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 four children 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.
Mr. Durst first started working at American Prep in 2004. He began working at APA as Secondary Director, but his true passion is for athletics. In addition to being American Prep's Director of Athletics, Mr. Durst is a Board of Trustees Member for UHSAA. Mr. Durst believes that working with youth to help them build confidence and feel a part of something bigger than themselves is always rewarding, win or lose. The goal of the APA athletic program is to promote the education and development of students through athletic participation. Lifelong learning experiences include the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, respect, integrity, discipline, positivity, and commitment.
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.
Mrs. Stratton went to Utah Valley University, where she studied Elementary Education. She worked in management for over 10 years. Mrs. Stratton started teaching American Prep English groups in 2015. She was the 7th and 8th grade student council mentor for 2 years, at another campus, before coming to Draper 3 in 2019. She really loves the Character Development Program here at APA. Mrs. Stratton has 2 kids that both attend American Prep. She also loves sports, hiking, camping, and reading.
Mr. Moyle grew up in Sandy, Utah and graduated from Brighton High School in 2011. Afterwards, he attended Snow College, and then BYU - Idaho where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Mr. Moyle loves to ski, likes writing and reading, and enjoys almost anything Science-fiction.
Mrs. Phillips graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Minor in Business Management. She went on to graduated from Utah State University with a Master's degree in Educational Psychology with licensure in School Counseling. She is married with 4 children. She has worked both in counseling settings and in business and tech. Mrs. Phillips hobbies include soccer, all sports, family history, gardening, reading, and being outdoors.
Mrs. Buroker received her Bachelor’s of Political Science from BYU-Idaho and went on to get her Master’s of International Community Leadership from Westminster College. She’s spent seven years working in the mental health and non-profit sectors. She’s worked with a variety of individuals ranging from at-risk youth, incarcerated adults, and marginalized women both in the US and abroad. In 2018, she decided to make a career switch and entered the field of academia. She became an Adjunct Instructor at Utah Valley University and loved working in education so much she decided to go full-time. In her spare time, she enjoys sports, backpacking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family.
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. Kunz graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Dance. She also holds a J.D. from the J. Reuben Law School at BYU and an M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Before joining APA, Ms. Kunz practiced law in New York City and worked in non-profit management. She is thrilled to now be teaching grammar and writing to the next generation. When Ms. Kunz isn't preparing lesson plans or grading papers, she loves to hike, read speculative fiction, bake cookies, watch anime, play board games, and listen to podcasts.
Ms. Mayo earned her BA in Humanities from Brigham Young University and her MEd from Southern Utah University. She loves reading books, teaching books, and teaching her students to love books. She started teaching in 2006 at Wasatch High School and is excited to now work with the students of APA. In her free time, she enjoys travel and creating art!
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.
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.
Ms. Price graduated 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.
Mr. Romney received a BS in Family Life Education from Brigham Young University and a MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from University of Hawaii Manoa. He competed in ballroom dance (Formation Team and Individual) for 5 years and performed and toured with the BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble for 5 years. Mr. Romney taught clogging, Irish dance, and folk dance at BYU for 5 years. He also taught ballroom dance at the University of Hawaii for 2 years.
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.
Ms. Johnson is originally from Utah and graduated from South Summit High School. She holds an undergraduate degree in History and Philosophy from Moravian College and graduate degrees from Villanova University and George Washington University. Prior to teaching, she worked as a historical documents editor in Washington, DC and spent much of her time in the archives. Ms. Johnson joined the APA team for the 2019-2020 school year. She teaches World Geography and World Civilizations. Outside of school, she loves to read, research and write about Utah's past, and spend time with her son.
Mr. Jordan attended Brigham Young University - Idaho and received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies Education Composite. He first began working at APA in 2019. Mr. Jordan says that he is into all things nerdy. Reading fantasy books, playing games (board or video), and watching movies are among his favorite pass times. Nature has always been a source of peace and enjoyment for Mr. Jordan. Camping and hiking with friends and loved ones is something he greatly enjoys. He loves history and is excited to share it with his students.
Mr. La Jeunesse is a graduate of Liberty University in Virginia, with Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Social Science and Master’s Degree in History. He is also currently enrolled in Liberty’s Doctorate in Philosophy program working on his PhD in History. Mr. La Jeunesse specializes in research and writing about early colonial American history, and is utterly passionate about all things American History. Mr. La Jeunesse is a Veteran of the United States Air Force. In his free time, Mr. La Jeunesse loves to travel with his family, exploring everything from US landmarks and cities, to international destinations such as Peru and others.
Mr. Latham earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Studies from Westminster College, with an emphasis in History and Theatre. He started at APA right after, in 2016. He teaches US History, Government, and Speech & Debate. He is also the coach for the Debate Team, and Athletic Assistant for secondary sports. He has worked professionally as an Actor and his hobbies include Film/Theatre acting, dancing, reading, genealogy, and he loves to do almost any activity.
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. Prevette graduated from Appalachian State University, in her home state of North Carolina, with a degree in History Education. She previously taught American History and AP US History in North Carolina, before moving to Utah. She joined the American Prep team in 2019. When she is not working, she loves doing anything outdoors, including hiking, rock climbing, and running. She is passionate about anything food related and loves a good board game or trivia. She is a huge sports fan and loves all things App State, Carolina Panthers, and UNC Tar Heels! On her bucket list is the goal to travel to all 50 states and to be a contestant on either Jeopardy or Family Feud (or both!).
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 was delighted to join the American Prep team in 2018. In her free time, Ms. Thacker loves playing board games, swimming, playing the piano, reading, and traveling.
Ms. Davison graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in Psychology in 2015. She is currently pursuing her MAT in Middle School Mathematics at Western Governor's University. She's volunteered in the Davis School District assisting teachers with instruction from 2016-2018. She spent the 2018-2019 school year working at Spectrum Academy as a paraprofessional and part-time 8th grade math teacher. Ms. Davison joined the APA team, and first started teaching full-time, in 2019. She enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 boys, board games, graphic design, photography, and, of course, math!
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!
Mrs. Woodcox has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics Education, from Western Governors University. She started at APA in 2005 as a Music Teacher, at the first Draper campus. During her time at Draper 1, she wrote the Builder’s Song, taught Math, served as Jr. High Secretary, and received a Builder of the Year Award, while working on her Math degree. In 2010, she began teaching Math at the West Valley 1 campus, where she stayed for 9 years. While teaching in West Valley, she served as Math Team Coach, HOPE Squad Mentor, Ambassador Council Mentor, and Math Department Co-Chair. She is excited to be back in Draper, teaching Math full-time. Mrs. Woodcox thinks of the classroom as her Happy Place. She enjoys playing and writing music, and she is mildly obsessed with nutrition and wellness. She also loves camping and rock climbing with her family. She and her husband of 31 years have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
Mrs. Zamora graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. She went on to study fluid dynamics for an additional year at University of California, San Diego. She worked as a teaching assistant and researcher throughout her college career. She also worked as a math tutor for all grade levels before coming to APA in 2019. In her spare time, Mrs. Zamora likes to play tennis, listen to music, redecorate her apartment every few months, explore local restaurants and art exhibits with her husband, and play fetch with her crazy kitten.
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.
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.
Mr. Hollinger teaches AP Psychology, Psychology Honors, Health 10, and Classical Philosophy. 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. 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. 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. Hammond moved to Utah and started working for American Preparatory Academy in 2016, after living in Denver, Colorado for 26 years. Her pride and joy is her family, which consists of an amazing husband, 7 children (6 sons and 1 daughter), and 20 grandchildren. Reading, walking, and watching sports are things she enjoys doing in her spare time. Mrs. Hammond loves her job and the opportunity it gives her to work with her favorite people - teenagers!
Ms. Garrett joined the American Prep team in 2009 and has enjoyed working at many of our campuses over the years. She loves to help support and encourage our teachers, students, and parents. She also enjoys traveling, attending local events, DIY projects, and playing with her Mini AussieDoodle. Ms. Garrett has 2 boys who also attended APA
Mrs. Gatlin started her career in special education in 1996 after graduating from Brigham Young University. She taught in Provo and Orem before coming to APA in 2017. She took 14 years off to stay at home with her children and came back to work when the youngest of her 3 sons started kindergarten. She loves working with students with special needs. Working with a team to help these special young people is a passion for her.
Mr. Kelley graduated from BYU with a bachelor's degree in special education. He started working in the special education field in 2012, began teaching in 2015, and joined APA in 2018. In his spare time, Mr. Kelley enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, going to movies, and anything to do with sports.
Mr. Newcomer holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from BYU and an MBA from Western Governors University. Mr. Newcomer speaks fluent Japanese and spent several years working with Asian companies before joining APA. He loves encouraging others to reach their full potential and continuously improve, and enjoys working in Special Education. Mr. Newcomer is a rabid Utah Jazz fan and attends several games each season. He also loves to travel and has taken his children to several faraway places. At home, Mr. Newcomer loves to play board games with his kids and plays the piano.
Mrs. Mitchell has worked at American Prep as a speech language pathologist since 2015. She has been working for over 24 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.