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. 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. Diamond has worked for APA since 2006 in various positions, but teaching second grade is her favorite! She has over 11 years of teaching experience combined since graduating from Brigham Young University in Elementary Education. She enjoys reading, crafting, and trying new foods.
Mrs. Kelly Herrera attended college at Westminster and Argosy University where she graduated with honors with a B.A. in Psychology. She has been an Elementary Teacher at 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. 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. Mair is a graduate of Western Governors University and has been teaching at American Prep since 2018. She loves her 2nd graders! She has two children who attend APA and her husband also teaches at APA. Mrs. Mair enjoys hiking, baking, cooking and making new crafts.
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.
Ms. Tefteller 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 family and dog.
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. Cain started with American Preparatory Academy in 2012 and is currently a fourth-grade teacher. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah and a Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix. She was raised and still resides in Sandy. She came from a family of 7, with 5 kids. She has 7 nephews and 4 nieces. She loves to knit, climb, and snowboard. In her bucket list she put that she wants to get married, have kids, and travel.
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.
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.
Mrs. Burkholder grew up in Salt Lake City and attended Skyline High School. She is the oldest of eight children. Mrs. Burkholder studied at Brigham Young University and received her Bachelors, in Political Science, and Utah teaching certificate there with a student teaching internship in Al-Ram Palestine in 1991.
She was hired as the Education Liaison for Governor Leavitt for a year and worked for the Department of Community and Economic Development for five years including the exciting time of the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City. She then traveled with L-3 Communications to Iraq as a finance specialist in Baghdad and Balad, running cash payroll for the linguists serving the coalition troops. She returned to Utah and finished her master’s degree in Comparative International Development Education at BYU and then taught 7th through 9th grade at Lakeview Academy in Saratoga Springs. She then worked as project manager with the Quasi-Government program Utah Fund of Funds. She taught English language learners at the English Language Institute at the University of Utah and ran her own non-profit Women Empowerment Global Outreach. She married Mr. Jeff Burkholder in 2014.
Mrs. Burkholder loves dancing, piano, guitar, and all things musical. She enjoys family history, traveling, and reading. She is excellent at needlework and loves to quilt and cross stitch. She loves a good Marvel or DC Comic movie and enjoys the outdoors including camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing and roughing it.
Mrs. Burkholder volunteers as a victim’s advocate for the South Salt Lake Police Department. She is a Board member of the Daughters of the American Revolution Salt Lake Valley Chapter a DUP Museum docent volunteer and member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and a member of the Mayflower Descendancy society. She is also a member of the Jane Austen Society of North American and Super Aunt to over 60 perfect, beautiful children.
California native, Mrs. Etchemendy 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.
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.
Mrs. Nielson has over 20 years of string performance experience on violin, viola, cello, and bass, and 9 years of string teaching experience, including large ensembles and private lessons. She holds a Masters degree in Music Education from Colorado State University (2016) and a and Bachelors degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Utah (2008). She is a licensed education teacher in the state of Utah.
As a teacher, Mrs. Nielson loves to have the “lightbulb” moment with her students. She is driven to help her students understand new concepts and develop confidence to achieve anything. Creating unforgettable music experiences for students and parents is a highlight of her career. She has arranged joint concerts with Brigham Young University’s Philharmonic Orchestra, jazz musician Sam Payne, and recording artist Aaron Ashton.
Mrs. Nielson has been fortunate to study conducting with Wes Kenney at Colorado State University; viola under John Englund and Julie Edwards, both members of the Utah Symphony. She was a faculty member for the Lyceum Music Festival and has performed under the direction of David Cho, Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony, and in concert with The 5 Browns. She has also taught at the Blue Sky Music Camp with Aaron Ashton.
Some of Mrs. Nielson's favorite things are spending time with her husband and newborn daughter, reading, baking cookies, exploring new places and eating chocolate. Her dream is to visit Ireland and study Celtic fiddling.
Mrs. Ahmed Shariff has been an instructor with American Preparatory Academy since 2017. She received her Masters in Science in community resource management and extension from Delhi University in India. Since then, she has worked as a project manager at women's charity in Glasgow, Scotland. She loves kids, traveling, exploring, eating, cooking, and learning.
Mrs. Atkinson has been working at American Prep since January of 2018. She previously worked at Granite School District as a substitute teacher and as a para-educator. She has 2 children that attend Draper 3. Mrs. Atkinson loves to read, play the piano, sing, and watch her sons play sports. She is excited to work with the students at APA!
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.
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!
In 2004, with a determination to provide the best educational opportunities for her children, Mrs. Erickson began her journey with American Prep. She has had the privilege of working to improve communication skills of students at APA since that time. Mrs. Erickson graduated from Brigham Young University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders and in 1993 with a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology. After graduation, she completed her Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) while living in Orange County, California. She has special interest, passion, and devotion in serving children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)--a severe neurological speech disorder that affects a child’s ability to clearly and correctly produce syllables and words. In addition to Mrs. Erickson’s experience working with children in an educational setting, she has also worked with adults in acute care, subacute care, and rehabilitation settings. She has had wonderful mentors and has made lifelong friends along the way. Mrs. Erickson and her husband are the parents of seven children and the proud grandparents of one adorable grandson. Her family is her life.