• Marilyn Ard
    Marilyn Ard
    Biology | Physics
  • Mary Bradbury
    Mary Bradbury
    Art | Mathematics
  • Raechel Bunnell
    Raechel Bunnell
    History | World Civilizations
  • Russ Cowley
    Russ Cowley
    Mathematics | Music
  • Ron Morris
    Ron Morris
    CTE | Computer Programming
  • Brad Ellermeier
    Brad Ellermeier
    Mathematics | Computer Programming
  • Brooke Gordon
    Brooke Gordon
    6th Grade
  • Ryan Hagge
    Ryan Hagge
    Language Arts
  • Ellison Jones
    Ellison Jones
    Yoga & Meditation
  • Katherine LaLonde
    Katherine LaLonde
    French | Psychology
  • Kyle Lund
    Kyle Lund
    6th Grade
  • Edward McFee
    Edward McFee
    Science
  • Dorothy Miller
    Dorothy Miller
    Health | Outdoor Recreation
  • Eileen Nagle
    Eileen Nagle
    6th Grade
  • Kathy Nuttall
    Kathy Nuttall
    Animal Science
  • Larissa Kou
    Larissa Kou
    Language Arts
  • Whitni Parry
    Whitni Parry
    Visual & Fine Arts | Yearbook
  • Dave Ringle
    Dave Ringle
    Social Studies
  • Amanda Rogers
    Amanda Rogers
    History | Theatre
  • Emma Steuart
    Emma Steuart
    Language Arts | Choir
  • Alison Unsworth
    Alison Unsworth
    High School Choir
  • Robert Warren
    Robert Warren
    Mathematics | Engineering
Marilyn Ard
Biology | Physics

marilyn.ard@aaiutah.org

Marilyn Ard grew up just outside of Seattle, Washington. After working for the Army as a firefighter, she pursued her love of science and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry education. She is currently working towards a master’s degree in physics education. Marilyn has four children, the oldest of which is a student at AAI.  Marilyn loves all things outdoors, such as hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and gardening.

Mary Bradbury
Art | Mathematics

mary.bradbury@aaiutah.org

Raechel Bunnell
History | World Civilizations

raechel.bunnell@aaiutah.org

Mrs. Bunnell has spent many years working with students of all ages and abilities. She has worked as a teaching assistant in special education, substitute teacher and six years teaching World, US and AP US history in Southern California. She is committed to guiding her students to think critically, consider multiple viewpoints, and start to form opinions on history and complimentary current events.

Mrs. Bunnell is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and then Huntington Beach, California. She enjoys reading classic novels, performing in an improv group and Muay Thai kickboxing.

Russ Cowley
Mathematics | Music

@aaiutah.org

Russell Cowley started his higher education at DePaul University where he studied Classical Guitar Performance.  While there he also spent many hours performing with the DePaul Chamber singers and in many of the DePaul Opera productions under the direction of Houston Grand Opera Director Harry Silverstein.  While in school Mr. Cowley also performed as a vocalist in churches as a soloist for liturgical settings as well as performing in various theatre productions in pit orchestras.  During this time he began teaching private lessons on the Classical Guitar. Having been a Math lover in high school, performing at the top of his class and scoring in the 93 percentile on state tests, Russell also chose to study Calculus in college…for FUN!
After his time in Chicago, Mr. Cowley moved to Southern California to attend the world renowned California Institute of the Arts where he studied Music Composition and Vocal Performance.  While studying, he was also a T.A. for undergraduate level courses in Aural Skills and Music Theory.  It was here at CalArts that Mr. Cowley broadened his view of creativity and learning.  The environment of CalArts promoted extensive interdisciplinary interaction such that students began to see them selves not so much as artists, musicians, or actors specifically, but rather makers and intellects in general. Larger concerned with what one could do on their own with guidance from the professors, instead of a strict curricular approach, Mr. Cowley is at his best when leading projects with unknown beginnings and ends.  He has a fearless attitude when it comes to staring into the creative abyss and leading others through it to come up with innovative approaches to design and education.
It is his goal that students in his classes will not only accomplish the standard goals set forth by the education system, but knowing that people are themselves NOT standard, will imbue them each with their own passion and confidence to become auto didactic in their own right.
Ron Morris
CTE | Computer Programming

ron.morris@aaiutah.org

Ron Morris is from the Detroit, Michigan area, but has been in Utah since the early 1990s. Ron attended BYU, Dixie State and Macomb Community College.  He has over 20 years of experience as a computer systems administrator and has been teaching Computer Tech and Mandarin Chinese for the past seven years.

Ron learned Mandarin Chinese as an LDS missionary in Taiwan several millennia ago, and has worked hard to keep up and improve his skills since then. Ron’s hobbies include 3D Modeling, Design, and 3D Printing. He is particularly passionate about Aerospace and Computer technology.

Ron is married to Kathryn, and together they have one adorable 4-year-old boy with special needs who is the light of their lives.

Brad Ellermeier
Mathematics | Computer Programming

brad.ellermeier@aaiutah.org

Brooke Gordon
6th Grade

brooke.gordon@aaiutah.org

Ryan Hagge
Language Arts

ryan.hagge@aaiutah.org

Ryan Hagge moved to Utah from the foothills of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. He studied computer science, music, history, math, and German at BYU and BYU-Idaho. He graduated from BYU-Idaho Cum Laude in English Education and proceeded to work at Madison High School as an English teacher. In order to calm his active ambition, Ryan also worked as a Paid-on-call Firefighter and started a series of small business. Curious to know what else would inspire him, Ryan returned to grad school at Arkansas State University and graduated Summa Magna cum Laude in Gifted, Talented, and Creative Education. Passionate about education, and hearing a barrage of slurs thrown at charter schools, Ryan left Madison seeking out a charter start-up to enable him to witness the charter process first hand. Soon, Ryan was asked to lead the teachers as an Academic Director, and given the task of developing teaching capacity of all staff. Ryan is also the Chief Managing Officer of Firewise LLC, a life-safety

Ellison Jones
Yoga & Meditation

ellison.jones@aaiutah.org

Katherine LaLonde
French | Psychology

katherine.lalonde@aaiutah.org

As a passionate educator with an M.S. from the University of Utah, focused in Experiential Education and a BA in French and Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Katherine LaLonde has a lot to contribute the community of AAI.  She has six years experience teaching students in a variety of public, private and informal school settings, including teaching at Salt Lake Community College, Realms of Inquiry, Escalante Elementary and the Leonardo Museum. She has great communication, relationship building, presentation and organizational skills that are beneficial to the students, colleagues, parents, administrators and partners that she works with. Additionally, she have traveled to and worked in 14 countries of varying economic stabilities, which has given her a deep appreciation of the diversity and unity of the human condition. Her career vision is to enhance the quality of individual’s lives within our community through Experiential Education and a focus on Positive Psychology.

Kyle Lund
6th Grade

kyle.lund@aaiutah.org

Kyle Lund joined the AAI team this year as a 6th-grade teacher after having taught juniors and seniors in high school for the past two years. He graduated in 2014 with his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Virginia University with a major in English Literature and a double minor in creative writing and political science. He participated in choir and both collegiate level soccer and basketball while attending the university. Kyle served a two-year mission for the LDS church to Ribeirão Preto Brasil from May of 2010 to May of 2012. He graduated with his Associate of Arts degree at age 18 from College of the Redwoods in his home town of Eureka, CA. In his spare time, Kyle loves to read, explore the outdoors, attend Real Salt Lake games and trying new restaurants.

Edward McFee
Science

edward.mcfee@aaiutah.org

Dorothy Miller
Health | Outdoor Recreation

dorothy.miller@aaiutah.org

Eileen Nagle
6th Grade

eileen.nagle@aaiutah.org

Kathy Nuttall
Animal Science

kathy.nuttall@aaiutah.org

My name is Kathy Nuttall. I received my BS in Animal Science with a specialty in Veterinary Technology from Brigham Young University. Upon graduation, I moved to Denver where I taught and worked as a Veterinary Technician for 14 years. When I received an opportunity to come back to Utah, I moved back to my home state.

I established Jordan District’s Veterinary Assisting program, which was the first secondary program in the country. During my 17 years of teaching with the school district, I was able to see student’s lives change for the better when given the opportunity to believe in themselves and their capabilities.

I received my MS in Agricultural Systems at Utah State University. I had the opportunity to write the state Veterinary Assisting Curriculum while working on my degree. I have established strong community partnerships in providing service for non-profit organizations and continuing education.

My teaching philosophy is centered on the student. I believe that any student if given the skills, opportunity, and encouragement can become whatever they truly want to be. Without support and guidance, a student can become lost and discouraged. My purpose as an educator is to open up new doors and opportunities for students to discover who they are and what they want to become.

Larissa Kou
Language Arts

larissa.kou@aaiutah.org

Larissa graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education–English and a minor in Studio Art from Northern Arizona University in 2014. Shortly afterward, she taught English as a second language in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, primarily working at a preschool as well as developing the ESL program for Deseret International Charities in the country. Afterward, she taught English, art, and ceramics in Gilbert, AZ prior to moving to Utah and American Academy of Innovation.
Her experience working with a diverse crowd of students and all levels of English has equipped her with the skills to diagnose and meet students’ needs to help them improve from where they are. She loves teaching and strives to help her students love learning. Larissa’s passions include English, art, sports, travel, and, most of all, her family and students.
Whitni Parry
Visual & Fine Arts | Yearbook

whitni.parry@aaiutah.org

Whitni Parry is a Southern Utah native. Born in St. George, she studied Secondary Art Education at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, where she graduated as the art department’s Outstanding Student in Art Education. While studying Whitni funded her education by working at a custom frame shop in Cedar, where she learned about custom matting and framing of artworks and museum practices. Primarily a 2D artist, she enjoys bouncing around from drawing, painting, and printmaking; always excited to learn new techniques and mediums. Whitni loves art of all kinds and helping to foster a love of art in her students.

Dave Ringle
Social Studies

david.ringle@aaiutah.org

My name is Dave Ringle and this will be my eighth year as a teacher. I graduated from Burley High School in Idaho. I continued my education at Ricks College (BYU-I) and Utah State University where my degree was Social Studies Composite. While recently married, my wife and I both earned our Masters degrees in Curriculum and Instruction. I have since returned to school and have nearly finished my Special Education degree. I love to learn.

I have always wanted to be a teacher. My father and grandfather were both teachers. I remember kids much older than I telling me what a good lesson my dad taught. Looking back, I realized what teachers do and can do and I always wanted to be a part of this process.

I believe for students to learn and succeed, they must be engaged and have a desire to learn. This can be done is a few ways. I think if a student enjoys what is being taught or the material is being taught in such a manner that is enjoyable more learning and understanding can be accomplished.

I love to be inspired. There are many things that inspire me as an individual but, in general, the things that inspire me the most are the people that overcome extremely high obstacles. I love true stories like “Rudy.”  I love when a student, child, or  adult, struggles for something and  eventually, after many attempts, and never giving up, accomplish the task at hand.

I look forward to teaching and learning at American Academy of Innovation.

I grew up the oldest of 7 kids (6 boys and 1 girl), and we were able to do some really fun things as a family, Disneyland, Little League World Series, asked to move because they were filming a movie “Beaches”, Yellowstone, whitewater rafting. Since then,  I have been married to the woman that I fell in love with at first sight for over 10 years now. We have 3 awesome kids. Raquel age 8 (9 in May), Mark age 6 (7 in May) and Sander age 1 (and yep you guessed it 2 in May). We have lived in Arizona, Utah and Idaho.

Amanda Rogers
History | Theatre
amanda.rogers@aaiutah.org
My name is Amanda Rogers and I am thrilled to be sharing my passion for History and English with my students this year at American Academy of Innovation. I received my Bachelor of History from Southern Virginia University. During my time there I discovered a love for learning that I wanted to share with others.
After graduation, I worked at Paradigm Schools in both the middle school as a teacher for seventh and eighth grade and in the special education department. During my time in special education, I was able to help students who struggled with their education.I learned that every single student has brilliance in them no matter their struggles. I believe that every student has amazing potential and as their teachers, we have the opportunity to help them recognize it and achieve it.
When I am home I love to read English literature, sing Opera, play the piano, and perform on stage. I also have a not so secret love for Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, and long British mini-series.
Emma Steuart
Language Arts | Choir

emma.steuart@aaiutah.org

Alison Unsworth
High School Choir

alison.unsworth@aaiutah.org

Robert Warren
Mathematics | Engineering

robert.warren@aaiutah.org

Mr. Warren teaches high school math and engineering courses. Before coming to AAI, Mr. Warren spent years in a range of industries, including aerospace, wireless telecommunications, entertainment technology, and internet services. At AAI, he enjoys working with students and helping them understand mathematics and engineering principals and how those apply to their worlds today and enable options for their future. Mr. Warren holds B.S., M.S., and MBA degrees.