Miss Subie Stone, Founder & Directress

AMS Certified for Early Childhood Education
Office Administrator

Subie grew up on a farm in Hartland, Vermont and her parents now reside in Quechee, Vermont. She attended the University of Vermont for 3 years and was an avid field hockey player & skier. With Olympic dreams in sight, Subie found her way out West to pursue a talent in freestyle mogul competition in 1992. Subie finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development. While working with young children, she discovered Maria Montessori and was fascinated by her philosophy. From that moment on she knew that she would eventually open a Montessori school. After completing a two-year Early Childhood Montessori program in California she fulfilled her dream and opened Little Miners in the fall of 2001. Subie is the proud parent of Bryce and Daisy Stone.


Mrs. Liza Battaini

AMS Certified for Early Childhood Education
AM/PM Head Teacher Classroom 1

Liza spent her childhood in Vermont. She attended Prescott College, in Prescott, Arizona where she received her Bachelors in Cultural Studies.  While in College, she traveled to Kenya and lived with the Masai tribe while studying the educational system and the land rights of Amboseli National Park.  Upon graduation, she traveled back to the east coast and began working as a counselor for at-risk and adjudicated adolescent boys.  While working, she met her husband Charlie.  They moved to Utah in 2009 and Liza began working at Dancing Moose Montessori as an assistant and head teacher.  Liza joined Little Miners in 2011 and went to Montessori Teacher Training at the Florida Institute of Montessori Studies graduating with an AMS Early Childhood credential.


Miss Karen Raemer

AMS Practicum for Early Childhood Education
AM/PM Assistant Teacher Classroom 1

Karen grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Business Management. She has spent 20 years training, teaching, and counseling adults. She finds teaching at Little Miners much more rewarding and loves spending her days with the children. Her hobbies include gardening, knitting, her pets and weekends with her daughters.


Miss Bibi Vladimirova

AMS Certified for Early Childhood Education
AM/PM Head Teacher Classroom 2

Bibi grew up in Bulgaria and received her Bachelor’s Degree in outdoor sports and recreation with an emphasis on physical education teaching and journalism. She is a professional ski and snowboard instructor as well as a Junior National Bulgarian figure skating champion. She has Montessori training from the Souzzann Zink Montessori Development Center and received her Early Childhood Certificate at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies.

Little Miners Classroom 2 day 2-1

Mrs. Brigitte Elliot

AM/PM Assistant Teacher Classroom 2

Brigitte was born and raised in Brussels, Belgium, where she studied and received her degree in Education.  Following college, Brigitte traveled the world working for ClubMed, where she taught children animation, acting, windsurfing, sailing and skiing.  She is currently a certified children’s ski instructor at Deer Valley. Brigitte is also a board member of U-SA Cares for Life. The organization runs foster homes and educational programs for abandoned children in South Africa.  Brigitte speaks French, English and Spanish.  She has five children, Jeremy, Sunnie, Angie, Sophie and Nigel who all enjoy sports and school. Brigitte lives in Silver Creek with her husband Jim and their dogs, Gus, Nelson and Ricki.


Mrs. Ashley Trainor

AMS Certified for Early Childhood Education
AM/PM Head Teacher Classroom 3

Ashley is from Rye, New Hampshire. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in May of 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Minor in Education. During college Ashley interned at the Headstart in Canton, New York and discovered her love for working with children. After graduation Ashley followed her passion for skiing to the snowy mountains of Utah. Ashley completed her Montessori Teacher Training at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center in Boston, Massachusetts and loves teaching the Montessori philosophy to children.


Miss Erin Ellis

AM/PM Assistant Teacher Classroom 3

Erin was born and raised in Orwell, Ohio. She graduated from Lake Erie College in May of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Secondary Math Education. Erin is a licensed 6-12 grade Math Teacher in Ohio and Utah. After college, she taught High School Math at a public school in Fairport, Ohio and Environmental Education at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in the summer. After visiting Park City a few times, Erin fell in love with the area and moved to Park City in 2012. Before joining Little Miners, Erin was a certified ski instructor for Park City Mountain Resort.



Mrs. Hillary Burrows

AMS Certified for Early Childhood Education
Art Teacher

Hillary grew up in Salt Lake City and attended the University of Utah and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She completed her Montessori training in the San Francisco Bay area and has been teaching Early Childhood Montessori Education since 2000. Hillary and her husband Anthony recently welcomed their first child, Kelston Steven Burrows. Kelston will be enjoying spending his time at Little Miners this upcoming year.


Mrs.Vanessa Battaini

Office Administrator

Vanessa grew up in Vermont then headed west to attend Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona where she received her BA in Sociological Studies before moving to the Park City area.  Vanessa has worked in a variety of therapeutic and educational settings and joined Little Miners in 2007.  Vanessa enjoys exploring the mountains and deserts with her husband, son Mason and two dogs.


Mrs. Jill Johnson-Brown

Office Assistant

Jill was born and raised in Park City, Utah.  Along with Subie, she chased her Olympic dreams with the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team.  Off the ski slopes, Jill pursued her education at the University of Utah receiving a B.S. in Communications and a B.S. in Women’s Studies then received a Masters of Arts in Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jill is the proud mom of Nils and Ivy.