Mr. McVicar has worked with American Prep since 2004 and traveled to all the different campuses as an Academic Coach until 2016 when he transitioned to the Draper 2 campus as an Administrative Director. He recently completed his masters degree in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University with a cohort of other American Prep Administrators. He enjoys reading, playing board games, and spending as much time outdoors and traveling as possible. He has been married to his wife, Stephanie, for 15 years. Together, they have two sons, Seamus and Finnegan, that attend American Prep.
Mrs. Lawrence graduated in 1999 from BYU Provo with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Public Relations and a minor in Mathematics. After graduating, Mrs. Lawrence went on to work in the community relations departments for Novell and ARUP Blood Services. She began teaching at American Preparatory Academy in January of 2013 and received her teaching license in 2015 through Utah's Alternative Route to Licensure. She then became an Academic Director in 2018. Mrs. Lawrence is married with four children, all of whom attend American Prep. Some of her favorite things in life include being a mom, teaching school, traveling, scuba diving, organizing anything and everything, and continually learning.
Mrs. Martir has been an elementary teacher at American Preparatory Academy since 2012. She graduated from the University of La Verne with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies. In her spare time, Mrs. Martir enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor recreational activities, scrapbooking, and crafting. She enjoys working with children and shows great enthusiasm when teaching the wonderful APA curriculum.
Keranne Dayberry graduated from Dixie State University with her bachelor's degree in elementary and early childhood education with an endorsement for English as a second language. She is currently working on her masters degree in special education. She has been teaching since 2003 and is still in touch with some of her first students. She has nine children, one of which is autistic, and one grandchild.
Keranne has a passion for teaching that is evident in her student response. Her classroom is full of fun and laughter to go with the serious learning. She values character development as well as academic development and includes this in her teaching.
Keranne loves travel and exploring new places. She enjoys novelty races, spontaneous traveling, and hiking with her family.
Mrs. Henry graduated with honors from Westminster College in 1986. She began teaching first grade for Granite School District in 1987. She was hired by APA in 2011 as an instructor and began as a first grade teacher for American Prep in 2013.
She is an accomplished artist and a published writer. Mrs. Henry studied karate for 15 years and earned the rank of second degree black belt. She has three beautiful horses and loves to ride with her husband in the mountains and deserts of Utah. Mrs. Henry and her husband are Pony Express riders having taken part in the 2012 historical annual re-ride.
Mrs. Foster has taught for many years in public school, homeschool, preschool, and tutoring capacities. She has been with American Prep since 2013. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona, earned her Associate's degree from Ricks College in 1991 and then earned her Bachelor's from Utah State University in Elementary Education with a minor in music in 1993. She has four children, enjoys sewing, singing, playing her flute, volleyball, and basketball but, her children say her hobby is cleaning. She loves teaching and looks forward to every new year!
Mrs. Strong started teaching at American Preparatory Academy in 2017. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education and enjoyed teaching 2nd and 5th grades in Jordan School District for seven years. She loves reading, singing, cooking, and camping with her family.
Mrs. Wanner has been teaching at American Prep since 2009. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Cal Poly Pomona University with a degree in Behavior Sciences. She received her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2012. She was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award in 2016. She has three boys, all of whom have attended American Prep. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Ms. Elliott graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors in History Education and began her teaching career in 2001. She started teaching at American Preparatory Academy in 2017 as an elementary teacher. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, traveling, scuba diving, baking, and cheering on her favorite college football team!
Ms. Guziak is a 4th grade teacher. She graduated from the University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in International Studies and Spanish. From 2013-2015, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua, as a health educator. In 2016, she moved to Utah to work as a ski instructor at Snowbird Mountain Resort, where she enjoyed skiing and riding the slopes of the Wasatch almost every day of that snowy winter! This past summer, she led 14 high school students on a study abroad program to Argentina for one month. Ms. Guziak is an avid skier, hiker, runner, traveler and reader. Some of her favorite authors are Judy Blume, Jared Diamond, and J.G. Ballard; she is very excited to read with her students this year! Ms. Guziak is originally from northern Vermont.
Mrs. Hyer has been an elementary teacher at American Preparatory Academy since 2013. She received her Bachelor's of Arts and teaching degree from Western Governors University. Prior to teaching, she worked as an elementary school librarian for 8 years. Mrs. Hyer loves reading and sharing books with children. In her spare time she enjoys camping, cooking, and being with family. She and her husband have 11 children and 10 grandchildren.
Mrs. Bodily has been working at American Preparatory Academy since 2015. She graduated from Brigham Young University - Idaho with a degree in elementary education, and she worked as a teacher for a year prior to moving to Utah. Mrs. Bodily has always had a strong desire to work with children, and began working towards her goal to become a teacher in 2002. Since that time, she has held a wide arrange of positions in the field of education. In addition to teaching, she loves hiking, knitting, playing the piano, and playing with her own adorable children.
Ms. Chappell has been an elementary teacher at American Preparatory Academy since 2017. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, and taught fourth grade for two years prior to teaching at American Prep. She loves reading, playing the piano, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Mrs. Erickson earned her B.S. in communication studies at Southern Utah University and her M.Ed in curriculum and instruction from Grand Canyon University. Mrs. Erickson taught high school and middle school for 16 years prior to joining American Preparatory Academy. In her spare time, Mrs. Erickson loves to read, watch college football, cheer for the Dodgers, and bake.
Ms. McGrath was born and raised in Southern California. After getting her Bachelor's Degree in secondary education at Brigham Young University, she taught fifth grade for several years in Arizona. She is happy to be a part of the American Prep team, as a fifth-grade teacher. Ms. McGrath enjoys playing soccer and tennis, hiking, eating pizza and burritos, and spending time at the beach in Hawaii.
California native, Ms. Beal has been teaching since 2015. She received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in Art History and History. She completed the Alternate Route to Licensure in order to receive her teaching license. She still continues her studies of art history and history. Her favorite time period to study for both art and history is the French Revolution. Ms. Beal enjoys the outdoors, music, movies, and loves going to concerts.
Mr. Henderson has been teaching at American Preparatory Academy since 2017. He graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Social Studies Secondary Education. Mr. Henderson is an avid soccer fan and a total history nerd. In his spare time, Mr. Henderson runs, curls, and travels the world.
Mrs. Butler graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Behavioral Science and Family Studies. She has been an elementary instructor for American Preparatory Academy since 2017. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family. She also enjoys hiking, movies, and traveling. She has a passion working with children and is looking forward to this school year.
Mrs. Pant has been an Elementary Instructor with American Preparatory Academy since 2017. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Counseling Psychology from India. She has previously worked as a Counselor in a school and a corporate set up. Mrs. Pant has written a couple of short stories for children, which have been published in an online magazine. She also has a passion for storytelling.
Ms. Diener has been an instructor at APA since 2015, where math is her favorite subject. The Diener family is one of the original founding families of APA and Ms. Diener has been a parent/volunteer at APA since 2003. All five of her children have attended APA. With her youngest still in elementary, she believes she will receive the award for driving the APA carpool the longest, since she has been driving it since 2003.
Mrs. Nelson has worked at American Preparatory Academy since 2012. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in Elementary Education. She enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her husband and four children.
Mrs. Palani graduated from the University of Madras, in India, with a Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry and a Masters in Biotechnology. Her experience includes working in the healthcare industry and teaching. She has a passion for kids and volunteered as a preschool teacher in 2012. She became a preschool teacher in 2014. From 2016-2017, she also worked as elementary school teaching assistant. Mrs. Palani joined the American Preparatory Academy staff in 2017, as a groups instructor. Her hobbies include painting, hiking, playing volleyball, and spending time with friends.
Mr. Turney is an alumni of American Preparatory Academy, which he attended for 9 years. He has taught at American Prep since 2017. He graduated Snow College in 2016, and has an extensive orchestral and jazz music background as an upright bass player. He enjoys making music, being outdoors, and spending time with his family.
Mrs. Williams went to the University of Utah and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Weber State University in 1994. She started at American Preparatory Academy in the Spring of 2015, as a Substitute Teacher. In the Fall of 2016, she became a Groups Instructor for APA. She enjoys reading, running, and spending time in the outdoors. Before coming to American Preparatory Academy, Mrs. Williams taught in public and private schools in California. She also taught 1st and 2nd grades for Jordan School District. Mrs. Williams loves spending her free time with her four amazing children.
Mrs. Withers graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science. She was so excited in 2009 when her oldest child started Kindergarten at American Preparatory Academy. Her love for the school propelled her into choosing to work here in 2015. She enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, running, playing tennis, and reading.
Mrs. Gibbons started working for American Prep, as a curriculum assistant, at the West Valley 2 campus, in 2015. After a few months Pam was moved to the Draper 2 campus, where she continues to work as a curriculum assistant. In 2001, Pam went to Bridgerland Applied Technology, to become a Certified Nurse’s Assistant, and worked as a CNA, taking care of the elderly, for 10 years. During that time she also attended Myotherapy College of Utah, and in 2005 she became a nationally certified Massage Therapist. In 2013, Mrs. Gibbons went back to school once more and got an Associate of Science degree from Salt Lake Community College. Mrs. Gibbons says that her greatest accomplishments and gifts to society are her 4 children.
Mrs. Jensen started her career in special education in 1990. She has taught in Utah and Arizona. She took 10 years off to stay at home with her children and, when she went back to work, there was no question what she wanted to do. She loves working with IEP teams to find better ways of helping students with special needs. She graduated from Utah State University and began teaching even before she graduated. There is a huge need for teachers in special education! She has worked in resource rooms and spent 8 years running a behavior unit in Jordan School District. While working in the unit, she received the Special Education Teacher of the Year award from the Jordan Education Foundation. Mrs. Jensen joined the American Prep team in 2013 and is excited for each new year!