AAI Counseling & Support
Every student will acquire academic, social, emotional, and career skills to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as resilient, responsible, competent and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.
The mission of American Academy of Innovation's counseling department is to provide high quality, comprehensive school counseling services with equal access to all students to maximize academic achievement. Our program is designed to foster personal and emotional growth and to facilitate career development in partnership with parents, guardians, and teachers. Our mission is to inspire all students to challenge their potential and to become life-long learners who are college and career ready citizens in our diverse and changing world.
Angela Steuart, School Counseling Administrator
Angela Steuart earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Weber State University in 2015 and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a School Counseling Emphasis in 2017. Angela’s theoretical orientation to counseling is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). While school practitioners cannot provide therapy in the school setting, CBT is a framework that analyzes student behavior by looking at the thought processes of children and adolescents. She applies this philosophy to the counseling setting. For reasons of practicality and application, Angela also integrates a solution-focused approach while providing individual counseling. Angela is focused on the individual. She enjoys interacting with students, finding out who they are as an individual, and exploring ways for them to be successful in their educational pursuits.
Samantha Denter, School Counselor (A - G)
Samantha Denter earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Utah Valley University. She is currently earning a Master of Education in School Counseling from Liberty University with hopes to graduate in the Spring of 2024. Every year she grows more enthusiastic about the potential that each learner possesses and strives to assist them in their individual journey to success. Samantha aims to problem-solve with students so that they can gain the necessary tools and skills to navigate their futures.
Kelsey Quayle, School Counselor (H - Z)
Kelsey Quayle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis in Anthropology and Peacebuilding in 2015 from Brigham Young University-Hawaii. She is earning a Master of Science in School Counseling and will graduate from Capella University in 2024. Her professional background includes conflict resolution and mediation, working with adolescents within treatment teams, nonprofit volunteer work, and special education. She works from a solution-focused theoretical approach to help students build their individual strengths to create positive change. Kelsey enjoys working with students in supporting them as individuals, socially, and in their educational goals.
Esmeralda Garcia, Counseling Secretary
Esmeralda Garcia joined to the American Academy of Innovation team with over 20+ years of experience in customer service . She has worked across multiple industries including hotel services, healthcare including fertility and hospital settings as well as public education. Esme earned an associate's degree from Pierce College. She loves being a team player, is a self-starter, detail-oriented, loves her life and creates her own sunshine.
Counseling Calendar & Course Catalogue
2023-2024 Counseling Calendar
2023-2024 Course Catalogues
View AAI's full 2022-2023 course catalog online. Discover new course offerings, in-depth class descriptions, required texts and materials, course policies, and more!
Workshops, offered every Friday, are the highlight of the week for AAI students. Each student registers for two workshops each quarter for elective credit. Course offerings change quarterly.
Innovative Immersions are week-long, all-day electives held between the first and second quarters and between the third and fourth quarters. Students immerse themselves in a specific course for an entire week.
Friday Workshops and Innovative Immersions provide AAI students with 10 elective credits each year and multiple opportunities to explore areas of interest, discover hidden talents, find new hobbies and determine potential career paths.
SafeUT Crisis Chat & Tip Line
The SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip Line app provides 24/7 access to crisis counseling and school tip reporting for students and their parents and guardians that live in the state of Utah. After installing the app you can connect directly to the UNI CrisisLine or report a confidential tip on bullying, school threats of violence, or concern about someone in crisis. CrisisLine staff can assist with a wide variety of problems, including emotional crisis, grief and loss, drug and alcohol problems, mental health issues, self-harm, and suicidal behavior.
FOR CRISIS CALL: 833-372-3388 (833-3SAFEUT)
If students are struggling with bullying, depression, or feeling suicidal there are additional resources that might be useful.
- Safe UT Crisis Chat & Tip Line
- Huntsman Health Institute: Community Crisis Intervention & Support Services
- 211 Network: Crisis & Emergency, Housing, Food, Healthcare & more
- Salt Lake County Youth Services: Juvenile Receiving Center
- 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
- The Trevor Project: LGBTQ Youth
- Utah Youth Suicide Prevention
- Suicide Prevention Subscription: Join the Utah Educational Network ListServ
- KSL Article: What Happens When You Call The Suicide Prevention Hotline?
We wanted to provide some general resources as students process emotions in different ways. Students, friends, or parents might be interested in Therapy and Counseling. We recommend the Jordan Wellness Center. They have an extensive therapist list that offers multiple options for your student.
The Jordan Family Education Center provides support services and classes for families and students who live in the Jordan School District
- Support Groups
- Short-term counseling on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening
- A lending library with over 1,000 books to support family needs in a variety of areas
Contact the Jordan Family Education Center at 801.565.7442 or visit their website.
Classes are available online and in-person
The Body Project: A class for teens designed to help girls and young women resist pressure to conform to body ideals and reduce the risk of eating disorders.
Break the Chain: A class for youth ages 14-19 focused on preventing drug use and abuse.
ME Time: A class for teens ages 13-17 focused on managing emotions and increasing positive engagement.
The following organizations offer free parenting classes to the community:
AAI provides multiple learning options to meet the individual needs of students and families. With three options to choose from, we can support your student at school, at home, or abroad.
Career & Technical Education Pathways
Career and Technical Education provides all students access to high-quality, rigorous career-focused programs that result in attainment of credentials with labor market value. Skill certifications are aligned with standards and objectives set by the state of Utah. Certifications are awarded based upon student’s knowledge and performance. CTE Pathways offered at AAI include:
Concurrent Enrollment & Dual Credit Programs
AAI students have multiple opportunities in which they can earn college credit while enrolled in high school. Students may take up to two courses per semester at Salt Lake Community College for college credit or enroll in a certification program at Mountainland Technical College. Dual Credit programs may be pursued by AAI students who are performing at a collegiate level. College credits awarded by Southern Utah University or Snow College may be transferred to any other college of choice.
College Board is a mission-driven organization representing over 6,000 of the world’s leading colleges, schools, and other educational organizations.
The new Utah System of Higher Education includes eight technical colleges, two community colleges, four regional universities, and two research universities. By statute, there are three programming categories: technical education, Career and Technical Education, and academic education.