Mrs. Laura Leavitt has been with the APA family for 15 years. Before coming to the WV1 campus in 2010 she taught third grade for 6 years at the Draper Campus. She has her BA in Art from Brigham Young University, an Elementary Teaching License through ARL program (Alternatives Routes to Licensure) and a Master’s in Education Leadership from Central Michigan University. Laura has called many states and countries home in her lifetime and is happy to call Utah her home now. She resides in South Jordan.
Laura loves having a good book to read, movies with buttered popcorn, gardening, camping and cooking for a crowd. (When her family gets together - it’s a crowd.) She and her husband, Dave, have seven children (the youngest 3 are APA alumni) and fifteen beautiful grandchildren.
In Laura’s words: “I love coming to work each day. I am grateful every day that my office is close to the kindergarten rooms where joy and delight spills out regularly! Our APA students, parents and staff are wonderful -- and it is a privilege to work with them and for them. I’m honored to be part of American Prep Academy and its great work of educating children.”
Mr. Brad Sheneman is a graduate of the University of Utah and has been the Jr. High Director from 2011. He has been working with teens for over a decade. 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. He is also married, a father of 3 boys, and is active in our community. Last year he got his Master’s in Education Leadership from Central Michigan University.
Mrs. Melanie Ferlo has been with American Preparatory Academy since 2005. She graduated from Ricks College (BYU-Idaho) with her Associates Degree. She continued her education at BYU-Provo where she met her husband who teaches at the High School and College level. She is the mother of 3 sons, all graduates of American Preparatory Academy. What she enjoys most of all in life is spending time with her family. Her involvement in teaching includes the following areas: Groups Instructor, PACE Teacher and currently she is the Academic Coordinator at WV1.
Mrs. Sharon Miller has been with APA since 2011 working as an instructor. Currently working as the Academic Secretary. She lives in Magna and is married to Jim Miller. They have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. Mrs. Miller also teaches piano in the afternoon and has been doing this for over 35 years. She also sings with a community choir, the Mountain West Chorale. Favorite hobbies are reading, crocheting, going to movies and currently taking art lessons. But her ultimate enjoyment is spending time with her family.
Mrs. Hailey Stevens the Character Development Director at WV1. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in public relations. She attended American Preparatory Academy when it first opened and is an advocate of the Ambassador program. Hailey wanted to be an event planner when she started her university studies but worked with online marketing and social media upon graduation. She is thrilled to now be working with events and hopes to make a difference with the students through the Ambassador program.
Mrs. Bonnie Meyerson has been with APA since 2007. She was a 1st grade instructor at the Draper 1 campus for 2 ½ years. She moved to the SNA campus, when it opened, as the Curriculum Specialist, which means that she handles all of the student textbooks, workbooks, library books and teaching materials. She also teaches a couple of groups classes. She has a degree in Psychology from Fullerton College and attended BYU for two year before she married her husband of 42 years and started her family. They currently live in the community of Daybreak in South Jordan with their two dogs, Dodger and Daisy. They have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. She loves animals and enjoys reading, gardening, taking walks by the lake with her dogs and grandchildren, traveling and watching a good movie. If she could choose her favorite activity, it would be to have her whole family together to hang out and do fun activities. Her motto is, “Being a Grandma is the best job in town!”
Ms. MaryCarmen Hernandez has been with the American Preparatory Academy SNA Campus (WV1) since they opened in 2009. She has her Bachelors’ in Business and an Associate Paralegal degree. MaryCarmen was born in North Mexico and has lived in Salt Lake City for 17 years. She likes to read books and enjoys being around kids, which is great because her job is as the lead front office secretary. MaryCarmen has 3 daughters and 3 granddaughters.
Mrs. Lindsey Oveson just joined our APA WV1 campus in January 2018, filling in the position of front office secretary. She graduated from Cyprus High School in 1994. She was born in Farmington, New Mexico and has lived in West Valley City since she was 5 years old. She married her high school sweetheart, Brian and has been married for 23 years. They have 4 children - 2 boys and 2 girls, and recently got their first grandson. When she is not sitting at a baseball/softball/football/basketball game, or a choir/theater performance of one of her children, she enjoys reading, singing, playing the piano and decorating cakes. She loves being creative and making messes. If she could she would travel anywhere in the world. She would sell everything and live out her life on a quiet tropical island somewhere.
Ms. Anabella Carrasco is our new Jr. High Secretary joining our WV1 campus February of 2018. She is studying online at BYU-Idaho. Anabella is from Argentina and currently lives in Sandy. She loves sports, the outdoors and being active, and dark chocolate. One of her biggest items on her bucket list is to go to the Machu Picchu Ruins. She loves super hero movies and buying Nike shoes.
Ms. Meredith Novak is one of our new Kindergarten teacher this year. She got her education at Brigham Young University Idaho in Elementary Education. She is originally from Southern California and now lives in Salt Lake City. She loves dancing. She performed several times in college. She also enjoys spending time snowboarding and spending time at the beach.
Mrs. Annaka Hendersen started with American Preparatory Academy 7 years ago in 2011 as a kindergarten instructor. She is from Murray and lives now with her family, that she adores, in Taylorsville. Her children are students of APA. She loves camping, picnics, Disneyland, Harry Potter, concerts, music, hiking, and sushi. She collects shot glasses and is currently at 134. She also loves reading and her nieces and is excited for her nephew that is soon to arrive.
Ms. Elke Tena Watts has been with our APA WV1 campus for a year as an instructor working with Kindergarten. She attended Salt Lake Community College. She is from Murray and currently lives in Sandy. Both of her parents came to the United States from Holland and Germany. She loves hiking and the outdoors, and especially DIY projects.
Mr. Joe Nath is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth and has been teaching at APA since 2013. Previously he worked at a variety of preschools. He enjoys teaching students and seeing the “ah-ha” moment when concepts are conceived. He and his wife love spending time together, watching movies, and being outside.
Ms. Brittany Judd joined the WV1 APA team 3 years ago, starting out as an instructor. She now teaches 1st grade and is loved by all of her students. She has a BA in English from Brigham Young University Idaho. She was born in Jacksonville, Arkansas and currently lives in Salt Lake City. She is the eldest of five, and was born and raised in the Air Force and lived overseas and all over the states. She loves to paint, read, eat and go on lots of adventures.
Ms. Aimee Peterson started with APA 3 ½ years ago. She is a second grade teacher. She has her BS in Elementary Education, and is ESL and TESOL certified. Aimee taught Japanese students in St. George, then taught in Japan for 2 years American English and Customs. She was born and raised in West Valley City. She loves the color green and collects frog figures. She has a cat and a dog and is soon to be a first time mom. She currently has 2 bonus children. She says she enjoys being a teacher and hopes to publish one of her children’s stories.
Mrs. Wendy Beckstead started this year, 2017-18, at the WV1 APA campus. She is a second grade instructor and recently became the soccer coach. She has an Associate’s degree in General Arts and Interior Design from LDS Business College. She is from Evanston, Wyoming and now lives in West Valley City. Wendy played soccer in college. She loves sports, outdoors, thrills and adventures. She loves being with her family and hopes to travel the world and go on wild adventures.
Mrs. Justina Spencer has been with APA for 5 years, starting out as an instructor. Now she is a second grade teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Disability Studies. She grew up in West Valley City and now lives in Magna. In her personal time she is the Prop Master at the Empress Theatre in Magna. She also loves to perform comedy improve.
Mrs. Kimberly I.S. Johnson joined APA in October of 2016. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and 2 minor degrees in Anthropology and Applied Computers from Brigham Young University. She is originally from Kent, Washington, a suburb of Seattle and now lives with her family in the Magna area. She loves traveling, food and people. She has lived in Washington, California, Oklahoma, Utah and in Victoria, Australia. She has also been to the Ukraine, China, Germany, France, England, Belgium, Honduras, Mexico, Grand Cayman, the Bahamas and Canada. Her goal is to visit all the states in the U.S. and see as many countries as she can.
Mrs. Katie Deplace has been teaching third grade at West Valley I for four years. She is originally from the east coast, but loves living in Utah. She graduated with a Biological Systems Engineering degree from Virginia Tech, before pursuing her teaching license. Science and math have always been some of her favorite subjects. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time outside. Her family consists of two cats, Missy and Walter, and her husband, Thomas. She is excited every day about what we get to learn at APA.
Ms. Kathy Papach started with West Valley I 2 years ago in 2016 as an instructor. She has an Associate’s degree in Education. Kathy is from Connecticut and currently lives in Taylorsville. She is the oldest of 3 children. She loves to read, mostly to her third grade class. She also likes to cook. Kathy loves animals and currently has a cat names Roger. She enjoys the outdoors. Camping and fishing are her two favor outdoor activities.
Ms. Rebecca Twitchell has been with our APA family for 5 years, at both our Draper campus and West Valley campuses. She teaches 3rd grade and has been at our WV1 campus for the past 3 years. Rebecca has her BS in English & Literature. She lives in Taylorsville.
One of her favorite hobbies is cross-stitching. She learned from her grandma when she was about 9 and has loved it since. If she’s not cross-stitching she’s reading. She states that she’s definitely a homebody.
Ms. Annie Cain started with American Preparatory Academy in 2012 and is a fourth-grade teacher. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Utah and a Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix. She was raised and still resides in Sandy. She came from a family of 7, with 5 kids. She has 7 nephews and 4 nieces. She loves to knit and climb. In her bucket list she put that she wants to get married, have kids and travel.
Mrs. Lyndzie Eddards started at APA’s WV1 campus in October 2017 and is a fourth-grade instructor. She has a B.S. in Educational Studies from Grand Canyon University in 2018. She is from Salt Lake City and now lives in West Valley City. She is married and they have one son who is an APA student. She loves to go camping, go to the movies, and take trips as a family. She loves to discover, explore and learn. She loves summer and fall and anything Disney. She is excited to be part of the APA family.
Ms. McKenzie Denison has been with APA’S West Valley I campus for two and a half years. She started as an instructor, then worked her way into teaching. She is now a fourth grade teacher. She got her degree from Southern Utah University - SUU. She currently resides in Bountiful. McKenzie loves the theatre, music and things that are funny. She has five nephews and three nieces that she adores to pieces. She lives by the saying, “He who laughs longest, wins!”
Ms. Meliani Vaimoana Tonga started this year -2017-18 - as an instructor, working in the fourth grade. She went to Murray High School and Salt Lake Community College and Utah Valley University. She lives in Taylorsville. Her nationality is Tongan. Meliani loves to spend time baking cupcakes. She plays the piano, organ, guitar, ukulele and Tahitian Banjo. Her dream is to finish flight school and become an airline pilot. She hopes to one day serve a full time mission to Tonga with her husband when they retire.
Mrs. Emily Boynton joined our WV1 campus this year, but has been with APA for 3 years. She started at WV2. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education at Ohio Wesleyan University and a Minor in Fine Arts (Art History). She is originally from Ohio and now lives with her husband and 2 cats in Millcreek. She loves outdoor things, hiking, camping, going to National parks and especially loves to travel. She would one day love to travel around the world. She lived in South Korea for a year teaching. She loves to read and watch scary movies.
Ms. K’Leena Murphy began working at APA WV1’s campus in 2016 teaching 5th grade. K’Leena’s educational background includes a BS in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. She currently lives in Salt Lake City. Among K’Leena’s lives enjoyments are swimming, hiking, biking, boating, painting, photography and traveling. And she especially loves hanging out with family and friends.
Mrs. Moana Lara-Jean Moleni is the newest member of our APA staff starting in March 2018. Her education includes BS of Science in Education & Psychology, GradDipT (Education), PGradDip (Education), Med (Education) and in 2016 CELTA.
Moana moved to West Valley City from Hamilton, New Zealand. She is of New Zealand Maori descent and has tribal affiliations to Ngati Porou and Nga Puhi. Her passion for improving educational outcomes and raising student achievement has come from being a classroom teacher, special education advisor, university lecturer, curriculum designer and education manager. These have helped her appreciate and understand various school systems, making her an effective motivator and facilitator.
Moana is married to James Moleni, who is of New Zealand Maori and Tongan descent. They have 2 children, a son who is currently serving an LDS mission and daughter who is in her final year of high school. Her firm belief is: “Our achievements are not ours alone, but belong to many.”
Mr. Daniel Mulder joined the APA family in the 2017-18 school year. He is a 6th grade teacher. He got his Bachelor of Arts degree from Humanities from Maranatha Baptist University in ___.
Mr. Mulder is from Watertown, Wisconsin and currently lives in Salt Lake City.
He loves running, hiking, playing music, and reading good books.
Ms. Lauren Butterfield has been an instructor at WV1 for the past 3 years. She was born and raised in Sandy. Lauren loves to sing and loves to try new things. Which is evident with all the new opportunities that she takes on at APA. She has a bit of an addiction to adrenaline. She has always wanted to be a teacher, but also a racecar driver. She is the youngest of four children and has tons of nieces and nephews who love her dearly. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. She explains herself as an introvert through and through, but loves to meet new people and hear their background stories.
Mrs. Melissa Young has been working in the education field for 14 years, the majority of that time as a third grade teacher. She joined the APA team as a 6th grade teacher this year, 2017-18. She attended Ashford University in Iowa where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education with a Minor in Early Childhood Education and an Associates in Business. Mrs. Young has been married to her husband for 24 years and has four children. While Mrs. Young’s husband was Active Duty with the Marine Corps, she had the chance to move 12 different times, living all over the country and even lived in Japan for 3 years. This helped her develop a love of traveling. Mrs. Young and her family have settled back in Utah, and when she is not getting her children to and from all their activities, she spends her free time as a Girl Scout leader, softball coach, reading good books, watching movies and camping.
Ms. Amy Hugh has been with APA since 2011, when WV2 opened where she started . She taught 5th grade at WV1 for 2 years and currently teaches 5th & 6th grade Science at both campuses. She has a BS in Sociology from Utah State University. Also an MS in Special Education with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling from USU. She has a Level II Elementary Education license USOE. She lives in Fruits Heights, the City of Good Neighbors.
Amy’s favorite subjects in school are math, science, history, writing, literature and music. She’s into traveling, especially river trips, biking, hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, going to museums, art galleries, historical sites, and attending the theatre. Her favorite place on Earth is in a canoe on the Green River in Stillwater Canyon of Canyonlands. The best place to bike so far is along the River Danube from Passau, Germany through Vienna to Budapest or the vacant lots, hollows, and open spaces right around from her house. Her favorite place to ski is Bryce and around the neighborhood before the snow plows come out. She likes to relax with yoga, photography, watercolor, reading, storytelling and cooking/eating good food around a campfire under the stars. She says she’s always on the lookout to learn, reading about and try new challenging things. Favorite sayings: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tine matters compared to what lies within us.” & “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” She says she always thinks “I CAN!”
Meagan Kelly has been working as a high school English teacher for three years, and this is her first year as part of APA's staff. She graduated from Aurora University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in both English and Secondary Education. She hails from Chicago, IL and moved to Utah in 2017 to start a life with her fiancé out West. They currently live in South Jordan with their adorable dog Penny. Meagan's passions include theatre, singing and playing the piano, and appreciating all other forms of art.
Mr. Jourdan Tidwell came to American Preparatory Academy this year. He is teaching in the Jr. High as an English teacher. Jourdan majored in English at Weber State University. He was born in Salt Lake City and now lives in Layton. Jourdan says he is very happily married and he and his wife have a one-year old boy that is the joy of their lives. He enjoys spending time family and in the outdoors. He is a sports fantastic and enjoys reading about war history.
Mrs. Leighann Nunez was born and raised in Southern California. After high school she attended Dominican University of California in the Bay Area, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Art History and a minor in studio art. With her goals always being set on being an educator she attended California State University Long Beach where she received her secondary teaching credential in social science. She worked for a year teaching at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, teaching 9th grade geography and 10th grade World History.
In 2012 she made the move to Utah with her husband and their Labradoodle Zoe in tow. In August of that year she began working at American Preparatory Academy teaching 6th grade at the West Valley 2 campus. For three years she taught 6th grade, and loved experiencing elementary and getting to work on subject matter that was new and different. In following with her passion and the content that was aligned with her license, she went back into teaching secondary history, this time at West Valley 1.
Mrs. Kathy Woodcox has been with the American Preparatory Academy family for 12 years. She teaches secondary math and has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Western Governors University. Kathy was born in Utah, was raised in Star Valley, Wyoming and currently resides in Herriman. She has been married to the same awesome guy for 30 years. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. They enjoy camping and rock climbing with family and friends. She also loves helping her husband in his bakery.
Mrs. Samantha Adamson joined our American Preparatory Academy family 3 years ago and teaches Latin in the Jr. High at our WV1 campus. She has her Bachelors’ of History from the University of New Mexico. She is from Tijeras, New Mexico and currently resides in Salt Lake City. She has 3 siblings and is married. Her hobbies and interests are crocheting, animals, music, singing, reading, the outdoors, exercise and traveling. On her bucket list she would like to visit all 50 states, currently she is at 28! She would also like to visit England, Switzerland and Canada.
Mrs. Angela Western came to our WVI campus 2.5 years ago as our Physical Education Teacher. Angela has her Bachelor of Education -Physical Education and Health Master’s Sports Condition and Human Performance from Southern Utah University. She moved from New Jersey 10 years ago to Utah, moving around quite a bit and is currently residing in West Valley City.
She loves all sports and everything outdoors, from hiking, snowboarding, longboarding, swimming, camping, off-roading, and kayaking. She has 3 children - 5- year old girl - Abigail, 4-year old boy - Max, and 7-month old boy - Ray. She also has a Lab/Boxer mix - Finn. Turtles are her favorite animal and she has one pet turtle and one pet tortoise.
Angela was raised as an Air Force brat, but claims New Jersey as her home. She loves to travel and see new things. She enjoys trying to get really visually pleasing pictures in really neat places. She has had the opportunity to travel all around Europe in her early Adulthood, and would love to, one day, visit South Africa, Australia and Bora Bora, Fiji.
Ms. Laurel Cahoon has been teaching art at APA for 4 years. After teaching elementary art at West Valley II for two years, she came to WV I to add Jr High to her schedule. She has a Bachelor of Art in Art Education with a minor in History Education, and loves all things Art History. She specializes in both 2-D and 3-D art, making pottery and hand-lettering pieces in her spare time. If she’s not at home, chances are she’s at her pottery studio in Farmington! Since moving to Salt Lake five years ago, she has grown to adore the natural beauty of Utah, the large and active art community in SLC, and enjoys traveling often to Los Angeles, where she is from and Alberta, Canada, where her family now lives.
Dr. Henry Caceras joined our APA team 2 years ago in 2016. He has his Bachelor’s in Music Performance, Music Education and Fine Arts at the Universidad de Chile, Masters of Music (Performance) from the University of Utah, Doctors Degree in Music Performance and Minor in Orchestra/Band Conducting, University of Utah.
Dr. Caceras is from Santiago, Chile. He loves to watch movies, teach, play music, practice the clarinet and going out to eat!
Mrs. Sara Marchetti has been with American Preparatory Academy for 6 ½ years. She has a Masters in Trumpet Performance. She lives in Taylorsville with her husband and two amazing dogs. One is a two-year old female Newfoundland and 7-year old Australian Cattle Dog. Their names are Izzy and Mercury. She originally came from Oak Lawn, Illinois.
Sara plays the trumpet professionally with the Ballet West Orchestra, and when she’s not working, she enjoys Utah’s great outdoors - hiking, backpacking and exploring new places in our state are some of her many interests.
Mr. Michael James McCawley has been with American Preparatory Academy since 2016 and spends his time working the instrumental band program at both West Valley 1 and West Valley 2. He has his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Saskatchewan and his Master of Music in Performance from Brigham Young University. He was born in Stevenage, England, grew up in Saskatoon, Canada and now currently lives in Orem. He is married to Geralyn Giovannetti, a Professor of Oboe at BYU. They have 2 children, Erin and Sean. For the last 45 years he has been a professional musician. His favorite pastimes include performing, attending arts events, travel, canoeing, fishing and camping.
Mr. Rodrigo Betancourth began his career at APA in October of 2014. Rodrigo is one of WV1’s orchestra teachers. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Education Science with a Major in Violin performance and Pedagogy. He is also a Suzuki Certified Violin Teacher, teaching up to Book 5 and in the summer will certify up to Book 7. Rodrigo lives in Midvale and is from Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Rodrigo has experience as a violin teacher in school with kindergarten children, and as a violin and orchestra teacher in elementary and high school from 2006 - 2013 in Ecuador. He taught violin classes in a music Conservatory from 2010 -2013, where he graduated as a teacher in 2011. He continues practicing his profession of being a violin teacher and was also a member of the Symphonic Orchestra of Guayaquil-Ecuador from 2003 to 2013.
Ms. Jocelyn Sciortino has been with American Preparatory Academy in the instrumental program for the past 4 years. She teaches orchestra and has a BS in Music Education from Southern Utah University, and a Masters in Music Education with a conducting Emphasis from the University of Central Missouri. Jocelyn is from Kansas and now lives in Stansbury Park. She loves reading, hiking, climbing, and singing around the campfire, but not sleeping outside. She says she’s her kids biggest fan, but they don’t appreciate her dance moves. In her bucket list she put: Sleeping
Mrs. Connie McCullough is a Sistema Director at American Preparatory Academy. She manages and runs an afterschool music program where 150 kids receive three hours of music instruction each day. She loves teaching music. She and her Sistema partner, Trina Christensen, manage Sistema Strings, a performance group. Sistema Strings recently performed at the Utah Grizzlies Hockey Game, many University of Utah sporting events, Afterschool Day on the Hill at the Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake Local Leaders Summit, and in a side-by-side performance with the Utah Philharmonic.
Connie has been teaching violin and viola for over 20 years. She has been a Suzuki Violin teacher for the past 10 years. Her training in music is through the University of Utah School of Music, Suzuki training at Institutes, conferences and workshops, on the job training as an Elementary School Orchestra Teacher and Private Suzuki Violin/Viola Teacher, and through performing with many different quartets, orchestras, symphonies, and bands.
Connie recently served on the board of the Suzuki Association of Utah (SAU) for 5 years, three of those years she served as President of the organization. She was the conference coordinator for four state wide conferences for SAU and was the chairman for the Celebration IX Concert in 2015, where they had over 1300 children performing on nine different instruments. She has taught, headed committees, and spoken at local, national, and international conferences.
Ms. Monica Brown started working at the American Preparatory Academy’s West Valley I in 2016 working as a Special Education Case Manager. She earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Northern Illinois University. She currently lives in South Jordan. Among Ms. Brown’s hobbies she likes to travel, learn, shop and play.
Ms. Katelyn Strong has been with APA for 2 years and works as a Special Education Aide. She has one year of college under her belt, going to Snow College. She currently lives in Draper. Katelyn loves doing anything creative. She enjoys singing, reading and cooking. She also is fluent in American Sign Language. She loves working with people with autism, and has especially enjoyed working with the SPED department this year.
Mrs. Colleen Mitchell has been with the APA family for 3 years working as a Speech Language Pathologist. She has a Masters in Communication Disorders. She lives in Millcreek and has 2 children, an 18-year old son and 15-year old daughter. She enjoys hiking and all things outdoors
Ms. Allison Cadwell joined the APA team this year as a Speech Language Technician. She has a B.S. in Communication Disorders from BYU. Allison is from McAllen, Texas and now lives in Kearns. She enjoys exercising on her free time, and spending time with friends and family. She loves to travel and has a bucket list of places she wants to visit, including Iceland and Machu Picchu.
Mrs. Laura Dye has been with APA since September 2016. She is our K-12 School Counselor, with a Master of Science Degree in Psychology from Utah State University, focusing in School Counseling. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Art from Weber State University. Laura has lived in Utah most of her life, currently living in Syracuse.
She enjoys writing, traveling, and going on walks, hikes or bike rides with her spouse and two children.
Our school Social Worker is Mrs. Jesenia M. Rivera. This is her first year at APA (2017-18). She graduated from the University of Utah receiving her Bachelor’s degree in social work. She is continuing to further her MSW education at the University of Utah the summer of 2018. She currently lives in West Valley City and was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
She is a lucky wife and mother of a 10-year old son. She enjoys traveling, hiking with her family and any water related fun (lakes and beaches). She also enjoys reading any type of motivational self-help books. Some other interests are doing community work in her spare time. Included in her bucket list, she would love to visit lots of different countries.
Ms. Yvette Aguilera is an instructor at WV1 and has been with WV1 since 2014. She studied at the University of Utah. Yvette started as a classroom instructor and now is a groups instructor, teaching Reading, Math and Spelling. She lives and grew up in West Valley City. She has a one and half year old who attends daycare at WV2. She says she wants him to learn the APA expectations young. She loves gardening and hiking.
This is Mrs. Brittanya (Tanya) Payne’s 6th school year with APA. She has college experience from LDS Business College and Weber State University. She has been accepted into Western Governors University to continue her college degree. She was born and raised in West Jordan and currently resides in West Valley City. When she is not at school she tutors kids in reading, writing and math. She also spends time with her husband of 7 years and her two cats, Tiki and Roxy.
This is Mrs. Lindsey Ruben’s second year at American Preparatory Academy. She is one of the groups instructors. She got her Bachelors’ of Science from Utah State University. She resides in Murray with her husband and 2 adorable kids, a 3-year old and 9-month old. She enjoys traveling and being outdoors. In her words she says; “I’m also a big nerd and love to go to events like Comic Con.
Mr. Enrique Vargas has been with our APA WV1 campus for 9 years, since it opened in 2009. He is one of our groups instructors, teaching all the different groups and PACE classes. He got his education from Utah Valley University- UVU. Enrique is from Mexico and now lives in Taylorsville. He and his wife Nadia have one cute little 4-year old, Azael. His favorite things to do are read, Anime and video games. Pozole is his favorite food. One day he would love to go to Greece and Egypt.
Mr. Jason Mejia joined our APA WV1 campus midway in the 2017-18 school year as our Information Technician (IT). He graduated from Kearns High School. He now lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Vianey. He has many hobbies, but his favorites are drawing and reading. If you need need your computer fixed or updated, Jason is the man to see.
Mr. Kevin M. Stephens has been in operations with APA for the past 6 years, at WVI for the last 2 years. He went to Davis High School and Weber State University. He is from Davis County and lives in Layton. He has been married to his wife Alaina for 10 years and they have two children, a daughter McKayla and son, Tyson. His wife works operations at the WV2 campus and both children attend APA. His interests include video games, Philosophy, politics, economics and history.
Mrs. Kristine Stevens started at APA in 2011 with the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables program. In 2014 she took over the lunch program. She grew up in Orem and moved to West Valley City in 1999 with her family. She has 3 kids that attend APA. When they started they were in 1st, 3rd and 5th grade. Now her oldest will be graduating in 2018. She really enjoys working at WV1. She especially enjoys watching the students get excited about the fresh fruit and vegetable programs
Mrs. Sisilia Morey is an 8 year parent/volunteer, and has been with the staff for the past 10 months working in the food services department. She received her education from Kearns High School, the University of Utah in Dietetics and Nutrition. She is from Paradise, UT and now resides in Taylorsville. She has been married for 20 years to her husband John. They have 5 beautiful children that have attended and still attend APA. She enjoys hiking, jogging, weight lifting, volleyball, basketball, traveling, event planning and decorating. Favorite things are family movie & game nights. Her dream is to travel to the rest of Paradise, Asia, India and Europe with her Sweetheart.