Head of School
After a long career in Information Technology, Brandon decided to follow his passion and finish his teaching degree to become a teacher and a coach. Brandon came to The Oakley School in the spring of 2013 after being the Director of Technology and teaching Engineering and various Technology Education courses for The Independent School in Wichita, KS.
Brandon believes in creating real-world, hands-on experiences for students to learn skills beyond the subject matter, including critical thinking, teamwork, creativity and problem solving. He enjoys getting to know his students to find the best way for them to learn and apply concepts, such as, the Growth Mindset and Grit to situations inside and outside the classroom. Brandon grew up in Kansas and raised two daughters there. He moved to Utah with his wife to have a new adventure. His oldest daughter is an RN in Phoenix and his youngest daughter attends college here in Utah. Outside the classroom Brandon loves sports, whether coaching or participating. He enjoys the outdoors and loves spending time with his family, gardening, playing with his dogs, antiquing and planning his outdoor Christmas display for the upcoming year.
Clark holds a BA in Marriage and Family Therapy with a minor in Mandarin language and a Masters in Educational Counseling. He has spent sixteen years as a high school guidance counselor. He has worked in rural, suburban, urban, and inner city schools, and loves to help young people set and achieve their goals. Clark has lived in the Kamas valley for ten years and is no stranger to the beautiful Uintah Mountains. Clark largely grew up in rural Utah.
He has spent most of his life in Utah and thinks it is the most beautiful and diverse place on the planet. The most important thing in Clark’s life is his wife Dianne and their six children. He tries very hard to ensure that his children always think he is a little crazy. He loves the outdoors, literature, music, Elvis Presley, dark chocolate, and exercise. Clark loves competing in triathlons all over Utah and someday hopes to compete in the Ironman World Championships in Kona Hawaii.
Born and raised in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, Kyle grew up in a small steel town located 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia. He graduated from Kutztown University in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. His initial program, Elementary Education (Grades 4-8) gave him a solid educational foundation before a passion for the human brain and behavior lead him to pursue Psychology. Kyle has held a number of positions at the Oakley School, from Mentor to Admissions Counselor.
In August of 2015, he started he current position as the Academic Readiness and Learning Support teacher. Kyle loves helping students develop the skills he wishes he had in high school and college; time management, prioritizing, organization, and note taking to name a few. The best part of the job, according to Kyle, is watching students realize their full potential.
Joanne brings a great deal of experience working with adolescents, including ten years of teaching English and college counseling at The Winter Sports School in Park City, Utah. Joanne has earned a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University and a B.S. in English Teaching from Utah Valley University. She teaches English 12, English 12 Honors, and English 9/10.
When she is not teaching Joanne enjoys spending time with her five daughters in beautiful Park City, hiking, mountain biking, cooking gourmet meals and curling up with a great book at the end of the day.
History and Government Teacher/Athletic Director/Head Swim Coach
Justin has been teaching and coaching at the Oakley School since August 2007. He grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as an avid hiker, swimmer, and history buff, and has fond memories of many trips to museums, civil war battlefields, and other historic sites on the east coast. He has always been fascinated by history, an interest that was further developed by outstanding history teachers he had in 7th and 12th grades.
As a teacher now himself, Justin seeks to spark a similar interest in history in his students. He holds a B.A., in History from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in American History from the University of Connecticut. Justin teaches regular and honors U.S. History, Government, World History, and occasional social science elective courses at Oakley. He also serves as Oakley’s Athletic Director and coaches the Oakley Swim Team, which in 2010-2011 were the 1A/2A state boys’ champions and whose top swimmer won 3 individual 3A state titles in 2011/2012. Oakley swimmers have qualified and participated in the State meet every season since Justin’s arrival in 2007. Justin’s courses highlight the fact that history is an art, not a science – it is open to interpretation, not black and white. His students examine various interpretations of why events unfolded the way they did and are encouraged to read, think, and write critically. Ultimately, after studying a variety of different perspectives, students develop and defend their own arguments. To assist in this process, students examine a wide variety of primary and secondary sources – Justin does not use a textbook in any of his classes. Justin’s passion for history and teaching is matched only by his love for the outdoors. He has hiked and backpacked extensively throughout the United States, including a thru-hike of the 2,150 mile Appalachian Trail in 2001. When not teaching he can often be found exploring Utah’s many mountains, deserts, and canyons. He is also an avid sports fan, especially college football and basketball.
Spanish Teacher/Cross Country Coach
Steve holds a degree in Spanish and a Masters in Humanities. He began his teaching career at Hillcrest High School in Salt Lake City in 1984. After 2 years he moved on to Brighton High School where he stayed for 15 years. Steve has taught AP Spanish for 15 years. In 1987 Steve was a Fullbright exchange teacher for a year, teaching English at a high school in Tulua, Colombia. Steve joined the Oakley faculty in 2001.
Since coming to the Oakley School Steve has lead several student trips to Spain and Mexico involving “exchange/sister school” components. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Steve coaches cross country running. Steve has coached this sport since 1983 and has had several successful teams. He is also a cross-country skiing and downhill skiing module leader. Steve says that he is “addicted to” endurance sports: running, swimming, cross country skiing, and biking. When he is not physically challenging himself, Steve enjoys traveling and “foreign experiences.” Steve is a devoted dog owner and dedicated "pooper scooper"!
Ellen attended Brigham Young University while studying math, English, science, humanities, social sciences, and art. She focused on secondary education, majoring in Math and minoring in English. Ellen is the mother of four children ranging in ages from 18 to 25 and has lived in several states. Ellen has worked with teenagers in numerous capacities over the years. Personal interests include going for walks, reading, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Gary comes from a small town in central Utah where he participated in many school activities and sports. He loves to be involved in family activities and is constantly surrounded by family members. He attended multiple colleges and universities in Utah along his journey to graduation. His degrees were earned at Snow College for his associates; teaching credentials and BS degree in Biology were earned at Southern Utah University.
He has also been a certified teacher in secondary education since 2000. When not learning with and teaching students, Gary takes time to keep busy with golf, tinkering in the yard and doing jigsaw puzzles.
Math and Science Teacher
Science and Math Rebecca is in her 11th year teaching Secondary Math and Science. She holds Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, a Master of Education and is close to completing a second Masters in Educational Leadership. Rebecca played tennis on a full athletic scholarship at a Division I University, has taught tennis for over 20 years and is a certified tennis professional. She is an avid fly fisherman, golfer, and skier.
Christine’s love of all things writing inspired her to become a high school English teacher. She received her B.S. from Utah State University and received her secondary education with an English teaching major an history minor. With fourteen years of experience teaching in a therapeutic setting, she joined the Oakley School team in July of 2015. She believes in creating a productive and emotionally safe classroom where therapeutic students can experience their full potential.
As well as teaching writing, Christine works with the creative process as a published young adult and dark fantasy author. She brings this professional experience into her writing instruction and believes that many of her students have the potential to change the world with their words. When she is not teaching or authoring, Christine enjoys spending time with her family--her husband, Sean, her two sons, Liam and Conor, her daughter, Dylan, and her two dogs, Rust and CC. She also enjoys karate training as a black belt.
History/Art Teacher/Head Track Coach
Aaron has wanted to teach and coach at the high school level for over 20 years. After working in business management for almost 15 of those years in Salt Lake and Las Vegas, it was time to make the switch. Aaron completed a Bachelor’s degree in History at Brigham Young University in 2012. He is a talented artist and an avid athlete and outdoors man with a love and fascination of all things history.
As an avid runner, hiker and rock climber, Aaron moved back to Utah in 2008 to enjoy the cooler weather and the mountains. He enjoys taking his three kids with him climbing and hiking whenever time allows. In addition, Aaron is always looking for opportunities to help others learn in any capacity. Oakley School has provided the perfect environment to combine his love of teaching history, geography, and art together with his love of the outdoors and coaching.
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