Ms. Pimentel graduated from BYU with an undergraduate degree in Spanish/English education and a juris doctorate degree from BYU law school. She worked as an attorney in both private practice and at Utah Legal Services, specializing in domestic law relating to domestic abuse. Ms. Pimentel retired from her law practice in 2009 and began teaching at American Prep in 2012. She loves the outdoors, especially running and hiking, and especially loves dogs, birds, and bears.
Mr. Greenwood earned a Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University- Hawaii with a minor in theater. He has been teaching at American Prep since 2011, starting out at the Draper 1 Campus, with 8th and 9th Graders. Mr. Greenwood is also the founder of the Writer's Club at APA and mentored the new Anime club in 2016. His hobbies include playing music, singing karaoke, reading, writing, cooking, and eating delicious food at unique restaurants.
Ms. Daines grew up in Cache Valley and attended Utah State University, where she studied Social Studies education. After college, she moved to New York City for two and a half years and worked in the hospitality industry. She returned to Utah State and obtained a Master's Degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) Education. She began her teaching career in 2013, in Logan, Utah where she taught Ancient World Civilizations, Modern World Civilizations, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, Life Skills, ACT Prep, and U.S. Government to 9th-12th graders. In her spare time, Ms. Daines enjoys hunting for green curry, devouring sushi, traveling, reading, watching sports, and being a cat mom.
Mr. Frogue was born and raised in south central Kentucky. He graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science with a major in History and a minor in Geography. He has been teaching at American Prep since 2014.
He loves watching history documentaries. His favorite sport is football in which he has 4 years of experience coaching at the high school level.
Mrs. McGirr is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University. She has a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Gifted Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education History. She began teaching in 2011 and holds teaching licenses in both Arizona and Utah. While at ASU, she also studied Theatre Education, and has over fourteen years of experience in theatre and performance. She is passionate about children, education, U.S. history, dramatic arts, and Mexican food. In her free time, she enjoys writing, throwing parties, singing showtunes, watching Netflix, and having fun with her husband and two kids. She is from Prescott, Arizona and has lived in Utah since 2012.
Ms. Ochs attended California State University San Marcos, in North County San Diego, where she studied African and European history. After completing her bachelor’s degree she enrolled in the Middle Level Teacher credentialing program where she specialized in the education of young adolescents, at-risk students, and English language learners. Her formative teaching years were spent out in the Coachella Valley, teaching for Palm Springs Unified School District, where she taught world history from ancient to early modern times, seventh grade English, and student leadership. After six years she moved to Utah and decided to quit teaching because she felt that schools were not doing enough to prepare students for the rigors of adult life. However, upon procuring employment as an instructor at American Prep in West Valley, her passion for teaching was reignited. Ms. Ochs taught sixth grade in West Valley for one year before moving to the Draper 2 Campus in 2013. Upon arriving at Draper 2, Ms. Ochs taught Utah Studies and U.S. History to seventh graders. The next year she moved on to teaching High school as she took on the challenge of developing and implementing AP Human Geography, AP European, Geography Honors, and Western Civilizations.
Her favorite parts of teaching are the lively discussions and debates that take place in her classroom. The youthful exuberance and excitement that her students bring to her classroom are the reasons she stays in the profession. She loves all things geeky, especially Star Wars and comic books. In case you have to know, she prefers Marvel, but has nothing against D.C. In her free time, Ms. Ochs enjoys working out, watching movies and television shows, and reading. She is a gastronome who not only likes to eat at the lowliest taco cart to the finest of fine dining restaurants, but also enjoys cooking exotic and everyday foods. She is also known to randomly burst into song, because there is always something happening that is worth singing about.
Ms. Allen started taking Latin as a sophomore in High School. By her senior year, she was student teaching a Latin class. Encouraged by this experience, she decided to continue her study of Latin with a goal of teaching. She attended the University of Utah, with a major in Classics and a minor in Classical Civilizations. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2001 with an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classics, with a split focus on Latin and ancient Greek.
Ms. Allen started teaching at American Preparatory Academy in the fall of 2004, initiating the Latin program for American Prep. In 2010, she had the wonderful opportunity to tour parts of Italy and Greece. This opportunity came out of the dedicated efforts and sacrifice of many American Prep students and families, who graciously offered a realization of her desire to visit Rome, Pompeii, Athens, and other locations that she taught about, but had not seen first hand. She considers this gift as one of the greatest highlights of her life, and has tried to use the knowledge she gained to enhance her classes and inspire her students.
Mr. Goff is a Classical Latin Teacher in Secondary Education. He has been Teaching with American Prep since 2011. He attended Utah State University (USU – The True Blue) where he studied several disciplines including: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Landscape Architecture, English, Literature, Philosophy, Computer Science, History, and Latin. His interests are diverse and expansive. Hobbies include: camping, outdoor survival and exploration, Stop Motion Animation, Soccer, movies, strategy games, programming and coding, science fiction and fantasy books, and he is very passionate about video games.
Mr. Andersen graduated from BYU with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Five years later, he graduated from the Air Force Institute of Technology with a MS in Aeronautical Engineering. He spent 20 years in the US Air Force, as a technical liaison and project manager. After retiring from the USAF, he spent 11 years working for various commercial engineering and consulting companies. Mr. Andersen has taught university courses in Algebra and US Constitution. He began teaching public school in 2015.
Mrs. Stewart has been with American Prep since 2007 as a parent and since 2012 as a teacher. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelors degree in mathematics education and a minor in biology. Prior to teaching at American Prep, she taught math and science in Jordan School District for six years. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Stewart enjoys running and spending time with her family. She and her husband have four children, two boys and twin girls.
Mr. Swensen graduated from the University of Utah with a mathematics degree in 2015. While at college, he worked at the mathematics-tutoring center and was a T.A. for numerous courses. He began teaching at American Prep full time in March 2015, where he has taught Algebra 2, Advanced Mathematics, Saxon Calculus, and AP Calculus. Mr. Swensen was born and raised in Midvale, Utah and attended High school at Murray High. He enjoys hiking, camping, rock climbing, playing board games, and eating food.
Matthew Wendell was the first of his family to graduate from a university. He began his classroom teaching career in 2010, after earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Utah. Mr. Wendell has been teaching at American Preparatory Academy, Draper Campuses, since November of 2015. His philosophy of music education focuses on cultivating young musicians through the development of personal character and musicianship. Mr. Wendell motivates students by sharing his passion for music as one of life’s most powerful unifying forces. An active performer with a background in classical and jazz idioms, Matthew currently performs on trumpet with the Utah Millennial Choir and Orchestra and the Utah Valley Symphony. Mr. Wendell serves on the Artistic Board of Directors for the Utah Valley Youth Symphony where he is also a conductor and coach. He also held coaching positions for Salem Hills High School Marching Band, Spanish Fork High School Marching Band, and the Spanish Fork Junior High Wrestling team. His most influential teachers Peter Margulies. Nick Norton, James Nova, Scott Haggen, Robert Baldwin, Larry Livingston, Peter Boonshaft, Robert Ponto, Anthony Maiello, Paula Crider, Col. Mike Bankhead, and Thomas Leslie. He is an alumnus member of Mu Phi Epsilon and Phi Theta Kappa. Current memberships include the National Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Education, Utah Bandmasters Association, Utah Music Educators Association, American Society for Public Administrators, and the Aikido Association of America. Mr. Wendell’s contagious passion for music and music education has also inspired some of his former students to pursue undergraduate and graduate music degrees. To further his own education, Matthew is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Band Conducting and Pedagogy at The American Band College of Sam Houston State University and is anticipating graduation in 2017.
Ms. Fallis started violin lessons when she was 4 years old. By the age of 12, she knew that she wanted to be a professional violinist and orchestral musician.
Her teachers include Vivian Green, Eugene Lamas, Joanne Fischer, Kenneth Goldsmith (now at Rice), Elizabeth Holborn, Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay.
Ms. Fallis studied Violin Performance at Juilliard for 2 years and finished her degree at CSU, Fullerton. Following graduation, she performed with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Redlands Symphony Orchestra and San Bernardino Symphony along with many, many other performance opportunities including Ray Charles, The Moody Blues, and Natalie Cole to name only three.
Ms. Fallis has been teaching violin for over 48 years and loves teaching stringed instruments! She has been teaching Orchestra at American Preparatory Academy since 2010. Her educational philosophy is, "Demonstrate genuine passion for your art, give students the correct foundations, challenging repertoire, include enthusiastic encouragement, provide excellent performance opportunities and students will rise to the challenge."
Mrs. Neilson attended USU and U of U. She received her Health and Physical Education Composite Bachelors Degree from Utah State University. She taught Teen Living, Health, and PE at Brockbank Jr. High for 11 years. Also during that time she was involved in coaching gymnastics, and assisted with volleyball and track and field. She has been teaching Health and PE at American Prep since 2003. She enjoys teaching water aerobics, riding bikes, and camping. She loves spending quality time with her family.
Mrs. Dye has been teaching since 2014. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from Eastern Oregon University and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Toxicology from University of Nevada, Reno. She enjoys spending time with her 2 boys and husband, reading, and science, of course! Mrs. Dye is also the advisor for the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society.
Mr. Mair is a graduate of Western Governors University and has been teaching since 2007. His first experience in teaching was in Special Education at a school that served children with autism. He began teaching at American Preparatory Academy in 2016. When he is not teaching you can find Mr. Mair fly-fishing in the many rivers across the Western United States and hiking to many of our beautiful backcountry lakes.
Mr. Hollinger teaches Physics and AP Psychology and is the Chair of the Science Department. He started teaching at American Preparatory Academy in 2011. Before coming to APA, Mr. Hollinger retired from the US Navy where he worked as an Independent Duty Corpsman, which is a stand-alone medical provider similar to a Physicians Assistant or Nurse Practitioner. His last tour in the Navy was as the medical provider for SEAL Team 5 where he deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon.
He attended University of Maryland University College and Red Rocks Community College as a Psychology Major in addition to many military schools.
Mr. Hollinger is an engaging teacher who actively seeks to make every student reach his or her potential.
Ms. Broadhead graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in education. She began teaching at American Preparatory Academy in 2009 and was awarded the American Preparatory Academy Builder of the Year in 2014. She strives for excellence in all that she does. Teaching and guiding students with enthusiasm is her passion. She has been told that she even teaches in her sleep! An accomplishment of hers is her ability to quote all 130 lines of “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. She is certified in Love and Logic. She loves a good read and is a foodie at heart.
Ms. Samu graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Family Studies, and received a Special Education Certification from Utah State University. She has been working in special education for over 23 years. She has extensive experience in behavior management. Ms. Samu has four adult sons and seven grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, yoga, and spending time with her family.