Meet the Teachers!

Aurora Burkman, PreK - 2nd 
Aurora has had a love of music for as long as she can remember. She enjoys playing the piano, harmonica, and has been learning the guitar. She has been in a couple theatre productions, her favorite being when she played Cinderella. Aurora also has a love of working with children and started directing and teaching music camps for kids when she was 16. She has taught gymnastics, country dance, been a nanny in Alaska, and a substitute teacher for kids ages Kindergarten through Seniors. She is excited to combine her love of teaching with her love of music through Tavaci! She has 3 children and they are her greatest joy in life! Aurora graduated with her bachelors in Emergency Management, and her favorite past times are all centered around the outdoors.


Deneka Beck, Prek - 2nd
Deneka has participated in the performing arts since her early elementary school years in Texas. She has performed in various choirs, dance groups, musicals, and ensembles. Her past roles include Katherine in Newsies, and Laurie in Oklahoma, as well as other roles in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast, and My Fair Lady. With a degree in education and years of training in vocal performance, she is excited to share her passion for performing arts with her children and yours through Tavaci. When not singing, she might be found chasing her children, enjoying her chickens, traveling, baking, or doing house projects. She and her husband, Stephen (a Burley native), and their four awesome children are happy to call the beautiful Mini-Cassia area their home. 

Megan Greenwell, 3-8th 
Megan has always had a passion for music and teaching young minds. She grew up singing in church and school while also learning to play different instruments including piano, saxophone and guitar. Working with young children has always been a huge part of her life. Growing up she would tutor at the elementary schools, plan and run summer day camps, and in general help with her six younger siblings. While in college, she took an 18 month break from her studies to serve as a missionary for her church in Russia. She loved helping, teaching, and learning from the people around her; as well as learning a new language, culture and a love for those people. This experience confirmed to her how much joy she receives while teaching and wanted to continue down that path. She later received a dual major in Elementary and Special Education from Utah State University. After teaching for a few years, she started her own family and moved to her husband’s hometown area (a proud Oakley Hornet). They have two children and currently live in Burley. She has recently started to become more involved with the musical side of her life again by performing in Beauty and the Beast at the King Fine Arts Center this past year. She hopes to continue to be a part of the great musical community we have here in the Mini-Cassia area.

Sunny Searle, 3rd - 8th 
Sunny has loved music and performing her whole life. She was in 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Beauty and The Beast, and Oklahoma in high school. Recently, she was able to be a part of KFAC’s production of Beauty and The Beast and the Princess Tea Party. She was grateful to get back on the stage. She has been playing the cello since 5th grade and was in the university orchestra at BYU-I. She participates in the Magic Valley Philharmonic when her schedule allows. Sunny is a Rupert native and crossed the river to find her husband Mitchell in Burley. Together they have four wonderful, crazy, active children. Sunny loves the outdoors and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management. She is excited share her love of music, performing, and fun with your children. 

Mariah Lofgran, Student Teacher 
Mariah has been involved in theatre most of her life. She loves singing, dancing, and enjoys being on stage. She has played violin for over 6 years which has grown her love and appreciation for music immensely. She has been in several plays put on by her school as well as by her father and has performed musical talents in pageants and state competitions.  Mariah is a senior at Minico High School, for her senior project she is excited to help your children grow their love and find the joy in music and performing that she gets to enjoy every day. 

Felicia Poteet, Mentor
Felicia has had a love for the performing arts from the time she learned to talk and walk.  Her first experiences singing solo was at the age of 4 in a children’s singing group directed by her mom.  Now, she is excited to share that love with her children and yours through TaVaci!  She’s had many years of dance and private vocal training, was a national champion in extemporaneous speaking, and has been involved in several local theatre productions throughout the years.  She has a Master of Public Administration degree, with a Music minor.  A Burley native, Felicia married a Minico-ite and now lives north of Rupert, where her favorite job is being a farmer’s wife to Cregg, and a mother to 5 sweet kids