Our first class of Saratoga Springs graduates in 2003

Our first class of Saratoga Springs graduates in 2003

Future Site of Avondale Academy

Future Site of Avondale Academy

Construction Begins....

Construction Begins....

It's beginning to come together....

It's beginning to come together....

Our "beloved" castle in the making....

Our "beloved" castle in the making....

Grand Opening Ceremonies

Grand Opening Ceremonies

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Flower Presentation from my children.

Flower Presentation from my children.

What a happy day!

What a happy day!

A big moment for my husband and I.

A big moment for my husband and I.

Mia Love - council woman for Saratoga Springs helped host the event.

Mia Love - council woman for Saratoga Springs helped host the event.

Many of our preschoolers, dancers and karate students attended the event.

Many of our preschoolers, dancers and karate students attended the event.

Opening Ceremonies 2006

Opening Ceremonies 2006

Students released over 100 balloons and butterflies.

Students released over 100 balloons and butterflies.

And there off...

And there off...

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ~Socrates

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ~Socrates

Avondale Preschool began in 1999. It was started in Provo, Utah with a small group of 8 students. After a year of teaching preschool, the Jones family relocated to Saratoga Springs. At that time, Saratoga Springs was a very young community with houses spread across a long stretch of land. Jennifer and her husband made up a flyer, rolled it up like a diploma, tied it with a red ribbon and delivered it onto the doors of several homes in Saratoga. Within a day she had a full classroom of preschoolers ready to begin preschool in the fall.

After the first year of teaching preschool, she advertised for the following fall and immediately had enough students for two preschool classes.

Jennifer was pregnant with her 3rd child and knew that teaching two classes would not be possible. Not wanting to turn away the students, she hired her neighbor and friend to come “train” and teach the curriculum to the second class.

That year was so successful that the following fall she had 120 students enrolled.  She hired 7 teachers and finished her basement with 2 additional classrooms. She then began renting out other teachers’ basements to accommodate more classrooms. At that time, a decision needed to be made about the direction of this school.

Jennifer and her husband Shawn began looking for land and within 2 years had built a red stucco 2 story building with 8 classrooms!  Avondale Academy opened its doors in January of 2006!

The following year, 2007, they opened a second location and Avondale Academy continued in Cedar Hills, Utah. After 3 years in Cedar Hills,  Avondale moved its location a few miles to the East and opened its doors in Lehi, Utah, where it has been located for the past 5 years.

After many years of success with the preschool curriculum, it was picked up by a publisher and became published nationally. The curriculum is now being used in over 200 preschools and school districts across the United States. It is also being used in Hong Kong, Singapore and Italy. Avondale Preschool Academy looks forward to many, many more years of serving preschools in our local communities, as well as, across the United States!!

Leadership Team

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Jennifer Jones, President & Founder

Jennifer Jones is the President of Avondale Academy. She and her husband reside in Saratoga Springs and are the proud parents of 6 children, 3 sons and 3 daughters. Jennifer loves watching her children participate in sporting events and in developing their performing arts talents. She loves Pre-K age students. If she was given one wish she would “freeze” all her children at the age of 4. 4 year olds are the best! Jennifer has worked for over 10 years to get the preschool curriculum just right!!!

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Shawn Jones, CEO & Founder

Shawn Jones is the CEO of Avondale Academy. Shawn has a Masters Degree from Brigham Young University in Accounting and a Minor in Information Systems. Shawn enjoys being a father of 6 children. Shawn spends many hours on Avondale’s operational systems and management. He is very involved in helping the schools progress in becoming more effective and efficient.

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Lora Conder, General Manager of Avondale Preschool in Lehi

Lora Conder is the President of Avondale of Lehi. She is the proud mother of 3 daughters and her family resides in Saratoga Springs. Lora has been with Avondale for 10 years. She originally taught in the classroom, but then found her true love interacting with all the parents, preschoolers and teachers in overseeing the organization and processes of the school. She has been the President of Avondale of Lehi for the past 5 years. Her favorite saying is, “I wish everyone loved their job as much as I do!” Lora is a huge asset to Avondale of Lehi and we are very blessed to have her with our company.

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Denise Fullmer, Controller

Denise Fullmer is our Controller at Avondale Academy.  Denise graduated from Southern Utah University with her Bachelors Degree in Accounting.  She has been with Avondale for 2 years now and loves working behind the scenes to help the company.  She is the mother of three active kids and loves trying to keep up with all of them!  She and her family reside in Saratoga Springs.

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Kimm Harman, Head Teacher

Kimm Harman is our head teacher at Avondale Preschool. She was the first teacher to be trained by Jennifer and has since played a major role in training the rest of the teachers each year. Kimm is the mother of 4 children and 1 grandchild. Mrs. Harman is so sweet with all of her preschool students and they love her dearly!  She has been teaching at Avondale Preschool for over 12 years.

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Kristin Twitchel, Head Office Manager

Kristin Twitchell is our head office manager at Avondale of Saratoga. Kristin is so kind to all she meets. She is the mother of 3 children and her family resides in Saratoga Springs. Kristin helps keeps the school organized, clean and running effectively. She helps with the Avondale Preschool curriculum preparations as well as keeps on top of all the accounts. We are so grateful Kristin is a part of Avondale!

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Amanda Sargent, Ballet Dance Director

Amanda Sargent is our ballet dance director. She has helped develop our dance curriculum, as well as, aid in our hiring process for our dance teachers. Amanda runs a tight ship when it comes to our yearly productions. She knows how to run the backstage process so our dance productions are polished, entertaining, and family friendly. She is the mother of 4 and her family currently reside in Lehi, Utah.

Join Our Team

Avondale Preschool Academy hires employees with a love of children. Early Education experience and college education is encouraged. We fully train our staff on our preschool curriculum. Teaching preschool is extremely rewarding and the perfect part time job. If you are interested in joining our staff, you can submit a resume to our schools in person or you can mail a resume to us directly.

What Parents Say About Avondale Academy

As a former elementary teacher, it was very important for me to find a preschool for my child with a good, solid curriculum. I love Avondale Preschool’s curriculum. I especially like the reading program in which reading is taught using both a phonetic and holistic approach. Also, skills are taught using a variety of different methods, which caters to all types of learning styles. At Avondale Preschool, my child is encouraged to excel, and has also developed a great love for learning. Thanks Avondale Preschool!M. Eldredge

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