Salutations! My name is Becca Ingersoll, and I am absolutely ecstatic to be joining the American Academy of Innovation team this year. I will finally be working at my dream job: as the school’s Library Media Specialist.
I grew up in beautiful Cache Valley, Utah, and I have always known that I wanted to work in education. From a very early age, I have enjoyed learning and, especially, READING. As I got older, I became one of “those” students who actually enjoyed grammar lessons and taking out a red pen to correct my own and—I admit—others’ work. Fear not, however; as my knowledge of the mechanics of language has increased, my desire to correct people in conversation has decreased.
While working my way through college, I had a variety of jobs including being a retail sales associate at several locations, a substitute teacher, a tutor, and the founder of an after-school drama program at an elementary school. I graduated Cum Laude from Utah State University in December 2010 with a B.A. in Secondary English Education and an endorsement in School Library Media Administration. Since then I have taught at several different schools. I simply love catching those “lightbulb moments” when students get excited about something they just learned or realized.
While I have had many wonderful experiences as a classroom teacher over the past five years, my true passion is in the library. Being able to select and share books and other resources I think students and staff will fall in love with is so rewarding. Libraries offer so many opportunities for lifelong learning and entertainment, and I am so looking forward to helping others discover all that AAI’s new library will have to offer.
I have been married to my college sweetheart for ten years, and we’ve enjoyed turning our first house into a home over the past few years. We also love snuggling with our two kitties. Aside from reading as much as possible, I also enjoy playing games, traveling, discovering new favorite restaurants, crafting, attending theatre productions, watching movies, binge-watching TV series, and napping.
My name is Ally Morgan, and I cannot wait for this upcoming school year at AAI. I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, meaning I have a deep and abiding love of mountains, industrious people, and Diet Coke.
I attended Brigham Young University, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2013, followed by a Juris Doctorate in Law in 2016. During my time at BYU, I participated in study abroad programs in India, Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia; interned in Washington D.C. and Ireland; won first place in the David O. McKay essay contest; worked on a presidential campaign; volunteered at a juvenile detention center to assure legal detainment; worked to promote the rights of Utah crime victims; performed in stand-up comedy clubs; and routinely went to bed too late.
I love traveling, reading, writing, and America. I believe strongly in the transformative power of education, and I hope to make my students as excited about learning as I am.
I am Marshel Troop, often known to my students as Mr. Marshel. My journey to AAI is a long and unusual one. I grew up in the Salt Lake City area. At the age of 9, I figured out that I could sing. I sang in choirs, church, musicals and soon got involved in theatre. I attended Dixie State on a theatre scholarship and transferred to SUU to complete my B.S. in FACS (home economics). I was the only guy in the whole department.
I lived in Italy from 1992-94 and learned a lot about the people, the culture, and the food. I returned to Utah wanting to go to culinary school and becoming a chef. Well… I met my wonderful wife and instead of going to culinary school, I decided to learn the ropes on the job. I started out as a cook and quickly became the lead chef in a fine dining restaurant and a supervisor over the restaurant.
Management soon became my focus. I have been in food service for about 20 years. During that time, my wife and I began our own business. We operated an award-winning photography and video production company on the side for about 10 years. We have 4 children ranging from 2 to 12, and are licensed foster parents – a labor that brings both sorrow and immense joy.
After teaching teenagers to cook and operate a business, I realized the part I really loved was teaching. Plus I loved the idea of having more time to spend with my family! I was recently at Spectrum Academy working with students that have Autism Spectrum Disorders. This was a valuable opportunity for me as I learned to work with children and youth with special needs, but I fell in love with these kids. Each day was a new adventure.
My teaching philosophy: If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man’s future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual’s total development lags behind? -Maria Montessori