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.

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 play soccer and run track.  She enjoys reading, playing games, 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.  Miss Joann taught preschool for two years in the Head Start program in Ogden before having kids. Now that her kids are all in school, she’s been teaching again since 2015.  She feels blessed to be able to teach with her best 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.


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.  She and her husband, Shawn, are currently raising their five children, including a new baby born this summer.  She enjoys reading, quilting, baking and decorating cakes.  She makes the most delicious truffles.

Heidi Johnson


Miss Heidi grew up in Mountain Green and currently lives in the South Ogden/Uintah area. She’s been a stay at home mom for several years now, but has a lot of experience working with kids of all ages. She was a nanny for 4 years, worked at The Deaf and Blind School for 4 years, and also worked at Canyon View School in an autistic preschool. She loves sign language; it is the most beautiful language. She has also loved teaching clogging/dance the last few years to children ages 4-12. She has a wonderful husband and 2 amazing kids. She loves to go camping and go on walks and hikes with her family. Mother Nature is beautiful! The Utah mountains are her favorite. She loves to laugh and she’s obsessed with holidays. Any holiday-themed celebration is fabulous! She also can’t live without music. She is excited and looking forward to being a part of Mary’s Little Red School House!

Kari Smith


Miss Kari grew up in Riverdale. She came from a family of five girls. After she graduated from Bonneville High School and attended Weber State University, she taught piano for eleven years. She and her husband, Ryan, have five beautiful daughters and one handsome son-in-law. All of them attended the Little Red School House! Kari loves traveling, playing the piano, cheering on her girls, cooking, and having a root beer float. Kari says, “There is something special about a preschooler. I just love that age. I am very excited to be a part of this amazing preschool and can’t wait to meet your Little Lamb.”

Maggie Adams


Miss Maggie grew up down the street from The Little Red School House, and even attended this preschool when she was a little girl! Maggie just graduated from Bonneville High School and is going to Weber State to become a teacher.  In high school, Maggie was involved in cheer, track, FCCLA, and student government.  Maggie’s favorite things to do are be outside, hike, paint, pottery, boat and listen to music. She is so excited to learn how to be a teacher from Miss Mary and all the other teachers this year!

Tracie Wilkerson


Miss Tracie grew up in Salem, UT with her 4 brothers. When she was 12, her family moved across the country to a tiny town in Wisconsin  After graduating high school, she attended BYU-Idaho. There she met her husband while studying for a social work degree. Since then, they have had 5 amazing children. All of her children have attended preschool at The Little Red School House! Miss Tracie loves to read and make treats. She also loves to spend time with her family doing things like ice skating, snowmobiling, camping, and riding wave runners. She is excited to be a part of Mary’s Little Red School House and meet all the new Little Lambs.