About

Our Faculty

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

Trevor Anderson

Trevor Anderson

Science

Email: tanderson@stgacademy.org

Bachelor of Science in Biology: Biology Education
Emphasis from Dixie State University

Mr. Anderson is a science enthusiast. He is from the cultural hub of the southwest: LaVerkin, Utah. Growing up in LaVerkin helped him gain vital skills needed to get by; skepticism, amateur karate, literacy, telepathy, grit, dental hygiene, wilderness survival, basket weaving, and most importantly- sleeping. Mr. Anderson believes that despite the headlines now is the best time to be alive.

Spencer Johnson

Spencer Johnson

Science

Email: sjohnson@stgacademy.org

BS in Biology at Western Governors University

Spencer is in their third year of teaching. They have worked in special education, taught mathematics, statistics, physics, and biology. They graduated from Tuacahn High School in 2008 as a Sterling Scholar in Mathematics. They lived two years in Fukuoka, Japan. Spencer loves working with young people, helping them explore the world of science and the beauty of mathematics.

Jose Saraiva

Jose Saraiva

Science & Mathematics

Email: jsaraiva@stgacademy.org

Electrical Engineer and MBA from BYU. Speaks Portuguese and Spanish

Mr. Saraiva was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is an engineer with degrees in Electronics and Mechanical Manufacturing. He has been a longtime educator, beginning at Tech High School in Brazil, teaching Mathematics, Physics, and Accounting.

He also
taught graduate courses in the Latin America Business program at BYU. Since moving to southern, Utah he has been a mathematics and science teacher at the middle and high school level. When not in the classroom, he enjoys photography,
astronomy, and running.

MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

Amanda Gerry

Amanda Gerry

Mathematics

Email: agerry@stgacademy.org

Masters in Mathematics Education from Western Governors

Amanda Gerry has been teaching in the field of Mathematics for 13 years. She loves working with
students and developing a curriculum to meet their needs. She received her Bachelor’s of Dance/Mathematics Education from Southern Utah University in 2006 and her Masters of Mathematics Education from Western Governors in 2017.

McKenna Mendenhall

McKenna Mendenhall

Mathematics

Mmendenhall@oh8.ac7.myftpupload.com

Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics Education from BYU-I

McKenna Mendenhall is a mother of 1 baby boy, two puppies, one bunny, and many fish. She has taught English as a Second Language to children all around the world starting as soon as she graduated high school. She graduated from BYU Idaho with a degree in Math Education. She has visited many Eastern countries including Indonesia, China, and Thailand. She loves experiencing other cultures and immersing herself in the languages, food, and religions. In her spare time she loves playing board games with her husband, rock climbing and canyoneering with her family, gardening, working to save the Earth, and learning new hobbies.

Kyle Fredrick

Kyle Fredrick

Mathematics & Physics

Email: kfredrick@stgacademy.org

B.S. in Mathematics Education from Southern Utah University

Kyle Fredrick earned his undergraduate degree in the small college town of Cedar City, Utah. There he learned to appreciate the many national parks and outdoor adventures that surrounded him. While learning his degree in Mathematics Education, Mr. Fredrick tutored many of his peers and students in the community. He believes that all students can learn and reach their full potential, embodying the motto from his Alma Mater; “Learning Lives Forever”.

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

Joan Cartmill

Joan Cartmill

Social And Behavioral Sciences

Email: jcartmill@stgacademy.org

Masters of Education degree from the University of Utah

Prior to SGA, Ms. Cartmill was involved in education for over 20 years. She is of the founding faculty members of St. George Academy, teaches a variety of social science courses and advises National Junior Honor Society and Student Government.

Ms. Cartmill took students on an 8 day civic education trip with CloseUp DC/NYC in June 2019 and is organizing the next trip for June 2021. In 2020, Ms. Cartmill was awarded the 2019-20 Utah Smart/Maher National VFW Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year Award at the Middle School Level.

Nate Van Dam

Nate Van Dam

Social And Behavioral Sciences

Email: nvandam@stgacademy.org

BA in History Education from Southern Utah University

Despite being born in southern Utah, Mr. Van Dam spent much of his youth living in strange, foreign lands such as Arizona and Nevada finally settling in time to attend Hurricane High School. It was here that he first gained his love for Japanese language, culture, and history. After graduating high school Mr. Van Dam lived in Kagoshima and Okinawa, Japan from March 2008 until January 2010 and returned to live in Okinawa from August 2014 until November 2015.

Mr. Van Dam has a wife and two children whom he adores, most of the time.

Nate Caplin

Nate Caplin

B.A. Economics, M.A. US History, J.D. Law, Ed. D. Organizational Change and Leadership

Email: ncaplin@stgacademy.org

BA in History Education from Southern Utah University

 

Nathan G. Caplin comes to Saint George Academy from Snow College where he served as associate professor of social science. Caplin teaches history, government, and economics at SGA and serves as our concurrent enrollment director, helping students earn joint credit at Dixie State. Caplin teaches at Dixie State University, and worked at a civil rights firm in the South.

LANGUAGE ARTS

LANGUAGE ARTS

Darren M. Edwards

Darren M. Edwards

Language Arts and Photography

Email: dedwards@stgacademy.org

Masters of Science in Literature and Writing from Utah State University.

Mr. Edwards is a Utah local, born and raised in American Fork. He began writing poetry in third grade and playing with photography at fourteen years old. After spending seven years teaching University English courses, Edwards made the switch to working in publishing. During his time away from teaching he worked as the Editor in Chief of The Creative and later as the Managing Editor of The Independent. It was during this time that he also published his first book, Utah Sport Climbing: Stories and Reflections on the Bolting of the Beehive State, 2017, The History Press, and was a member of two National Poetry Slam teams.

Angie Merkley

Angie Merkley

Language Arts and Communication

Email: amerkley@stgacademy.org

Bachelor of Arts in Communications

Though nomadic in her youth, Mrs. Merkley is delighted to settle into her new home within the stunning terrain of St. George. After receiving a BA in communications, she began her career in the fields of journalism and advertising. After a series of fortuitous events (which included performing shows with sharks), Mrs. Merkley discovered a passion for teaching others. She quickly switched career paths and began her new life in education. She is dedicated to the doctrine that school is where students not only learn proper grammar and diction, but also proper mindfulness, tenacity, and compassion.

Carly Olsen

Carly Olsen

Email:  colsen@stgacademy.org

Bachelor’s Southern Utah University

Ms. Olsen has always been passionate about reading and writing. She maintained that passion in college where she majored in literature studies. She has attended literature and popular culture conferences as an undergraduate and that made her love each topic even more. Ms. Olsen is excited to share her passion for literature with the students at St. George Academy. Ms. Olsen has a legendary addiction to coffee and is the proud mother of the world’s poutiest (and grumpiest) cat. Her hobbies include: performing improv comedy and playing the trombone.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Jessica Butcher

Jessica Butcher

Academic Support

Email: jbutcher@stgacademy.org

Paraprofessional Certified

Jessica Butcher has been working in Special Education for the last six years. She loves doing it so much she changed her major and career plan and is now pursuing a dual license in Elementary Education and Special Education. She’s currently certified as a paraprofessional and enjoys helping students do things they thought they couldn’t do before. She plans to someday earn a PhD so she can achieve her childhood dreams of being “Dr. Butcher.”

Margarita Castro

Margarita Castro

Academic Support

Email: mcastro@stgacademy.org

Masters of Education from the UofU in Special Education: Severe, Bachelors of Arts from SUU in Music Education and Special
Education: Mild/Mod.

Mrs. Castro graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUU with additional endorsements in ESL, plus Gifted & Talented in special education. She also received and endorsement in Math 1 from Utah Valley University (UVU). She and her husband, Kevin, own Castro & Co. Jewelers in Cedar city. She has a Clerical Certificate and an AA in Small Business Management also from SUU. Mrs. Castro attended The American Conservatory of Music and the Chicago Conservatory of music. Music had always been her first love until she was introduced to special education; “There is nothing like the sparkle in a child’s eye when they get it, the AHA moment.” As she likes to say:
“SI SE PUEDE!”

Karen-jane

Karen-jane

Director of Special Education

Email: karen-jane@stgacademy.org

BA Augustana University

Karen-jane is from a long time ago and has been teaching forever. That said, she grew up in San Diego, CA, surfing, thinking and performing folk and rock music. She doesn’t surf much anymore, but has had the amazing opportunity to hike and volunteer at schools in China with “side trips” to India, Korea, and Abu Dhabi. She has also been to Ireland, Great Britain, Holland, Germany, France, Spain, etc. She loves working with students around the world.

FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT

FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT

Brad Pike

Brad Pike

Instrumental Music

Email: bpike@stgacademy.org

BA in Music Performance from Utah State University

My name is Brad Pike. I am a Music Teacher with openings immediately available for those currently seeking Private Guitar, Bass & Ukulele Lessons. The first lesson is free! If you are ready to have fun playing music right away, please contact me to schedule your first free lesson .I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance with an Emphasis on Guitar from Utah State University where I was extremely fortunate to study under Prof. Mike Christiansen. I have taught, performed, composed, and recorded music for over 30 years.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Desiree Gentry

Desiree Gentry

Spanish

Email: dgentry@stgacademy.org

BA from Southern Virginia University

While in Virginia, she taught Spanish for approximately two years to children as young as 7 and as old as 17. Desiree learned Spanish while she was living in Mexico for approximately 16 months. When she returned from Mexico, she had developed such a love for Spanish that she decided to further her understanding of the language and began taking Spanish literature and advanced grammar classes in college, eventually leading to a minor in Spanish. Desiree believes there is great value in learning a foreign language because the more languages one knows, the more people one can interact with, influence, learn from, and serve.

Lorell Loosle

Lorell Loosle

American Sign Language

M.Ed U of U in Special Education/Deaf Education

Mrs. Loosle has taught in Utah, Guam, and Texas. Her experience includes Deaf Education classrooms, mainstream classrooms, American Sign Language and Elementary, and has taught all ages from birth to college students. Mrs. Loosle has been teaching since 1994. Mrs Loosle loves travelling, especially cruising, with her husband and family. Her other passions are ASL, Deaf Culture and interpreting.

COMPUTER SCIENCE

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Jennifer Reid

Jennifer Reid

Computer Science

Email: jreid@stgacademy.org

Certification in Digital Animation from CCCC
CIW Certification HTML & JS Developer
CIW Certification CSS3 Developer
CIW Certification UX Design

BS Computer Programming WGU

Jennifer Reid is an Online Marketing Consultant who helps businesses grow by developing and implementing digital marketing strategies for any budget. Along with offering digital marketing and Pay-per-click services, she also offers content writing services that attract organic traffic, boosts audience engagement, and increases brand awareness. She is Google certified in AdWords and Analytics, apprenticed for two years with artist Ric Estrada and is certified in Digital Animation. She’s had the privilege to work with some of the largest businesses in Southern Utah on their marketing and websites.

Administration

Christy Hall

Christy Hall

Director

Email: chall@stgacademy.org

Masters of Education from Southern Utah University

Christy Hall has been in the field of education for 21 years. She received her Masters of Education from Southern Utah University in curriculum development in 2003. She teaches both mathematics and literature, but her love is the cultural studies of mythology. In 2007 she was named Teacher of the Year at Tuacahn High School and in 2011 she received the Charter School Teacher of the Year award for the State of Utah.

Jennifer Racker

Jennifer Racker

Administration Assistant

Email: jracker@stgacademy.org

Bachelor of Arts – Southern Utah University

If you ask anyone, they would tell you her ideal job would be to work in the office of one of her kids’ schools. To say she is excited about the opportunity to finally present itself would be an understatement. Although Mrs. Racker was blessed enough to spend most of her kids’ years at home with them, she previously worked in a law office as a legal assistant. She has recently discovered, with a trip to Finland, a love of travel (where she cried when she got to meet Santa Clause). In all her spare time, she loves to make crafts, play the piano and read. She also loves to decorate for any holiday and is a firm believer that glitter and a Dr. Pepper make everything better!

Jodi Jensen

Jodi Jensen

Dean of Students

Email: jjensen@stgacademy.org

M.Ed in Counselor Education from Cleveland State University

Jodi Jensen earned her undergraduate degree at Dixie State University in Psychology and continued her graduate studies at Cleveland State University where she received her master degree in Counselor Education. While living in Cleveland Ms. Jensen taught strengths-based parenting classes and worked in school administration. She is a licensed school counselor and a QPR Suicide Prevention Certified Gatekeeper Instructor. As a first-generation college student, Ms. Jensen understands the importance of educating the whole student. She believes that schools, families, and communities play a vital and integral role in each student’s life.