College Counseling
  • Mitzi Austin
    Mitzi Austin

    Black Hills State University, 1992 – summa cum laude

    Biography: A native of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, Mitzi McIlvain Austin received her degree in English and Biology from Black Hills State University. Her life experiences include following her family on the rodeo circuit as a child; working for the US Forest Service after college and occasionally fighting wildfires, where she met her husband Luke (history teacher) in the mountains of Idaho. They are the proud parents of two children. In addition to being the Director of College Counseling, Mitzi enjoys yard work, camping, the stars, good books, and Game of Thrones.

  • Jonelle Larsen
    Jonelle Larsen

    Growing up in the Denver area, Jonelle has always felt most at home in the West. As she lived between Colorado, California, and Utah in her young adulthood, she finally settled in Sanpete County, joining Wasatch Academy in July of 2000. It was at Wasatch that Jonelle discovered a love for the education of young people.  As such, she completed her Masters in Psychology from Utah State University in 2009. This prepared her in joining the college counseling team, where she has enjoyed supporting students since 2010.  The wife and mother of Wasatch Academy graduates, Jonelle takes pride in watching young men and women build on their Wasatch experiences as they prepare for college and enter adulthood.

  • Stefanie Whitworth
    Stefanie Whitworth
  • Cheryl Mietchen
    Cheryl Mietchen Learning Strategies Coordinator
  • Lanie Beckham
    Lanie Beckham
  • Alyssa Wolf
    Alyssa Wolf
  • Matt Duncan
    Matt Duncan
  • Courtney Cook
    Courtney Cook
English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Cheri Crosby
    Cheri Crosby Head of Department
  • Angela Christiansen
    Angela Christiansen
Experiential Education
  • Dave Heldreth
    Dave Heldreth Head of Department
  • Travis Madsen
    Travis Madsen Athletics Director
  • Ted Winkworth
    Ted Winkworth Head Snow Sports Coach
  • Todd Tree
    Todd Tree
Language Studies
  • Scott Butler
    Scott Butler
  • Amy Delbecq
    Amy Delbecq
Learning Services
  • Ellen Parker
    Ellen Parker Academic Coach Program Coordinator
  • Cheryl Mietchen
    Cheryl Mietchen Learning Strategies Coordinator
  • Kara Loftin
    Kara Loftin Dean of Parent and Student Support Services
  • Emma Chiappetta
    Emma Chiappetta
  • Zeb Engberg
    Zeb Engberg
  • Kari Varga
    Kari Varga
  • Nick Fowler
    Nick Fowler
Performing Arts
  • Matthew Schukis
    Matthew Schukis Head of Department
  • Kiera Ryckman
    Kiera Ryckman
Residential Life
  • Ryan White
    Ryan White Assistant Dorm Parent for Sage
  • Ray Tuineau
    Ray Tuineau Dorm Parent for Sage
  • Ryan Steere
    Ryan Steere Assistant Dorm Parent for Centennial
  • Jeff McQuivey
    Jeff McQuivey Centennial Dorm Parent/Prefect Coordinator
  • Abbi Kennedy
    Abbi Kennedy Pierce Dorm Parent
  • Melissa Davis
    Melissa Davis Dorm Parent for Alice
  • Amie Mondragon
    Amie Mondragon Dorm Parent for The Zoe
School Counseling
  • Maggi Quackenbush
    Maggi Quackenbush
  • David Roth, PhD
    David Roth, PhD Head of Department
  • Peter Cossid
    Peter Cossid
  • Yong-Chan Kim
    Yong-Chan Kim
  • Kirt Wackford, PhD
    Kirt Wackford, PhD
Social Studies
  • Sandra Friedman
    Sandra Friedman

    University of Windsor, 2008 B.Sc. Honours Geology University of Windsor, 2009 B. Ed.  J/I Geography

    Sandra Friedman grew up in Southern Ontario, Canada where she developed a love for science and nature. She completed her honours degree in Geology in 2008.  While at school, she developed a love for education while teaching at a summer camp in New York and serving as a Girl Guide Leader and went on to get her Education degree in Geography.

    Sandra teaches Model United Nations (MUN), as well as serving as the faculty advisor for the MUN team.  She loves learning about the world and world events and hopes to pass that love on to her students.  She also teaches ACT and SAT prep, and is the testing coordinator for the school.

    Her passions include spending time with her husband and two small boys, crafting, gardening, reading, and enjoying the natural beauty of Utah.  She can often be found staring at rocks and playing in the dirt.

  • Brandon Hartley
    Brandon Hartley Head of Department
  • Luke Austin
    Luke Austin
  • Jason Friedman, PhD
    Jason Friedman, PhD
  • Beth Thompson
    Beth Thompson
  • Kurt Quackenbush
    Kurt Quackenbush 3D Animation Instructor
  • Frank Moody
    Frank Moody Computer Science Instructor
Visual Arts
  • Laura Prenot
    Laura Prenot Head of Department
  • Holly Hooper
    Holly Hooper
  • Coke Whitworth
    Coke Whitworth Photography Instructor
List of Deans
  • Dr. J Dianne Brederson
    Dr. J Dianne Brederson Dean of Academics

    Dean of 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. She values individuality, embraces multiple perspectives, and seeks to meet the needs of each student and community member through collaborative leadership and a learner-centered, reflective approach to teaching, training and supervision.

    With a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction and a master’s in educational leadership, 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 with students from elementary to college. J Dianne has worked in US public schools, Peace Corps in Rwanda, Africa, the International School of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar and the International School of Prague in the Czech Republic, as well as curriculum-specific summer camps including one for at-risk children and one that emphasized experiential learning in the outdoors. She prides herself in being a tenacious and talented leader with close to 10 years of experience in supervisory, leadership, and administrative positions in a variety of programs. She enjoys yoga, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, biking, swimming, snowshoeing, reading, and playing with her children as they discover the world around them.

  • Jamaal Brown
    Jamaal Brown Assistant Dean of Students/Assistant Boys Basketball Coach

    Assistant Dean of Students/Assistant Boys Basketball Coach

    Jamaal Brown was originally drawn to Wasatch Academy by our varsity boys’ basketball team. As assistant coach he helps guide this team with great passion and experience to help our players become the best athletes possible. In addition, Jamaal has found his niche as the assistant dean of students. He is able to connect with students and hold them to the high standards expected at Wasatch Academy.

    His love of basketball began in Chicago, where he grew up. It continued into his college years when he played for Oklahoma State. He is now excited to pass on the lessons he learned both on and off the court to our students.

  • Ty Kennedy
    Ty Kennedy Dean of Residential Life/Dean of Boys/Boys Basketball Director

    Dean of Residential Life/Dean of Boys/Boys Basketball Director

    Tyler Kennedy(Ty) began his career at Wasatch Academy as a dorm parent for 9th and 10th graders. After six years of being a dorm parent, he became the Dean of Residential Life and Dean of Students. He has served in many positions of student life, including recreation director, athletic director, and summer school director. He is now on his 19th year serving Wasatch Academy as the Dean of Residential Life and Dean of Boys. His psychology degree from Utah State University helps Ty understand students and their motivations as he works with them day in and day out.

    When weather permits you can find Ty riding motorcycles across the beautiful state of Utah and enjoying the national parks. He is a sports fan, he loves cheering on his children in their athletic endeavors, supporting the Wasatch Academy teams, and playing in games himself. Ty likes to attend student games and performances as a way to get to know the students better. He also visits with students in the student center and the dorms to see them where they are most comfortable.