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.
Ms. Park loves working at American Prep. She attended college at Radford University, in Radford, Virginia, majoring in Music Business, and at Western Governors University, earning her degree in Educational Studies. She began working at American Preparatory Academy in 2014, and is looking forward to many more years of amazing 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.
Ms. Bergman began working at American Preparatory Academy as a kindergarten teacher in 2018. She graduated form the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelors of Science in Cognitive Science. She is passionate about the learning and development of children; they are truly incredible and a joy to work with. In her spare time, Ms. Bergman enjoys dancing, reading, musical theater, and baking.
Mrs. Davis has been teaching at American Prep since 2011. She grew up in Utah and loves spending time with her husband, 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. 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 worked in administration at APA for the next 9 years. In 2018 she returned to the classroom and is currently teaching 1st grade again. She lives with her husband and four children in West Jordan, UT and, besides working with kids, she enjoys audiobooks and podcasts.
Mrs. Hooley has a wealth of experience in education that includes teaching in both public and private schools, homeschooling, and starting a private education academy. She grew up in parts of Utah and Green River, Wyoming. She graduated from High School in 1993 with a music scholarship and earned her Associate's degree from Western Wyoming College in 1995. She moved back to Utah and earned her Bachelor's degree from Utah Valley University in Elementary Education, played her clarinet in the UVU band, got married, and started her family all in 2001. She has three children, two daughters and a son. She enjoys singing, playing her clarinet, teaching Zumba, and leading her ward's choir. She also loves being part of our representative form of government by serving as a delegate for her local precinct and is highly involved in politics. Her greatest passion is American History and the Founding Fathers. She loves teaching and is grateful for American Preparatory Academy.
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. 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. 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 array 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.
Raised on a nut farm (pistachio), Mr. Andersen graduated from Wickenburg High School in Arizona. He served a 2 year church mission in Osaka, Japan, and graduated from BYU in July, 1994. Rob served Salt Lake County as a firefighter for 15 years. He has been teaching PE here at APA since February, 2017. He loves all things athletic--especially mountain biking.
Mrs. Bauman has been teaching PE for 17 years. Her career has taken her into 2nd and 6th grades, athletic director, and coach. Teaching PE is her passion. She received her B.S. degree in Physical Education and History from Weber State University. She completed her Masters in Elementary Education in 2003. She is married, and they have 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl. With all the children on their own, she and her husband have been enjoying lots of camping, golfing, and riding. Mrs. Bauman has lived in 9 states and 2 countries. She most recently moved here from Phoenix, AZ in 2011. She loves the mountains, but not so much the winters. When she reads, she chooses James Patterson and John Grisham.
Dr. Marin holds a Master in Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Utah with a minor in Music History. Dr. Marin’s main instrument is the clarinet and has been very active in the International Clarinet Association, including performing with the “Forward 4 Clarinet Quartet” at the conventions in Lincoln (Nebraska), Los Angeles (CA), Assisi (Italy), and Baton Rouge (Louisiana). She has also performed at the prestigious Chilean international festival Semanas Musicales de Frutillar in Frutillar, Chile. She was broadcasted several times at BYU’s classical music radio program Highway 89.
Prior to her appointment at the Draper campuses, Dr. Marin taught band, general music, and music history at the West Valley 1 and 2 campuses with the El Sistema program.
In her spare time, Dr. Marin enjoys listening to music from the 80’s and spending time with her family.
Ms. Kunz started working at American Prep in 2017. She is originally from Buckley, Washington and has lived in Utah since 2014. She is currently attending college online, through BYU-I . She has grown so much personally and professionally working at APA and has a big heart for all of the staff and students.