ideas, follow modeled behavior, and develop leadership and social skills.  Attention to education of the whole child, integrated curriculum, and child centered learning are key principles in multi-age learning.

The foundation of Boulder Elementary School’s philosophy and teaching is based on the Responsive Classroom approach, focusing on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness.  In addition to these principles being carried out throughout the day, the students begin their day with Morning Meeting and end with a Closing Circle.  

Our schedule and students are often broken into the following sections: Preschool, Kindergarten, Lower Elementary, Middle Elementary, and Upper Elementary.  The equivalency for these divisions are typically first and second graders in Lower Elementary, third and fourth graders in Middle Elementary, and fifth and sixth graders in Upper Elementary.  The students are not identified by grade levels, instead by these groupings.  

Boulder Elementary School uses Guided Reading, individual or small group instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading proficiency.  The small group model allows our teachers to focus on each student’s specific needs, accelerating their progress. 

Students have Word Work daily that is taught using the Words Their Way curriculum.  Words Their Way is a teacher-directed, student-centered approach to vocabulary growth and spelling development, whereby students engage in a variety of sound, pattern and meaning activities, sorting pictures and words.  It allows for differentiated learning in the classroom, rather than a one-size fits all solution.

Students also have guided writing as part of their daily instruction.  All grade levels incorporate the writing process each week, which is comprised of five distinct stages, pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.  In using these steps, students are able to break writing into manageable chunks and focus on creating quality writing.  Students who can write proficiently can articulate their thoughts, respond to reading, and communicate effectively.

Go Math! is a comprehensive Kindergarten through Sixth Grade mathematics curriculum that is at Boulder Elementary School, as well as throughout Garfield County School District.  The program emphasizes essential questions and big ideas with depth of understanding as a goal.  Interactive lessons utilize research based instructional approaches and differentiated instructional resources to ensure success for all students.

Boulder Elementary School emphasizes on Fluency in Mathematics.  The students in students in kindergarten through sixth grade have a strong foundation of number sense, they are able to compose and decompose numbers, and therefore can solve problems with flexibility and efficiency.

The students participate in fluency games and puzzles, number talks, and use Mastering Math Facts, Rocket Math.  Rocket Math is a paper and pencil, worksheet-based math facts supplemental curriculum.  Individual goals are set and reevaluated throughout the year as students master writing numerals and fact fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as, master skip counting, factors, integers, and equivalent fractions.     

In addition to daily Mathematics and English Language Arts, the students have cross curricular guided instruction in Social Studies, Science, Technology, Engineering, Performing and Visual Arts, and Applied Mathematics.

Boulder Elementary School has half day Fridays.  This day is dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).  The activities and projects differ week to week, and are often open to the community to participate, including our monthly community prompts and monthly student presentations. 

Fridays are also an opportunity for students to evaluate their growth and successes as learners through tracking and maintaining their personal learning portfolios.  This is just one example of Boulder Elementary's commitment to creating an environment that fosters a growth mindset.


Boulder Elementary School is committed to providing continual professional development to the teachers and staff that work with the students in our community.  The staff meet weekly, discussing various theories and methods of best practices, as well as, bring professionals into the building to provide continuing education.  Additionally, all employees are encouraged and supported in continuing education experiences outside of the school.  

Faculty & Staff

Elizabeth Julian, Teacher & Administrator

Elizabeth is the Head Teacher and Principal at Boulder Elementary School.  She earned a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont in 2003. Elizabeth graduated with honors receiving the Elementary Education Program Diversity Award, recognizing her efforts to advance the Elementary Education program’s mission of teaching all children strategically in diverse communities.  

Prior to teaching at Boulder Elementary, she taught with various experiential education programs and was a wilderness guide throughout the United States.  Elizabeth has been living in Boulder with her husband since 2008.  In addition to her role at the school, she is a volunteer librarian at the town library and serves on the board of the Boulder Arts Council.  

Continuing Education:  2018 DIBELS Math Mentor Training, 2018 STEM Best Practices Conference, 2018 NASA/SUU STEM Workshop for Teachers; 2018 Stanford University Graduate School of Education Course: How to Teach Math with Jo Boaler; 2017-2018 DIBELS Next (and Amplify) Data Analysis and Professional Development for School and District Leaders; Staff Development for Educators 2017 week long National Conference; 2016 Mountain West Arts Conference

Molly Benson, Teacher

Molly started right here as a student at Boulder Elementary School.  Later, in 2010 she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied Film and Feminist Studies. She then spent six years in Seattle where she gained experience working in many fields, including event management, graphic and web design, theatre and film festival production, and had the opportunity to work with opera singers, filmmakers, and writers, among others. She is delighted to have come full circle to contribute her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to her former elementary school. 

Molly works with students in kindergarten through sixth grade in all areas of studies with a focus on Reading, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Engineering, and the Arts.

Continuing Education: 2018 STEM Best Practices Conference,  2018 NASA/SUU STEM Workshop for Teachers; Staff Development for Educators 2017 week long National Conference; 2017 NASA/SUU STEM Workshop for Teachers

Lexi Johnson, Highly Qualified Paraprofessional

Lexi works with students in preschool through sixth grade in all areas of study. She plans on continuing her education as a early childhood educator, until then Lexi is using her time at Boulder Elementary School for professional experience.  Lexi grew up in Boulder and attended  Boulder Elementary School.  She was a student at Escalante High School and graduated from Utah Online School in May of 2016.

Michala Alldredge, Highly Qualified Paraprofessional

Michala works with Boulder's preschool students. She has a great love for learning and working with children. Michala grew up in Utah and attended schools in Richfield, Kanab, Orem and Salt Lake City. In 1992, she graduated from high school in West Jordan.

After attending college in Salt Lake City she moved to Portland, Oregon where she continued her education with a focus on English and Environmental Science. She worked in Pharmacy and business development for nineteen years. Her interest in science and healthcare inspired her to study massage therapy in 2008.  She completed her training and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since January of 2010.

Michala moved home to Utah in March of 2015 and she has been residing in Boulder since then. Her pioneer roots in Boulder, Escalante and Henrieville instilled a great love for the land and the people who make it their home. She is excited to be working and making a home in this great community.

Continuing Education: Staff Development for Educators 2017 week long National Conference