Children’s Synergistic Learning Collaborative is an innovative, alternative environment of learning created in 2013, in response to parent request and community need.

Our highly-trained crew is made up of specialists dedicated to providing individualized support for children to nurture and expand curiosity, empathy, motivation and self-direction.

Our foremost education practices target the areas of social-emotional intelligence, communication, project based and place based learning.


Libbi Malmborg, M.S., CCC-SLP


Libbi has extensive experience working with children, their families, and various service providers. A master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, coupled with years of observation, intervention, and continuing education has equipped Libbi with ample background and understanding in residential and day treatment, private and public schools, and private settings for children and their families. In 2011, Libbi founded the Children’s SLC. She feels passionately that the CSLC can provide effective intervention and greatly improve and advance the learning and lives of all children.

Libbi and her husband, Alex, a chef, live in Salt Lake City with their two daughters, a dog, a cat, two goldfish and six chickens. As a family, they love stories, cooking, eating, camping, skiing, biking, and couch-time.




Markell McCubbin, M. Ed

Markell has considerable experience working with children of all ages and abilities and their families. She earned her Masters in Special Education from the University of Utah, and has been committed to the development and pedagogy of education for over 15 years.

Markell’s belief in CSLC’s approach aligns with the Margaret Mead’s quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Since CSLC’s beginning, Markell has witnessed incredible developments in students and families alike, through a deliberate innovation of education.




Board of Directors


Josh Shuermann – Chair, Marketing, Community Relations


Josh is an extremely talented, altruistic artist that contributes to CSLC in various ways, and has been with us since the beginning. He wears many hats locally, from Graphic Designer to Photographer to Event Coordinator. His passion for improving our world is evident in the time he dedicates to social causes, such as feeding and clothing homeless youth and adults through his organization Warm Buddies or hosting local art shows through Art Adoption SLC to find warm homes for neglected art and trying to curb the consumption of plastic bag use through the informative site Four Corners Utah.

Lucky for us, he is a proponent of non-profit organizations dedicated to increasing civic responsibility, and is a huge fan of the CSLC community. In his spare time, you will find Josh painting in his studio, enjoying locally roasted coffee in the fresh air, or snowboarding down the highest mountains with his cat Rocky zipped safely in his jacket.




Joe Guttenplan – CPA


Born and raised in the South, Joe is newer to the Salt Lake City area, but has found a great joy in the mountain proximity and wonderful friends. Joe has built both a professional and social network not only through his work as a Certified Public Accountant with Grant Thornton, but through the National Ability Center and through his creation of the Walking With KPeasy in Utah.  Joe is supporting CSLC with accounting and general business decisions and bringing a fresh set of ideas to the Board.  In his free time, you can find Joe biking, skiing, training for triathlons or watching the Alabama Crimson Tide with his beautiful new bride.  Roll Tide!




Hester L. Henderson, Ph. D.

Hester L. Henderson, Ph.D. taught elementary school in Fairfax County Virginia for 8 years before moving to Utah to become a ski instructor.  After teaching adapted physical education for one year at Iowa State University, she joined the faculty in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah where she has taught for the past 32 years.

Since 1992 she has served on the Executive Committee for the Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS). Awards she has received for service include the University Faculty Community Service Award, the Select 25 Award, the University Beacon of Excellence Award, and the University Distinguished Faculty Service Award. She brings dynamic insight and experience to the CSLC Board, advising on data collection, educational approaches and service projects.

Hester enjoys playing soccer, running, biking, and snowshoeing.



“Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.”  – Mignon McLaughlin