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. Durling graduated from Utah State University in 1996 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and an emphasis in mathematics. She taught 2nd grade at Challenger in Sandy, UT for 3 years before having her first child. She spent time tutoring after that and returned to the classroom at American Prep teaching 1st grade in 2004. In 2009, Mrs. Durling became the academic director and has worked in administration since then. She lives with her husband and four children in West Jordan, UT and, besides working with kids, she enjoys audiobooks, podcasts, and rollerblading.
Mrs. Chappell graduated from both Ricks College and BYU earning her teaching degree in Elementary Education and a minor in French. She has loved being a part of American Preparatory Academy since its very beginning back in 2003, first as a fourth-grade and then first-grade teacher. She stepped out of her own classroom after 31 years to take an administrative position, which she’s held the last 6 years. She’s married to the wonderful man who does a lot of our American Prep signs, mom to 4 daughters and a son (who attended American Prep), and grandma to 11. She would love to travel more, but she has climbed the Great Wall of China and has visited her eldest daughter’s family in Japan. While she thoroughly enjoys reading and watching her flock of chickens, her summers wouldn’t be complete without growing and tending her garden.
Mrs. Lloyd joined the American Preparatory Academy teaching team in 2005 as a Sixth Grade teacher. In 2010, she moved into an administrative role.
Mrs. Lloyd studied International Business, German, and Equitation at California State University in Fullerton, California Polytechnical State in Pomona, and University Valley State College.
After 20 years working in business, in 2005, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with a minor in English as a Second Language, from Dixie State College. Mrs. Lloyd is currently pursing a graduate degree in educational leadership.
Originally from the Midwest, Mrs. Lloyd also lived in California before relocating to Utah. She enjoys traveling, reading, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with her husband, three grown children and their spouses, and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Hooton loves being able to teach students that which is needed for life. She has her degree in Early Childhood/Special Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She taught for a year in the Jordan District before coming to American Preparatory Academy in 2017. She loves being able to teach as well as spend time with her family and sitting down to read a good book.
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.
Mrs. Medina attended Brigham Young University and graduated in Early Childhood Education. She taught 1st grade for 5 years. She then choose to spend time at home while raising her 3 boys. Mrs. Medina began teaching Kindergarten at American Preparatory Academy in 2017. She loves music and watching her boys play football.
Ms. Bodtcher has been at American Preparatory Academy since 2017. She is currently a 1st grade teacher at American Prep. She is currently in the process of finishing her BA degree in the teaching program at Western Governor's University. Ms. Bodtcher grew up in Riverton and is the forth of five children. She loves spending time with her 15 nieces and nephews, LOVES to travel, go to movies, and 4-wheeling.
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.
Ms. Ruff has been teaching at American Prep since 2011. She grew up in Utah and loves spending time with her family, reading, playing volleyball, teaching, and playing with her dog, Harley. She received her Bachelor's Degree from BYU in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She loves teaching at APA and seeing the excitement and growth in the kids.
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. Glad teaches K-3 grades at American Preparatory Academy. She grew up in Decatur, AL and graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2013. She was married in the winter of that same year. She has been working at APA since 2013. In 2016 she helped coach APA's high school girls soccer team. She enjoys playing soccer, reading new books, hiking, and especially teaching.
Ms. Robinson graduated from Snow College in 2016 with a Bachelors of Music with a minor in business management and choral conducting. After finishing her degree, she was hired in January 2017 as an Instructor at American Preparatory Academy. She enjoys cooking, writing music, and teaching!
Mrs. Vincent came to American Preparatory Academy in 2017. She spent the 2 years prior to that working in Canyons School District, teaching Physical Education. She received her Bachelors degree from Utah State University in 2001. She has 2 children with whom she enjoys exploring the beauties of the state.
Mrs. Kelly Herrera attended college at Westminster and Argosy University where she graduated with honors with a B.A. in Psychology. She has been a Elementary Teacher with American Preparatory Academy since 2017. In her free time she enjoys going to her children's sporting events and taking her 2 dogs for hikes.
Mrs. Madsen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology from Brigham Young University in 2006. She started teaching as an elementary teacher at American Preparatory Academy in 2017. Prior to teaching she worked as an archaeologist and GIS specialist for 11 years. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, swimming, and spending time with her husband, friends, and dog.
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. Lawrence graduated in 1999 from BYU Provo with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Public Relations and a minor in Mathematics. While at BYU, she worked in the Continuing Education department organizing the BYU Summer Sports Camps. She also completed an internship in New York City writing and editing for Public Relations Society of America’s national magazine. 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. 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, running, nutrition, organizing anything and everything, and continually learning. Her role as a teacher is one of the highlights of her career.
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.
Mrs. Clayton loves reading and spending time with her two children and husband. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Utah in 2003 and has over forty M.A. Ed. credit hours in Curriculum and Instruction from Argosy University. She has been teaching at American Preparatory Academy since 2017. Outside of school, she is a Little Free Library Steward, a Girl Scout Troop Leader and enjoys sewing, cooking, and exploring the beautiful state of Utah.
Mrs. Cox earned her degree in secondary history education from Brigham Young University. She has been teaching since 2007 and has been a member of the American Preparatory Academy staff since 2017. She enjoys spending time with her children and husband, playing sports, and working outside.
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. McSweeney has been with American Preparatory Academy since 2017. She served as a volunteer teacher for 4 years in the Adult Special Needs Activity Program of her church in which she developed a love for teaching. She has attended LDS Business College as well as BYU-Idaho. Mrs. McSweeney loves food and spending time with her family.
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.
Mrs. Kaylee Ream has been an Instructor at American Preparatory Academy since 2017. She attended University for Music Education in Idaho. Before coming to American Prep, Kaylee taught at a youth camp for six summers before teaching in Ukraine for a year. She loves singing, dancing, rugby, and anything outdoors.
Mrs. Arabyan graduated California State University Los Angeles in 2009 with a degree in Liberal Studies. She has worked as a primary grade level academic tutor since 2005. Mrs. Arabyan started as a Teacher-In-Training at American Preparatory Academy in 2017. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Ms. Cooke graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor of science degree in Elementary Education. She has worked in Education off and on since 2001 and started working at American Prepartory Academy in 2017. She taught 2nd and 4th grade, and started out as an Instructional Aide. She has 2 amazing daughters and 4 adorable grandchildren who are her greatest blessings. She enjoys scrapbooking and spending time in the great outdoors "glamping." She also loves horseback riding and hanging out with her family.
Mrs. Feroz graduated from Mount Zion College of Engineering, Kerala, India with a Bachelors Degree of Technology in Electronics and Communication. She had the opportunity to work as a lecturer in engineering colleges in India. She moved to Utah in 2013 with her family. She joined American Preparatory Academy as an All Campus Substitute in April 2017. That following school year, she became an Instructor at the Draper 2 Campus. Mrs. Feroz loves hiking, exploring the wild sides of Utah, and spending time with her friends and family.
Ms. Eakins is began her teaching journey in 2017, at American Preparatory Academy. She graduated on the Dean's List from Ashford University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. From the start of the 2013 school year to the end of the 2017 school year, she spent her time in Seoul, South Korea, volunteering and gaining education knowledge at an international school. She loves spending time with her realatives, seeing the latest movies, and participating in sports.
Mrs. Enniss has worked for American Preparatory Academy since 2011. She has been married for more than 24 years and has 7 amazing children. She loves all people, and loves working with the staff, families, and students at American Prep. She believes in, supports, and lives the APA way. She was even awarded the "Builder of the Year" Award in 2015.
Mrs. Enniss attended BYU-I. She served a 20 Month Full Time LDS Mission from Oct 1990 to May 1992, in Riverside, Ca. She taught LDS Seminary for 4 years and has served as a Young Woman's President and Primary Presidency leader. She also served in the LDS Addiction Recovery Program for 4 years. She travels and speaks with her husband in Adult, Young Adult, and Youth settings, as well as at the Utah State prison.
Mrs. Enniss is a certified Instructor for Rad Kids and taught at The Ranches Academy from 2011 to 2014. She organized and ran the Humanitarian Aid collection for Ron Williams to Honduras 2005. Since 2005, she has served with Lighted Candle Society (attorneys who litigate against those who produce, manufacture, and distribute pornography), in directing various events. She also assisted in the 2 day National Symposium Against Pornography Event. Additionally, Mrs. Enniss has assisted in the LCS yearly "Guardian of The Light" Award Dinner, with presenters from Michael Ballam, Dr. Victor Klien, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, and Elder Dallin H. Oaks to name a few.
Mrs. Ganesh finished her Masters Degree in Computer Application, in India, and was working as a Lead in customer services. She was trainer in a Computer Education center following her graduation. Due to her passion in teaching, and her interest in American Preparatory Academy curriculum, she joined as a Substitute in January 2017. She learned a lot and had the opportunity to work with awesome people, in a very positive way. Mrs. Ganesh became an Instructor at the Draper 2 Campus, starting in the 2017-2018 school year. She loves spending time with family and friends. She is also interested in dance, music, biking, and hiking.
Mrs. Smith graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor's in Family Life Studies. She worked with 4th-6th graders at Taylorsville Elementary for five years. She has also taught preschool at Salt Lake Community College Eccles Lab School for four years. Mrs. Smith has been at American Preparatory Academy since 2016. She loves to read, play cards, spend time with family, be in the outdoors, and go on vacations!
Ms. Villiard is a high school graduate from Juan Diego Catholic High School. She has completed three years at Salt Lake Community College, in the process of obtaining a degree in nursing. Her hobbies include boating, hiking, horseback riding, and snowboarding. Her nine horses are her joy! She started as an instructor at American Prep in 2017. She is excited to be a part of such a wonderful school and to see what this wonderful opportunity and school community will bring!
Ms. Wayman started at American Preparatory Academy in 2017. She has twelve years experience in the home school setting. She loves reading books of various genres and likes mathematics. She is looking forward to the new school year to help students become lifelong learners.
Ms. Wiscombe has been teaching at American Preparatory Academy since 2017 as an instructor. She is so excited to be a part of the American Prep team. Ms. Wiscombe's previous work experience has been working at preschools teaching children ages 6 weeks old to 6 years old. She spends her spare time reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
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. Jorgensen grew up in South Jordan, Utah. She earned her bachelors degree from Brigham Young University in 2004. She currently lives in Riverton with her husband and has three beautiful daughters. She also enjoys running, cooking, reading, and traveling. She started working at American Preparatory Academy in August of 2006. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time here and is grateful to be a part of such an exceptional environment!
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.
Shantel Park loves being an Instructor at American Prep! She attended college at Radford University, in Radford, Virginia, majoring in Music Business. Her background is in marketing, but being with the students is the best. Shantel began instructing in 2014, and is looking forward to many more years of amazing American Prep students. Some of her favorite things are singing random phrases as though in a musical, Cadbury Mini Eggs, reading a good book, and especially going to the beach. She strongly dislikes matching socks for folding.
Mrs. Peterson's family feels blessed to have been involved with American Preparatory Academy from the beginning. All four of her children have attended American Prep. She started as an Instructor in the fall of 2009. Mrs. Peterson loves the students and the American Prep environment.
Mrs. Rees was born and raised in Northern California and moved to Utah in 2008. She started working at American Preparatory Academy as a Groups Instructor in February of 2016. Mrs. Rees is married with two beautiful daughters who she loves to take on family adventures including hiking and road trips. When not working at American Prep, she sits on the board of directors for Intermountain Healing Hearts, a non-profit organization, where most of her time is spent raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects and working with families who've been affected by CHD.
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!
Mrs. Mortensen has loved working with children for as long as she can remember. She enjoyed her schooling at Utah State University. She has 3 kids at home. She loves the privilege of working all around the school and working with so many of your amazing children. She wants each child to know that they are special and with hard work and dedication (and a little bit of help) they can succeed and become anything they want to be.