1st Grade Teacher
Ms. Eliason knew she wanted to be a teacher ever since she was in elementary school. Through the help of her high school counselor, she was enrolled in an internship class at the local elementary school, and her passion for teaching took off! With the immense amount of dedication, hard work and support, Sara graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, and began her first year of teaching in a fourth grade classroom. Through her first year of teaching, she learned many things and made many new friends. Sara is very good at establishing a relationship with each student to fully understand their needs. She firmly believes that students learn best using multiple techniques, and collaborating with families brings the best support to the classroom.
Ms. Eliason is married to her best friend Damien. The two are the proud parents of a very naughty cat named Gypsy. They are very silly people, who love to laugh and create happiness to those around them. The two love outings to the zoo and the aquarium. Sara is the biggest Disney fan, and that theme rings true in her classroom, lesson plans, and personality. Sara loves to travel, and has been more places than she can count. In her free time, Ms. Eliason loves to paint, read, and watch Disney movies!
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” –Walt Disney.
2nd Grade Teacher
Ms. Betz was born in California but was raised in Sanpete county. She graduated from North Sanpete High School in 2008, attended Snow College and graduated spring 2011. Then started at USU fall 2011. She
met her husband Josh, May 2011 and they were married August of 2012.They now have two beautiful children.Carson (3 years old) and Josie (18 months). She took some time off from school between each child and finally graduated fall 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.Ms. Betz is a first year teacher who believes that each student needs to be met with acceptance and understanding of their abilities and circumstances.Ms. Betz loves spending time with her family, traveling, and cooking.
3rd Grade Teacher
Ms. Griffin received her bachelors with honors from Western Governors University. She graduated in 2017 and is so excited to begin her journey as an educator. She completed her training in both third and fourth grade at Rose Springs Elementary. She has attended numerous training and specialized programs with children of all ages and abilities. She lives by the quote from Malcom X, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
Ms. Griffin plans to engage your children in many different activities and believes discovery based learning will benefit her third graders. The importance of interacting with both their peers and the environment will pave way for her student’s success in the future. STEM based learning is so important because the children will have a chance to question, discover, create, and collaborate in order to grasp lessons that would otherwise seem difficult. Amanda won numerous awards through Western Governors University for her creative lesson plans using technology and music which correlated with third grade curriculum; she cannot wait to present these to her third graders.
Ms. Griffin is engaged to an amazing man and has two daughters ages four and one. Paislee Jean is almost five years old and loves to go to preschool and play sports. Tylee May is one year old and is the light of her life. Amanda is originally from West Virginia and moved to Utah five years ago for her fiancé to pursue his dream job. She is a small town girl living in this busy Utah world but still possesses both manners and etiquette she learned growing up in the South. She cannot wait to see what her first year teaching will be like and is ecstatic to learn from her students.
4th Grade Teacher
Ms. Crittenden is so excited to begin a new school year at Bonneville Academy! She received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) from Western Governors University in 2013. She began her teaching career at Excelsior Academy. She and her family moved to Tooele from Kansas City, Missouri so that she could begin teaching. Moving to Utah has felt like moving home as since she was born and raised in Utah until the age of 11. Since then she has spent most of her life moving and traveling! She has lived in Utah, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Missouri and traveled the states in-between as well! She is a proud mom of four amazing children! They all keep busy with traveling, learning about international cultures, hiking and of course, spending a lot of time at the park! She loves yoga/pilates, travel, everything French or Italian, history and she loves to read!
Ms. Crittenden has a passion for learning and she loves to share that passion with her students! She has continued her own education at WGU for her M.Ed in Learning and Technology. She is excited to use what she have learned to enhance the learning of her students at Bonneville Academy! She encourages her students to take on a leadership role with their learning. She loves this quote, she finds that it sums up what she feels students should understand about their own learning: “You are the only one who can use your ability. It’s an awesome responsibility.” (Zig Ziglar) She hopes to help each of her students reach his or her full potential in using his or her abilities through our journey in fourth grade!
5th Grade Teacher
Ms. Shelley received her Elementary Education Degree from USU in 2015. She has an Emphasis in Social Studies. She has been a volunteer, substitute and a paraprofessional. She is a new teacher this year and can’t wait to be able to work with all of you. She was born in Orem and grew up in Sanpete County. She spent a lot of her summers growing up in Montana. Some of her favorite people call her Aunt Mimi.
She loves being an aunt. Her favorite music group is Home Free! She is moving back to Utah from Montana. She loves spending time in the mountains. Cooking is one of her favorite things to do. Her favorite food is tacos. One of her goals is to go to all 50 states at least once. She is able to cross off 16 states. She loves traveling to new and exciting places. She is looking forward to the 2017-2018 school year.
Middle School Science Teacher
Ms. Batchelor graduated from Brigham Young University in 2015 with a degree in Biological Science Education. She has spent the last two years living and teaching in Gallup, NM. She has been teaching 7th grade science and running a STEM based club known as MESA. She loves teaching and loves science. Growing up she moved around a lot but always loved to get outdoors, explore, and figure out how the world works–which is why she fell in love with science, especially biology. Currently she enjoys riding her dirt bike and hiking. Ms. Batchelor is excited to bring her love of education and science to Bonneville Academy.
Mrs. Autry grew up without a clue that she was born to be an artist. It wasn’t until her junior year in high school that she took her first art class, and although greatly intimidated by other students in the class, she did her best and found the process thoroughly enjoyable. Today she finds and makes time to paint, loving every minute of it. Having taught high school and college level art for more than 20
years and now hopes to successfully market her artwork to the whole wide world.
In her pursuit of excellence she has been inspired to paint LDS Temples. In doing she, she found that she needed more training. She literally spent about $20,000 on portrait workshops from the best around, and invested in the necessary equipment to paint on location, ‘en plein air’, with many accomplished artists. She now feels she is ready to tackle the difficult challenge the Lord has given her, to paint LDS Temples from all over the world, and occasionally when commissioned, she will paint families and couples in front of their chosen Temple.
Her belief is that we can all be great, we can all put our best foot forward and seek inspiration and guidance from our higher power on a daily basis. One does not need to be perfect to be wonderful. What she wants out of her artistic life is to leave a legacy of faith, determination and courage. She wants her art to be collected and treasured by those who seek beauty, peace and fulfillment from the visual images they surround themselves with.
Her work is highly idealistic, much like the old masters with an emphasis on eternal themes, using age old techniques, but employing modern tools and supplies. This includes a much brighter color palette, with an old fashioned twist, which she loves!
She is an idealist to the core, an artist who cherishes high and noble principles. She is really excited to be teaching art both in her home, and at the colorful new Bonneville Academy in Stansbury Park.
“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great
teacher.” — Japanese Proverb”
Mrs. Kuhnke was born in Golden Colorado and moved to Utah when she was 13 years old. She is married and has 2 children that attend Bonneville Academy. As a family they like to explore the outdoors; hiking, fishing, camping, etc. They also love doing things indoors, like cuddling up and watching family movies together or playing board games.
In her free time she likes to build furniture and is occasionally commissioned to do reupholstering for customers. She also owns an Etsy shop where she sells her custom designs all over the world. She is a competitive athlete and has been a contender in multiple powerlifting events (with the USPA at FitCon and in the Utah Summer Games) and has held the Utah State records for the last 3 years, in all categories. In 2016 she qualified herself as an Elite Athlete and earned an invitation to the World Championships.
2nd Grade Teacher
Mr. Rusty is excited to begin his teaching career with Bonneville Academy. A Dallas, TX native, Mr. Rusty graduated from University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, minoring in both social science and Jewish studies. After graduating, he moved to Utah to begin a Master of Elementary Education, earn his educator license, and start teaching. Mr. Rusty spent his first year in education helping special needs students reach their potential, and promotes a holistic teaching style by incorporating project-based learning and the application of education to life outside the classroom. In his modest amount of spare time, Mr. Rusty enjoys participating in Utah’s Jewish community, and exploring Utah by hiking, kayaking, and camping. Mr. Rusty has played piano since age 5 and studied French since high school, and recently decided to attempt learning to play the violin.
“In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence; the second: listening, the third: remembering, the fourth: practicing, the fifth: teaching others.” -Shlomoben Yehuda ibn Gabriol
3rd Grade Teacher
Ms. Nelson grew up in Oklahoma before moving to Idaho and then settling in Utah. She has lived here for over 30 years and feels like a native Utahan. She grew up in Magna (Go Pirates) and after High School
attended the University of Utah where she received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After graduation she spent three years teaching fifth grade, four years in second grade and now has finally
graduated to third grade! She is looking forward to helping her students become critical thinkers and problem solvers as they prepare for third grade and for the future.When she is not teaching or planning for her classroom you could find her playing with her own four children (ages 21, 17, 12 and 6), reading a good book on her kindle (or 2 or 3), or just enjoying being outdoors.
4th Grade Teacher
Ms. Glad is very eager and excited to be working at Bonneville Academy as a 4th grade teacher! She graduated with a bachelors degree in University Studies with a Minor in Elementary Education, from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She has been working in the school system for 3 years as a paraprofessional, which has only enhanced her love for teaching. She recently received her teaching certificate from the state and this will be her first year as a teacher, and is anxious to start teaching. She enjoys working with children and helping them reach their dreams through education. She has always wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. She firmly believes that every child should be given the opportunity to learn and that when given the proper structure and time, any child can succeed. An education should empower a child and help him or her make a positive contribution to our world. Ms. Glad was born and raised in Montana, where she lived on a small farm with her parents, two sisters and brother. She loves to spend time with her family; it is one of the most important things to her. She currently resides in Cottonwood Heights with her husband and two loving black cats who keep her on her toes daily. She and her husband enjoy spending time together through various activities such as, playing video games, camping, shopping, and reading books. She is looking forward to the upcoming school year and she simply can’t wait to meet all of the students!
Middle School ELA
Ms. Jessup is originally from Chicago, but moved to Utah to study English at Brigham Young University. While at the university,she was a writing tutor. After graduating, she spent a year working for Google as part of a team of linguists whose projects helped the search engine perform more effectively. Following that, she worked as a transcriber for Apple Music. She has also enjoyed working as a ghostwriter for various blogs. Because of her experience outside of teaching, she is excited to show her students how English language skills can be used both creatively and practically. Besides her passion for grammar and literature, she loves to spend time exercising, practicing piano, playing card games, singing, camping, and spending time with her family. Ms. Jessup and her husband have two children and live in Kearns.
Middle School Science Teacher
Ms. Smith was born and raised in Texas her whole life! She grew up in the DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth) Metroplex. After high school, Ms. Smith went to Texas A&M University in College Station, Tx (Go Aggies! Whoop!). She graduated in May 2016 with honors and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health, emphasis health education. Upon graduation, she pursued certification in all core subjects and started her teaching career in Frisco, Tx as a middle school Teacher/Coach.
This summer, Ms. Smith found herself moving to Utah! She had never visited or seen Utah until the day she moved here, how crazy and awesome right?! Ms. Smith searched for jobs prior to moving to Utah and came upon Bonneville Academy. She believed it was the perfect school for her in Utah. Because of that she is so excited to be part of the Bonneville Academy family and teaching middle school science!
Some fun facts about her: She is 9 and 10 years older than her siblings. One is 15 and the other is about to be 14. Also, Ms. Smith is obsessed with her puppy. She has a Sheepadoodle puppy named Harper and loves to spend her free time snuggling with her!
A Visual Communications professional with over 25 years of experience working in the private sector, Ms. Parke has fun merging tech, art, design and creative problem solving.
Drawing by the age of 4, winning an art scholarship at age 9 and by her early teen years, Ms. Parke had learned how to manage complex information and communicate it visually. She graduated high school with a major in art and a minor in math. With confidence in her abilities -she moved out west on her own at age 19 with fifty bucks in her pocket and a sense of adventure.
In 1992 Ms. Park received her Illustration/Graphic Design AA degree and to this day continues to explore different mediums and tools while creating traditional artwork.
Working in various corporate Graphic Design positions over the next decade -for brands like Safeway/Kroger/Albertsons, ADVO, & PACCAR -she developed multiple intelligences, beyond visual/spatial, to merge verbal/linguistic and logic/math -excelling in early tech.
In 2004, Ms. Parke was excited by technology and became a leader in graphic departments, teaching staff around the world how to use computers, Adobe apps and websites. Ms. Parke’s passion for creativity, tech, education and presentation continued to grow as she completed a BA program for Technology Management, majoring in Emerging Tech. While employed at brands like JPW (JET Tools), X10 Wireless, Diagnos-Techs and Apple -she began designing, coding, and developing websites -while continuing to design print and marketing collateral, teaching consumers, volunteering with children, mentoring new designers and helping colleagues. Both of her own children benefited from her volunteer work with PTA and countless para -pro opportunities teaching art and technology in their classrooms.
Ms. Parke lives in Tooele with her husband and now has two grown girls, one living in Taylorsville and the other in Chicago. She currently attends SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) for a BA in Digital Design while pursuing a Masters in Interactive Design, and just entered into the ARL licensure program.
“It is my absolute pleasure to join Marie Steffensen -Bonneville Academy Director -teaching students to advance in STEM (science, technology,engineering, math) and Graphic Design with the confidence to apply new knowledge.”
Character Ed Teacher
Ms. Vorwaller has been working with children for almost 20 years. Her love for child care started in high school, where she focused her electives on early childhood development. That was where she had her first opportunity to teach preschool. Since then she has worked as a daycare provider, kindergarten instructor, and run her own in home preschool.She has continued her higher education off and on. Currently she is studying for an associate’s degree in psychology, at Salt Lake Community College. She will then transfer to the University of Utah to continue towards her teaching certificate. She would like to work as a teacher as she continues school for her master’s degree to become an educational psychologist. She is really excited about working in the Special Ed department at Bonneville Academy, while continuing her own schooling! She is looking forward to working with your amazing kids!
2nd Grade Teacher
Ms. Penton is originally from Upstate New York and has lived in Stansbury Park for 5 years. She graduated from BYU-Idaho with a degree in Elementary Education. After her student teaching she worked for Granite School District teaching first grade.She has been married to Craig Penton for 9 years and they have two beautiful kids Grace and Jacob. Ms. Penton is currently a stay at home Mom and teaches piano. Ms. Penton is an avid gardener and loves to dig in the dirt. In her spare time she loves to read and sew.
3rd Grade Teacher
Ms. Hansen is going to be teaching 3rd grade this year! She has taught for 6 years here in the Tooele area. 3rd grade is her favorite grade! She grew up in Tooele and attended college at California State University, Fullerton, where she received her degree in Social Work, with a minor in Elementary Education. Ms. Hansen lives here in Stansbury with her four awesome kiddos: Owen, Gabe, Jonah, and Alivia. She is excited to be here at Bonneville Academy.
4th Grade Teacher
Ms. Christensen is very excited to be working at Bonneville Academy as a 4th grade teacher! She graduated with a bachelors degree from the University of Utah in Elementary Education with an ESL endorsement. She has been teaching for 3 years, most of which has been in 4th grade. Stacie has a passion for teaching math and science and enriching lessons through hands on activities. She has had a broad array of experience in student technological-integrations, positive behavior interventions, and developing curriculum for student “Leader-In-Me” initiative. Ms. Christensen has been married for 3 years. Her family enjoys camping and hiking, especially in Utah’s National Parks. She has 3 dogs who keep her busy and active. Stacie looks forward to the upcoming school year and can’t wait to meet all the students and parents she will be working with!
Middle School Social Studies
Mr. Evans has a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles and a B.S. in Social Sciences from Southern Utah University. He was awarded a U.S. patent for his development of a neuromuscular coordination strengthening device. His teaching specialties include U.S. History, Global Politics, and World Civilization.
As an inventor and entrepreneur, Mr. Evans learned firsthand about the education and skills required to be successful in an increasingly automated and changing economy. He began substitute teaching in order to share his experiences and to help his students understand the importance of maximizing their individual talents and reaching their full potential. During his time as a substitute, Mr. Evans gained a real passion for education and decided to teach full-time. He brings enthusiasm, real-world experience, and the entrepreneurial spirit to the classroom. “I see social studies as the perfect vehicle for developing the critical thinking skill set our students will need to be prosperous throughout their lives.”
Mr. Evans and his family enjoy spending time together hiking, camping, and fly-fishing.
Middle School Math Teacher
Ms. Divis is nearing the completion of her degree in Middle School Mathematics from Western Governor’s University. After finishing her Associate’s degree at the age of 17, she went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho. There, she studied psychology and music.
Ms. Divis grew up in Washington state and has been in Utah for just over a year. She loves music and began teaching piano at the age of 16. After teaching piano for a few years, she realized she had a passion for teaching. She decided to pursue education so that she could teach full-time.
She has always liked math, but it wasn’t until she took a class from Tom McCollow that she realized she loved math. Her goal in teaching is to inspire her students to find the excitement in math and learn to love the subject as well.
Middle School Math Teacher