Laura Belnap | Director of Utah Online SchoolEmail: email@example.com | 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 AdministratorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.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 AdministratorEmail: email@example.com | 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!
Brooke Brown | SecretaryEmail: firstname.lastname@example.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 | SecretaryEmail: email@example.com | 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 | SecretaryEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (435) 817-9281
Barbara Andersen | RegistrarEmail: email@example.com | 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.
Audra Robertson | I.T. SecretaryEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (435) 767-1728
Audra Robertson grew up in Southeastern Idaho, a few miles from the North Beach of Bear Lake. Her family owned a cattle ranch where she learned the value of hard work. She received her education from Ricks College (BYU-Idaho) and also Bridgerland Technical College in Logan, Utah. Audra has worked as an administrative assistant in the healthcare, engineering, and education fields and also several years as a medical transcriptionist for Intermountain Healthcare. She met her husband while attending school in Logan and they have 4 children as well as a son- and daughter-in-law. In her spare time, Audra enjoys thrifting and repurposing items, cooking/baking, walking, reading, playing games, and spending time with her family.
Krista Winward | Counselor: PTID StudentsEmail: email@example.com | 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.
Staci Glazier | Counselor: Grades 10-12 Full TimeEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (801) 410-0361
Mrs. Glazier was born and raised in Southern Utah. She graduated from Cedar High School. She attended Dixie State University, Southern Utah University and University of Phoenix. Staci began her career with Washington County School District in 2005 teaching 3rd grade. She has been a school counselor at Hurricane Intermediate School from 2008-2018. She loves working with students and being an advocate for them! She is very excited to join the UOS team and work with the students and families that attend UOS.
Tasha Rich | Counselor: Grades 7-9 Full TimeEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (435) 767-1241
Tasha Rich was born and raised in Southern Utah. She graduated from Hurricane High in 2005 and furthered her education at Dixie State College (as it was called back then), Utah State (for the blink of an eye - those winters!), Study Abroad in the beautiful country of Austria, and finally ended right where she began at Dixie State with her bachelors in English. She finished with her masters in Educational Psychology - School Counseling through the University of Utah.
Tasha loved working at Hurricane Middle School (8th-9th grade) for 6 years, and she is happy to have found her place at Utah Online School working with full-time students from 6th to 9th grade. A few major life changes have taken Tasha from her home in what she thought was the desert of Southern Utah to the actual desert of The Valley of the Sun - Phoenix, Arizona. Yes, Tasha works remotely from Phoenix, but plans to return to Utah in the future. She has very deep roots in Utah and visits often for work, family, fun, etc.
In her spare time, Tasha is often found making yet another PB&J for her toddler, traveling anywhere and everywhere with her husband, nerding out on a book/movie/TV show, or being outside (when it’s not 115 degrees). Tasha is excited to get to know her students and specializes in being down to earth and easy to talk to.
Julie Baggaley | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.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 | SLPEmail: email@example.com | 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 | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.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.
Heidi Brisco | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | Phone:
Heidi grew up in Southern California which inspired her great love for Disneyland and the beach. She attend Brigham Young University and graduated in Elementary Education with a minor in English, and later earned a MA in Humanities from CSUDH. She taught English classes while serving as an LDS missionary in Riga, Latvia. She has taught 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade in different states, and has always enjoyed working with children. Heidi has had the unique opportunity to educate her own children at home through Utah Online for the last ten years, which she loved. She has said that her home was her favorite classroom! She has worked part time for the last 6 years as an English Language Arts content writer/editor for a variety of textbook companies. She is the mother of 6 children. She enjoys running, reading, writing, playing the piano, eating, and traveling the world. She is passionate about helping children gain a love for learning.
Andrea Charlton | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone:
Andrea Charlton is joining our Faculty from Utah County and is excited to use her skills in education in this new and exciting way. She grew up in Southeast Idaho in a small town called St. Anthony. Upon high school graduation she attended Utah State University where she received dual degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. After meeting and marrying her husband in Cache Valley they continued to live and work there for ten years. During this time Andrea taught first grade and kindergarten and also was a math specialist for Cache County School District. Three years ago, after her husband completed a PhD in Special Education they were offered a professorial position in the McKay School of Education at BYU and moved their family south. They and their four children have loved Orem and life in the beautiful mountains of Utah County. While living here Andrea opened her own in home preschool and has had great success using her Early Childhood skills to serve her community. This next step into an online sector of education is one Andrea is really looking forward to and can't wait to get to know the families and children in her classroom.
Tara Criddle | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | 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 | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.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 | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | 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 | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.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 | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | 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 | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.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 | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | 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 | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.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.
Marianne Shaheen | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | Phone:
Marianne Shaheen graduated from Southern Utah University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Education. She has 14 years of teaching experience and began her career teaching 5thgrade in Washington County School District. She has since worked for several school districts including Clark County (NV), Uintah, and online with Utah Virtual Academy. She loves being outdoors and staying active with her husband and four children. She joined the Utah Online teaching team in 2018.
Deann Stratton | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone:
Heidi Tyson | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (385) 988-0810
Classroom: Adobe Connect
I graduated from Weber State University with a dual major in Elementary Education, and Special Education. I have spent the past 20 years working in a brick and mortar school. During my career I have worked with a wide variety of students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Each and everyone have changed me for the better. I am passionate about education, especially special education.
I have four children and I enjoy watching them develop their talents. In my spare time I love to devour a good book, find a good running trail, and explore the Mountains. I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, and exploring new cultures.
I am very excited about this opportunity to work at Utah Online School.
Mindee Taylor | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.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 | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | 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.
Matt Anderson | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (435) 467-9177
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 | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (435) 319-0962
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 | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (435) 319-0442
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.
Julianne Beecher | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (435) 574-9225
Madison Belnap | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (602) 717-0325
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.
Traquel Dayley | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (435) 319-0944
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 | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (801) 683-9394
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 | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (435) 574-9540
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!
Shelbee Hunt | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (435) 767-1878
Shelbee Hunt has been working in education as a teacher for over ten years. She taught a variety of Business and Marketing classes at Snow Canyon High and was the adviser for FBLA/DECA and Yearbook. She will continue to teach Business and Marketing classes with Utah Online School.
Shelbee received her Bachelor of Science in Business & Marketing Education from Utah Valley University. After several years of teaching, she received her Master of Business Administration from Southern Utah University. Shelbee also received her Real Estate license and is currently a realtor on the side.
Shelbee’s favorite thing to do is travel. She has traveled to over 25+ different countries. Her favorite place to travel to is Curacao where her family scuba dives 2 to 3 times a day every year during Spring Break. Shelbee also enjoys going to the movies, baking, and spending time with her family.
Stacey King | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (435) 319-0926
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.
April Larsen | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (435)932-0186
Amy McConkie | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (435) 767-1821
Mrs. Amy McConkie graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s degree in Math Education in 1996. She worked for 5 years in the Jordan and Alpine School districts before moving to St. George in 2001. Mrs. McConkie taught at Hurricane High for one year before taking a break from education to care for her growing family. She returned to the education field in 2014, teaching math at Sunrise Ridge Intermediate while also earning her Masters in Administration from Southern Utah University, which she completed in 2017. Mrs. McConkie is excited for her opportunity to teach math through the Utah Online High School this school year. She has a great love of math and a love of learning!
When not busy with teaching, Mrs. McConkie loves to spend time with her husband and 5 busy children. They enjoy hiking and geocaching, biking, swimming, and getting away to the cooler temperatures in Brian Head. They also love to cheer for BYU in any sport. They even have a cat named Cosmo!
Cammeron Murdock | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (435) 574-9915
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.
Todd Peacock | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (435) 429-2523
Amy Peine | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (435) 915-6254
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 | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (435) 531-2375
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 | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (435) 319-0243
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!
Linda Sheeran-Heikkila | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (435) 668-3633
Linda Sheeran-Heikkila was born in Evanston, Wyoming. Her love of music began when she started piano at the age of 5 and continued lessons into college. She played lead roles in several plays and musicals throughout high school and college. After moving to St. George, she eventually began directing a large youth choir and has done so for 13 years.
Linda attended Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) and then transferred to Brigham Young University where she obtained her Bachelors degree in Theatre and Speech. While at BYU she was a member of the BYU Ballroom Dance Team and competed in Blackpool, England, where they won top honors. She received the "Top Teacher Award" from the BYU Ballroom Dance department.
While continuing to pursue her vocal and conducting interests, she received a Bachelors degree in Music and a Masters Degree in Education. She is an accomplished conductor, vocalist, pianist and plays several instruments. She currently teaches choir at Fossil Ridge Intermediate School where her ensembles consistently receive superior ratings. In 2014, she was named Washington County teacher of the month and her choir was invited to sing in the Utah Music Educators Annual conference.
Linda loves to do activities with her 6 children: 5 boys and 1 girl. She enjoys running, cycling, triathlons and especially loves waterskiing at Lake Powell. She enjoys traveling, singing and cycling with her husband, Art.
Jacob Whetman | TeacherEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (435) 633-6284
Cambria Williams | TeacherEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (801) 923-4170
Suzie Attridge | MentorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (435) 932-0361
My name is Suzie Attridge, I am so excited to work for Utah Online High School as a mentor. I attended Utah State University where I completed my Associates of Science degree. I am two classes away from getting my Bachelors degree in Family Consumer Science. I taught preschool in my home for 5 years, volunteer at local Elementary Schools and NAMI which is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and I also have helped out at our local Senior Citizens Center in Tooele, UT. I believe that education, volunteering, and helping others is very important for the success and future of our communities. I love helping and working with students and watching them succeed in their goals and gain confidence in who they are.
I have lived in Tooele, UT for 13 years with my husband and 5 beautiful children who are growing up so fast! In my free time I love spending time with my family and friends. Being outdoors in the mountains hiking, fishing, camping, or just hanging out is one of my favorite things to do. Some of the other things that I enjoy doing are reading, learning new things, working out, and running. I have completed 19 half marathons and several 5 and 10k’s. Yes, I might be a bit crazy but I do like to run!
Diane Black | MentorEmail: email@example.com | 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 | MentorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.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!
Danine Davis | MentorEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (435) 574-9036
My name is Danine Davis. I was born and raised in the small town of Nephi, Utah. Following graduation from high school, I attended Utah State University where I completed an Associates Degree in Business. My husband and I have lived in St. George, Utah for 22 years. We both enjoyed our time at Utah State, but we don’t miss the snow. We love all that Southern Utah has to offer. I have three beautiful children.
My husband is in the travel industry so I have had the opportunity to travel a lot. My favorite place I keep going back to is New York City because of the great food, shopping and Broadway shows. I love the diversity and culture.
I think education is so important. I continue to seek growing and learning opportunities for myself. That is why I am so excited to be a part of the Utah Online School. I look forward to helping students achieve their goals and helping them to succeed.
When I am not working, I enjoy travel, reading, exercising and riding with my husband on the back of his motorcycle.
Leah Durbano | MentorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.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.
Sarah Fullmer | MentorEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (435) 494-1509
Sarah is so excited to be on the UOS team as a Mentor. Born and raised in Cache Valley, Sarah now lives in Layton with her husband and two year old daughter. She attended Dixie State and Utah State University. She loves to do anything outdoors, travel, and spend time with family. Once done with college, Sarah and her husband along with a few other couples backpacked through Europe for a month. During that time, they were able to see seven different countries. She hopes to be able to experience that again some day to add a few more countries to that list.
Dance is another one of her hobbies that she stays involved in by working as an instructor at a local dance studio. Watching her students put in hard work and dedication to reach their goals comes as the most rewarding part of her job. She hopes to be able to see that in the UOS students as well!
Lyndsi Houskeeper | MentorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.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 | MentorEmail: email@example.com | 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!
Bethany Jones | MentorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (435) 414-9638
Debbie Judson | MentorEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (385) 429-2336
Debbie Judson was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She came to Utah to attend Brigham Young
University and has never left. She is the mother of five children and eight grandchildren. Debbie loves
spending time with her family, paddle boarding, hiking, and all things Disney. She is passionate about
education and is committed to helping students achieve at their highest level.
Emma Lunceford | MentorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (435) 625-1808
Anna Markham | MentorEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (435) 574-9030
Anna Markham is starting her sixth 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 | MentorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.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 | MentorEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (801) 309-5344
Cari Richards | MentorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (702) 930-9489
Cari Richards grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She attended Ricks College now known as BYU-I and got an associate in Interpersonal Communications. She has lived in St. George for 4 years. Out of those 4 years 3 of them she has worked for Washington County School District. Cari spent two years working in Special Education at the elementary school level and one year as a P. E. assistant also in an elementary school. She is now excited to be working at Utah Online School as a mentor.
Cari is married and has 4 kids. As a family they enjoy swimming, hiking, biking, traveling, and many sporting activities. She can be found at high school football, basketball games, track and cross country meets during the year. She is an avid runner and enjoys living in sunny St. George that allows her to run 365 days a year.
Kalli Perl | MentorEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (385) 429-2322
Hi! I'm Kalli Perl and I'm exited to work as a mentor with Utah Online. I was born and raised in Orem. After a brief move to St George and again to Logan, I'm settled in Lindon. I'm currently working towards a degree from BYUI through their online program. I have 3 kids 12, 10, and 7 years old, and a husband who's working on his PhD. With all 5 of us in school, homework is a big part of our lives! We all have a passion for learning and it's something we enjoy doing as a family. I try to spend as much time outside as possible exploring the beautiful state we live in. My current favorite location is Capital Reef.
Ashleigh Peterson | MentorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (435) 287-4141
Ashleigh graduated with her bachelors from BYU in Asian Studies and two minors in Business and Mandarin Chinese. Then she completed graduate school and received an MBA (Masters of Business Administration” from UVU. In 2018 she completed her Culinary Arts Certification from Davis Tech College. She loves education and it has always been a huge part of her life and her family. She is thrilled to be a mentor for Utah Online this year.
She loves her funny husband who is attending medical school at Rocky Vista University in Ivins. They have one tall two-year-old toddler who is the light of their life. Ashleigh enjoys listening to audio books, swimming, dancing in the rain, speaking Chinese, traveling and learning of the world around her, and cooking anything. She believes one should always try and try again until you reach your goals. Life is all about having the right kind of attitude! Ashleigh likes to say she is “A happy clam wherever I am.” She wishes everyone a happy life, full of learning and laughing!
Keisha Rowley | MentorEmail: email@example.com | 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.
Tanya Seegmiller | MentorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: (435) 922-0175
Alexis Welch | MentorEmail: email@example.com | Phone: (385) 999-0992
Alexis is excited to be starting her first year with Utah Online High School! She was born and raised in Northern Michigan and studied at Northwestern Michigan College in the beautiful Traverse City. Alexis has a medical background and is passionate about helping others. She worked in ophthalmology for five years before taking some time off to be a stay at home mother. Alexis is excited to be back to work, now helping others in an educational setting.
Alexis and her husband live in Spanish Fork with their one daughter and are preparing for the arrival of their second daughter in January 2018. In her spare time Alexis loves to travel, support her family in musical theater, play tennis, and watch University of Michigan sports. Alexis looks forward to every holiday, season, and every sporting event that comes along with it!
Jessica Wood | MentorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.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 | MentorEmail: email@example.com | 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.