Education: Bachelor of Arts - English Language and Literature - Weber State University
Background: "Although much of my teaching experience has been the corporate world, my first love has always been teaching writing, so I'm very pleased to have escaped to a better place at APA. For about ten years, I made a living as an illusionist, appearing primarily in the western United States. Some favorite gigs were performing with the Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake and touring for a season with Odyssey Dance Theater's ""Thriller"" program. More recently, I returned to creative writing. My first novel made it to #1 on Amazon and I have since published three more novels and a dozen short stories under the pen name Michael Darling. Because Neverland is always closer than you think."
Hobbies: Travel, reading, board gaming, and cooking
Background: I was born and raised in Salt Lake City and am an APA graduate. I graduated from BYU in Humanities with an English literature emphasis, and a minor and certificate in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages).
Hobbies: I love yoga and being active, hiking, reading, writing, and meeting new people!
Background: I grew up in Los Angeles, California and moved to Utah in 2015 to attend Brigham Young University. In 2020, I was blessed enough to be a first generation college graduate. Throughout my educational journey, many mentors have helped me get to where I am today. I hope to reciprocate that service to future generations and help students pursue and reach their educational goals.
Education: Bachelors Degree in History and Art History
Background: I attended Dominican University of California, in the Bay Area, where I received my bachelors degree. After graduating I attended California State University Long Beach, where I received my teaching license in secondary social science.
Hobbies: I am an avid snowboarder and have always loved the outdoors. I enjoy yoga, watercoloring, and excising with my kids.
Education: BS - Social Studies Education, emphasis in Political Science, Brigham Young University - Idaho
Background: I was born and raised in Idaho and learned about hard work at a young age on my family's potato farm. I have also lived in Arizona and served an LDS mission that brought me to Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. I am a proud big sister to 5 siblings and married to my best friend since 2017.
Hobbies: I love listening to podcasts or audiobooks about history, politics and true crime. I love going on road trips, spending time with family and board games. I LOVE trivia. Learning about random trivia or playing trivia games and watching shows like Jeopardy is a lot of fun to me.
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.
Education: BA in Classical Studies, Brigham Young University
Background: Academic specializations include Greek and Latin philology, Classical Archaeology (with excavation experience in Roman-occupied Nabatea, in modern-day Jordan), and Classical Mythology (focusing primarily on modern reception of Classical myths).
Hobbies: Hobbies include reading books of all genres (though I take particular delight in Victorian Gothic fiction), baking, and visiting museums.
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 Arts in History from Utah State University; Master's Degree in Classics with an emphasis on Latin Pedagogy from The University of Arizona
Background: For over ten years, I have taught Latin to 5th graders, university students, and everyone in between. I have spent most of those years with 7th-12th grade students. I have been blessed to study and work with some of the most renowned classicists and Latin teachers in the country.
Hobbies: My husband and I spend most of our free time cooking our favorite recipes and trying new restaurants.
Education: I graduate from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (Preparation for Teaching).
Background: I was born and raised in Bulgaria and can speak, read, and write in Bulgarian. In 2004, my family and I moved to California where I finished my K-12 education, attended community college and university. I graduated from San Jose State University in 2018. Two days after graduation, I packed up and moved to Utah. I have been working at APA since 2018. I worked as an elementary instructor for 3 years before moving to secondary.
Hobbies: I love playing video games and board/card games with friends, watching baseball, and attending concerts and hockey games. On the weekends, I enjoy bowling, cross-stitching while listening to music, and watching tv. I have also become very fond of fountain pens.
Background: I started at APA in 2018 at our West Valley One campus. While there I was a groups instructor and the yearbook advisor. In 2020 I transferred to our West Valley Two campus as a secondary math teacher. I have three associate degrees and a BA in education with an emphasis in mathematics.
Hobbies: I started at APA in 2018 at our West Valley One campus. While there I was a groups instructor and the yearbook advisor. In 2020 I transferred to our West Valley Two campus as a secondary math teacher. I have three associate degrees and a BA in education with an emphasis in mathematics.
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 of Science in Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah
Background: I have always enjoyed math. One of my confessions is that I do math for fun! Since high school, I have tutored friends, family members, and others. In 2018, I started my teaching career. One year later, I began teaching at APA
Hobbies: I enjoy a wide variety of things. I love to be out in nature, doing things such as hiking, camping, and cross-country skiing. I like playing games, and have even created a few card/board games of my own. Most of all, I love spending time with my family, whether it's going on an adventure, or cozying up at home.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Master of Science in Finance (Dec 2020), University of Utah
Background: I have always enjoyed math as long as I can remember. I worked as a Math tutor when I was in college, and all of my students asked why I was not their Math teacher. Here I am, a Math teacher!
Hobbies: I love drawing, sewing, and photographing. I was a professional Chinese chess player.
Education: SLCC Associates Degree, with an emphasis on mild to moderate special education. Western Governors University, Bachelors of Education: Secondary 5-12 Mathematics.
Background: I have always loved being a teacher, I started out as a dance teacher, where I taught ballet, jazz, hip hop and tumbling. I coached for many Utah high school drill teams and dance companies over a span of 15 years. While I was coaching I attended Salt Lake Community College, where I received an associate’s degree in general studies with an emphasis on mild to moderate special education. I continued my education at Western Governors University with a focus on secondary 5-12 grade Mathematics. I have been in a secondary math classroom either as a tutor, substitute or teacher for over 10 years.
Hobbies: I love, reading, swimming, being in the sun, and spending time with my 3 kids!
Education: I graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Minor in Physics.
Background: I am an only child who grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. I attended a visual and performing arts high school, where I performed in concert band and philharmonic orchestra as a flautist. I was accepted Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA under the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. After a year in Washington, I transferred to the University of Utah to get my degree from a nationally ranked mathematics program. I finished my degree at the University of Utah in 2014 and starting working at APA after graduation.
Hobbies: When I am not at school, I enjoy playing board games with friends. I also love getting outdoors and rock climbing in the canyons. To relax, I enjoy cross-stitching and baking. Over school breaks, I love to travel, whether it be a road trip to Zions or across the world.
Education: Bachelors Degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Science, University of Utah
Background: I grew up moving between Maryland and California, but I claim Southern California as home. I ran cross country and track in high school and at the University of Texas in Austin. I transferred to the University of Utah after my first year at Texas and started teaching at APA right after graduating in 2020.
Hobbies: I like playing pickle ball on the weekends with my husband, baking chocolate desserts, going to the beach, and doing anything in the sun. On quiet evenings, I enjoy playing card games and watching Disney movies.
Education: Bachelors in Chemistry and Thesis Masters in Analytical Chemistry
Background: My entire family is full of different scientists, so my love for science began early as a child. I grew up in Houston, TX but spent my adult years in Pittsburgh, PA where I attended Seton Hill University and Duquesne University where I earned a Bachelors in Chemistry and a Thesis Masters in Analytical Chemistry. I developed my love for teaching while attending graduate school where I was a TA for four years. I moved to Utah in June of 2021 because my husband and I are avid skiers and am so happy to be teaching for an incredible school.
Hobbies: My favorite thing to do is spend time with my husband and my Bernese mountain dog, Pear. I also enjoy skiing, reading, and traveling.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Elmhurst College, Teacher Certification Training from Colorado Mesa University
Background: I have been a Core Knowledge and Classical Education Science Teacher since the 2010 -2011 school year. I love teaching science. I have taught elementary, middle and high school science. I enjoy learning and teaching life science and anatomy and physiology. Before becoming a science teacher I worked in the information technology and pharmaceutical industries. I am a licensed teacher in both Colorado and Utah.
Hobbies: My hobbies include water color painting, family history and reading historical fiction.
Background: I am from the San Francisco Bay Area. I've worn many hats over the last several years. I worked as a researcher in the areas of physics and electrical and computer engineering throughout my undergraduate and graduate career in addition to being a TA for undergraduate and graduate courses. After finishing my masters degree I went to work as an electrical engineer. Although I found the job engaging I would always look back on my time in college teaching most fondly. I quit my job as an engineer in 2019 to pursue teaching full time and joined APA in 2020.
Hobbies: I enjoy anything outdoors. In addition I like to tinker with robots in my free time and brew my own beer.
Education: PhD in Chemistry from the University of Utah BS in Chemistry from Westminster College
Background: I have always had a fascination learning about the world around me and how it works. I earned a bachelor's degree and PhD in chemistry. In graduate school my research focused on atypical uses of DNA in nanotechnology. During my undergraduate and graduate studies, I found I also had the opportunity to teach various study sections and labs. I am excited to teach at APA and share the excitement of science with my students.
Hobbies: I love being outdoors, exploring and hiking in the mountains. I also enjoy cooking and creating new recipes.
Education: MS- Plant Science(Botany)- India MS Curriculum and Instruction/Science Education - University of Minnesota
Background: Experienced Interpreter, with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. I am skilled in Science Education, Curriculum Development, Ecology and Science (with more focus on Biology/Life Science). I believe learning is a lifelong process that enhances our understanding of the world we live in and beyond. My passion for teaching and learning began while working as a TA at the University. Since than I have been a part of both informal as well as structural teaching-learning setting.
Hobbies: Besides reading fictions, cooking and baking is something that keeps me sane and happy. I also love camping and travelling.