College Counseling
  • Jonelle Larsen
    Jonelle Larsen Director of College Counseling

    Denver was her first home, so Jonelle feels right at home in the West, and she also lived in California before settling in Utah. She received her Master’s in Psychology from Utah State University. As the Director of College Counseling she has since reveled in getting to counsel and encourage young people. She wholeheartedly believes that Wasatch helps cultivate not just great thinkers, but great people.

    The wife and mother of Wasatch Academy graduates, Jonelle takes pride in watching young men and women build on their Wasatch Academy experiences as they prepare for college and enter adulthood.

  • Renee Thibodeaux
    Renee Thibodeaux

    Renee earned an undergraduate degree and credentials in secondary education through a dedicated practice of teaching in diverse school systems across Arizona and in the southernmost point of California. Through these teaching experiences, she has learned to implement progressive, traditional, and project-based-learning educational practices. Renee has lead students at the elementary, secondary, and college levels on academic expeditions utilizing the environments of water, mountains, and canyons.

    Connecting with students and getting to understand their diverse, colorful histories as she helps them toward their distinct futures is her passion.

  • Ann Stucki
    Ann Stucki College Counselor

    Ann grew up in the Midwest but came to Utah to study socio-cultural anthropology as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University.  She went on to receive her master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. She has worked in a variety of fields from health education, mental health/community/school social work, geriatrics, childbirth labor support, and on public health projects in Latin America. Her research pursuits have taken her from a Costa Rican/Nicaraguan border dispute to London, England to present graduate research at a Medical Anthropology conference.

    Ann loves seeing the potential in each student at Wasatch Academy as they prepare for their next steps in college and beyond.
English
  • Alyssa Wolf
    Alyssa Wolf English Department Head

    Alyssa Wolf started teaching summer school at Wasatch Academy in 1999 and was a professor at the college level for 7.5 years. She began teaching English full time for Wasatch Academy in 2011. She currently teaches American literature, AP Literature and Composition, SAT prepatory class, and serves as the faculty advisor for the National Honor Society. Alyssa earned her BA (cum laude) from Wellesley College with a double major in English and women’s studies (with a focus on the third world). She also earned a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Nova Southeastern University.

    Poetry is one of Alyssa’s great passions and she has been a featured poet on Berkeley’s KPFA Radio Poetry Hour, in addition to performing on the Life Under the Horseshoe live radio show. She is a a member of Rock Canyon Poets and has recently had work published in the Orogeny and Inspired poetry journals. Alyssa has two lively and beloved children and enjoys hiking, doing artwork, and creative writing.

  • Matt Duncan
    Matt Duncan Self-Study Coordinator

    Matt has taught web design, pedagogy, print design, Photoshop, first year composition, ESL, and creative writing at the college level. At Wasatch academy, he has taught ESL, English 1 & 2, AP Language & Composition, digital audio, and film. Matt earned a BFA in creative writing with a poetry focus from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. After working in eastern North Carolina in the college textbook industry for five years, he returned to the Midwest to complete an MA in English Literature and an MA in Communication Studies at Northern Illinois University.

    His wife Chiho has served the Wasatch Community as a Japanese tutor and translator, and as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Their young son is a favorite among the students.

  • Buzz Nichols
    Buzz Nichols

    Burris “Buzz” Nichols teaches English IV, theatre arts, and AP language and composition. He grew up in West Michigan, and as a young man moved to Arizona, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English education from Northern Arizona University. He consequently taught at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy in Prescott, Arizona, and at the International School of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar. He returned to higher education in 2016 to pursue a Master of Arts degree in humanities at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona.

    Buzz enjoys music, hiking, and playing with his two children, Hank and Phoebe and his dog, Molly.

  • Todd Bucklin
    Todd Bucklin ESL and Social Studies Teacher

    Before joining Wasatch, Todd has successfully taught at several boarding schools, such as The Williston Northampton School, Idyllwild Arts Academy, The Winchendon School, and The MacDuffie School. He has taught a wide range of high school subjects, including English, American Literature, US History, World Literature, Global Studies, World Geography, Asian Religions and Philosophy, Chinese Language, and various English Language Learner (ELL) classes. Todd has developed a unique teaching style over the last twenty years based on engagement, humility, and humor.

    He likes to spend his free time traveling, watching Boston area sporting events, and eating sushi. His family includes wife Naomi, a native of Japan, and two children: Ayano, a graduating MacDuffie School senior and soon-to-be PG at Wasatch Academy, and Jadon, an incoming sophomore.

  • Margaret Peskov
    Margaret Peskov

    Margaret received a BA in English and Rhetoric and a minor in Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction/Secondary English Education from Loyola University Chicago. She is currently studying ELL methods to enhance her teaching abilities to better help all students. Margaret has been teaching or serving as a supervising teacher for over 20 years in rural Texas, as well as urban and immigrant-rich Chicago, teaching middle and high school literature, rhetoric and composition, economics, Shakespeare, and linguistics. She has also contributed writing to Deloitte Consulting, which serves tech start-up mentors.

    When not teaching, Margaret can be found hiking with her Siberian Husky and traveling abroad with her best friend and husband Dmitri.

  • Derek La Shot
    Derek La Shot Humanities Teacher

    Derek La Shot received his PhD in English from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. He also has a B.A. in Psychology. His dissertation focused on the influence that popular narratives of success and failure had on late 19th/early 20th century perceptions of gender roles. He has also written some encyclopedia entries on various global philosophers and philosophical movements. He was born and raised in Kenai, Alaska. He enjoys reading, creative writing, hiking, and camping.

English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Cheri Crosby
    Cheri Crosby

    Cheri Crosby has had the pleasure of teaching at Wasatch Academy for the past fourteen years. Currently, she teaches ESL literature, listening, and TOEFL preparation. She is also the advisor for the international class and spearheads international new student orientation, international day, and the ethnic food court. She has an MAEd in ESL from Dominican University and a TESOL certification from Nomen Global Language Center.

    Before she began her teaching career at Wasatch Academy, she served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, taught English at Shokei High School in Japan, and taught Spanish at Millville Elementary. Cheri has four children and two grandsons.

  • Angela Christiansen
    Angela Christiansen Head of Department

    Angela received a dual master’s degree in linguistics and ESL from the University of Utah. For over 27 years, she has taught students of all ages, from preschool children to elderly adults, in many different settings. Angela has specialized in working with English language learners for almost 24 years, at Wasatch and abroad.

    She also loves learning, reading, researching, quilting, cycling, hiking, camping, and traveling. Angela loves meeting people from all over the world through the Wasatch community.

  • Zahra Lee
    Zahra Lee

    Zahra has a master’s degree in English Education and teaching certifications in English Education and ESL. She has over seventeen years’ experience in education in boarding schools, public schools, and teaching overseas. Zahra is committed to diversity and multiculturalism and comes from a multicultural family that taught her to have an open mind and to respect differences.

    Zahra has four adult children, and presently lives at home with her ten-year-old son Theo and her husband Tariq. She loves traveling and languages, and is currently studying Urdu. She also enjoys creative writing, yoga, reading, and walking.

  • Todd Bucklin
    Todd Bucklin ESL and Social Studies Teacher

    Before joining Wasatch, Todd has successfully taught at several boarding schools, such as The Williston Northampton School, Idyllwild Arts Academy, The Winchendon School, and The MacDuffie School. He has taught a wide range of high school subjects, including English, American Literature, US History, World Literature, Global Studies, World Geography, Asian Religions and Philosophy, Chinese Language, and various English Language Learner (ELL) classes. Todd has developed a unique teaching style over the last twenty years based on engagement, humility, and humor.

    He likes to spend his free time traveling, watching Boston area sporting events, and eating sushi. His family includes wife Naomi, a native of Japan, and two children: Ayano, a graduating MacDuffie School senior and soon-to-be PG at Wasatch Academy, and Jadon, an incoming sophomore.

  • Anthony Monticello
    Anthony Monticello ELL Teacher

    My work in schools has been primarily with international students, and my educational philosophy focuses on teaching students to think in new and creative ways.  I encourage an open discussion in the classroom and make inclusion, creative thinking and humor a main part of the classroom experience. I challenge my students with social and political questions and through the study of English literature; we discuss issues that are facing society today.

    I grew up in Binghamton, NY and my passion for music brought me to New Orleans where I attended Tulane University.  After graduating with a degree in Philosophy and Psychology, I moved to Nagoya, Japan where I met my wife. I spent the first three years of my career in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) program, teaching English to Japanese high school and middle school students.  While living abroad, I learned to value new perspectives, take on a challenge and embrace failure. Through my countless mistakes and decisions in the face of adversity, I’ve developed guides that still provide a sense of direction for me.

    For the last ten years, my family and I have lived at Tilton School where my responsibilities included teaching English as a Second Language and Japanese, coaching mountain biking and snowboarding, and directing the international student program.  Outside the classroom, I enjoy playing the drums and guitar, snowboarding and mountain biking, and exploring the outdoors.

Experiential Education
  • Travis Madsen
    Travis Madsen Athletics Director

    Travis began working at Wasatch Academy in September of 2013. He has 21 years of experience as an Athletic Director, Coach, and Teacher. The Varsity sports he has coached include Basketball (Boys & Girls), Baseball, Volleyball (Girls & Boys), Soccer (Girls & Boys), Track (Boys & Girls), and Cross Country (Girls & Boys). Travis earned his bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University and has taught Health, Physical Education, Philosophy, Student Leadership, and Psychology. He has also been employed in the social work field as Program Director for an at-risk youth program and Regional Director for a large company that provided services for people with disabilities. Travis’ current position at Wasatch Academy is Boys Volleyball Coach and Manager of athletic facilities & intramural sports.

  • Todd Tree
    Todd Tree

    Todd Tree was raised in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, where he grew up training and showing horses. Todd is a graduate of Snow College and Oklahoma State Horseshoeing School. Todd loves working with the students in the Equine Program at Wasatch Academy, and he prides himself in always trying to put the students first. Todd’s exceptional patience and background living as a cowboy provide him the ability to teach any student, no matter their background and experience with horses.

    In Todd’s free time, you can find him on the rodeo trail, where he continues to compete in calf roping. He also enjoys shoeing horses, training horses, and team sorting.

  • Dr. Joel Barnes
    Dr. Joel Barnes Director of Experiential Education and Sustainability

    Dr. Joel Barnes has been teaching environmental studies, sustainability, and adventure education at the secondary and college levels for over 30 years. He loves to explore the natural world and strives to better understand how human systems are nestled within and dependent upon the larger natural systems. His research and teaching integrate content from environmental studies and sustainability education with the praxis of experiential education and project-based learning. His topics of expertise include ecology, conservation, and restoration of arid-land river systems and watersheds in the American West.

    At the heart of Dr. Barnes’ teaching philosophy is his belief that the best teachers are also the best learners. He shares with his students his thirst for new knowledge and engages with them in the experiential learning process as a life-long learner.

    Dr. Barnes enjoys natural history field studies, hiking, recreational boating on rivers, lakes, and oceans, conversational Spanish, foreign travel and wild-land expeditions, bioregional living and gardening.

  • Keith Andrews
    Keith Andrews Experiential Ed Intern

    I was born and raised in Juneau Alaska. I grew up exploring the mountains, glaciers, and rainforests of Southeast Alaska with a pair of skis, hiking boots, boats, shotguns, lots of rain gear with a contagious happiness and stoke for the outdoors.

    For the last 15 months, before starting here at Wasatch Academy, I worked for Aspiro Adventures as an adventure wilderness therapy guide. Basically, I took troubled teenagers to all the corners of Utah to learn about themselves and what they have to change in their lives to be a functional successful human in society. My job was to keep the kids safe, de-escalate behavior, and create vulnerable emotional, powerful, moments through conversations and ceremony as a group for teenage boys that were struggling to make the right decisions in life.

    Before that, I was working full time as a firefighter EMT and going to school full time for an associate’s degree in municipal firefighting in Fairbanks Alaska, which is roughly 200 miles south of Arctic Circle. In summers between college, I worked as a hiking guide, land surveying assistant, helicopter glacier guide, river rafting guide, and as a commercial fisherman on a long lining boat, gillnetting boat and tender! Most of my work has been outside in wild places! But I really love getting to know the community here on campus and I’m trying to figure out what a regular routine in life means.

    Sometime after high school, I also finished an outdoor studies certificate from the University of Alaska Southeast.

Language Studies
  • Scott Butler
    Scott Butler

    Scott attended Brigham Young University, where he pursued studies in English and Spanish. He also studied Portuguese. Scott lived in Spain for two years and learned Spanish and Catalan. His focus of study at university was Spanish linguistics. Scott has enjoyed the unique opportunity to coach Wasatch Academy students over the past twenty years and he has taught summer school at Wasatch Academy on four or five occasions over those years.

    Scott and his wife moved to Sanpete County in 1994 and he has taught Spanish and coached basketball, golf, cross country, and track for the past 22 years for Wasatch Academy while raising his children.

  • Mei Wang
    Mei Wang

    Mei earned her Bachelor’s degree from Hubei Normal University in China. The book Summer School inspired Mei to be a good educator when she was in college. She spent two years teaching English in China after graduating and received training from the College Board, which equipped her with both Chinese and American teaching philosophies. Wasatch Academy has wonderful values that motivate her to create an engaging classroom for students.

    Mei enjoys cooking and is an expert in Chinese cuisine. Her students love when she shares this passion with the class, discussing the differences in Chinese and other cultures with students.

  • Sage Engberg
    Sage Engberg

    As a language educator, Sage is passionate about fostering a global perspective in her students. She has enjoyed teaching within French, Japanese, British, Spanish, and American schools. Sage has a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Middlebury College and a master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne. It is her goal to bring this international perspective to her student-centered lessons every day.

    Outside of the classroom, our new language teacher spends her days hiking, climbing, and long-distance backpacking. She enjoys trying her hand at several musical instruments, including piano, ukulele, and banjo.

Learning Services
  • Melanie Jensen
    Melanie Jensen
  • Ellen Parker
    Ellen Parker Academic Coach Program Coordinator

    Ellen has over 25 years of experience as an educator, and holds a Master of Science in Microbiology from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.  For a number of years,  Ellen taught undergraduate level courses in microbiology at CSULB and worked during the summer months as a Public Health Department educator for the city of Long Beach.  Ellen has served as a Utah State Science and Engineering Fair mentor and judge for the past 10 years. She has also worked extensively for the Utah Department of Natural Resources as a Wildlife and Natural History educator.  Prior to coming to Wasatch, Ellen began a social studies-based cultural diversity arts program at the Salt Lake City Public Library, where she worked with middle school and high school students, creating contextual artwork for regular exhibitions at the library. She has been the Wasatch Academy Academic Coaching Coordinator for the past 2 years and also works as the costumer for the Theatre Department.

    Ellen has two very talented and successful daughters who are her source for inspiration.  She currently enjoys living in the quiet, rural community of Mount Pleasant, Utah.

  • Kara Loftin
    Kara Loftin Assistant Head of School for Academic Support

    As the Assistant Head of School for Academic Support, Kara Scott Loftin provides effective academic skills assessments and support in the areas of reading and writing, executive function skills, independent learning, and study skills.  Kara began her time at Wasatch Academy as the Director of Music, and after receiving a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland, she slowly began transitioning into her current role. Certified through the International Dyslexia Association and Wilson Reading System as a Dyslexia Specialist, her position creates individualized student success profiles and provides managerial direction for developing, planning, goal setting, and implementations of academic support services.  She is currently pursuing a Masters in Special Education from Fitchburg State University while simultaneously completing her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Her passion for education has also positioned her on the NWAIS Pathways to Leadership cohort.

    Kara knows there is no place she would rather be working. She is doing what she loves while being part of the extraordinary community of learners and thinkers at Wasatch Academy.
Mathematics
  • Emma Chiappetta
    Emma Chiappetta

    Emma graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in mathematics and economics in 2011. She then went on to study mathematics in graduate school at Dartmouth College. She received a Master’s degree in mathematics with a focus on Riemannian geometry from Dartmouth in 2013. She loved the teaching experiences that she had at Dartmouth and decided to dedicate herself to teaching.

    Emma came to Wasatch in the summer of 2014. She currently teaches Pre-calculus, and AP Statistics. Emma is an innovative teacher, who uses cutting edge research to drive her instruction. Recently she led the charge in flipping the classroom so that math students could receive more feedback during class periods.  Emma was awarded Best of State Teacher of the Year Award in 2017.

    Despite being a native New Englander, Emma loves living in Utah and can often be found exploring all the wilderness that the west has to offer.

  • Zeb Engberg
    Zeb Engberg

    Zeb pursued higher mathematics at Hampshire College, where he received his Bachelor’s degree. He went on to earn a PhD at Dartmouth College in number theory. Although Zeb finds research mathematics stimulating, his teaching experiences turned out to be far more moving and motivating, which is why he took a step away from higher academia to teach mathematics at Wasatch Academy.

    Zeb is an avid rock climber and outdoor adventurer. Just before arriving at Wasatch in 2014, Zeb climbed Denali via the Cassin Ridge. He has climbed Yosemite’s El Capitan 8 times and slept on its sheer face 23 nights.

  • Kari Varga
    Kari Varga

    Kari Varga studied at Utah State University and has taught algebra and geometry to Wasatch students for the past six years. Prior to becoming a math teacher at Wasatch Academy, she spent 10 years as a personal math tutor for Wasatch students.

    Kari enjoys quilting, gardening, reading, and traveling. The beautiful landscaping on the Wasatch campus can be credited to the Varga family. Kari’s husband leads the grounds crew in the art of keeping the campus nice year-round. In the summer, you will see Kari and their children join in the effort to make Wasatch blossom.

  • John Pikus
    John Pikus

    John grew up in New Jersey, then attended Hamilton College, where he fell in love with physics and mathematics in pursuit of his physics degree. At Hamilton, he had the opportunity to conduct research in both spectroscopy and black hole thermodynamics, as well as student teaching in local high school classes. Additionally, John developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors, leading frequent hiking, climbing, and skiing trips for the outing club. As a teacher, John believes math is a fascinating subject with many real-world applications, which can be enjoyed by all students when approached through the right teaching styles.

    In his free time, Mr. Pikus enjoys climbing, skiing, hiking, playing guitar, and reading.

  • Karen Sorenson
    Karen Sorenson

    Born and raised in Utah, Karen attended Utah State University and graduated with a major in Mathematics Education and a minor in History Education. She has lived in Utah most of her life and but has also lived in Budapest Hungary and Columbus Ohio.

    She enjoys running, gardening, cooking, hiking, and spending time with her family (especially in the outdoors). Karen loves working with the diverse student body at Wasatch Academy. She enjoys seeing students work together and encourage each other to do their best and strive for excellence.

  • Jarin Rice
    Jarin Rice Math Teacher

    Coming from sunny Southern California, I am thrilled to be joining Wasatch Academy. I did my undergraduate work at a combination of Brown University and Rice University (Providence, RI, and Houston, TX respectively). I grew up in a military family and have lived in 12 different places including various US cities, Japan, and the United Kingdom. I was actually born in London! Work-wise, I have taught mathematics at grade levels 8-12 for the last two years in a public district in California. I love the outdoors and am a huge basketball fan. For the 2018-2019 school year, I’m excited for the adventures ahead.

Performing Arts
  • Matthew Schukis
    Matthew Schukis Head of Department

    Matthew received his Master of Music degree in vocal performance with distinction in performance honors from the New England Conservatory. A native of New Jersey, Matt spent 14 years teaching music in his home state before moving to Utah in 2014 to teach music and vocal performance at Wasatch Academy. As a professional singer, Matt has worked with Luciano Pavarotti, Carlisle Floyd, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nathan Lane, Marc Anthony, John Denver, and many others. He has sung for audiences that included five American presidents, the royal family of England, Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, and the Dali Lama. Matt was employed as the baritone resident soloist for King’s Chapel in Boston under composer/conductor Daniel Pinkham for six years, and he also created the role of Mr. Carrisford and can be heard on the internationally released original cast album of Neil Minsky’s The Little Princess.

     

    In addition to teaching Music, Matt is also a Varsity Girls Soccer Coach and a former Varsity Softball Coach. When not in class or on the athletic field, he enjoys hiking and exploring the beautiful wilderness of Utah and the American West.

  • Buzz Nichols
    Buzz Nichols

    Burris “Buzz” Nichols teaches English IV, theatre arts, and AP language and composition. He grew up in West Michigan, and as a young man moved to Arizona, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English education from Northern Arizona University. He consequently taught at Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy in Prescott, Arizona, and at the International School of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar. He returned to higher education in 2016 to pursue a Master of Arts degree in humanities at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona.

    Buzz enjoys music, hiking, and playing with his two children, Hank and Phoebe and his dog, Molly.

  • PattiJo Hopes
    PattiJo Hopes Dance Teacher

    I was born and raised in Utah and began dance training at The Dance Club in Orem, Utah where I studied ballet, jazz, tap, tumbling, and ballroom dance. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Education at Utah Valley University. I have performed nationally and internationally in Canada, Japan, and Spain where I performed and attended modern, ballet, and Flamenco classes with prominent dance conservatories. I have performed works by notable choreographers and was a performing member of Body Logic Dance Company in West Valley, Utah. I have choreographed many of my own dance works and received choreography awards.  I have taught at universities, colleges, high schools, and local dance studios. I participate in teacher workshops and summer intensives to continue my lifelong learning and I strive to be a well-rounded teacher in many genres of dance. I am a certified AntiGravity Aerial fitness instructor, a springboard to teaching aerial arts. I am training this summer to become a certified yoga instructor.  I am currently employed at Snow College in the dance department and have been there for 5 years. At Snow College, I have directed the Dance Ensemble, taught modern dance, introduction to dance, and am now the director of the ballroom company.

    Aside from dance, I love to spend time with my husband, my four boys, and my two girls.  I enjoy rodeo and all activities outdoors such as camping, hunting, and fishing.  I am proud to continue teaching at Snow College, to now be a part of Wasatch Academy, and to instill my love and passion for dance to my students.

  • Joseph Sterling Hanks Jr.
    Joseph Sterling Hanks Jr. Digital Audio Instructor & Audio/Video/Lighting Support

    I was born in Las Vegas Nevada and raised in central Utah.

    I grew up as a percussionist who went on to pursue a career in the sound arts where I learned technics for hardware/software recording, sound design, and synthesis. While working in the music industry on the west coast, I was a producer, performing artist, record label assistant manager, and DJ.

    I have mentored, performed with, and been a stage manager for many of today’s top DJs and performers.  I am excited to be part of the Wasatch Academy community.  My goals are to help facilitate and continue the positive social & learning environment that Wasatch Academy is known for. I also hope to inspire students to create and collaborate utilizing the amazing facilities on campus.

  • Derek La Shot
    Derek La Shot Humanities Teacher

    Derek La Shot received his PhD in English from the University of Oklahoma in 2016. He also has a B.A. in Psychology. His dissertation focused on the influence that popular narratives of success and failure had on late 19th/early 20th century perceptions of gender roles. He has also written some encyclopedia entries on various global philosophers and philosophical movements. He was born and raised in Kenai, Alaska. He enjoys reading, creative writing, hiking, and camping.

Residential Life
  • Esther Gutierrez
    Esther Gutierrez Lincoln Dorm Parent

    I was raised in Heber City, UT. I have lived all over Utah from the north end of the state to the south end. I have two beautiful children that keep me grounded and present. I thoroughly enjoy watching them grow and learn new things. Becoming a mother has taught me the value of leading by example and assessing what I wish to pass on to my children.

    I grew up playing soccer and softball. In high school, I discovered weightlifting and it’s been a passion of mine ever since. I thoroughly enjoy working out and being active. I’ve made many analogies of life while in the weight room. I wish to pass those on as well as share my passion and interest in health and exercise. Part of my life philosophy is in order to best help and serve those around you, you must be in good health yourself. This is why I strive to maintain my personal health and fitness and hopefully build an appreciation and genuine interest for those around me.

    I have also discovered that with fitness comes health and wellness. Wellness encompasses not only physical, as well as, spiritual, emotional and mental.  As I go through life and try to balance it all, I hope that through my experiences and learned lessons, I can empower and help those around me.

    Education:

    Currently: MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    B.S. Human Movement Science

    Crossfit Cert Level 1

    Interests:
    Weight lifting, biking, running, obstacle racing, cooking, animals and my wonderful family.

  • Tyler Glad
    Tyler Glad Sage Assistant Dorm Parent
  • Rick Gundry
    Rick Gundry Finks Assistant Dorm Parent
  • Tyler Eliason
    Tyler Eliason Finks Dorm Parent

    I was born in northern California and raised in the Salt Lake Valley. I graduated from Bingham High School then enrolled at the University of Utah, where I played on the drumline for 3 years. My first year of college brought some pretty cool opportunities including marching in President Obama’s 2008 inaugural parade in DC. I went on a church service mission for 2 years in central Paraguay then returned to the U of U. I married Shelby (WA girls volleyball coach) and we have 3 little Wasatch Tiger fans. I love my wife more than anything, she is the BEST!!

    I love music and film, and I love just about any type of adventure outdoors.

    After years of difficulty in “deciding what I want to be when I grow up”, I finally ended up with a BA in Film and Media Arts. I do freelance work in the film industry as well as run a small commercial video business with a partner in Salt Lake. I did 3 years of full-time video work for a non-profit parenting website where I learned valuable skills that I’ve been able to apply in my home life and look forward to implementing with my boys here at Finks. I helped coach the “black and orange” boys basketball teams last year and am excited for the opportunity to build new relationships and do my part in growing Wasatch Academy’s best Sophomore class yet!

  • Jennifer McIff
    Jennifer McIff Alice Dorm Parent

    I was born and raised in Mount Pleasant. I have always enjoyed living in this beautiful community.  I have an amazing husband (Chris) and 5 beautiful children.  Our family began our adventure at Wasatch Academy in 2013 and we love it!  I am currently the dorm parent at Alice Dorm which is home to 10th and 11th-grade girls.

    I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.   My love of business and teaching started early in life when I was in the fifth grade when a friend and I started a business teaching tumbling to peers and younger children.  I have owned and operated a successful bed and breakfast and reception center in the area and have served as chairperson on the local travel council.   I am an advocate for children with special educational needs progressing through the local public schools.  My husband and I have been certified foster parents requiring extensive training in child behavior.  I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, watching movies, interior decorating, scrapbooking and still Coach a tumbling class in my free time.

  • Charlotte Stewart
    Charlotte Stewart Dorm Parent for Zoe

    Charlotte Stewart holds an Associates Degree in Fire Prevention from the Community College of the Air Force and served for 22 years in the Utah Air National Guard. Charlotte has experience in EMS, Fire Service, and Special Education. She is married with four wonderful children and one granddaughter and enjoys being the owner-operator of a small farm in town, camping, hiking, and fishing.

  • Todd Parkinson
    Todd Parkinson Dorm Parent for Darlington
    My name is Todd Parkinson and am a Dorm Parent at the Darlington Dorm at Wasatch Academy. I married my wife Hillary in 2011 and we just had our firstborn Penelope in July of 2017. Life is good and Wasatch Academy has only made our lives better.
    I received my Associates Degree from Dixie State College and my Bachelors of Communications from Utah Valley University. I have nearly a decade of experience in residential teen development in various treatment academies and also a behavioral hospital on top of that.
    It only makes sense that I continue my passion for teen development and now have that opportunity in a true lifestyle setting at the international boarding school of Wasatch Academy. I have been here for over 2 years and it truly has been some of the greatest years of my life.
    My hobbies include the weight room, traveling, skim-boarding and living the dream wherever I go.
  • Ray Tuineau
    Ray Tuineau Dorm Parent for Sage

    Ray Tuineau (DO-EE-NEH-OW) is a Snow College graduate and is currently studying at Utah State University’s extension in Ephraim.  His experience in helping various youth groups in the community has impacted the direction of his career.

    Ray came to Wasatch in the summer of 2013 where he continues to be the Sage Dorm Parent; overlooking the senior boys.  He has also worked as the boys’ dorm parent for summer school three consecutive years.

    Although Ray is of Tongan heritage (South Pacific Polynesian Island) he was born and raised in West Valley City, Utah.  He enjoys spending time with his three sons and his beautiful wife, Juliet Tuineau, who also works in Residential Life as a relief dorm parent.

  • Jeff McQuivey
    Jeff McQuivey Centennial Dorm Parent/Prefect Coordinator

    Jefre “Jeff” Mcquivey, born and raised in Utah.

    Jeff has been with Wasatch Academy as a Residential Life Parent for the past 11 years. He started out in the Sage Dormitory managing the Senior boys and is now in the Centennial Dormitory managing the Junior Boys.

    Jeff has years of experience and has held many titles & positions over his lifetime. He is a licensed Barber in the State of Utah, using these skills to be the resident barber at the school. He is also a Police Officer, School Resource Office and certified D.A.R.E Instructor. Jeff if currently enrolled at Snow College and is working on a degree in Forensic Psychology.

    Jeff has three daughters, all who attended Wasatch Academy.

  • Abbi Kennedy
    Abbi Kennedy Pierce Dorm Parent
  • Melissa Davis
    Melissa Davis Recreation Director / STUCO advisor

    Melissa “Mel” Davis, born in Ontario, Canada, earned her BS in Sociology from Brigham Young University in 1991. Mel has been working at Wasatch Academy since January 2001, and during this time she has been a full-time dorm parent, assistant to the Dean of Students, Summer School Recreation Coordinator, and currently serves as the Recreation Director, and STUCO advisor. She also over sees vehicles and Class Sponsors, visiting groups like Sister Schools from other countries, family reunions or any outside group that utilizes the Wasatch Academy campus.

    Her minor was in outdoor recreation, and in 2012 she became certified as a Wilderness First Responder. Mel has been married to Roger Davis since Dec. 28, 1993, and they have three beautiful children.

School Counseling
Science
  • Bill Bedford
    Bill Bedford Academic Scheduling / AP Chem

    Bill divides his time at Wasatch Academy between the scheduling office, the chemistry classroom, and the track field. This unique blend of his talents allows him to work with many different students. Bill earned his undergraduate degree at Amherst College before obtaining a Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bill has dedicated more than a quarter century of work to Wasatch Academy. He has found that running alongside students and coaching is the best way to build relationships. Many of his favorite memories are from working with cross country and track and field students.

     

    Bill is known for being a long-distance machine, whether he is cycling, running, or cross-country skiing. He also enjoys traveling and camping with his family and pets, and accompanying students on recreational trips.

  • Dr. Joel Barnes
    Dr. Joel Barnes Director of Experiential Education and Sustainability

    Dr. Joel Barnes has been teaching environmental studies, sustainability, and adventure education at the secondary and college levels for over 30 years. He loves to explore the natural world and strives to better understand how human systems are nestled within and dependent upon the larger natural systems. His research and teaching integrate content from environmental studies and sustainability education with the praxis of experiential education and project-based learning. His topics of expertise include ecology, conservation, and restoration of arid-land river systems and watersheds in the American West.

    At the heart of Dr. Barnes’ teaching philosophy is his belief that the best teachers are also the best learners. He shares with his students his thirst for new knowledge and engages with them in the experiential learning process as a life-long learner.

    Dr. Barnes enjoys natural history field studies, hiking, recreational boating on rivers, lakes, and oceans, conversational Spanish, foreign travel and wild-land expeditions, bioregional living and gardening.

  • Ryan Anderson
    Ryan Anderson

    Ryan is originally from Winchester Massachusetts, a small suburb of Boston where he graduated from high school.  After compiling years of outdoor recreational experience through summer camp, personal adventures, and the National Outdoor Leadership School, Ryan realized his passion for experiential and outdoor education and began pursuing these on a professional level.  Ryan attended Colorado Mountain College in Leadville Colorado, where he achieved his Associates Degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership.  For several years, Ryan guided and facilitated both private and large group rock and ice climbing adventures for Apex Mountain School. Ryan then became interested in combining his love for outdoor education with a more formal classroom setting, which led him to attend Prescott College in Prescott Arizona. There he received his Bachelors of Arts in Secondary Education degree, with a focus on Geology and Environmental Science.  Recently, Ryan has been teaching Earth Science, Coaching Robotics, and Boys Soccer at Prescott Mile High Middle School.

    Ryan is an avid outdoorsman and passionate educator. He uses his extensive experience in the field of adventure and experiential education to encourage students to apply their knowledge in order to better understand the fields of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He really enjoys making connections with students by utilizing a positive environment to help them understand the importance of learning and feel comfortable while enjoying the learning process.

    Mr. Anderson’s aim is to help students understand and appreciate their environment and the world around them, so they can help support it and make a positive contribution as citizens of the world. Through his teaching experience at Wasatch, he hopes to inspire students to change their world for the better.  Ryan will also be involved with coaching Boys Soccer and the Snow Sports program at Wasatch Academy.

  • Travis Magaluk
    Travis Magaluk

    Travis is originally from Milford Michigan, a small suburb of Detroit where he graduated high school. After completing high school, Travis moved to northern Michigan where he received his Bachelors of Science in Materials Science and Engineering. During his years in school, Travis took a semester off attending the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) to learn about leadership, climbing, backpacking, and backcountry skiing. Through this experience, Travis found his passion for the outdoors and decided to try his hand working in Experiential Education after graduating college. For a number of years he lived in Colorado working for NOLS and the Breckenridge Ski Patrol. Travis eventually became interested in incorporating his love of experiential education into the classroom and took a job at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. He worked there as a physics instructor, dorm parent, and experiential educator.

    Travis loves the outdoors and education alike. He believes that students should be taught skills needed to succeed in the 21st century, and the best way to learn these skills is through hands on experience. Travis wants his students to investigate the world while applying the principles of physics to model what is happening around them. He feels that creating a positive learning environment is an essential part of teaching and strives to make each of his students feel safe, supported, and included in his classroom.

    Travis is thrilled to be working at Wasatch Academy. He hopes his students will become critical thinkers, develop a sense of wonder about the world around them, and approach challenges with a positive attitude. Travis will also be involved in the Rock Climbing and Snow Sports Programs at Wasatch Academy.

  • Sev Piper
    Sev Piper

    Sev is a native of the Pacific Northwest, where he grew up outside of Portland, Oregon on a piece of land with no visible neighbors. This upbringing fostered a passion for the outdoors that has remained a constant throughout his life. After working as a Program Leader for the Multnomah ESD Outdoor School program, Sev attended Prescott College where he received his Master of Education in Secondary Education and a Bachelors of Arts in Adventure Education. Sev taught courses as an Adjunct Faculty at Prescott College in marine natural history, education, and adventure education, including several international programs run in Sonora, Mexico.

    While he is not spending time in the classroom teaching and learning, Sev is a certified sea kayak instructor and can usually be found running programs for sea kayak organizations on the Pacific coast. In addition to holding certification as a sea kayak instructor, he is also a Wilderness First Responder and Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician. Sev also spends time whitewater kayaking & rafting, rock climbing, snowboarding, backpacking, free diving, and photographing the natural world.

    Sev is excited to have joined the faculty team working at Wasatch Academy who share his passion for fostering a positive learning environment where students from diverse backgrounds can thrive side by side and develop into their own self as a young adult.

  • Janette Newton
    Janette Newton Science Teacher

    Janette Newton was born and raised in rural Montana. In 2006 she graduated from high school and in 2010 she graduated from the University of Bastyr in Seattle, WA with a BS in Nutrition. Janette lived in Seattle for the next three years working as an ophthalmic technician for a cataract surgeon. In 2013, she was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and attended the University of Akron to study Education. In 2015 she graduated with her MA in Education. Since then, Janette has taught both chemistry and biology; most recently having taught Chemistry I for three years at The Linsly School, a private boarding school in Wheeling, West Virginia.

  • Eric Regh
    Eric Regh Science Teacher

    I have been a passionate and committed science educator for 15 years. I received two B.A. degrees from Arizona State University in Biology and Secondary Education and my M.A. degree in Science Teaching from Northern Arizona University. I have had the opportunity to teach in a number of different educational environments. My first teaching job was at a large public school in Glendale, AZ. After six years in public school, I moved on to an independent day school in Spokane, WA. After four years in Spokane, I wanted to shake things up so my wife and I decided to move overseas and teach in an international school in Zhuhai, China. After a two-year stint in China, we moved to a boarding school in Rabun Gap, GA, where we have spent the last three years enjoying the foothills of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Each of these stops has afforded me amazing opportunities to work with incredibly diverse student populations.

    I believe in practicing what I preach so I have made it a priority in my career to continue growing professionally, but also personally. One of my first life-changing experiences happened when I took a 3.5 week trip to the Galapagos. This was my first true experience out of the country and one that would plant the seed for many future travels. My Galapagos adventure was followed up by a 9.5 week backpacking trek through Europe. As my career progressed in Spokane, I worked hard to get selected for several professional growth opportunities including a Bioinformatics workshop in Seattle, a multitasking, learning, and memory workshop in Salt Lake, and the Siemens STEM Institute in Washington D.C. My free time in China was spent traveling all over S.E. Asia with visits to Thailand, Borneo, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Australia. Most recently, I was selected for an EPI fellowship in Costa Rica to help collect data on leatherback sea turtles.

    When not in the classroom, you can find me spending time with my beautiful and amazing wife Julie, and our two incredible children, Matthew and Addisyn. I enjoy spending time outdoors, but you can also find me enjoying a college football game or Diamondbacks game on the television. Unfortunately, the Suns aren’t worth watching at this point.

Social Studies
  • Beth Thompson
    Beth Thompson

    Beth graduated from Wasatch Academy in 1999. She received her master’s in humanities with a focus in history in 2009 from California State University Dominguez Hills, as well as her Colorado secondary teaching license from Regis University. She has taught history from 6th grade to the community college level. She is currently teaching Global Studies II and economics.

    Beth is also the cheer coach, and she enjoys camping and hiking in her spare time

  • Josh McAlister
    Josh McAlister

    After graduating with a B.A. in Political Science, Josh worked in marketing and sales. After 5 great years in management and running his own district, he decided to travel around Asia and learn Chinese, so he moved to Taiwan to teach elementary school students and to study Chinese at Shi-Da University. Mr. McAlister has spent the last five and a half years teaching and developing curriculum in the PYP, MYP, and DP at an IB World School. For the last 3 years, he was the Diploma Program Coordinator, and now has an M.A. Ed. in Secondary Education.

    Josh’s free time is spent either chasing a ball or watching a ball being chased with sports such as basketball, tennis, and football—or in spending time with his wife and two kids exploring the outdoors.

  • Todd Bucklin
    Todd Bucklin ESL and Social Studies Teacher

    Before joining Wasatch, Todd has successfully taught at several boarding schools, such as The Williston Northampton School, Idyllwild Arts Academy, The Winchendon School, and The MacDuffie School. He has taught a wide range of high school subjects, including English, American Literature, US History, World Literature, Global Studies, World Geography, Asian Religions and Philosophy, Chinese Language, and various English Language Learner (ELL) classes. Todd has developed a unique teaching style over the last twenty years based on engagement, humility, and humor.

    He likes to spend his free time traveling, watching Boston area sporting events, and eating sushi. His family includes wife Naomi, a native of Japan, and two children: Ayano, a graduating MacDuffie School senior and soon-to-be PG at Wasatch Academy, and Jadon, an incoming sophomore.

  • Nathan Moffett
    Nathan Moffett History Teacher

    After spending the first 7 years of my teaching career in the great state of Arizona, I moved overseas with my wife and son. Together, we spent 7 years in the deserts of Dubai, then one more year in Thailand. Along the way, we added to our family and now have a total of three children.

    I have spent several years teaching United States History and will continue to do so at Wasatch. In addition, I have taught Business courses and World History, including Business Management for the IB Diploma Program. I have also always tried to stay involved with students outside of the classroom in various ways including coaching and leading many international service-adventure trips.

    While living overseas, my family and I took the opportunity to see many of the wonderful sites this world has to offer. We have had some incredible experiences! But now I am excited to be heading back to Utah where I graduated from Southern Utah University and show my children the many amazing places to see in and around this state.

    My interests are cooking delicious food, enjoying sports, and being outdoors.

  • Meridee Moffett
    Meridee Moffett Humanities/Liberal Hall Assistant

    I grew up in a small town in southeastern Idaho and attended Utah State University, where I got a BA in English and Education and a Library Media degree from Southern Utah University.  After 7 years of teaching middle school Language Arts in Northern Utah, I decided to look for a new adventure and moved to Arizona, where I met my husband. We had our first son while living in Arizona, then decided another adventure was needed, so we headed to Dubai.

    At Dubai American Academy, I taught English in the high school and then had the opportunity to become the MS/HS Librarian.  I spent the last year as the whole school librarian in Thailand and loved getting to work with the elementary children as a new experience.  Some of my hobbies include baking and reading — of course! We have 3 children who are all excited for a new adventure with seasons in Utah!

Technology
  • Matt Duncan
    Matt Duncan Self-Study Coordinator

    Matt has taught web design, pedagogy, print design, Photoshop, first year composition, ESL, and creative writing at the college level. At Wasatch academy, he has taught ESL, English 1 & 2, AP Language & Composition, digital audio, and film. Matt earned a BFA in creative writing with a poetry focus from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. After working in eastern North Carolina in the college textbook industry for five years, he returned to the Midwest to complete an MA in English Literature and an MA in Communication Studies at Northern Illinois University.

    His wife Chiho has served the Wasatch Community as a Japanese tutor and translator, and as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Their young son is a favorite among the students.

  • Kurt Quackenbush
    Kurt Quackenbush 3D Animation Instructor

    Kurt graduated from Brigham Young University in 2001 with a degree in industrial design. Afterwards, he worked in Detroit at General Motors in the Pontiac Design Studio, designing automobiles. He went on to work in the video game industry as a 3D artist at a number of studios such as EA, Sony, Kodiak, and PolyStew. Kurt has several AAA published game titles that he has worked on, and he immensely enjoys the creative environment of gaming. In 2011 Kurt began teaching both 2D and 3D technology at Wasatch Academy. He is currently the head for the Center of Evolving Technology and instructs 3D animation, video game design, and design programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and Dreamweaver.

    Kurt enjoys spending free time with his son and two daughters as often as possible. He can also be found zooming across the beautiful landscape of Utah on his motorcycle.

  • Dave Huls
    Dave Huls

    Dave Huls is a Wasatch graduate from 1970, and he earned his telecommunications degree from the University of Utah. After working in the television, film and satellite industry for years,  Dave returned to Wasatch to teach film classes. He instructs students in the skills of developing stories, taking great shots, editing video, and other aspects of filmmaking, as well as assisting the Wasatch marketing team with video content.

     

    Dave enjoys fly fishing, rafting, golfing, skiing, and in general spending time outdoors with his family. He highly values the dynamic and rich conversations and relationships with the students he’s gotten to know while working at Wasatch.

  • Mark Christiansen
    Mark Christiansen

    With a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature and a year of graduate study under his belt, Mark brings 20 years of experience in the IT industry to his computer sciences classes at Wasatch Academy. His work as an IT professional has helped him stay in touch with the ever-evolving tech field and understand the need for creativity in projects. Mark enjoys the opportunity to work as a facilitator and give students projects that allow them to collaborate and have some say in how the project goes. While a student at Brigham Young University, Mark studied literature.

     

    Mark has lived in Japan, Germany, and Paraguay, which has given him a great appreciation for working with students from all around the world. He also enjoys studying Greek and Latin, reading, and spending time with his family.

  • Jordan West
    Jordan West Computer Science Teacher

    I come to Wasatch Academy with a background in evolutionary biology, computer science, and philosophy.  I have studied microscopic ciliates found in ponds, bats flying through Mexico, and birds nesting in Canada. I discovered my love of teaching as a graduate student at the University of Houston. After completing my Master’s degree, I taught programming, engineering, physics, biology, and philosophy. I am an avid outdoorsman and animal lover. When I am not playing Frisbee with my Australian shepherd Dan, I am writing computer programs, taking aerial yoga classes, riding horses, and am always up for a good discussion. Above all else, I love teaching and finding creative ways to help every student learn, gain confidence, and find success.

Visual Arts
  • Laura Prenot
    Laura Prenot Head of Department

    Laura attended Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and graduated with a BA in Studio Art with a minor in Geology. Since then, she has worked for the Teacher Education Department of Marist College, and ran the Ceramic studios as the Art Intern at Hamilton College. Laura has been at Wasatch Academy since 2006 and worked in Communications and the Dean’s Office before moving to Visual Arts.  She played an integral role in the creation of the new Studio Arts Center on campus.

    When Laura is not helping students or creating her own art, she can be found exploring the great outdoors with her friends and her dog.

  • Holly Hooper
    Holly Hooper

    Holly’s early education was at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in the field of nursing and art therapy. In the early 2000s, she moved with her husband and two young sons from Las Vegas to Central Utah, where she pursued being a full-time artist. She has won numerous awards in printmaking, drawing, and silver gelatin photography, and has shown in multiple venues throughout the state of Utah and Midwest. Holly has worked at Wasatch Academy since 2013 and has taught a wide variety of art classes such as printmaking, drawing, painting, street art, sewing, and general art instruction.

    Outside of the classroom, Holly enjoys spending as much time as possible with her two sons, husband, and dog. She also loves sewing, gardening, and adventuring. 

List of Deans
  • Steve Mondragon
    Steve Mondragon Dean of Boys

    Prior to returning to school, Steve served as a police officer for 12 years.  This experience gave Steve valuable insight into the chaos that life can bring.  His time as a police officer helped drive his desire to return to school in order to gain the education needed to continue helping others.  Steve graduated from the University of Utah with a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  As part of his education, he worked with adolescent boys at a wilderness therapeutic program.  His days “on trail” gave him a unique opportunity to witness profound therapeutic changes within these boys in the beautiful mountains of Utah.  Steve has worked with adolescents and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, pornography addiction, behavioral issues, attachment issues, autism spectrum disorder, PTSD, among other issues.  Steve also worked with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office as a victim counselor where he worked with victims of crime.  This included working with victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and the families of murder victims.

    Steve’s therapeutic approach cannot be summarized by one model.  People are diverse and Steve believes in having a wide range of approaches to his therapeutic interventions.  His warm approach with people often involves a lot of humor, breaking down treatment resistance, and building trusting relationships.  Steve believes that a trusting therapeutic relationship is the foundation for change.  Through this relationship, Steve empowers his clients to utilize emotional, behavioral, social and relational change techniques to help them achieve their treatment goals.  Steve borrows his therapeutic style from proven theories, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy, and a solution-focused approach.

    In his free time, Steve loves to spend time traveling with his wife and three children. His preferred fixations when not traveling with family are fly-fishing and spending some peaceful time outdoors.  When time permits, he also enjoys strumming his ukulele and playing the Native American flute.

    Education

    • Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work – University of Utah
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work – University of Utah
  • Dr. J Dianne Brederson
    Dr. J Dianne Brederson Assistant Head of School for Academics

    J Dianne is passionate about educational leadership, curriculum studies, assessment, and social justice education, and strives to increase cultural competence and global awareness in our society. With a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a two Master’s degrees in Educational Leadership and Teaching Foreign Languages, she brings more than 25 years of experience in the field of education as a Director of Programs, curriculum coordinator, associate professor, university coordinator, curriculum developer, instructor, mentor, advisor, and assistant coach. She is uniquely qualified to be a part of the Wasatch team from her experience working in U.S. public schools, the Peace Corps in Rwanda, the International School of Myanmar, and the International School of Prague.

    J Dianne enjoys yoga, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, biking, swimming, snowshoeing, reading, and playing with her children as they discover the world around them.

  • Ty Kennedy
    Ty Kennedy Assistant Head of School for Student Life

    Ty became Assistant Head of School for Student Life after six years of being a dorm parent for 9th and 10th graders. He has served as recreation director, athletic director, summer school director, and, in general, has been a go-to for executing the best in student life and student experience during his 20-plus years at Wasatch Academy.

    When weather permits, you can find Ty riding motorcycles across the beautiful state of Utah and enjoying the national parks. He is an avid sports fan and he loves cheering on his children or supporting the Wasatch teams.

  • Amie Mondragon
    Amie Mondragon Dean of Girls / Dean of Residential Life

    Our Dean of Students, Amie began at Wasatch over 15 years ago as a dorm parent, where she got to hit the ground running with empowering young girls, and has since shared at conferences around the world on research-based female adolescent body image solutions, creating a diverse campus, and residential faculty curriculum. She is a Certified Family Life Educator, and received her BA in Family, Consumer, and Human Development from Utah State University.