Take a look at our jr. high faculty below. Use the icons on the pictures to view each teacher’s email address, bio, and website or click on their name or picture for more information.

Highly Qualified Teachers

At Ogden Preparatory Academy we are very proud of our teachers and feel they are prepared to give your child a high-quality education. As a Title I school, we must meet federal rules related to teacher qualifications as defined in No Child Left Behind. These rules allow you to learn more about your child’s teachers’ training and credentials. We are happy to provide this information to you. At any time, you may ask about your child’s teachers’ or paraprofessionals’ qualifications and degrees. Our staff is committed to helping your child develop the academic knowledge and critical thinking he/she needs to succeed in school and beyond. That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and paraprofessionals are highly skilled. If you have any questions about your child’s assignment to a teacher or paraprofessional, please contact Amie Campbell at acampbell@ogdenprep.org

AVID

Language Arts

Math

Science

Social Studies

Spanish

Specialists

AVID/Science Teacher

Shane Pearson

Science/AVID Teacher

Sam Hayman

Please check my Google Classroom for classroom news.

Language Arts/Music Teacher

Amanda Porter

Amanda Porter grew up loving to read, write, and participate in theater productions. Since the age of 8, one of her favorite summer activities has been to go to the Shakespeare festival in Cedar City. She has seen almost every Shakespeare play, many of them multiple times.
Amanda attended BYU where she received her degree in English teaching. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009 and began teaching high school. She taught high school for nearly four years. In 2014 she joined the great team at OPA. Besides teaching, Amanda’s other hobbies and interests include taking care of her two young children; enjoying the outdoors by biking, camping, hiking, skiing, and horseback riding; playing the violin, piano, and guitar; and traveling.

Language Arts Teacher

Sarah Jackson

I was born here in the beautiful state of Utah, and I have lived here my entire life. During my first year of college, I discovered the passion I have for learning and education. It was then that I decided to combine my love for language arts with my love for learning. I graduated from Weber State University with a BS in English Teaching and a minor in Theatre Arts Teaching, and I am excited to be teaching here at OPA. Aside from being in the classroom, I enjoy cooking, reading, biking, and spending time with my family.

7-9th Language Arts Teacher

Whitney Means

I was born in Anchorage, AK, although I initially lived in Soldotna on the Kenai Peninsula, and did most of my growing up in a little town called Clyde Park, MT. I attended Harding University in Searcy, AR and graduated college with a degree in English/Language Arts/Social Sciences Middle Level Education (quite a mouthful, I know!) after studying abroad in Europe. I also have a license in Elementary Education (1-8) and an English Endorsement. My husband and I packed up our things during the summer of 2008 to move to Ogden and begin our careers. I love teaching junior high, and language arts is my most passionate subject. Other than teaching, I have many hobbies such as reading, writing, traveling, and anything

Math Teacher

Todd Taylor

7-9th Grade Math Teacher

Rocio Franklin

I grew up in Mexico until the age of 15. After that, I lived in East Los Angeles where I attended high school, and after graduation I moved to Utah. In 1998, I moved to Maryland to be close to family. I started my general studies at the college of Southern Maryland, and I moved back to Utah in 2006 to complete my degree at Utah State University.  I graduated from USU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics education and a minor in Spanish teaching.

I have 3 kids. Two of them are college students, and my youngest attends OPA. I love spending time with my kids – going on road trips, hiking, watching movies, playing games, eating out, etc. I also love West Coast Swing dancing, and reading fantasy and science fiction novels.

This year, I am teaching 7th grade math. Please feel free to email me at rfranklin@ogdenprep.org or visit our Google Classroom site to find important information, assignments, note packages, exit tickets, etc.

 

Mathematics Teacher

Malameme Wong

I was born in Pesega, Western Samoa. I completed High School at the Church College of Western Samoa. Although I did not speak English, I took a big leap and left Samoa to attend Brigham Young University (BYU) in Hawaii. While attending BYU-Hawaii I learned to speak English as I took my college courses. I took a break for a couple of years to do some church service back in Samoa, and then I returned to BYU-Hawaii to complete my Bachelor’s degree. It was at this time that I realized I had a real love of teaching, especially young people, so I channeled my love of mathematics and science into a degree in math and education.

Upon graduating I accepted a teaching position at the Church College of Western Samoa. I love opening a student’s eyes to the possibilities in mathematics and learning. During my three year tenure at the Church College I received an award for “Outstanding Teacher of the Year.” I also realized that I wanted to help even more young people and that if I went to the United States to teach, I would have a greater opportunities to reach more students and for my own children. After arriving in Utah in 1981, I accepted a teaching position at Eisenhower Junior High School. Those first years of teaching in Utah taught me that I could help many students because of my ethnic background and my own experience struggling to learn English. I found that I could be an example, mentor, and role model for all the students. Many of the students just need someone who encourages them and lets them know that they can do math and science. No students has to fail any subject if they know someone who believes in them.

I had the opportunity to be the MESA math teacher and the MESA club advisor at Eisenhower for 19 years. I have seen many students blossom with the MESA program and feel proud that I had the opportunity to play a part toward their promising futures. When I started as the MESA club advisor, the club had around 34 students but during my time as advisor, the MESA club grew to over 100 members each year. In October 2012, after 30 years at Eisenhower Jr. High, I retired from the public school system and came to teach at Ogden Preparatory Academy.

I also teach developmental mathematics at Salt Lake City Community College (SLCC). I received the Teaching Excellence award at the SLCC in 1999. I get the same enjoyment watching older students light up as they learn to like math as I do with the younger kids. Students often comment that they never liked math and some say they were afraid of math before taking my class.

I have been married to my wife Debie, since 1994 and we have a son (Dustin Malosi) and a daughter (Petyon Meaalofa). Debie grew up in Ogden. We currently live in Farmington. I also have 3 adult children and 2 granddaughters. I received my US citizenship in 2000. I enjoy watching the eagles and wildlife around Farmington Bay, family vacations, reading math books, and relaxing in front of the TV.

AVID/Science Teacher

Shane Pearson

Science/AVID Teacher

Sam Hayman

Please check my Google Classroom for classroom news.

Science Teacher

Teresa Hislop

I love to run, read, and write. I love science, sisters, and serendipity. Lost keys drive me crazy as do people who talk on and on and on and on and on…… I enjoy being a part of Ogden Preparatory Academy and I hope you do too.

Science Teacher

Talyn Debus-Villaseñor

Social Studies Teacher

Caleb Barker

I was born in Ogden and raised in Syracuse Utah. I graduated from BYU-Idaho in Rexburg with a bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education. I love learning, the social sciences, and working with people so the choice to become a teacher was a pretty natural one. I believe knowledge really is power.

I met my wife at school.  She has taught me much about the world and how to see it from others’ perspectives. We’ve visited her home in Russia twice and made some great memories there. I have many hobbies and though my passion for them fluctuates it keeps my life interesting. These hobbies include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, parkour, playing the guitar, piano, and ocarina, singing, learning Russian, Spanish, and Hebrew, reading books, working out, listening to music, reading the news, traveling with my wife,  and socializing.

I’ve enjoyed my time at OPA so far and I value the relationships I’ve formed with my students and co-workers.

 

Social Studies/Music Teacher

Mark Sprinkel

I was born and raised in Southern California. After studying music at Crafton Hills College I moved to Utah to continue my study in music at Weber State College. I worked as a musician and managed a small sound company prior to returning to school to pursue a degree in history. It was during this time I met my future wife Suzanne.

After returning to school I graduated from Weber State University with a Social Science Composite Teacher Degree. This included a major in history with minor studies in political science, geography, and sociology. I have been a teacher for 10 years.

My first seven years I taught at a private school at which I taught U.S. History, World History, Geography and Government at the high school and junior high levels. I came to Ogden Preparatory Academy in the 2005-2006 school year and I am teaching 7th and 8th grade history.

Social Studies Teacher

Beverly Rose

I grew up in Grandview, Washington a small town (4700 people) on the eastern side of Washington where the weather was nothing like Seattle.  After graduating I waited about two years to start my college career at Columbia Basin Community College where I earned my two year degree.  I then went on to Western Washington University where I received my Bachelors degree.  I then continued my education at Eastern Washington University where I received my Teaching Certificate and met my husband.

After I married, we moved to Utah in 2000 because my husband was stationed at Hill AFB.  I worked for about 2 years on base at the Youth Center and then decided to stay at home with my two kids.  After my children reached a certain age I started working at OPA in 2007 as a Teaching Assistant. I moved to MOPA in 2009 teaching 7th grade History and in 2010 I was given a full time teaching position in 7th and 8th grade history.

So that’s all the boring history of my life now it’s time for the fun stuff.  I have been fortunate enough to have the time to travel to different places in the US and the world.  I travel to Montana quite often since my husband is from there as well as Washington for obvious reasons. We like to camp and hike during the summer here in Utah but we have traveled to other states to grab some adventure too.  Last summer we went on a white water rafting tour in Big Sky, Montana which was a blast! For my 40th birthday my husband presented me with NCAA Final Four tickets in New Orleans where I was able to tour some plantations, a city tour and enjoy some spectacular food!  Last year my son and daughter traveled with me for a two week trip to India to witness my niece’s wedding.  We rode elephants, toured the Taj Majal, walked along the Great Wall of India, and of course tasted some very unique food.  My family has traveled to Mexico a few times and I traveled to Jamaica with my husband for our 10th anniversary.  I would like you to know if I do take a trip during the school year to someplace cool I take a day to share pictures and stories of my adventures I had.

Triathlon Class: https://sites.google.com/ogdenprep.org/opa-triathlon

Use Google Classroom for Social Studies

Physical Education/Spanish Teacher

Ronni Jack

Hi my name is Ronni Jack, I am one of the Jr high PE teachers and I am excited to be here at OPA. I grew up in Taylorsville, Utah and moved to Boise, Idaho where I attended Boise State University and received my Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, I moved to California in 2003 and taught high school PE for awhile, then moved on to teach PE and Health at a K-8 school, while teaching here I went back to school and received my Master’s in Kinesiology at Azusa Pacific Univ. After living in Ventura, Ca. for the past 13 years I decided to move back to Utah to be closer to family.  I have 3 children my oldest daughter is a college graduate, my son and youngest daughter will be starting college in the spring.   I am also a Grandma to a beautiful 2 1/2 yr old adorable little girl.  I am so excited to get to know the staff and students here at OPA.

Spanish Teacher

Rosa Davila

¡Hola! My name is Rosa Davila I am from Bogota, Colombia, and I have been a teacher for 15 years . I earned a Bachelor’s degree in teaching Foreign Languages from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. I came to the United States to work in Charlotte, NC in 2004. In august 2005 I started working at Ogden Preparatory Academy teaching Spanish to 8th to 9th grades. I really enjoy working here at MOPA!

In my free time I love to travel, hike and read. I love go back to Colombia every summer to see my family and friends.

Check my Google Classroom for classroom updates.

Spanish Teacher/Latinos in Action

Santi Sanchez

Jr. High School Librarian

Katherine Witt

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” Maya Angelou

My name is Katherine Witt. I’m a Utah native although I did live in Venezuela for six years when I was young. I moved to the United States when I was six years old, and I learned English. Spanish was my first language. My dad is a Utah native and my mother is Venezuelan.

I have a background in English teaching and Spanish teaching with a reading endorsement from Weber State University. I recently graduated with a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction also from Weber State University.

My hobbies include reading, of course, as well as technology, painting, and dancing. Check out my blog to see what I’m currently reading and to find out what new books are in the library!

Language Arts/Music Teacher

Amanda Porter

Amanda Porter grew up loving to read, write, and participate in theater productions. Since the age of 8, one of her favorite summer activities has been to go to the Shakespeare festival in Cedar City. She has seen almost every Shakespeare play, many of them multiple times.
Amanda attended BYU where she received her degree in English teaching. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2009 and began teaching high school. She taught high school for nearly four years. In 2014 she joined the great team at OPA. Besides teaching, Amanda’s other hobbies and interests include taking care of her two young children; enjoying the outdoors by biking, camping, hiking, skiing, and horseback riding; playing the violin, piano, and guitar; and traveling.

CTE Teacher

Brian Rutherford

Brian Rutherford

CTE

Brian Rutherford taught industrial education, technology education and

engineering education for 29 years in British Columbia, Idaho, and Utah at the middle

school, junior high school, high school level and university level. He has published 17

books and 50 software programs for Technology Education grades 6-12 and wrote the

script for 12 educational videos which were filmed in his classroom. Brian has been a

presenter and keynote speaker for many teacher professional development workshops and

conferences in Canada and the United States. He completed his doctorate at Utah State

University and was an assistant professor at the University of Idaho before moving to

Utah.

 

I am active at hiking, snow shoeing, rollerblading, kayaking, maintaining a small

ranch, and riding horses. My interests have also included piloting my Mooney M20F, and

volunteering for CASARA (Civilian Aviation Search and Rescue Association), Hope Air

(fly non-emergency medical patients for treatment) and the United States Air Force (Civil

Air Patrol). I was a competitive marathon runner, backcountry skier, and mountaineer

prior to knee injuries. I have also coached school clubs and sports teams. I am active in

the lives of or six children and thirteen grandchildren.

Photography/Yearbook Teacher

Scott Maisey

Greetings! My name is Scott Maisey. I have the privilege of teaching the Photography, Animation, Graphic Design and Yearbook courses for the 2016 / 2017 school year at Ogden Preparatory Academy. I wanted to take just a moment to share a little about myself. I am originally from southern Idaho. I came to Utah around 2000 and have developed a great love for this state.

I began working as a professional artist during the year 2000. I worked as an animator, illustrator and 3D modeler for several different Utah-based studios. These were cutting-edge studios engaged in game development for publishers such as Warner Bros, Universal Studios and Marvel to name a few. The games I helped develop were made for the PS2, Xbox, and Nintendo systems.

After about 6 years into my art career, I abandoned ship and enrolled at Weber State University in an attempt to finish my four-year degree. While at Weber, I majored in Spanish with a Commercial Emphasis and minored in Art. I excelled while at Weber State and was fortunate to graduate Suma Cum Laude placing me among the top of my class.

Shortly after graduating from Weber, I was accepted into law school. I attended law school at the University of Idaho which is located in the bucolic setting of Moscow, Idaho. I graduated from the University of Idaho and earned my Juris Doctor in 2012.

When I am not working, I love to spend my time hiking. I also try to spend as much time as possible with my family. I enjoy being with my sons and daughters and taking them to experience new and fun things. If I get a chance, I love listening to music, playing the guitar, drawing and tinkering with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Since graduating from the U of I, I have come full circle as I have once again found myself involved in the field of art. It has been both a challenge and a true privilege teaching here at OPA. However, the real reward has come in the form of the relationships that I have formed with so many outstanding youth. I optimistically look forward to the remainder of this school year and hope to impart both interesting, fun and utilitarian knowledge and skill sets with my students. Best Regards, Scott.

Physical Education/Spanish Teacher

Ronni Jack

Hi my name is Ronni Jack, I am one of the Jr high PE teachers and I am excited to be here at OPA. I grew up in Taylorsville, Utah and moved to Boise, Idaho where I attended Boise State University and received my Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, I moved to California in 2003 and taught high school PE for awhile, then moved on to teach PE and Health at a K-8 school, while teaching here I went back to school and received my Master’s in Kinesiology at Azusa Pacific Univ. After living in Ventura, Ca. for the past 13 years I decided to move back to Utah to be closer to family.  I have 3 children my oldest daughter is a college graduate, my son and youngest daughter will be starting college in the spring.   I am also a Grandma to a beautiful 2 1/2 yr old adorable little girl.  I am so excited to get to know the staff and students here at OPA.

PE/Health Teacher

Garey Kent

Mr. Garey Kent is originally from Michigan, but he has been living in Utah for the past 7 years. He enjoys outdoor activities such as: hiking, camping, and high ropes courses. Mr. Kent also plays the guitar and enjoys riding his motorcycle.

Mr. Kent has a degree in Elementary Education with a Reading, Integrated Science, Outdoor Education minor. He has a passion for including real world experiences and promoting literacy in his classroom. He is excited to be teaching at Ogden Preparatory Academy.

Tech Coach/Computer Teacher

Bruce Boughton

I was born and raised in Indiana – home of the Hoosiers and legendary basketball- and graduated from Indiana University, with a BS in Education.

Travel has always been one of my passions and I am very fortunate to have visited countries around the world, mostly as a teacher. I began my teaching/traveling adventures in Llangattock, Wales, where I completed my student teaching. From there, I have taught in various classrooms and age levels in: Colombia, Jamaica, Japan, Indiana, Arkansas and now in Utah. Other travels have taken me all across the United States and Spain.

Funny how things find a way of making your classroom better and more exciting for you and your students…that’s what happened to me. Somewhere along the way, probably more at the beginning, technology found a way into my classroom. I have always been an early-adopter of new technologies and now, as a Tech Coach at Ogden Preparatory Academy, I am able to work with teachers and students to support them in ways that bring more technology, like iPads and online resources, into their hands.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope that you will continue to visit often. Cheers!

Social Studies/Music Teacher

Mark Sprinkel

I was born and raised in Southern California. After studying music at Crafton Hills College I moved to Utah to continue my study in music at Weber State College. I worked as a musician and managed a small sound company prior to returning to school to pursue a degree in history. It was during this time I met my future wife Suzanne.

After returning to school I graduated from Weber State University with a Social Science Composite Teacher Degree. This included a major in history with minor studies in political science, geography, and sociology. I have been a teacher for 10 years.

My first seven years I taught at a private school at which I taught U.S. History, World History, Geography and Government at the high school and junior high levels. I came to Ogden Preparatory Academy in the 2005-2006 school year and I am teaching 7th and 8th grade history.

Special Education Teacher

Darby Evans

My name is Darby Evans. I am the Special Education/Learning Strategies teacher. This is my first year teaching, but my third year at OPA. I am originally from Houston, TX, but moved to Utah when I was in the 8th grade. I earned my Bachelor of Science from Weber State University in Technical Sales in 1997, and one month later I married my husband, Dan Evans. I have twin daughters, Abigail and Gracie, who attend OPA; they are the original reason that I started working at OPA as a T.A. Once working here, however, I realized that I wanted to be a teacher and help the students strive to be their best.

Jr. High School Counselor

Suzy Hinsley

My name is Suzy Hinsley. I have been a school counselor for 15 years. This is my 4th year at Ogden Prep Academy. I graduated from the University of California with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology. I received my Master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University in Clinical Psychology. After I married my husband Brent in 1998, we relocated to the beautiful state of Utah. I took a few more graduate level classes to complete my School Counseling Certification in the state of Utah. I love working as a school counselor to help students develop academically as well as socially, and emotionally! In my spare time I can be found watching my son play competitive soccer and my daughter dancing in a variety of shows.