Education - Bachelors of Science in Psychology from BYU
Masters of Arts - Education Leadership from CMU
Background - I grew up in Holladay, UT and I have always enjoyed sports, skiing and camping. I attended Skyline High School and then enrolled at the University of Utah. After an LDS Spanish speaking missing to Connecticut I transferred to Brigham Young University where I finished my undergraduate degree in Psychology. In 2017 I received a masters degree from Central Michigan University in Education Leadership. I have been working at American Prep since 2008 and I cannot think of a better, more fulfilling career. I love working with our wonderful students and exceptional staff. Every year we seem to improve our school and we become a more unified school community. I am grateful to be a part of this incredible academy.
Hobbies - My favorite thing to do is spend time with my wife and our four children. We love taking little trips and going fun places together. I enjoy being active and try to find time to ski, hike and camp. Though I am slower now, I still play soccer competitively.
Education - Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science, University of Utah
Background - I was born and raised in Utah. I come from a fairly large family and love the time I spend with my five siblings and my own little family of five. I served an LDS Mission in southern Chile and loved my time learning the culture and working with amazing people. I worked in health care administration for a few years at an assisted living center and home health care company. I've now been with APA for six years and love my experience with the students and staff here.
Hobbies - I am a sports enthusiast and enjoy anything that has a ball. I absolutely love being outdoors climbing, rappelling and hiking. My Disneyland is actually Zion National Park.
Education: I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah in Mathematics Teaching, I have a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix, and I have a Master of Arts degree from Central Michigan University with an emphasis in Educational Leadership.
Background: Before working at APA I worked as a custodian in order to pay for college. In 2008 I was hired to teach junior high math at what is now referred to as Draper 1. When the West Valley 1 campus opened I requested a transfer to work there and taught math there for two years. In 2011 I had the opportunity to step into an administrative roll at Excelsior Academy, where I worked as the Junior High Director for three years. In 2014 I returned to APA and began working at the West Valley 2 campus as an Assistant Secondary Director and Athletic Director. I have since passed on the Athletic Director responsibilities and currently hold the title of Assistant Secondary Director.
Hobbies: I love fishing, I love basketball, and I love learning.
Education - Bachelor of Arts - English Language and Literature - Weber State University
Background - Much of my teaching has been done in the corporate world as a trainer for various software developers, but I'm very pleased to have escaped to a better place. I've also done the rounds as a substitute teacher for public and private schools with some community education thrown in the mix. For about ten years, I made a living as a magician-slash-illusionist, appearing primarily in the western United States. Some favorite gigs were performing with the Utah Symphony and touring for a season with Odyssey Dance Theater's "Thriller" program. More recently, I returned to creative writing and had a few short stories published. My first novel briefly enjoyed a #1 spot on Amazon and I'm working on book three of that series, writing under the pen name Michael Darling. Because Neverland is always closer than you think.
Education - Bachelor of Arts in history, Bachelor of Arts in Education, secondary education, Eastern Washington University; Associate of Arts in advertising arts, Chattanooga State Technical Community College
Background - I was born on Staten Island, New York. This is my 25th year of teaching and fourth year at APA. I have been married to my wife, Nancy, since 1981 and have two sons, Shannon and Benjamin.
Hobbies - I love hiking, biking, mountain climbing, drawing and painting, and collecting and flying all kinds of flags. I am also a HUGE Green Bay Packers fan! I love my dog, three cats, two turtles and goldfish. I won a bronze medal for the sport of Luge at the 2009 Utah State Winter Games in Park City, Utah. I received a personally written and signed letter from President Barack Obama last school year here at APA.
Education: BA in History, University of New Mexico
Background: I moved to Utah with my husband in 2013. This is my 4th year teaching Latin with American Preparatory Academy. I come from a military family and have lived in Texas, New York, and New Mexico.
Hobbies: I enjoy reading, writing, music, fitness, cooking, hiking/camping, and playing with my dog.
Background: I have a BA in Classical Studies from Brigham Young University, with dual emphases in Classical Latin and Ancient Greek and an Anthropology minor. Prior to coming to APA, I worked as a Classical Archaeologist, excavating a Roman-era site in Petra, Jordan. Other professional highlights include translating Hellenistic-era Greek papyri into English, contributing research to the Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts, and consulting for the Bethlehem Museum for Palestinian Heritage, History, and Culture.
Hobbies: Languages (French, Italian, Ancient Greek, and Latin), Stoic Philosophy, French Patisserie, Puzzles, Museums, and Dogs Wearing Costumes.
Education - Bachelor’s degree in ancient civilizations, University of Iowa
Background - For six exciting months, I worked at Walt Disney World in Florida. My roles there included cooking thousands of turkey legs a day and performing in the evening parades as Goofy. Most of my working years were spent in a grocery store back in Iowa, where I eventually became a chef.
Hobbies - My favorite hobby is hiking. When I'm not in the mountains, I enjoy reading, cooking, and writing.
Education - Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, Brigham Young University; licensed secondary teacher, Utah State University
Background - My first job out of college was as an environmental engineer at US Steel. After that, I was a real estate broker for 15 years in California, taught Real Estate and Finance for eight years at College of the Canyons, and even taught high school at the Utah State prison for a year. Raising my four children also took some time.
Hobbies - I live on a tiny farm and spend my summers and weekends weeding the garden, thinning the orchard, and tending the chickens. I'm hoping to add bees to the farm next year. I also love hanging out with my three grandchildren, playing with my dog, Toby, and sitting by the ocean whenever I get the chance.
Education - Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, University of Utah
Background - This is my 4th year teaching at APA. I love it! I have wanted to be a teacher as long as I can remember. It is a privilege to love what I do and where I work.
Hobbies - I enjoy rock climbing throughout Big Cottonwood Canyon in the summer and at Momentum Indoor Gym during the school year. I also enjoy baking cookies, playing crazy intense board games, and delighting in the company of friends over delicious food.
Education - Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Brigham Young University
Background - I have worked at APA for two years and have enjoyed every second of it. I'm really looking forward to this upcoming year and getting to know all of the fantastic students here.
Hobbies - I love swimming, watching the Olympic swimming events, any of the Olympic events, jamming out to music in the car, laughing with friends and family, eating Chinese food, eating any kind of food, smiling, and helping others. Some of my hobbies are hiking, camping, racquetball, yoga, reading, and watching movies.
Education - I graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
Background - I was born and raised in Utah and I am the oldest of three children. I grew up in West Jordan and I attended Copper Hills High school and was very involved. When I graduated, I got accepted into the ACCESS program from Women in Math and Science. I dabbled in the STEM field, and I was able to do lots of research in the biomedical field. However, I soon realized where my passion fell and I pursued a degree in Mathematics.
Hobbies - Some of my hobbies include playing board games or doing puzzles, hiking, camping and rock climbing, and, of course, doing anything Disney related.
Education - Bachelor of Arts in chemistry, minor in mathematics, Wichita State University; Master degree in chemistry, Wichita State University
Background - I started at APA in 2012 as a fifth grade classroom instructor, moving up to teach Math and Chemistry at the secondary level. Previously, I had worked as an elementary substitute teacher, college instructor, and mentor for a science summer camp.
Hobbies - I enjoy finding new recipes to prepare, camping, and hiking. My favorite place to visit is the central coast region in California.
Education - Master of Science in plant science, Master of Education in science education/curriculum & instruction, University of Minnesota.
Background - I was a science educator at Bell Museum of Natural History of Science at University of Minnesota. I also loved working as a summer camp instructor at Minnesota Zoo. I tutored college athletes while attending my Masters program. My passion for teaching and my love for kids is what made me join APA, and I am really looking forward to my upcoming teaching years here.
Hobbies - Cooking is my biggest stress-buster. Besides that, I love to hike and camp and be up close with nature.
Education: I have my Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies.
Background: I grew up in Illinois and attended college at North Central College. During college I fell in love with outdoor adventures and learning about how the world around us works. I spent my four years of college tutoring students in the general science courses and encouraging females to join the scientific community through Saturday Science programs.
Hobbies: I love to be social and enjoy the great outdoors. In my free time I enjoy climbing, running, biking, and skiing. I also enjoy complex board games and crafting.
Education - Bachelor’s degree in health education, minor in physical education, Brigham Young University
Background - I've always loved running and playing sports. I competed in Track and Field throughout high school and loved every second of it. I also enjoy other sports and love pushing my body to be better. I've always wanted to find a profession to help others (and myself) reach the highest potential. I feel like I have found just that in this awesome institution.
Hobbies - Family is #1 for me. I love hanging out, going on road trips, and playing games with my family. I love doing fun runs/Spartans/Tough Mudders etc. with my awesome wife. I also enjoy playing guitar when I make time for it.
Education - Bachelor’s degree in health science, teacher’s license, Brigham Young University
Background - I moved around growing up. I was born in Idaho and then moved around to Puerto Rico, Oregon, California, Washington and now I have stayed in Utah ever since attending BYU. I met my husband, Craig Peterson, at BYU and we have 4 little kids. I taught at Copper Hills until my 3rd child was born in 2013. I am excited to be back to teaching health at APA!
Hobbies - I love being active and weightlifting. I love running and ran my first half-marathon this year. I love beating my old time and seeing my pace improve. I self-taught myself how to use a DSLR camera the last few years and love taking pictures for family and friends. I love good music and to dance. I danced all growing up. I love coaching these as well and am highly competitive. I love good food. Eating out and finding yummy restaurants makes me happy. If you have a good place I should try, let me know!
Education - BS Exercise Science from the University of Utah
Background - I taught health and PE at American Heritage of South Jordan for 5 years from 2005-2010, and have since spent the last 7 years working in health and wellness, doing exercise testing and health screenings.
Hobbies - I enjoy sports of all kinds, especially basketball and football. My favorite activity when I have time is cycling. I like participating in organized rides and I try to do at least one century (100 mile ride) every year.
Scottsdale Culinary Institute:
Culinary Arts Degree
University of Utah:
Bachelors degree in Health Promotion and Education. Minor in Nutrition
Background: I have worked for over 10 years in the restaurant industry, holding positions such as Pastry Cook, Bread Baker, Line Cook, Chef de Partie, Assistant Manager, and General Manager. I have a big family, and grew up cooking and baking. Got started in the 4-H program and found my passion for baking. I studied American Sign Language for 4 years, where I met my husband. I have two beautiful daughters whom attend APA, and one little Brittany spaniel puppy.
Hobbies: My hobbies include: cooking and baking, drawing, sewing, gardening, hiking, and walking my puppy.
Education - Bachelor’s degree in music, University of Illinois; Master’s degree in music, University of Michigan
Background - I've lived in Utah for the past 17 years with my husband and two dogs, Mercury and Izzy. I have been teaching and playing professionally with the Ballet West Orchestra and, on occasion, the Utah Symphony. I love to trail run, backpack, and try out new restaurants in the city. I've been teaching at APA for the past 6 years and love working with the students every year!
Hobbies - Health and fitness, eating, dog parks, hiking, backpacking, fishing, and playing with my dogs.
Education - Bachelor’s degree in communication, emphasis on broadcasting, minor in psychology and dance, Southern Utah University
Background - I have taught dance at various studios in California, Utah, Nebraska, and Iowa since 2008. I have also taught and choreographed for the SUU Ballroom Dance Company, as well as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Ballroom Dance Company.
Hobbies - My hobbies include dance, swimming, reading, Crossfit, and being outdoors.
Education: BS in Family Life Education from Brigham Young University; MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from University of Hawaii Manoa
Background: "Competed in Ballroom Dance (Formation Team and Individual) for 5 years.
Performed and Toured with the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble for 5 years.
Taught Clogging, Irish Dance, and Folk Dance at BYU for 5 years.
Taught Ballroom Dance at the University of Hawaii for 2 years."
Education - BFA from Brigham Young University in Music Dance Theatre. MFA in Dramatic Arts from the University of San Diego.
Background - I'm originally from Sacramento, Ca., and I have a wife and three wonderful children. I served a mission for the LDS church in Kiev, Ukraine. After my time in college, I spent many years in New York City where I worked as an actor and theatre professional. Here in Utah I work as an actor, voice-over artist, theatre company managing director, and now teacher.
Hobbies - Gardening, Model ship, car, and plane building, & Archery.
Background: I claim homage to both Canada and the United States as I was born in Alberta Canada, but moved to the east coast in the US at a young age. I still go home to Canada and Maryland as often as I can. I came out west to follow my scholarship for college and have been here ever since. I worked for an adolescent teen live in center helping youth find support systems in and outside of their home as well as planning large scale events to help fund the non profit. I have specialized in ABA therapy and developmental disorders. My personal passion led me to study eating disorders and anti-diet culture. I love working with youth and enjoy the variety of my work at APA!
Hobbies: Weight lifting, boxing, hiking, baking, writing, reading, cheesy movies with my pup and all the traveling I can plan.
Education - Bachelor of Science in elementary education and special education; Utah State Office of Education endorsements in English as a Second Language, Reading Teacher, and K-6 Grades Mathematics.
Background - I was raised in a family of seven children in Ogden. I attended Weber State College right after high school, and left college as a sophomore to live in different areas of the globe with my military spouse. When my youngest child started third grade, I resumed my teacher education in Elementary and Special Education at Weber. I taught for Davis and Ogden School Districts before coming to APA in March 2015. I love teaching children of all ages and want each student to see that he/she is capable of amazing things.
Education - Bachelor's degree, Brigham Young University
Background - Special Education is my passion, and I have been working with these wonderful students for 11 years. I started in Special Education while working at Taylorsville High School, where I gained my love for working with Sped students. Currently, I feel very lucky to be teaching here at APA, where the students are truly loved and respected in every way.
Hobbies - I enjoy sewing and tying quilts and making things with my hands to give to children here and out of the country. I also love to read Family and my students at APA are where I focus most of my time. I am most happy when I am with them.
Education: Bachelors in English with a minor in Africana & Latino studies
Masters in Transnational Studies with a concentration in Caribbean & Latin American Studies
Phd Track (In progress)
Background: I was born in the Bronx, NY. I started playing travel basketball in Harlem, NYC and went on to play for 14 years. I was a competitive spoken word artist for 6 years and taught poetry workshops to high school students. I've lived in New York, Florida, Massachusetts, India, Peru, Dominican Republic, Ghana, and Mexico. I worked as a writing mentor for Girls Right Now in NYC during high school. I worked for Cornell University as the community manager for their Summer of Solutions program. Working in Ithaca, NY helped me move on to work as the community manager for Poetry.org as an editor, scholarship creator, and content developer. After graduate school, I moved to Utah to work as a wilderness therapy counselor giving writing classes and helping youth facing mental health challenges. I am now at American Prep Academy working with amazing youth.
Hobbies: I am certified private yoga instructor and I love self-practice. I love mountaineering, climbing, and backpacking. i spend most of my free time reading about indigenous spiritualities and culture, writing poetry, and planning backpacking trips abroad.
Education - I graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Health Promotion and Education with an emphasis in Emergency Medical Services.
Background - I went to school thinking that I would become a paramedic, but while I was there I got involved in after school programs and found a passion working with youth. Prior to joining the APA team, I was working with the Sugar House Boys & Girls Club as their Assistant Child Care Director.
Hobbies - I love sports and video games. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family.
Background: For the past three years Mr. Mckee has worked for the After School Department at West Valley 1, He now works for the After School Department for West Valley 2, as well as assisted in the Pre-School/Daycare in the mornings.
Hobbies: Movie buff, Trivia, Professional Wrestling
Background: Originally from Tucson, Arizona, I moved to Utah about 4 years ago to pursue a degree in Video Game Design. After a couple of years, I realized that my passions actually lie in Astrophysics. Currently, I am pursuing a degree in Physics from Salt Lake Community College. My long term goal is earn a Ph.D. and become a professor of Physics and Astrophysics.
Hobbies: Crochet, Photography, Reading, Video Games, Board Games