Willow Amendola has 20+ years experience as a counselor in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah supporting a diversity of individuals from infancy through adulthood. She has worked in developmental preschools, supported independent living facilities with adolescents and adults with disabilities, residential treatment facilities with at-risk and disadvantaged youth and in both private and public educational settings. Willow's experience has given her a passion for program development and community networking which led her to presiding as an Executive Board Member of the United Against Bullying Coalition in Park City, Utah and also earned her a nomination as the Park City Utah Woman of the Year. Most recently Willow has partnered with Educational Advantage and The Granger School of Music in Park City, Utah supporting their populations from around the country as a counseling consultant with their respective community, District and collegiate partnerships.
Both personally and professionally Willow has an extensive background in Special Education and 504's plans. With a team that was close to her during a personal event with her family Willow helped to establish A Shot To Live program through the University of Utah, Primary Children's Hospital and the Utah Food Allergy Network, which the Utah State Board of Education adopted to train faculty and staff members across the state in educational settings on how to use an epi-pen in the event of an emergency and also provided funding for the on site epi-pens.
Willow attended the University of Wyoming on a music scholarship underneath the talented and versatile training of Professor Rodney Garnett. While embracing her undergraduate experience, Willow played her flute, traveling with the Western Thunder marching band and also continued her love of performing solos, duets, quartets, wind ensembles and with concert bands. Willow has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Psychology and was a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society. She then pursued her Masters Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Educational Counseling and also has her English Language Learners Endorsement, College to Career Readiness Endorsement and also served as a Utah State Prime for Life instructor supporting youth substance abuse and truancy offenders through evidenced base programming.
Willow is a member of the American School Counseling Association, Utah School Counseling Association, Utah Coalition for Educational Technology and The National Office for School Counselor Advocacy and The College Board as well as the Utah Education Association.
Aside from her professional background Willow comes from a long line of educators and artists, thus why her heart is truly committed to the SPA faculty and families. Willow's 2 daughter's have been trained and are performing in ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, tap and hip hop to this day since the ages of 3. One of her daughter's passion for ballet, led to her involvement with the United States luge team as her kinesthetic bodily awareness allowed her to excel as an athlete. Willow's Grandmother has been performing with the Aprapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra and the Denver Pops for over 50+ years which has allowed Willow the honor of practicing with them over the years. Willow's mother although named as MIT's top 30 most inspirational educator's in the world was also a nationally awarded Irish step dancer which truly instilled the importance of the balance between academics and the arts within her...the best of both worlds.
Willow looks forward to bringing her academic, counseling and performing arts background and experience with passion, fidelity and integrity to The Salt Lake School for Performing Arts family and supporters.