Hi, my name is Paula Edmunds. I grew up in the Salt Lake Valley with my family of 1 sister and 3 brothers. I married my husband M. Klyn Edmunds in 1976 and started our adventure. We have six children, three boys and three girls. Our first two boys are miracle babies. Our oldest has served his country in the Marine Corp for the last eight years and is now currently based in Connecticut as a recruiter for the Marines. Our second son now lives with us in Roosevelt and manages the fueling station in Myton. We had the privilege of adopting our three girls when they were ages 4, 5, and 6. They have brought such joy to our lives. They are now married and are raising six of our seven grandchildren. Our last son we adopted at age 12 and has graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City on a Sterling Scholarship. We moved to Sanpete County in the year 1999 and that is where we raised our last five children.
I worked for North Sanpete School District as a Paraprofessional, Substitute Teacher and in the Migrant Summer School for ten years. I decided to go back to college and pursue my education in Elementary Ed. I was a non-traditional student, being I was going back later in life. I loved learning and was very excited to teach children. I moved to Roosevelt in 2012 and started teaching at King's Peak Elementary where I have taught 3rd grade for the past three years.
I am so excited to start working at Athenian eAcademy. I love their curriculum and what they have to offer the students. I just finished a week long training at Snow College this summer and have come back with a wealth of knowledge and information for my students. I can't wait for school to begin. I have a great love for children and believe that everyone can learn and deserve the chance to show their self worth and their own individual ability. Every student has a unique way of learning, as a teacher I feel it my responsibility and opportunity to find the way to help each individual student to grow and learn. I feel at Athenian eAcademy, through their program each student will have a wonderful opportunity to achieve to their highest ability.
My name is Mariah McMickell. I have lived in the Uintah Basin most of my life. I am the mother of 2 beautiful boys, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and married to a great guy. I enjoy hunting, camping, being outdoors, watching my husband and dad drag race, simple quilting, hanging out with my family, and most of all watching my oldest boy play football and my youngest cheer him on. I’m currently raising my favorite football player, and in another 2 years, I will have 2 players that are my favorite. I have worked for Athenian for 2 ½ or 3 years now. I have greatly enjoyed it, I started out as a substitute for our local school district and very much enjoyed that. Due to some health issues with my youngest son, I had to stop temporarily. When he became well enough for me to work again, I was told about Athenian needing substitutes. I was hired on as a sub offered a TA and now work with SpEd and couldn’t be happier. I very much enjoy the scholars smiling faces. I love the small size of the school because it allows me to remember every scholars name and allows for a great learning experience for them.
I was born and raised in Delta, Utah and the small community and caring atmosphere has always been home. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and later pursued my teaching license. I chose focusing on education because I wanted to make a difference with our youth and felt that education was a vital area. I have three amazing boys who are my inspiration. I also have 2 cats, 1 turtle and a dog.
Teaching is an incredible opportunity to help today's youth excel in not only academics but life. I have been with Athenian from the beginning and have seen great things from the scholars. Through blended instruction, hands on learning, a positive atmosphere and a safe environment the scholars have accomplished many goals. The determination and love for learning is one of the greatest rewards from teaching and I look forward to many more awesome years!
Hi, my name is Linda Fors. I live in Spring City. I love camping, fishing, hunting and being outdoors. I also love to garden so I can freeze and bottle fruits and vegetables to last us through the winter and to share with friends and neighbors.
I have been teaching for 20 years. I have A Child Development Associates, Montessori Certification in Early Childhood, and a BA in Early Childhood Education. I have a positive teaching style, dedication, and great compassion for children. My focus is on developmentally appropriate practices to aid in the growth of the whole child. I have learned about many different types of diversity in children and their families and how to provide to them skills, resources, and education.
I believe that the classroom needs to provide a safe, healthy, nurturing environment where the children learn respect for self, others, and their environment, and to gain a helping community perspective.
Every child is unique and diverse; I will respect their individual needs and celebrate their cultures. I believe children need to experience and explore every aspect of life that includes: science, history, geography, art, music, literacy, language, math, physical, health, gardening, culinary skills, and conflict and resolution. I will continue to learn and grow as a teacher for the children.
I was born in Salt Lake City Utah and lived most of my life in Utah. Got married to my lovely wife Brenda 29 years ago. We have 6 kids; 3 boys 3 girls and 4 grandkids; 3 girls and 1 boy.
I worked for 35 + year in retail management and 5 years in H.R. before coming to Athenian eAcademy.
I like to go camping four wheeling and just be outside doing whatever we can find to do just as long as the family is there.
My name is Angela Hoenicke . I have lived in Fountain Green for most of my life. I have two boys. I have been married for 28 years to a great guy. We enjoy vacationing in St. George and camping,hunting and going on side by side rides. I have six Grandchildren and love being a Grandma. I started working for Athenian three years ago. Started out as a TA and now I work with sped students. I so enjoy working with all our scholars.I love helping children grow and learn. I love Athenian eAcademy; it has help me grow so much.
My name is Jana Boyd! I have 6 beautiful children. 3 boys, and 3 girls! They all keep me on my toes, and crazy at times, but I wouldn't want it any other way. I secretly love to sing, and am also a fitness mom! I try to get a workout in everyday!! I love baking ANYTHING, and one of my favorite things is to watch all my sons wrestle. I am definitely the cheering, yelling mom on the sidelines!! I also love watching all my girls dance and may tear up every time I watch! I have homeschooled my kids before, and was a substitute for Nebo district. I was a Para last year for the charter and have been enjoying the SPED para this year. I love helping children grow and love the feeling of helping them achieve something new! I am the type of person to never say NO, and will get the job done if asked!
Born in Richfield Utah. She attended South Sevier High School in Monroe Utah. Rebecca has three children and two grandchildren. She has worked with children in both Head Start and in K-12th grade.
At Athenian she did her first year working with students in third and fourth grade later moving up to 7-8 and then to high school for two years.
Before, working with the school she worked with adults with disabilities, volunteered work with women and children in the homeless shelters and worked in a youth program.
Rebecca attended Snow College where she received her associates of science with a focus on Computer Networking and Criminal Justice. She then graduated from the University of Phoenix with a bachelors in Criminal Justice Administration/Cyber Security.
Rebecca plans on returning to school this summer with Liberty University to obtain her Master’s degree in education.
Her favorite things to do is spend time with her family, traveling around the world, and just being with the people she loves. Her love is teaching and watching children and youth grow and being able to be a mentor/teach to children in the community.
My name is Charlene Howell. I am a graduate of Utah State University. Go Aggies! After graduation, My husband and I moved to El Paso, Texas where I taught Fifth Grade at Dolphin Terrace Elementary. For the past five years I have been working with students in all grades K-5. I have always enjoyed helping students feel successful and develop a love for learning. I am very excited to help the young students at Athenian eAcademy become awesome readers.
I am married to my best friend and have seven wonderful children. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, sewing, playing the piano, and learning new things.
Trista Taylor is 33 years old and from Richfield Utah. She is married and has 2 kids, a boy (8 years old) and a girl (12 years old).
Trista graduated from Richfield High School, received a Certificate in Computer Applications from Snow College, received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Southern Utah University, and received her Masters of Science in Psychology from University of Phoenix. While attending college she worked with female youth in youth facilities in Cedar City, Utah. She worked with girls ranging from age 12-17 for 6 years.
Trista had initially planned to get her PsyD in psychology, but when her husband went to work in Afghanistan she chose to stay home with her children. She says, "Staying home with my children was the best decision I've ever made!" Before staying home with her children, Trista had been independent and career driven. She said that staying home with her kids "humbled me and taught me an immense amount of patience." While at home, Trista and her husband invested in rental properties that they manage and maintain still today.
On her free time, Trista enjoys camping, hiking, skydiving, rappelling, snowmobiling, swimming in the canal with the kids and anything else outdoor. She considers herself an easy going and simple person. She says that she tries "to keep my life simple and stay out of the glitz and glamour of the world outside." She believes in family values and personal integrity. She believe in being honest and hard working and simply doing the best we can with the cards in life we're given.
As a teacher at Athenian eAcademy, she hopes to be the kind of teacher the kids can rely on to help them be successful in school, but also to encourage them to be everything God intended for them to be. She believes that every person is unique and has a unique gift to offer the world. She says that her job is to encourage the students to find their own unique self and encourage them to share that person with the world. She believes that students excel best academically when they have a solid understanding of who they are and where they are going in life. She hopes to inspire scholars who value integrity, honesty, and hard work!
My name is Richard Hawley. I am 37 years old and grew up in Central Valley. I am married and have five children, four girls and one boy.
I graduated from South Sevier High School and then attended Snow College in Ephraim. After serving a two year mission for the LDS church, I returned and finished my Associate of Science degree at Snow College Richfield campus. I then attended Utah State University where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. After graduating with my degree, I was hired by the Division of Juvenile Justice Services as a line-staff counselor at Wasatch Youth Center, a secure facility where I worked with delinquent adolescents. I ran treatment groups and assisted licensed professional counselors with the rehabilitation of these youth and their re-entry into society. While I was working on my degree in Psychology, I was particularly interested in child development and decided to pursue a Master's degree in Education and earn my teaching certificate. I began attending Weber State University and earned my license in 2011. I am in the process of completing my thesis and am set to graduate from Weber State in Spring 2017. I was hired by the Davis School District at Antelope Elmentary School to teach P.E. during the 2011-2012 school year. I continued to teach P.E. the following year and was asked by the administration to direct the schools Title 1 before/after school program. I wanted to get into the classroom and began looking for open positions within the Davis School District. I was hired to teach 5th grade at Eagle Bay Elementary. I also served as the schools assistant webmaster and was a lead advisor in the schools STEM club. I am excited about the opportunity to work for Athenian eAcademy and bring my experience and skills to help my students succeed.
My personal interests include cycling, both road and mountain, skiing, snowboarding, camping, and motorcycles. I enjoy reading and serving in my church and community. I love being involved in the scouting program and earned my eagle scout award as a youth. I love my family and the support they give to me.
As an educator at Athenian eAcademy, I will build the relationships and trust that are imparitive in order to create a learning environment that will help my students use the talents they have and value themselves and each other as unique individuals that have much to offer to their community and the world if they are willing to work for it.
I’m Janie Hawley and I am so happy to be able to mentor at Richfield Campus. I grew up far away in the distant lands of Pennsylvania and California. Both are as different from each other as they can possibly be, which might be why I am so easy going but have a deep love for history and facts. I have four daughters, one son and one amazing husband whom I am luck to work next door to! I love being involved in drama productions and making costumes. I like being behind the scenes helping everyone work together to create something amazing! I really enjoy helping scholars make and reach their goals in class and seeing them succeed!.
I was born in St George Utah a very long, long time ago on February 17th. I was 7th of 8 children and called a “Miracle Baby” because my mother had to have open heart surgery while six months pregnant with me (which was unheard of back then). We both made it through and it made for a very close bond between my mother and myself for as long as she lived.
My Jr year of High School I went as a Rotary Exchange Student to the Philippines
Jessica Celaya graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. While on a mission for her church in Florida, she discovered a love for teaching. She obtained her teaching certificate through Utah’s ARL program. She taught for one year at Logan High, worked for a half a year on Tremonton Campus at Athenian and now has taught the high school science classes at Athenian for two years.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, playing epic tabletop games or discussing the science behind their favorite tv shows. She writes fantasy novels, crochets, and herds cats. She volunteers at a cat sanctuary weekly to help take care of homeless cats. She owns a tiny, adorable, spoiled dog and four giant, spoiled cats.
Zac graduated from Weber State University in April 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Political Science and minoring in Law/Criminal Justice. He continued his education, and in May 2015, Zac acquired his Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Social Science and Special Education.
Zac started off his education career as a special education teacher in Ogden and Weber School Districts. He later started working part-time with charter schools and helped start an online blended charter school. Zac loved the integration of technology into schools and has since contracted with multiple other online educational institutions such as Pearson Online and Blended Learning, K12: Online Education Programs & Schooling, and BYU-Idaho online. Zac’s passion for education has also taken him into multiple other business ventures. He is also the founder and CEO of Spectre Education and Behavior Services, and Education Platform.
Karolina Lovejoy grew up in Poland. Very early in her life she discovered her passion for foreign languages and cultures. While working on her undergraduate degree in Modern Languages at UAM University in Poznan she spent 1 academic year in St. Petersburg, Russia and 1 semester at Fachhochschule Pforzheim, Germany. Still as a student she founded a travel office specializing in language immersion programs in Russia and Ukraine. After graduation she married a US Army officer and moved to the United States. During her time as a military spouse she earned a Master's Degree in Political Science at Kansas State University and another Master's Degree at the University of Virginia in Slavic Languages and Literatures where she was awarded a prestigious Presidential Fellowship for her research in foreign languages. She continued her passion for learning and teaching languages as she taught at language schools in Germany and Poland as well as at Tendring Technical College in Colchester, England. She started teaching foreign languages at UMA in 2014 and at Athenian eAcademy in 2015. Ms. Lovejoy is currently certified to teach Russian, German, French, Spanish (pending), ESL and Social Studies. She is moreover pursuing her doctoral degree as a distance student at a joint Polish-French European Studies program. She enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Zofia and Veronika, playing violin, running, dancing and sharing her passion for foreign language immersion.
Dr. Eldon L. McMurray has taught college reading and learning courses for 18 years. The heart of his educational philosophy values individuality embraces multiple perspectives and places high importance on meeting the needs of each of his students. Dr. McMurray believes that all students are capable of individual learners regardless of age, or area of study. He embraces the idea that much of the learning comes from within each student. Eldon is fascinated with life and he is always learning.
Dr. McMurray is a university professor, a textbook co-author, a scholar of brain active learning, a researcher of best practices for teaching and learning effectiveness, and an award-winning educator. He served on the Utah Governor’s Board for Academic Literacy. He has taught Reading and Critical Thinking, Power Reading and Learning Strategies, and Speed Reading at UVU. He served there as the Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence., Eldon was the lead instructor for the College Reading and Student Success Courses at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon.
Eldon has coauthored a speed reading text titled: Accelerated Reading for Students and Professionals and has co-authored a text for preparing student mentors titled: The Peer Mentor Companion. He is a co-author of this book with textbook and test-taking strategies and success stories for aiding students in understanding and remembering the most important information in their textbooks.
Dr. McMurrray has been a keynote speaker and presenter at a number of national conferences. His Dissertation Topic for his doctorate is titled: “The Impact of Metacognitive Reading Instruction on Student Self-efficacy”. He served on a co-author writing team for Becoming a Master Student, one of the most well-known and widely used study-skills texts.
Some of the awards that Dr. McMurray has received are the Jon and Karen Huntsman Jr. Award for Excellence in Education and the Teaching Excellence Award for his school at UVSC. After 32 years of service to the boys in his communities, Eldon was awarded the Silver Beaver Award from the Boys Scouts of America. He is a certified and experienced instructor for The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and can be considered a seasoned educator and a dedicated practitioner. Besides his family, teaching and students are among his greatest loves.
My name is Michelle Terry. I graduated from BYU with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. Then I continued my education and received my master of science in special education from Western Governors University. Education is of great importance to me. I am always striving to learn more every day. I hope my love of learning is contagious and that my students will catch that same desire through my enthusiasm. I truly do care for my students and want them to be as successful as possible.
I have three kids of my own, two boys and a girl. Together we like to play board games, watch movies, and go on fun vacations. One of our favorite places to visit is Six Flags Magic Mountain in California. We have a great time screaming on the biggest and fastest roller coasters!
Besides travelling, some other activities I enjoy are dancing and going to concerts. My favorite band is the Killers!!! I am a little obsessed. If they are in town, I will be at their concert every time!
I have enjoyed working in special education at Athenian Academy. I feel passionate about being an advocate for students and helping them to realize they can accomplish more than they thought. I look forward to getting to know the students more every year.
All About Willard W. White:
- He was born in Salem, Oregon and also lived in Idaho, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Utah.
- He served a mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- He graduated from BYU with a Secondary Education degree. Earned Master's Degree in Curriculum development, strategies, and design (Weber State University).
- He taught two years at North Layton Junior High (Geography and Spanish).
- He taught 17 years at Morgan High School.
-Eight years Social Studies (also Speech and Communications).
-Five years Alternative Education Director (used computer based learning).
-Four years working between USU professors and high school students (live broadcast courses to several rural school throughout the state).
-Several years facilitated Night School live broadcast for WSU and USU.
-Several years worked as assistant director of Adult Education (night courses).
- He lived in Valley Forge Pennsylvania and worked in a maximum security prison.
- In 2010 he rode a bicycle across the United States to raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children.
- He currently lives in Morgan, Utah with his wife, Laura, and has three adopted daughters (two are Bolivians).
After 20 years of teaching I have seen what techniques and methods really work the best with students. When I found out about the Athenian eAcademy I eagerly jumped at the chance to be involved with a school that practices and implements what really works. I love teaching but more importantly I love to see when education comes alive and becomes fun and exciting to students.
In my spare time I watch way too much sports (go Jazz!), and love to travel (so far have been to 48 of the 50 states!). I have given U.S. History presentation and motivational speeches throughout the country in over 40 cities covering twenty states.
"Derek Ririe has been teaching since 2016. He lives in Roy, Utah with his wife, two kids, two dogs, a cat, and around 8 fish. He loves spending time outdoors and worked at Scout Camps and Smith & Edwards in the Sporting Goods Department for 5 years. He served a Church Mission in Germany, and loves to annoy his kids by speaking German randomly. He attended Weber State University, Utah State University, and University of North Dakota. He has driven on almost every section of road in Utah, and loves road trips. He is excited to be teaching at Athenian!"
My name is Ashley Batty. I was born and raised in Vernal Utah, I love the basin! I received my elementary education degree from Utah Valley University. I taught 1st grade for one year in Vernal and then met and married my husband. We moved to Logan so that he could get a degree in engineering. While we were living in Logan I taught Kindergarten for three years. After my husband graduated we moved back to Vernal and I got to be a stay at home mom! I have two sons. Miles is one and Jack is two months. I love working with children and am super excited to be part of this school!