Mr. Sheneman is a graduate of the University of Utah, with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University. He has served as the Jr. High Director of West Valley 1, beginning in 2011. Mr. Sheneman has been working with teens for over two decades. Previously he served our great country in the United States Marine Corps and was released from active duty in July of 2000. He enjoys meeting with parents and students and is motivated by student achievement. Mr. Sheneman is also married, a father of 3 boys, and is active in our community.
Mrs. Hollinger started working for American Preparatory Academy in 2012, after moving to Utah following her husband’s retirement from the U. S. Navy. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland and continued to pursue her educational interests by obtaining a Masters in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Hollinger enjoys spending time with her husband of 20 years and their three children. Travel, service, biking, reading, and photography are all hobbies she wished she had more time for!
Mr. Christensen moved to Utah in 2002 from San Diego, CA to begin his college studies at Brigham Young University. After serving a two-year LDS mission he graduated from BYU with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in business management. He later received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah and practiced mental health therapy for a time, focusing on work with adolescents. Mr. Christensen came to APA in 2015 as a school counselor and transitioned into administrative leadership shortly after. He is married with three daughters and enjoys living in Salt Lake County. Mr. Christensen is a sci-fi and fantasy enthusiast and enjoys all things Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings. He loves to read, see movies with his wife, and cook. His passion is working with adolescents and he brings years of experience in this field along with his energy and enthusiasm for learning to the junior high program here at APA.
Prior to joining the Draper 3 admin team, Ms. Corbett had spent 3 years with American Prep, as Secretary at West Valley 2 and Administrative Director at Draper 1. She studied Business Administration at BYU and loves the outdoors. Her favorite activities are hiking, reading, and traveling. Ms. Corbett moved from Queen Creek Arizona and has 2 boys and 3 grandchildren. She is very excited to bring her experience to our Draper 3 Campus as Administrative Director.
Mrs. LaJeunesse grew up in Sandy, Utah and attended college at the University of Utah, where she studied exercise and sports science. She first began working for American Prep in 2011. Her favorite thing to do is to spend time with her husband and their beautiful children.
A BYU English graduate with two years of experience in the realm of magazine publishing, Ms. Brereton is an avid foodie with a hearty appetite for various ethnic cuisines, books, traveling, and adventure. In 2011, Ms. Brereton completed a study abroad in Israel where she fell in love with the Middle East. After witnessing the volatile racial climate of Israel, she was especially interested in studying race, gender, and religion during her graduate studies at Utah State, where she graduated with her Master's in August 2014. Though she is now a busy secondary teacher, she tries to find time to travel, binge on Netflix, discover new hobbies and restaurants with her husband, and of course relax with a good book. Ms. Brereton looks forward to sharing the thrill and power of classic literature and strong writing with her students this year.
Mrs. Clayton loves reading and spending time with her two children and husband. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Utah in 2003. After graduation she moved back to her home state of California to study Curriculum and Instruction at Argosy University. She has been teaching at American Preparatory Academy since 2017. Outside of school she is a Little Free Library Steward, a Girl Scout Troop Leader, and enjoys exploring the beautiful state of Utah.
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. Elam studied Philosophy, English, and German at The University of Georgia. She graduated with a MAT in Secondary English Education from Augusta University in 2015, after which she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to be nearer to the mountains. When she is not busy diagramming sentences and analyzing arguments, you may find Ms. Elam climbing, hiking, running, biking, skiing, or playing ultimate frisbee. If you happen to see her out on her road bike, be sure to wave hello!
Mrs. Kersh grew up in the Salt Lake Valley and loves living in this beautiful state. She is a graduate from the University of Utah with a degree in English Teaching. Mrs. Kersh has always been passionate about education and literature. Words are so powerful and she is so excited to share learning experiences with the students of APA.
Mr. Olsen joined the American Preparatory Academy faculty in 2018. Prior to that, he had recently completed a Master’s degree in French Literature at the University of Utah. Mr. Olsen has always been pulled to the teaching profession; he worked at Deer Valley as a ski instructor and taught at the University of Utah as a French instructor.
He enjoys learning new languages, traveling in Western Europe, and experimenting with exotic recipes, such as Brazilian feijoada or homemade falafel.
Mr. Olsen enjoys looking for a great story, whether that be a novel by Émile Zola or a comic book he bought at the 7-11.
Ms. Sanders comes to APA with over 15 years of teaching Theatre and Literature (Shakespeare, Composition, Drama, Musical Theatre, Leadership and ESL) in Northern California. She grew up in Utah, a lover of words, whether written, spoken or sung! As a high schooler, she was the Drama Sterling Scholar, and went on to attend college on a Theatre scholarship. Ms. Sanders later graduated from the University of California, Sacramento and from the American Center for Music Theatre in L.A., eventually moving to NYC/DC, becoming a union Equity stage actress as well as the vocalist for a 16 piece big band in Washington, DC.
Later, as a mother of five, she founded ArtLight, an LDS concert art series in Sacramento, as well as TheatreAlive!, a youth theatre performing arts organization. She has directed/musically directed over 30 productions for TheatreAlive!, charter and public high schools, as well as the award winning-youth theatre group, Take Note Troupe in Northern California. Ms. Sanders returned to school to obtain her Masters from Grand Canyon University and thrives in mentoring all of her students both in the classroom and onstage, to find their hidden potential or refine that potential!
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.
Ms. Krill is originally from Southern California with an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from UCLA and a MA in Classical Studies from Indiana University, where she taught for seven years. Beyond her love of Latin and Ancient Greek languages, art, and history, Ms. Krill also enjoys reading and is a devoted fan of the works of Jane Austen. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking with her family and takes any opportunity to learn new crafting skills such as knitting and quilting.
Mrs. Leitch is so excited to be teaching Latin at APA this year! Mrs. Leitch graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2013 with a major in history and minor in Latin language. She then returned to Utah State University to earn a Master of Arts in history where she studied theory, folklore, and effective teaching practices. She graduated in 2015, earning the Latin Student of the Year award for her work in reforming beginning Latin courses. She enjoys reading, writing, yoga, martial arts, and pretty much anything revolving around science fiction and fantasy.
Ms. Thacker graduated from Utah State University in 2012 with a B.A. in History and minors in Latin and Ancient Greek. After deciding that Classics was the field for her, she then went to the University of Kansas to pursue an M.A. in Classics. It was at the University of Kansas that she fell in love with teaching, and after graduating in 2014, she taught Latin for four years at Thales Academy in North Carolina. She is delighted to be teaching at APA starting in 2018. In her free time, Ms. Thacker loves playing board games, swimming, playing the piano, reading, and traveling.
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.
Mr. Hill attended Brigham Young University, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2014. He remained at the university for graduate study, where he focused on computational analysis of jet engine performance. He joined the APA team in 2018 as a secondary math teacher. A lifelong student, his hobbies include language study and learning computer programming languages.
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.
Dr. Teh obtained her bachelors in Theoretical Physics from the University of Science in Malaysia and continued on to earn her doctorate from the University of Utah. She was a physics teaching assistant in the University of Utah for 4 years and named best teaching assistant in 2015. Her main intellectual endeavors are in mathematical physics and programming. In her spare time, she plays competitive badminton and spends time in the great Utah outdoors with her four-legged best friend!
Mr. Wright graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Physics in 2016. After graduating, he spent a year at Oregon State University studying materials science, focusing on the electronic properties of ceramics. He now teaches math at the APA Draper 3 campus.
Mrs. Gow is originally from Canada. She attended Mount Royal College and the University of Alberta. She worked in the hotel industry for 17 years as a manager in front office and housekeeping operations. She has lived in Utah since 2007. Mrs. Gow worked for the Canyons School District, at Albion Middle School in the Math Department, for 7 years. She was also the Chess Coach for 5 years. Mrs. Gow joined the American Prep team in 2017, working at the Draper 2 campus as a second grade teacher. She was excited to be able to return to the secondary level of education here at the Draper 3 campus in 2018. She also enjoys golfing on two women's leagues, and with her husband.
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.
Mr. McCawley was born in England and moved to Canada at the age of 9. He joined the school band at the age of 12. Originally he selected trombone as his instrument but upon arrival at the first rehearsal it was discovered that he was the only one tall enough to hold the Tuba. Mr. McCawley obtained his undergraduate degree in Music Education at the University of Saskatchewan and spent the next two years teaching Band in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. A change in direction took him to Toronto and ultimately Windsor in the province of Ontario. While there he pursued an active musical life performing with the Windsor, London and Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra as well as freelancing through throughout Southern Ontario and Michigan. It was during this time that he met and married Geralyn Giovannetti (currently Professor of Oboe and Chamber Music at the BYU School of Music). A move to Utah in 1990 lead to more musical adventures. Mr McCawley has been a regular sub and extra with the Utah Symphony since 1990, Principal Tuba with the Ballet West Orchestra since 1993, and performed on hundreds of movie trailers, tv shows and so forth through the active Salt Lake recording industry. He is a founding member of the Utah Premiers Brass and the Utah Wind Symphony, and has been Adjunct Faculty teaching Euphonium and Tuba at Weber State, Utah State, BYU and currently Utah Valley University. In January 2016 he returned to classroom teaching when he accepted a position teaching for American Prep at the West Valley campuses.
After directing a few choirs at Salt Lake Community College, Mrs. Thompson decided that she wanted more choir in her life! With her two teenage daughters getting older, she decided it was the right time to get a full-time teaching job (She taught part-time at SLCC for 10 years) and she is very excited to be teaching music and singing to the wonderful students at APA! Originally from Northern California, Mrs. Thompson got "stuck" here in Utah after graduating from BYU in 1999 with a degree in Music Education/Choral Conducting. For the last 20 years, she has been raising her beautiful girls, teaching voice lessons, and pursuing a variety of other interests, including singing with the Utah Opera Chorus, health coaching & personal training, and travel.
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. 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.
Mr. West grew up in Hawthorne, Nevada. During high school, he was Student Body President and also played basketball and baseball. He attended Southern Utah University and received his Bachelors degree in Physical Education and Human Performance/Coaching. While at SUU, he worked with the Men's Basketball team for two seasons. Mr. West started working at APA in January 2018 and is the Sophomore basketball head coach. He will also be starting the baseball program at APA this Fall. Mr. West enjoys spending time with his family, camping, fishing, and sports.
Ms. Borne graduated from Utah Valley University Honor’s Program with a BS in Exercise Science and a Minor in Spanish Language. She was offered a scholarship to UVU with the prestigious Ballroom Dance Company’s Tour Team, and with the team won the British World Championships in Blackpool, England. Ms. Borne graduated in Exercise Science while competing across the country and teaching at UVU and APA while working towards her degree. Ms. Borne has been dancing from a young age, and has been teaching dance for six years outside of APA and since 2017 with APA. She is a three-time certified Dance Teacher through the Dance Vision International Dancer’s Association and is currently pursuing her fourth certification. Ms. Borne loves teaching dance because she is able to see her students learn values such as respect, integrity, and determination through a unique activity. In her free time, Ms. Borne teaches and trains in Competitive Ballroom Dance, enjoys exercising, cooking, and traveling both for dance and for fun.
Ms. Price graduates from BYU-Idaho. She did her first show when she was just 4 days old, joining her family on stage at Sundance Summer Theatre. As a young girl she studied with the Children’s Dance Theatre at the University of Utah and performed with OnStage Studios, traveling twice to Japan to perform as guests of the Honda Corporation. In high school she trained with Paul Winkelman as a member of his ballroom medley team for 3 years. She was a featured performer in the Opening/Closing ceremonies during the Salt Lake Olympics, then went on to spend 6 months in Disney World as a character performer and 10 years as a recruiter for the Disney College Program. While attending BYU-Idaho she danced with the touring company Dance Alliance and upon graduation became an Adjunct Faculty member for 7 years where she was co-director and featured choreographer for Dance Alliance. She was Head Coach and Artistic Director for Idaho Ballroom Academy for 10 years where she taught classes, choreographed routines and designed both the costumes and musical tracks. She has taken ballroom groups to compete in Blackpool England, Vancouver Canada as well as numerous competitions around the United States. Her teams have won many regional, state and national titles. She is certified with DVIDA and still loves to dance and perform though her favorite dance partner is now her darling son.
Ms. Dunn earned her bachelors in environmental geology from Brigham Young University. She leveraged her knowledge and worked with non-profit and government entities to provide disaster education training for students, scientists, and community members throughout Utah and internationally. Rachel is excited to bring her passion for science and education to the students at APA.
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. 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.
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.
Mrs. Dailey first joined the American Preparatory Academy staff in 2016, as the Ambassador Specialist, working with Ambassador Councils and assisting the Character Development program. In 2017, she went full-time as a Character Development Director. She works with the students at the Draper 3 campus, but also helps with Draper 2 events, as needed. She continues to work with the Jr. High Ambassador Councils and the Student Government program that was redesigned in 2017. She truly values the character development aspect that APA provides the students and has seen the positive influence it has made on her own children. She has had students at APA for 11 years. Some of her past experience includes a great deal of volunteer hours, earning her the APA Volunteer of the Year award in 2016.
Ms. Eschler went to Weber State University and received her Bachelors in Social Work. In 2007, she started teaching kindergarten at American Prep. She has taught kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade, here at APA. We are glad that she is bringing her amazing teaching abilities to the Character Development program here at the Draper 3 campus.
As an APA school counselor, Mrs. Leonard works with all high school students individually, in group settings, and in the classroom. She collaborates with parents, other counselors, teachers and administration to help students achieve their scholastic best. Her primary focus is academic success and college and career planning. She believes that all students are capable of significant achievement and success in their chosen life path. Mrs. Leonard spent over a decade working with at-risk children in the non-profit sector and was a CFO for a local garden center, where she discovered a passion for gardening. Mrs. Leonard holds a Bachelors Degree in sociology from Brigham Young University and a Masters Degree in School Counseling from Utah State University.
Mrs. Mirimanian earned a Bachelor's Degree from New Mexico State University in 2009 and went on to receive a Master's Degree and PPS credential in School Counseling from the University of La Verne, in Southern California. She has spent her recent years working in the K-6 setting, however, she is excited to return to the secondary education level and work with the amazing students here at APA. Aside from counseling, Mrs. Mirimanian enjoys spending time with her family and traveling!
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.
Mrs. Beale graduated from University of Phoenix with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's degree in Special Education. She began teaching in 2014 and joined the American Prep team in 2015. She is married and has 4 children. In Mrs. Beale's spare time she enjoys reading and being with her family.
Mrs. Mitchell has worked at American Prep as a speech language pathologist since 2015. She has been working for over 23 years in this profession and loves it. Mrs. Mitchell received her bachelors degree from Washington State University in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 1993 and her masters degree from Utah State University in Communication Disorders in 1997. She enjoys working with all kinds of people and populations and has a private practice in SLC where she is able to practice what she loves.