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 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: 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: 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: 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.
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.
Education: B.S. Health Science from James Madison University
Background: I grew up in Michigan and Virginia with my parents, older brother, and sister before attending James Madison University. While in school I studied public health education and substance abuse prevention. After graduating with my Bachelors of Science in Health Science in 2018, I obtained my teaching license through Old Dominion University. I taught 7th and 8th grade Health & PE in Northern Virginia for two years before joining APA in 2021.
Hobbies: Traveling to new places and spending time with my adorable nieces!!
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Education Science with a Major in Violin performance and Pedagogy
Background: I am from Guayaquil, Ecuador and currently live in Midvale. I am a Suzuki Certified Violin Teacher, teaching up to Book 7 and in the summer will certify up to Book 9. I have experience as a violin teacher in school with kindergarten children, and as a violin and orchestra teacher in elementary and high school from 2006 - 2013 in Ecuador. I have taught violin classes in a music Conservatory from 2010 -2013, where he graduated as a teacher in 2011. I continue to practice my profession of being a violin teacher and was also a member of the Symphonic Orchestra of Guayaquil-Ecuador from 2003 to 2013.
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.
Education: BA from University of Utah in Speech and Organizational Communication. MBA from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University.
Background: I grew up in the Salt Lake City area, but have lived in and traveled to much of the world. I served an LDS mission to Switzerland and speak German. I pursued a career in executive level management in large international businesses, traveling the globe and living with my wife and seven children in the U.S. Midwest, Bangkok Thailand/Indochina, and Jakarta Indonesia. I am also a serial entrepreneur in a variety of creative ventures. I have been active in music performance and education my entire life, including as a private vocal coach, and recently singing for several years with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.
Hobbies: Music composition, BYU football, golf, and grandkids.
Education: BA from Brigham Young University-Idaho in Contemporary Dance Choreography and Performance
Background: I am originally from Colorado and love living so close to the mountains in the Salt Lake Valley with my family. During my time in college I had the opportunity to dance with the multiple touring companies - performing across the United States, Costa Rica, Panama, and Indonesia. I have taught dance in Colorado, Washington, Idaho, and Utah and love watching my students become dance artists. I have trained in and teach modern dance, ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, world dance, and musical theater. Currently, I rehearse and perform with several professional contemporary dance companies in the Salt Lake area and enjoy working on my own technique and movement so that I can further mentor my students.
Hobbies: Rock Climbing, Woodworking, Hiking, Painting, Listening to audio books and podcasts
Background: I have been working at APA for 14 years. I have worked at all of the Draper campuses as well as West Valley 2. I worked in the High School office for a couple of years and returned to teaching Art in 2019.
Education: Bachelors/Masters degree in Clarinet Performance from The University of Utah School of Music
Background: I was born and raised in Las Vegas Nevada and moved to Utah after high school to study at the U. I started taking clarinet lessons in 10th grade and soon after decided I wanted to study music in college. Music has always been a big part of my life.
Hobbies: Utah has made me appreciate the outdoors so I love hiking, going to lakes, and skiing in the winter time. I also try to take any opportunity to play in community orchestras around the valley.