• Marilyn Ard
    Marilyn Ard
    Biology | Physics
  • David Black
    David Black
    Chemistry | STEAM
  • Mary Bradbury
    Mary Bradbury
    Art | Mathematics
  • Raechel Bunnell
    Raechel Bunnell
    History | World Civilizations
  • Russ Cowley
    Russ Cowley
    Mathematics | Music
  • Donald Drury
    Donald Drury
    CTE | Computer Programming
  • Brad Ellermeier
    Brad Ellermeier
    Mathematics | Computer Programming
  • Brooke Gordon
    Brooke Gordon
    History
  • Ryan Hagge
    Ryan Hagge
    Language Arts
  • Ben Harman
    Ben Harman
    Physical Education | Spanish
  • 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
  • Larrisa Overson
    Larrisa Overson
    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

David Black
Chemistry | STEAM

david.black@aaiutah.org

David Black has 25 years of experience teaching in California and Utah. He began his teaching career at a small start-up school called Tioga High School in the Sierra Nevada Mountains west of Yosemite National Park. He taught biology, earth science, chemistry, world history, photography, computer applications, and even art.

Since then he has taught in small public, private, and charter schools in Utah. He developed the Media Design Technology program at Mountainland Applied Technology College in Orem, Utah, where he taught courses to high school students in digital imagery, illustration, desktop publishing, video production, website design, interactive authoring, and 3D modeling and animation. His students used 3D altitude data of Mars to create Martian terrains and built a multimedia program on the history of Mars exploration. They interviewed disc jockeys to tell the story of Utah’s AM radio stations as a 2-hour documentary for KUED (Channel 7).

For the last six years, Mr. Black has taught science, engineering, computer science, and media design courses at Walden School of Liberal Arts, a charter school in Provo, Utah. His students worked with NASA scientists to create animations of the Moon, Mars, and Mercury. They created video documentaries on the process of making chocolate and how to measure the distances to stars. They printed prototypes of their engineering projects on a 3D printer. They used real astronomical data to search for alien civilizations and study orange giant stars and presented their work at the American Astronomical Society conference in Seattle.

Mr. Black looks forward to bringing these and other exciting projects to American Academy of Innovation. He hopes to teach all students how to express themselves visually, communicate and collaborate effectively, solve problems creatively, and engage with science authentically. When not creating something on his computer,

Mr. Black enjoys camping and hiking with his family, exploring old mining towns, photographing beautiful scenery, building junk sculptures and drawing ink and watercolor paintings. He loves all things about science fiction and astronomy. He represents charter schools on the board of the Utah Science Teachers Association.

You can check out more of his work on his blog sites at: http://elementsunearthed.com and http://spacedoutclassroom.com.

Mary Bradbury
Art | Mathematics

mary.bradbury@aaiutah.org

Raechel Bunnell
History | World Civilizations

rachele.bunnell@aaiutah.org

Russ Cowley
Mathematics | Music

@aaiutah.org

Donald Drury
CTE | Computer Programming

donald.drury@aaiutah.org

Brad Ellermeier
Mathematics | Computer Programming

brad.ellermeier@aaiutah.org

Brooke Gordon
History

brooke.gordon@aaiutah.org

Ryan Hagge
Language Arts

ryan.hagge@aaiutah.org

My name is Ryan Hagge, and I am a teacher. If you look at my family photo you will notice how my son is squinting at something besides the camera. This image has come to symbolize one of the core purposes for why I teach. I want to help people discover. I honestly believe that whatever my son is so focused on is more important than the photograph and that he has the innate human right to follow his curiosity. Thus, my educational philosophy revolves around something I term pedagogical curiosity. This term represents the innate desire of the human soul to discover and learn. I believe this desire is being crushed by the weight of pseudo-learning and pseudo-teaching: pretending to learn (playing the education game) and pretending to teach (playing the survival game). Many students play a guessing game in school: how do I change my work to fit the desires of the teacher, what do I have to do to get an “A”, how much work is enough? These questions often undermine the desire to discover and lead students and teachers into the vortex of people pleasing. I have been guilty of such antics as a student and a teacher, but I often desired something more. I have not achieved my desire, but I strive to seek the curiosity personified by my son.

By way of identification, I am eclectic. I try to gather educational information from all relevant sources, and I use the resources that I believe will work (based on published research). This preference stems from my college experience . I began college as a computer science major, which means I took several math and science courses not required for an English Education degree. I also minored in music for a time, as well as math, drama, communications, history, and computer engineering. I grew up telling people, “I am a jack of all trades, and the master of none.” I have several years of experience working as a mechanic for Les Schwab; I grew up on a cattle ranch, riding horses, working cows, and driving heavy machinery. I am a paid-on-call firefighter for Madison Fire Department and run two small businesses from my home. There is so much in the world that interests my curiosity, and I have tried to discover all I possibly could from this curiosity. Now, I am trying to share, with others, that eclectic experience: the experience of discovery.

Ben Harman
Physical Education | Spanish

ben.harman@aaiutah.org

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, I have a lot to contribute to the community of AAI. I have five 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. I have great communication, relationship building, presentation and organizational skills that are beneficial to the students, colleagues, parents, administrators and partners that I work with. Additionally, I have traveled to and worked in 14 countries of varying economic stabilities, which has given me a deep appreciation of the diversity and unity of the human condition. My 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

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.

Larrisa Overson
Language Arts

larissa.overson@aaiutah.org

Whitni Parry
Visual & Fine Arts | Yearbook

whitni.parry@aaiutah.org

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