Our Staff

Our Teachers

Mary Jane Coombs

Owner & Teacher

Mary Jane Coombs graduated from Utah State University in Elementary Education. She taught 8 years in the public school system, but in 2009 decided to start her own school. Mary’s Little Lambs Preschool (in Layton) ran successfully for 4 years. Miss Mary and her husband, Chris, purchased The Little Red School House in October, 2012. Miss Mary is endorsed in gifted and talented education, and while in college she was trained in special education. She loves teaching! Miss Mary is excited to be a part of The Little Red School House and continue the legacy of an excellent educational preschool. Miss Mary grew up in Layton. Mary and her husband, Chris, have 4 beautiful blond hair kids. Miss Mary stays pretty busy with her family and school, but in her spare time loves to scrapbook, be crafty, read a good book, and play with friends.

Charee McKay


Miss Charee grew up in South Ogden.  She attended Bonneville High School and is currently attending BYU-Idaho online to receive her bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family Studies.  Her and her husband, Shawn, are currently raising their four children.  She enjoys reading, quilting and baking and decorating cakes.  She makes the most delicious truffles.

Charity Julander


Miss Charity grew up just outside of Randolph, Utah on a ranch.  She has four brothers and one sister.  She attended Weber State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion.  She taught PE at Uintah Elementary for three years and loved every minute of it!  She and her husband, Rollan, have two young children. She loves to be with her family, read, watch movies, play the piano, play basketball and volleyball, go four-wheeling, fishing and snowmobiling.  Her favorite food is crab and her favorite dessert is Raspberry Delight.  She is excited to be part of The Little Red School House.

Joann Barber


Miss Joann was born and raised in Ogden.  She is one of 8 children.  She met her husband, Justin, while earning her Early Childhood degree at Weber State University.  They have 5 awesome kids!  Miss Joann loves watching them all play soccer.  Her favorite teams, besides her own children’s teams, are Real Salt Lake and BYU Women’s Soccer.  She enjoys reading, river rafting, movies with good popcorn, playing the piano, and singing.  Her favorite foods are chocolate and bread.  She loves teaching so much that she wakes up every morning to teach English to kids in China at 5:00 a.m.  She’s been teaching preschool since 2015 and is excited to be back with her friend, Miss Mary at The Little Red School House.  She can’t wait to get to know all the new Little Lambs.

Kathleen Boswell


Miss Kathleen grew up in American Fork. She attended BYU (Provo) and is married to Mike Boswell. They have 4 grown children and 11 grandchildren! They reside in Layton. Kathleen has served on the Davis School District Education Foundation for over 10 years. She has also served in her church as a teacher and leader for 30+ years. She will add warmth and fun to your child’s learning experience.

Karen Skeen


Miss Karen is a Utah transplant, moving to Utah her Jr. year of High School. Being raised in the military saw many locations from Europe to several states in the U.S. Utah as become home, even though her mother will not let her forget she’s a Texan. Karen attended Weber State, where she met her husband, and together raised 4 children who have made them the proud grandparents to 13 grandchildren – ranging in age from 19 to 4. So she has lots of fun activities to attend. Karen has lived next to the Little Red School House for 38 years and is excited to be part of the staff.

Karen Wilson


Miss Karen has been with the Little Red Schoolhouse since 1995. She graduated from Bonneville High School and attended Weber State College for 2 years. She taught dance for 10 years. She is married and has 4 children and 6 grandkids. She enjoys spending time with her family and doing Zumba in her spare time.