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.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
This is Ms. Allison Carson’s first year at American Preparatory Academy, working in the Junior High teaching math. Allison got her Bachelor’s Degree I Mathematics from Westminster College. She is originally from Connecticut and currently lives in Holladay.
Allison loves to play sports and coaches many of the girls’ sports teams. She is currently learning to play the ukulele.
For the 2017-18 school year Mr. Aaron Langford was brought on as the Jr. High Science teacher. He is currently pursuing his degree at the University of Utah. Among his hobbies and interests he enjoys snowboarding, archery, comics and being a Geek. He says in his bucket list he would like to swim with a whale shark and manta ray at the same time.
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.
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.
Our Afterschool Program Director is Ms. Summer Shepherd. Summer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management and Nonprofit Organizations from Brigham Young University. In simple terms, she spent four years learning how to run events, from large celebrations to simple day to day events for nonprofit organizations. She has worked with the Springville Art Museum and Brigham Young University. Her experience ranges from hosting a children’s art festival to high school level business language competitions.
When Summer is not busy running fun events for students, she is busy spending time with her family. She loves listening to music and watching movies. She also enjoys learning new things, such as cooking or baking. She says, “Not to brag, but I make stellar desserts, like no-bake cookies and buckeye brownies.”
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.
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.