Administration
Laura Belnap : Director of Utah Online School

Laura Belnap | Director of Utah Online School

Email: lbelnap@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 986-5181

Laura Collier Belnap received her degrees from Utah State University and Western Governor’s University. She taught school in Logan, Utah and Loveland, Colorado where she was part of the state's math advisory committee and also established a school wide program for grouping students by ability, not age.

Laura helped establish online education in Davis district in 2002, working as the director of Utah Online Academies for three different school districts. She is currently the director   of Utah Online Schools which have over 1300 students and 40 teachers and staff.

She has served on several different nonprofit boards including athletic and technology boards. She received the Soccer Mom of the Nation Award in 2002. She received the “Innovation in Education Award” in 2012 at an international conference. She also received Utah Champions of School Choice Award for leadership and support for public schools in 2013.

She schooled her children at home for more than 14 years which changed her life and her relationship with her children. She also branched out and coached volleyball and basketball at the local junior high.

Laura is active in legislative, community and religious causes. She graduated from Bountiful High school and married her high school sweetheart Eric Belnap. Laura is the proud mother of six children who were raised in Davis County and also has 3 beautiful grandchildren.

She appreciates the opportunity that Washington County School District gives students in the state of Utah.

Annett Eiting : K-8 School Administrator

Annett Eiting | K-8 School Administrator

Email: aeiting@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 986-5181

Annett Eiting graduated from Weber State before it was a university. She received her master’s degree in education from Utah State University. She taught junior high for twelve years; the subjects she taught were English, math, and physical education. While teaching public school, she coached basketball, volleyball and track. Her favorite sport to coach and play is volleyball. She has been working with our online school since 2002.

Cherie Best : High School Administrator

Cherie Best | High School Administrator

Email: cbest@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 574-9188

Mrs. Best was born in Provo, Utah and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Orem and Cedar City, Utah. While growing up she learned to ride dirt bikes, four-wheelers, and horses. She moved to St. George, Utah in 2007, and now affectionately calls St. George her home.

Mrs. Best has taught school in the “brick and mortar” sector in Utah since graduating from Utah State University in 2004. Mrs. Best completed her Masters in Education from Southern Utah University in 2010 and went onto Western Governors University to earn her Administrative Endorsement in 2011.

Since 2004, she has been an active educator teaching in the Park City and Washington County School Districts before being named administrator for Utah Online High School in 2015. She loves the opportunities UOS-HS offers to students state-wide and is excited to play an active role in preparing students to be successful.

She and her husband, Ryan, have a little girl they love very much. In Mrs. Best’s spare time, she enjoys doing crafts, camping, going to the pool, reading, spending time with her family, and following her favorite baseball team the Red Sox!

Ryan Stephens : Counselor

Ryan Stephens | Counselor

Email: rstephens@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 767-1068

Ryan Stephens was born and raised in St. George, Utah and graduated from Dixie High.  He then went on to receive his Associates degree from Utah Valley, his bachelors in Psychology from Southern Utah University and his masters in Psychology from Utah State University.  He has completed a Full distance Ironman in 2011, many Half-Ironman’s and enjoys biking, camping, eating at new places, computer games and traveling in his spare time. 

Mr. Stephens has been Counseling since 2003 where he first was hired at Pine View High School because of his dog’s performance in the play Annie. In 2004 he transferred to Snow Canyon Middle School where he worked for 12 years.  He transferred to Utah Online in 2016.  He has been running groups before he became a school counselor at various trouble youth facilities in the Southern Utah area.  In 2015, he was an honorary Diamond Shield recipient for his outstanding performance with serving the students of Snow Canyon. 

Ryan is married to Anji Findley of Brigham City Utah and has 2 rambunctious boys. The youngest child has autism and because of this Ryan has a special place in his heart for children that have special needs.   

Krista Winward : Counselor

Krista Winward | Counselor

Email: kwinward@utahonline.org | Phone: (801) 742-1788

Krista Winward is a Southern Utah native and graduate of Pine View High School and Dixie State University.  In 1998, Mrs. Winward graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development from Utah State University.  She continued her education at Utah State and earned a masters degree in Counseling Psychology in 2001.

 Mrs. Winward began her professional career in Alpine School District.  For the past decade she has been employed with the Washington County School District.  Before joining the staff at Utah Online, she worked primarily with high school students at both Dixie and Pine View High School. In addition, she worked a year at the District Office as a concurrent enrollment  specialist.    

 During her career, Mrs. Winward has had the opportunity to facilitate and guide group and classroom discussions for at-risk students,has led mentoring programs for diverse student populations, and facilitated a federally funded grant program for vulnerable students.  She created and led an Ambassador Peer Mentoring program to support incoming sophomore students. Mrs. Winward served as an advisor for  Leadership Academy students and guided them to three straight district wide achievement awards.

Krista is married to Jay Winward, and they have four amazing children.  As a family they enjoy being outdoors skiing, hiking, biking  and are actively involved in community and cultural programs.  Krista has enjoyed counseling students at Utah Online  this past year and is thrilled to be part of such an exceptional faculty, school, and learning environment.

Brooke Brown : Secretary

Brooke Brown | Secretary

Email: bbrown@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 986-5181

Brooke Brown received her education from Brigham Young University. She has worked in various capacities within the Washington County School District including substituting in the classroom settings and in the district office. She has been with Utah Online School Utah since 2005 as the assistant to the director and has really enjoyed her involvement with the families and staff who work in this program.

Shauna Sparks : Secretary

Shauna Sparks | Secretary

Email: ssparks@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 986-5199

Shauna Sparks is the secretary for UOHS. She graduated form Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She worked in research labs at ASU, NIH and PITT. She worked in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. She has been working for WCSD for the last 4 years.

She is married to Todd Sparks. they have three children; Megan, Cooper and Jacob. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, going to watch their sporting events,hiking, reading and going to Lake Powell where she and her husband grew up.

Lori Talbot : Secretary

Lori Talbot | Secretary

Email: ltalbot@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 817-9281
Barbara Andersen : Registrar

Barbara Andersen | Registrar

Email: banderson@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 932-0510

Barbara Andersen is the registrar for Utah Online High School. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Barbara has worked in Human Resources as well as Accounting positions throughout the years and for the last 3 years she has loved being the registrar for Utah Online High School. She and her husband, Glen, have three children: Vaughn, Ashton and Maile.  In her spare time, she loves to read, travel, run (or should I say jog), play tennis and spend time with her family.  Disneyland is definitely a family favorite. 

K-8 School Teachers
Julie Baggaley : Teacher

Julie Baggaley | Teacher

Email: jbaggaley@utahonline.org | Phone:

Julie Baggaley graduated with honors from the University of Utah in elementary education. She taught preschool out of her home until 2007 when she joined UOS as a teacher. She was thrilled when she discovered K12 several years ago because she needed a way to individualize her own children's educations. She has used the K12 program with 2 of her 5 children and believes that it is the most wonderful program in the whole world.

Shannan Beatty : SLP

Shannan Beatty | SLP

Email: sbeatty@utahonline.org | Phone:

Shannon Beatty holds a bachelor’s degree from BYU and a master’s degree from Utah State University, both in speech-language pathology. She is a member of ASHA and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence. She is experienced in working with pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients with a variety of diagnoses in a medical setting as well as students in an educational setting.

Carolyn Black : Teacher

Carolyn Black | Teacher

Email: cblack@utahonline.org | Phone:

Carolyn Black graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught school in the Davis County School District for 8 years until her oldest son was born. She then had the privilege of staying home and teaching her 3 boys as they grew up. She has been with UOS since 2008.

Tara Criddle : Teacher

Tara Criddle | Teacher

Email: tcriddle@utahonline.org | Phone:

Tara Criddle has been working with Utah Online since 2008. She received her education from Southern Utah University where she earned her teaching license in elementary education with a minor in reading. She has taught for the Washington County School District since 2005. In the traditional public school setting, she taught 3rd grade, reading interventions, parent literacy classes, and staff development.

Kathy Erickson : Teacher

Kathy Erickson | Teacher

Email: kerickson@utahonline.org | Phone:

Kathy Erickson is a graduate of Brigham Young University with degrees in elementary education and special education. She taught special education before serving an 18 month mission for her church in Mexico. After her 6 children were raised, she taught ESL (English as a Second Language) and then 2nd grade at Wood Cross Elementary. She has also taught preschool and has homeschooled her own children. She also teaches at the Farmington County Jail in Spanish and has taught literacy classes at a Salt Lake City battered women’s shelter. She has been with Utah Online since 2008.

Jessica Everett : Teacher

Jessica Everett | Teacher

Email: jeverett@utahonline.org | Phone:

Jessica graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and from Arizona State University with a Master's Degree in Family and Human Development. Jessica taught 4 years in the classroom and then taught preschool for 4 years at home before joining Utah Online. She has a passion for teaching and learning, and wants every student to feel successful. Jessica loves baking, boating, swimming, and hiking with her husband, kids, and dog.

Meagan Johnston : Teacher

Meagan Johnston | Teacher

Email: mjohnston@utahonline.org | Phone:

Meagan Johnston has been working with Utah Online since 2007. She received her education from Southern Utah University where she earned her degree in elementary education with a minor in early childhood development. Meagan taught 2nd grade in WCSD at Washington Elementary and Three Falls Elementary before working with Utah Online. She believes that with hard work and persistence, anything is possible!

Summer Johnson : Teacher

Summer Johnson | Teacher

Email: sjohnson@utahonline.org | Phone:

Summer Johnson graduated from Utah State University in 2006 where she earned her teaching license in elementary education with an emphasis in Language Arts. Her previous teaching experience include teaching 2nd and 4th grade at Century Elementary School in Bear River City and teaching for 2 1/2 years with Utah Virtual Academy. She has worked for Utah Online since 2013. Summer recently finished working on her Reading Endorsement through Southern Utah University. She is looking forward to another wonderful year with UOS!

Gloria Kelly : Teacher

Gloria Kelly | Teacher

Email: gkelly@utahonline.org | Phone:

Gloria Kelly graduated from Brigham Young University in elementary education, with minors in science and social science. She has taught 2nd & 5th grades in a formal classroom setting as well as instructed Indo-Chinese refugees in a Thailand transit camp, a more informal setting. She also has a master’s degree in educational administration, with an emphasis in community education. She is the mother of 3 and has homeschooled her youngest from pre-school through 8th grade, using the K12 curriculum for 7th and 8th grades. Had this curriculum been available to her earlier, she would have LOVED using it from kindergarten through 8th grade!!! Gloria has teaching endorsements in technology, gifted and talented, and is working to complete a reading endorsement as well. She has worked with UOS since 2005.

Jennifer Larsen : Teacher

Jennifer Larsen | Teacher

Email: jlarsen@utahonline.org | Phone:

Jennifer grew up in Salem, Utah as the second of six children. She attended Utah State University, where she met her husband. Jennifer graduated with her degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Language Arts. She taught grades 1 and 5 at Harris Elementary School in Tooele, Utah for 6 years before staying home with her own children. Jennifer is excited for the opportunity to work with the wonderful staff, students and families with UOS!

Chelsea Penney : Teacher

Chelsea Penney | Teacher

Email: cpenney@utahonline.org | Phone:

Chelsea Penney graduated from Southern Utah University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Physical Education. She has 10 years of teaching experience and has worked for Iron, Sevier, and Washington Counties as well as the Utah Virtual Academy teaching grades ranging from Kindergarten to Fourth Grade. She joined the UOS staff in January 2013.

Deann Stratton : Teacher

Deann Stratton | Teacher

Email: dstratton@utahonline.org | Phone:

Deann has been a teacher for the past 19 years with Washington County School District. She moved to St George Utah in 1994 to attend what is now Dixie State University where she completed an Associate of Arts. She transferred to Southern Utah University in beautiful Cedar City Utah where she was awarded a dual bachelors degree in Special Education Mild Moderate and Elementary Education. She continued at the University of Utah where she earned a Masters of Education with an emphasis in Severe Special Education in 2001. A week after graduating she said yes to the man of her dreams, Jeff Stratton from Hurricane Utah. It’s been 15 years and 4 children later and they are happily married and living in Southern Utah. 
 
She is excited to be joining the Utah Online School community.

Mindee Taylor : Teacher

Mindee Taylor | Teacher

Email: mtaylor@utahonline.org | Phone:

Mindee Taylor is a graduate of Utah State University and has a degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Language Arts. She taught third grade for Logan City School District for seven years. She completed the Gifted and Talented program through Utah State University, trained provisional teachers in classroom management at the college level, and has participated with many other professional development committees. She began teaching for UOS in 2012.

Melinda Welch : Teacher

Melinda Welch | Teacher

Email: mwelch@utahonline.org | Phone:

Melinda Welch graduated from Weber State University with a double major in theatre arts and communications. She also earned her secondary teaching degree. She has taught drama, journalism, speech, debate, film history, musical theatre, children’s theatre, beginning Spanish, and English. She has worked with the online schools since 2004.

High School Teachers
Matt Anderson : Teacher

Matt Anderson | Teacher

Email: manderson@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 467-9177

Classroom: Adobe Connect | Website: Link

Matt Anderson has been working in education as a teacher for 13 years. For seven years Matt taught at Pineview Middle School and currently he is teaching History and Geography courses. 

Matt received his Bachelors of Social Science from Southern Utah University and a Master’s Degree of American History from American Public University in West Virginia. One of his favorite quotes and philosophy about education is a quote from Nelson Mandela who said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 

Matt loves to hike and backpack preferably in destinations that are seldom seen by other people! He loves to travel and has been to over 9 different countries. He loves to read, preferably a good nonfiction adventure book, or one about his numerous historical heroes! 

Valarie Anderson : Teacher

Valarie Anderson | Teacher

Email: vanderson@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 319-0962

Classroom: Adobe Connect | Website: Link

Ms. Anderson graduated from Utah Valley University in 2010 with a degree in Spanish Education and a minor in English Education. She has taught public and private schools in Utah and Arizona. Ms. Anderson has been teaching at UOS since 2012. She teaches English and Spanish. 

Ms. Anderson enjoys playing in the great outdoors whenever she can. She especially loves swimming, biking and geocaching. 

A ella le encanta viajar y aprender idiomas. Ella ha vivido en Hermosillo, México (un verano) y Antigua, Guatemala (un verano). Le gusta mucho comer pastel tres leches y tortillas españoles (con papas).

Spencer Ballantyne : Teacher

Spencer Ballantyne | Teacher

Email: sballantyne@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 319-0442

Classroom: Adobe Connect | Website: Link

Mr. Ballantyne has been teaching science since August 2006. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Utah University with a Major in Biology/Zoology and a Minor in Spanish. He graduated with his Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Western Governors University in 2010. He has always loved science. He has always been fascinated with how life works and watching and learning about animals. He started with Utah Online 7-12 when it first started and was called Washington Online in 2012 and taught part-time with Washington Online and full time for Snow Canyon Middle School.  In 2013 a full time position opened and he jumped at the opportunity to work full time with students around the state with the newly named Utah Online.

When he is not teaching school, Mr B. loves spending time with his family. They love to camp, hike and dutch oven. One of their very favorite places to visit is Yellowstone National Park.  Mr. Ballantyne also loves to cook. He is always looking for new recipes to try and loves to give food his own personal touch.

You can contact him anytime though email. You can also call his Google voice at any time. (435) 319-0442. He respond to emails very quickly. He may not respond as fast on Saturday or Sunday, but he will get back to you as fast as he can. Mr. Ballantyne loves teaching online school and loves working with students and parents to make sure each student is successful and has what they need to complete their courses.

Madison Belnap : Teacher

Madison Belnap | Teacher

Email: mbelnap@utahonline.org | Phone: (602) 717-0325

Classroom: Adobe Connect | Website: Link

Madison Belnap is a teacher for Utah Online High School. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. Madison is a certified teacher in Utah and Texas and values education deeply. She loves to interact with students and is excited about the diverse opportunities that online education offers to families. In her spare time, Madison loves to travel and experiment in the kitchen. Madison is an avid runner and has competed in several races, including a few half-marathons. She plans to run her first full marathon in the spring of 2014. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her husband, Paul. They are expecting their first child, a girl, in December of 2013.

Shauna Binkerd : Teacher

Shauna Binkerd | Teacher

Email: sbinkerd@utahonline.org | Phone: (801) 901-2005

Classroom: Adobe Connect | Website: Link

Shauna Binkerd is a Business/CTE Educator with Utah Online and is loving it! She teaches many different business, marketing, and career ready courses. Her professional experience has also included teaching Business and Marketing courses at Springville High School for eight years. She graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business/Marketing Education in 2005. Shauna chose business education as her content area to teach because she feels that it is critical for students to be prepared when they graduate with job-ready business skills and knows that these courses she can help to teach them these things. Mrs. Binkerd loves teaching and being involved in education. 

Shauna Binkerd has grown up around the Orem area almost all of her life and has really loved it there. She enjoys traveling (going on cruises especially), boating, and doing anything with her family and friends. Shauna and her husband, Doug, are usually the ones hosting all of the parties! Her favorite hobby is watching and playing any type of sport. Her family are huge sports enthusiasts and they been involved in sports her entire life. 

Teaching is such an awesome thing! Developing great relationships with students and watching them succeed through their high school years in both academic and extracurricular things is one of the most rewarding things for Mrs. Binkerd!

Eric Christensen : Teacher

Eric Christensen | Teacher

Email: eric.christensen@washk12.org | Phone: (435) 359-2437

I grew up in St. George and graduated from Pine View in 1994. This is my 12th year at Dixie where I teach language arts. This is my 5th year teaching Driver's Education. I am in my 23rd season (12 girls and 11 boys) coaching the tennis teams at Dixie. I've been married for 13 years, and my wife and I have four kids: Grace (12), Lucy (9), Maxwell (7), and Hattie (3). I love the outdoors including biking, camping and hiking.

Traquel Dayley : Teacher

Traquel Dayley | Teacher

Email: tdayley@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 319-0944

Classroom: Adobe Connect | Website: Link

Mrs. Traquel Dayley graduated from Ricks College (BYU-Idaho) with an Associate’s Degree in 1995. She served a LDS mission, then earned her Bachelors Degree from Utah State University in 1999. From 2001 to 2004, Mrs. Dayley taught Business Education at Millcreek High School, an alternative high school, in St. George, Utah. Since then, Traquel has worked as a Financial Literacy consultant for the Utah State Office of Education, and is thrilled to be teaching at Utah Online High School. 

Traquel is passionate about many topics, health, fitness, and finances are at the top of the list. Teaching Physical Education and CTE courses encompass her favorite hobbies! 

Traquel married her high school sweetheart in 1998. Together they love being parents to their amazing children, Kelbie, Daxton and Dawson. Mrs. Dayley loves running, football (Go Cougs!), swimming, camping, road-biking, fishing, dirt-biking, boating, and “chillin’ with the fam!” 

Heidi Garn : Teacher

Heidi Garn | Teacher

Email: hgarn@utahonline.org | Phone: (801) 683-9394

Classroom: Adobe Connect | Website: Link

Ms. Heidi Garn earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Weber State University. She has earned her Environmental Science Endorsement and is currently working on her Physical Science Endorsement. Ms. Garn has taught 2 years in a brick and mortar high school teaching Environmental Science and Biology. She is passionate about teaching and is delighted to have the opportunity to work with Utah Online students. 

Heidi also is the mother of 4 children ages 14, 9 ,6, and 4 and resides in South Weber, Ut. When not teaching she enjoys traveling, hiking, running, boating, and all water sports. 

Christina Herron : Teacher

Christina Herron | Teacher

Email: cherron@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 574-9540

Classroom: Adobe Connect | Website: Link

Christina Herron grew up in a community of cornfields in the Midwest, but loves traveling and trying new things.  Her travels have taken her to almost every state and even to a few countries.  Her adventurous nature also helped her to discover St. George, which she loves and has called her home since 2008.

Christina graduated from Wayne State College with a Bachelor’s degree in secondary English education.  She also has an endorsement in English as a second language.  Most recently, Ms. Herron has continued her dedication to life-long learning by earning an education Master’s degree as a K-12 reading specialist.  Ms. Herron has taught in three states and has been with the Washington County School District since moving to St. George. 

In her free time Christina is most often found spending time with her family, traveling to see new things, and learning any new information that she can.  Ms. Herron is excited for the upcoming school year and for the opportunity to teach with Utah Online!

Stacey King : Teacher

Stacey King | Teacher

Email: sking@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 319-0926

Classroom: Adobe Connect | Website: Link

Mrs. Stacey King grew up in North Logan, Utah. She met her husband while she was attending Utah State University. In 2008, she graduated with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Math Education.  She taught math and FACS classes for 3 years before she moved to Hurricane, Utah in 2011.  She loves spending time with her three girls, one little boy, and her husband. When she gets free time, she loves to read, sew, cook, and play the piano. 

Mrs. King has been teaching Family and Consumer Sciences and Math classes for Utah Online High School since 2013. She has always loved math and was the designated math tutor for all of her friends through her school years and beyond. She also has a passion for Family and Consumer Sciences. It brings her great joy to be able to teach skills that can and will be used in the lives of her students to help them succeed throughout life. 

Cammeron Murdock : Teacher

Cammeron Murdock | Teacher

Email: cmurdock@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 574-9915

Classroom: Adobe Connect | Website: Link

Mr. Murdock loves teaching French, English, and anything to do with physical education. He’s wanted to be a teacher since his high-school days at Alta and Pine View. He taught French at BYU for two years while he was completing his master’s degree in French Studies and has been teaching down in St. George for three years. He earned his BA from SUU in French and English Education and loves playing tackle football for the Dixie Rebels, rollerblading at the skate park, playing volleyball, weight-lifting, and hanging out with his wife and two little boys. 

Amy Peine : Teacher

Amy Peine | Teacher

Email: apeine@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 915-6254

Classroom: Adobe Connect | Website: Link

Amy’s first job was in babysitting; the second was a paper route she shared with her siblings. While those jobs helped build her work ethic, neither job had a huge influence on her career choice. However, it was her third job, Office Assistant at Hope School, which would give her the insight to finalize her career choice. Hope School was designed to serve students with severe special needs. 

After graduating from Dixie High School, Amy attended Dixie College where she got her Associate of Arts. From there she went to Southern Utah University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Bachelor of Science in Special Education. She has been teaching mild to moderate special education since January 2004; starting her career in elementary and teaching secondary for the last two years. 

Outside of school Amy and her husband, Joe, are usually found doing things with their three young sons. As a family they enjoy going to the park, swimming, building things, reading, and coloring. With any free time Amy finds she likes to read and create.

Justine Peterson : Teacher

Justine Peterson | Teacher

Email: jpeterson@utahonline.org | Phone: (801) 382-8708

Classroom: Adobe Connect | Website: Link

Justine Peterson received her B.S. in Art and English Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She has spent the last several years teaching high school visual arts and English in Southern Utah. Her favorite media is charcoal and watercolor but she realizes the importance of branching out and discovering new techniques. 

Mrs. Peterson, when not teaching, takes her art beyond the classroom. She enjoys creating her own artwork alongside her art-teaching husband. Together they enjoy Southern Utah's beautiful landscape that offers great hiking and rock-climbing. Her real joy in life is to spend time with her two young boys, who are consequently named after famous artists, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. 

Kellie Richins : Teacher

Kellie Richins | Teacher

Email: krichins@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 319-0243

Classroom: Adobe Connect | Website: Link

Mrs. Richins originally grew up in Texas. This will hopefully explain the “yall’s” you are bound to see in her emails. She has also lived in Idaho (while attending school), California (while serving a Spanish-speaking mission for the LDS church), and Colorado for brief periods. Her family moved to Southern Utah in 2005, and consider it among the most treasured places on earth!  

Mrs. Richins has taught school in the “brick and mortar” sector in both Colorado and Utah since graduating from BYU in 2000 as a high school English teacher. She also taught Academic Writing (English 2010) at Dixie State as an adjunct professor.  Mrs. Richins completed her Masters, Reading Endorsement and Administrative License at Southern Utah University. As part of the Administrative Endorsement, she interned with UOS-HS as well as Santa Clara Elementary and Dixie High School.   

Since 2006, she has been part of Utah Online and worked as a homeroom teacher for the K8 before being named administrator for Utah Online High School. She served in that capacity until 2014 when her husband’s job meant their family needed to move away from St. George.  Now, she loves the interaction she  has teaching English 11, ACT Prep and Concurrent Enrollment English class for Utah Online!  She has a great affinity for the online program in Washington County and loves the opportunities UOS offers to students statewide.

She and her husband, Mark, have four children: Isaac, Emma, Elie and Rachel. In her spare time, she enjoys long distance running, teaching indoor cycle, re-reading To Kill a Mockingbird each summer, spending time with her family, camping each fall, and following college football!

Jacob Whetman : Teacher

Jacob Whetman | Teacher

Email: jwhetman@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 633-6284

Classroom: Adobe Connect | Website: Link

This is Mr. Whetman’s third year at Utah Online High School and he is so excited to work with the teachers, staff, and students.  Mr. Whetman was born and raised in the booming metropolis of Cedar City, UT. He has also lived in Logan, UT, Lehi, UT, and Madrid Spain.  He currently resides in Cedar City and will always call Cedar his home.

Mr. Whetman loves education and enjoys learning.  He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics Education at Southern Utah University (SUU) in 2011 and is currently preparing to defend his thesis for his Masters of Education at SUU.  He taught one year at Willowcreek Middle School in Lehi, UT and 3 years at Cedar High School.  During his time teaching Mathematics, Mr. Whetman has had the privilege of teaching Math 7, Algebra 1, Algebra 1A, Math Essentials, Secondary Math 1, Secondary Math 2, Pre-Calculus, College Prep Math, Math 1010, Math 1030, and Math 1050.   
 
Mr. Whetman married his gorgeous wife Savannah in 2006, and they have four wonderful children, Stephanie, Mercede, Jeffrey, and Chloe.  He enjoys spending time with his family and loves to see them grow.  They are the true joy of his life.
 
During his free time, Mr. Whetman enjoys lifting weights, playing Xbox, reading, working in the yard, watching football, and persevering through difficult math problems.  Math is his passion, and he always loves to take on a good math problem.

Mentors
Diane Black : Mentor

Diane Black | Mentor

Email: dblack@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 574-9216

Diane Black is a mentor for Utah Online High School.  This is Diane’s 6th year with Utah Online.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Human Development and Family Science.  She loves working with kids of all ages.  Diane and her husband Lynn live in Salt Lake City with their seven children.  Diane loves spending time with her family.  She especially likes to take trips with them.  Some of the places they have visited include: Yellowstone, Disneyland, The Grand Canyon, and Nauvoo.  Someday she really wants to visit New York City.  Diane and her family also enjoy camping, kayaking at Pine View, and hiking.  Her children always ask for a pet when it is their birthday or Christmas.  As a result they have many, many pets!  These pets currently include 2 dogs, a cat, and two rabbits.  She loves the summer season because of the garden her family plants together.  They grow lots of their favorite summer vegetables and fruits.

Cheryl Davis : Mentor

Cheryl Davis | Mentor

Email: cdavis@utahonline.org | Phone: (801) 368-3439

Cheryl Davis is excited to work as a mentor with the great UOS students.  In her K-12 school years Cheryl attended nine different schools (including schools in Germany, Texas, Nevada, Utah, Alabama) as her family moved whenever the Army directed—so she knows what students need to succeed!  She attended Utah Valley University studying Business Management.

Cheryl has worked in education as a mentor, student advocate, and substitute teacher since 2009.  While working for a few years as a ski instructor she realized she loved teaching and helping others develop new skills and knowledge.

Cheryl loves nearly every outdoor activity and spending time with her family. She is most happy when she is skiing, biking, hiking, golfing, water skiing, or watching her boys play lacrosse!

Leah Durbano : Mentor

Leah Durbano | Mentor

Email: ldurbano@utahonline.org | Phone: (385) 424-0517

Leah Durbano is a mentor for Utah Online High School. She was born in Salt Lake City and raised in
Bountiful. She graduated from Bountiful High School where she then received a scholarship to play
soccer at Weber State University. She attended/played at Weber State for two years. She loves working
with kids and after graduating high school decided to go spend three weeks working in an orphanage in
Ghana Africa. Leah has a deep passion for sports and all things outdoors. She also loves spending time
with her family whether it is vacationing, boating or just spending quality time together. Leah and her
husband Joe live in Layton where they raise their one year old daughter Blake.

Lyndsi Houskeeper : Mentor

Lyndsi Houskeeper | Mentor

Email: lhouskeeper@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 414-8490

Lyndsi Houskeeper is excited to join Utah Online School as a high school mentor. Previously, she has worked in the school setting as a Fine Arts Teacher. Lyndsi is also a professional singer/songwriter as well as an inspirational speaker/performer. She finds great joy in sharing her music and in helping youth and adults realize their potential and find happiness in making positive choices. A native of St. George, Utah, Lyndsi was awarded as one of Washington County School District’s Outstanding Alumni in 2011, and named one of the Top 40 under 40 by St. George Magazine in 2015. She is a graduate from Dixie State College and is working toward a degree in education through Western Governor’s University. Lyndsi is happy to share her knowledge and experience in working with the great students at UOS! It is her goal to see them succeed! She and her husband, Darin, have been married for 19 years, and have three of the most beautiful, special children. As a family, they love to eat out, swim, travel, watch/play baseball, work hard, learn much, and make music.

Jaden Hunt : Mentor

Jaden Hunt | Mentor

Email: jboatright@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 414-8054

Jaden Hunt grew up in Southern Utah. She is currently attending Southern Utah University, pursuing a Master's degree. She enjoys reading, playing sports, and listening to music. Jaden loves learning and helping others to excel, and is looking forward to a great school year with Utah Online!

Anna Markham : Mentor

Anna Markham | Mentor

Email: amarkham@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 574-9030

Anna Markham is starting her third year as a mentor for UOS.  She has really enjoyed working with the families and students at UOS and is excited to start this new year.

Anna graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelors of Arts in Spanish.  She loves experiencing different Spanish cultures and speaking Spanish.  She lived in Spain for a year and a half as a missionary for her church where she learned to speak Spanish.  After graduating from the University of Utah, she worked for the department of health and work force services.  She later started a masters program of Teaching English as a Second Language in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  She lived there for one year.  She thoroughly enjoyed these experiences and loves to relate these stories to her 3 daughters.

Anna loves spending time with her husband Alan and their 3 daughters Jessica, Rachel, and Marisa traveling, camping, hiking, swimming, and reading.

Erica May : Mentor

Erica May | Mentor

Email: emay@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 817-9389

My name is Erica May; I am 24 and work as a student mentor here at Utah Online
School. I am a single mother to a beautiful 3-year- old and I love living out here in St.
George, Utah (when it isn’t summer time).

Growing up, I moved frequently due to my father serving in the military. I often
wonder if this is a part of why I love change and travel so much. I am grateful for the
opportunities my childhood gave me to learn and appreciate differences in culture,
individuals and places. I have a great love for diversity, the beauty of the earth and
people in general. I went to Brigham Young University in Provo for three years,
before moving to St. George where I am now finishing my degree online.

I love this job and the opportunity it gives me to spend more time with my daughter
while finishing school online myself. The flexibility, encouragement and support
offered to students from all the staff here at Utah Online, is incredible. I am thankful
to be a part of this team and look forward to a great year!

Angela McReaken : Mentor

Angela McReaken | Mentor

Email: amcreaken@utahonline.org | Phone: (801) 309-5344

My name is Angie and I'm a mentor for UOS. 20 years ago I came out for a 2 weeks visit to this beautiful state and I never went home.  Utah's mountains have stolen my heart and become I place I now call home. 
 
I'm married and have 4 kids ranging from 17 to 2. As a family we really enjoy being outside hiking, camping, and exploring new places in this beautiful state. As a mom of teens I love be able to get away where the wifi is weak, it'sj b needed in this day and age. 
 
When I have free time my hobbies include photography, playing the guitar, and cooking. 
I love my job working with the youth and our education system. It's two of he most important things in our world. Our future is in their hands and from the kids I've worked with so far,  I have confidence that this generation coming up is amazing. 

Keisha Rowley : Mentor

Keisha Rowley | Mentor

Email: krowley@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 633-1670

Keisha Rowley is a mentor for Utah Online High School. She is starting her 3rd year with Utah Online. She enjoys working with each student and helping them to reach their highest potential. 

She was raised in the cute town of Richfield, Utah. While in High School, she attended Snow College to get her Cosmetology License. She graduated with her license in 2006. She has continued to do hair ever since.
 
She has been married for 7 years and lives in Ephraim, Utah. She has two wild and crazy boys Ryker (5) Ledger (1). They are very active and keep her busy. She loves exercising, camping, paddle boarding, swimming, shopping, reading, and anything to do with her family.

Alexis Welch : Mentor

Alexis Welch | Mentor

Email: awelch@utahonline.org | Phone:
Emma White : Mentor

Emma White | Mentor

Email: ewhite@utahonline.org | Phone: (435) 625-1808

Emma White is originally from South Dakota, but moved to sunny St. George a few years ago to get away from the snow. She has loved living so close to the mountains, and spends much of her free time hiking and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and dog. Additionally, she loves playing board games, reading, and traveling. Her life's greatest ambition to have a personal library filled with books from across the world.
 
Ms. White firmly believes that education is a lifelong journey, and loves being a student herself at Southern Utah University. Her Bachelor's degree majors in Literature, but she also enjoys studying Spanish and Russian in her free time. She is currently working on her Master's in Public Administration with an emphasis in Higher Education, and hopes to continue working in education after graduation. She began her journey with Utah Online early in 2015, and loves to work so closely with students and help them discover a passion for learning.

Jessica Wood : Mentor

Jessica Wood | Mentor

Email: jwood@utahonline.org | Phone: (385) 243-0441

Jessica Wood is a mentor at Utah Online School. She was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah. She is a 2005 graduate from Bountiful High School and attended Utah Valley University. Jessica has held a variety of positions including preschool teacher, dental office assistant, and medical office secretary. She prides herself on being neat and orderly, as well as optimistic and friendly.

In her free time, Jessica loves spending time with her husband and two children. They enjoy camping, horseback riding, and all things outdoors. Jessica’s passions include animals, drawing, and photography. Jessica is new to the Utah Online staff, and is excited to begin working as a mentor and getting to know her students!

Michelle Wood : Mentor

Michelle Wood | Mentor

Email: mwood@utahonline.org | Phone: (385) 243-1928

Michelle Wood is a Mother/Mentor that has loved and encouraged children all of her adult life. She partnered with her husband in raising eight children who possess diverse personalities as well as their own ideas, objectives and goals for their life.  They each had different styles of learning and processing where and how they fit into this world.  She feels richer for having watched their enthusiastic, diligent ,resourceful and sometimes trying ways of accomplishing their goals.  Because each child comes with their own ways to navigate this life, she understands the need to encourage and patiently guide growing minds through the young adult part of their lives. She loves helping children to recognize their gifts and talents and teaching them to capitalize on the attributes that they were given so that they can be successful in their pursuits.

This year Michelle will be working as a mentor and will have the chance to collaborate with teachers at Utah Online so that we can assist the students and help them succeed through the 2017-2018 school year.  She is excited to get to know the young adults that she will be working with.

 Michelle enjoys getting together with her husband, children and grandchildren as well as playing tennis, hand stitching, reading and bicycling.   She has a soft spot for those who are less fortunate and has enjoyed working with Non Profit agencies that have the desire to care for others in the United States as well as other places in the world.  Michelle is enthusiastic, compassionate, and truly loves people.  She enjoys meeting new friends and helping others. She is looking forward to making new friends and assisting them in their educational endeavors. She believes in the Utah Online mission statement and is thrilled with the varieties of opportunities  your child has to learn and grow as they are educated.