3435 Canyon Crest Ave.
Washington, UT 84780
T: 435.652.4787
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4th Grade Team

Ellen Bennett

Mrs. E. Bennett

Position: 4th Grade Teacher

Classroom #: 4

E-mail: ellen.bennett@washk12.org

Getting to Know Me: Fourth Grade Rocks! I especially enjoy teaching Science and Math but I love everything about school.  In the past I have taught first, kindergarten, and English as a second language.  I completed a Master in Education and an endorsement in Giftedness. I am also the school’s HAL (high ability learner) facilitator.  My hobbies include hiking, going to movies, enjoying my grandbabies, and working in SGMT community theatre.


 Shareen Potter

Ms. Potter

Position: 4th Grade Teacher

Classroom #: 5

E-mail: shareen.potter@washk12.org

Getting to Know Me: I attended the University of Utah and studied vocal performance. I was the Choir Director and Music Specialist at Washington Elementary before entering the Elementary Education program at Dixie State College. In 2010 I was hired as a SEE Apprentice Teacher at Coral Canyon Elementary and worked with Barbie Christensen. Coral Canyon is also where I completed my student teaching. I graduated in May 2011 from Dixie State College with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with an ESL endorsement. I am the fourth generation of my family to enter the teaching profession. I love math, music, and language arts. I am excited to teach fourth grade. It’s going to be a wonderful school year!



Mr. Williams

Position: 4th Grade Teacher

Classroom #: 6

E-mail: matthew.williams@washk12.org

Getting to Know Me: I have been an educator for the past 10 years.  This last year my family moved from Bakersfield CA to Ivins UT. My wife an I are celebrating our 15 wedding anniversary this December.  We have 5 kids, they age from 25, 13, 10, 7, and 3.  My 25 year old son we adopted and currently lives in Cedar City with his wife and two kids.  My next oldest is a freshman in high school and he enjoys Mt. Biking and fortenite. My next three kids are cute little red headed girls who keep daddy busy.  They love dance, art, and horseback riding.  In my free time you can find me running or biking the Streets around St George and Ivins.  I plan on running the St George Marathon next year and have participated it 5 times in the last 10 years.  I come from a family rich in education and find my greatest joy in helping kids find the inner strength to never give up.  I have helped take hundreds of boys over the past 9 summers to Hike the mighty Mt Whitney and Mt Langley found in California’s Sierra Nevada Mt Range. 



Mrs. Messano

Position: 4th Grade Teacher

Classroom #: 2

E-mail: leslie.messano@washk12.org

Getting to Know Me:

My husband and I have three fantastic children and nine adorable grandchildren.  After serving 26 years in the US Army, including all the moving that accompanies military life, my husband retired and we happily chose southern Utah as our final destination. We enjoy hiking in the area, reading amazing books, and spending time with our extended family. We also have two humongous house cats, Jack and Mr. Bella, which give us endless entertainment. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colorado State University – Pueblo (with the inclusion of Brigham Young University credits) with a Bachelors of Science in Liberal Studies and a Minor in Education. I taught fourth and fifth grade in Colorado Springs before moving to St. George. While at Coral Canyon Elementary School I taught third and fifth grade, and this is my second year teaching fourth grade.  🙂 I look forward to working with dedicated parents and fantastic staff to provide the best possible education for our students. I believe every child can learn given the right support and opportunity for growth. I enjoy providing new learning experiences, discoveries, and connections while preparing students for the future.  My goal is for every child to be individually challenged to his or her full potential and celebrate every success along the way. It is going to be a fantastic year at Coral Canyon Elementary School!


Coral Canyon Elementary School