ABOUT UTAH TEACHER FELLOWS

The Utah Teacher Fellows Program launched in 2017. UT Teacher Fellows — experienced professionals with three to 28 years in classrooms — work to engage their educator peers and submit teacher-led solutions to the State Board of Education to inform policy and practice. Director Tabitha Pacheco was a 2015-2017 National Teacher Fellow with Hope Street Group before taking leadership of this program.

Teacher Fellows

BROOKE ANDERSON

BROOKE ANDERSON

Salt Lake
Jordan School District // Evaluation, Research and Accountability Teacher Specialist

 

Brooke began her teaching career at Spanish Fork Middle School in Nebo District. She taught 6th grade English/ Language Arts for 6 years, then 7th and 8th grade at Diamond Fork Jr High for 7 more years. During her time in the classroom, Brooke earned endorsements in reading and educational technology. After seeing the increasing role of data and assessment in instruction, Brooke switched roles to be a teacher specialist for Jordan District, her position for the past 4 years. She received her undergraduate degree in English Teacher from BYU-Provo and a Masters of Science in Information Systems from the University of Utah.

Kiera Beddes

Kiera Beddes

Utah
Jordan School District // 11th-12th Grade English Language Arts Teacher

 

Kiera started her career teaching ELA and History in Juab school district before recently making the move to Jordan district. She is passionate about social science, literature, and technology in education. She is currently the Student Body Officer Advisor for her school, has presented at several conferences like the EdElements 2018, UCET 2018-2019, and is always looking for opportunities to share her passions with other educators. Kiera earned a Bachelor’s in History Teaching with minors in English Teaching and Scandinavian Studies from BYU in 2012, returning to earn a Master’s in Teacher Education in 2016.

JOANNE BROWN

JOANNE BROWN

Salt Lake
Granite School District // 7th-9th Grade Integrated Science and Biology Teacher

 

JoAnne Brown has spent her career so far teaching science at Olympus Junior High School. Her passion for project-based learning and environmental science has led her students on many adventures, including designing and building an Outdoor Classroom for the school, and completing over 100 community environmental improvement projects over the past 15 years. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor, karate black belt and is working to become a leader in her educational community.

Caren Burns

Caren Burns

Salt Lake
Granite School District // 6th Grade Teacher

 

Caren is a 6th grade teacher at Beehive Elementary in the Granite School District and has taught for 8 years. She is passionate about Social Justice issues and Trauma Informed Practices, and is working to create greater equity and eliminate access gaps for students in marginalized communities. Caren founded and is the chair of the Granite Education Association Human Civil Rights Committee and has served on the GEA Board of Directors. She is an elected member of the Executive Committee for the Salt Lake County Democrats, and is the caucus chair for Education. Through NEA, she has completed the Women’s Leadership and National Leadership programs, serves as an elected delegate for the National Representative Assembly, and has presented for the NEA Aspiring Educators program. Caren earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University, a Master’s in Education from University of Phoenix and is endorsed in ESL and Technology Instruction through Weber State University.

Carrie Caldwell

Carrie Caldwell

Salt Lake
Salt Lake City School District // 7th Grade Mathematics and ELD Teacher

 

Carrie has spent the last 10 years working for Salt Lake City Schools. She spent four years as a district Mathematics coach, four as a Title I Elementary teacher and she now teaches mathematics at Hillside Middle. She is the 2016 Utah national elementary winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for mathematics. Carrie became National Board Certified, Middle Childhood Generalist in 2005. She previously taught in North Carolina and Kentucky. Carrie earned a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky and Master’s in Urban Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.

Rebecca Darling

Rebecca Darling

Tooele
Tooele County School District // 7th and 8th grade Mathematics Teacher

 

Becky Darling spent 15 years in the corporate world before fulfilling her dream of becoming a teacher. Her goal is to spark a love of learning in all her students. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education (1-8) with a level-2 mathematics endorsement from Utah State University in 2010. She then went on to obtain her ESL endorsement from Southern Utah University in 2018 and will be finishing her Master’s in Mathematics Education from Western Governors University in June 2019. Becky is currently teaching 7 th and 8 th grade mathematics in the Tooele County School District. In addition to teaching math, she is the school teacher technologist, webmaster, and drama club advisor.

Austin Green

Austin Green

Davis
Davis School District // 1st Grade Teacher

 

Austin has taught in Davis School District for the past four years. His passion is in being a life-time learner and reaching outside the four walls of his classroom. He has earned his ESL and Reading endorsements and is in the process of obtaining his Technology endorsement. He has presented at UCET 2019; Davis Technology Conference 2018; and has instructed at the Davis Summer Teacher Institute 2018. He earned his M.Ed. degree from Weber State University.   

TAUNYA JAMES

TAUNYA JAMES

Weber
Weber School District // 2nd Grade Teacher and Ed Tech Coach

 

Taunya has spent the last 12 of her 23 year career in Weber School District and currently teaches second grade at Riverdale Elementary. She holds endorsements in Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education, ESL, and STEM Education. She is on the Leadership Team and is an Ed Tech Coach for Weber School District. She was awarded Outstanding Elementary Science Educator by Utah Science Teachers Association in 2018. Taunya received her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and History from Metropolitan State University and Master’s from New Mexico State University in Special Education and Multicultural Studies.

Carrie Johnson

Carrie Johnson

Salt Lake
Salt Lake City School District // Mathematics Coach

 

Carrie is a mathematics coach at Rose Park Elementary in Salt Lake City School District. She began teaching in Salt Lake City School District in 2008 with a passion to support high levels of learning in urban Title One schools. Carrie has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Utah. Go Utes! Carrie is a National Board Certified Teacher (Middle Childhood-Generalist) and is passionate about advocating for teacher leadership and voice in education policy and decision making.

Scott Judy

Scott Judy

Utah
Davis School District // 11th Grade C.E. U.S. History Teacher and 12th Grade C.E. U.S. Government Teacher

 

Scott Judy has enjoyed a successful teaching career at Viewmont High School. His belief that education creates opportunities is clearly seen in both the classroom and on the field. Scott has coached various sports over the years from the freshman to varsity level and resides as the head girls tennis coach for Viewmont. He has helped developed curriculum and educational standards for Davis School District and the State of Utah. Currently, Scott teaches Concurrent Enrollment History and Government in conjunction with Weber State University and is a pioneer in the Davis School District for the satellite broadcast classes. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho in History Education and German Education and his Masters of Arts in History from Sam Houston State University.

Danielle Macias

Danielle Macias

Utah
Alpine School District // 10th and 11th English Teacher

 

Danielle Macias has been in education for 12 years. She has been a preschool teacher, an instructor for The Boys and Girls Club, an adult ESL instructor, and taught high school English. While teaching, she was a member of the School Community Council and advised the Multi-culture and Scribbler’s Club. Danielle has a BA in English Education, a minor in T.E.S.O.L., and a M.A. Ed. in Technology. She is currently an Innovative Learning Coach where she helps teachers use technology in the classroom. Danielle currently serves as a board member of the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology.

Deborah Morgan

Deborah Morgan

Sevier
Sevier School District // High School Science Teacher and District Technology Coach

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Deborah has 15 years experience in the science classroom and currently teaches high school science in a rural setting at South Sevier High School in the Sevier School District. She also serves as a district technology coach for secondary teachers. Her dedication and enthusiasm to provide quality and engaging education to all students fuels her motivation to improve the public education classroom. In 2009, Debbie was awarded both the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award for the state of Utah and southwest section of the United States as well as the Utah Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Most recently Deborah was selected as an Education Advisor, for the K-12 STEM education project, Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms, a WGBH initiative in collaboration with NASA. Debbie earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Utah State University and a Master of Science in Geoscience from Mississippi State University.

Michele Morgan

Michele Morgan

Salt Lake
Granite School District // Elementary Special Education Coordinator

 

Michele began her teaching career with the Prince William Country School District in Woodbridge, VA, then relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah. She joined Granite School District in 2007 as a resource teacher at Beehive Elementary in Kearns, Utah. In 2013, Michele earned her National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. In 2015, Michele earned the Excel Teacher Award. Since 2017 Michele has worked as an Elementary Special Education Coordinator for Granite School District, and currently mentors new teachers. She earned her BA in Communications at Brigham Young University and pursued a Master’s Degree in Special Education at George Mason University.

STEPHAN SEABURY

STEPHAN SEABURY

Salt Lake
Providence Hall // 10th Grade World History, U.S. Government and A.P U.S. Government Teacher

 

Stephan attended Utah State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Social Studies teaching. He has been teaching for 5 years at Providence Hall High School, which is the only accredited K-12 International Baccalaureate school in Utah. He has received various travel scholarships from Universities and museums that have given him hands on experience with U.S. history and government. Mr. Seabury has found that the best example for government students is to be a civically engaged teacher.

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

Cache
Cache County School District // Special Education Teacher

 

Jeremy Smith is an experienced educator in the Cache County School District dedicated to improving education and promoting learning for all students. With experience in special education, gifted and talented, and general education, Jeremy understands the myriad of challenges in teaching, yet seeks opportunities to help teachers and students continuously improve. Jeremy enjoys presenting at the national, state, and local level about building the key characteristics of good learners and promoting powerful practices for outstanding educators. He enjoys helping others find effective and sustainable ways to meet the challenges that come with being an educator. As a current Utah Teacher Fellow, he looks forward to linking teachers and educators across the state.

Paige Walker

Paige Walker

Salt Lake
Granite School District // Biology and AP Biology Teacher

 

Paige teaches currently in Utah and previously in Maryland with the Baltimore County Public Schools 2001-2011. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology Education from Westminster College and a Masters of Science in Biology Education from Towson University. She is the association representative, a facilitator of the PBIS committee, and a trained AVID teacher. Paige recently earned Educational Technology Endorsement and is completing her English Language Learning Endorsement this year. She has been a Teacher Fellow with Genetic Science Learning Center in Utah, BCPS to Xi’an China Exchange Program, and at Horn Point Laboratory in Maryland.

Bridget Varner

Bridget Varner

Utah
Alpine School District // 1st and 2nd Grade Teacher

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Bridget has taught at Deerfield in Alpine School District for five years. She has taught 1st grade for one year, STARS summer school for four years and just finished her 4th year teaching 2nd grade. Helping students improve their confidence as a learner and develop a love learning is Bridget’s favorite part of her job as a teacher. Bridget received teacher of the year for the year 2016-2017. She also received the PTA teacher of the year award in 2015-2016. She earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Endorsement from Southern Utah University.

CARINA WHITESIDE

CARINA WHITESIDE

Salt Lake
Jordan School District // 8th Grade U.S. History Teacher

 

Carina is starting her third year of teaching at West Hills Middle School in the Jordan School District. In addition to teaching, she serves as an advisor to the Student Body Officers. Carina earned her Bachelor’s in Teaching Social Sciences from Brigham Young University while working as a teaching and research assistant in the Multicultural Education Department of the McKay School of Education. She is passionate about civic and social justice education and believes social studies instruction is fundamental to preparing the future generation of engaged, contributing citizens.

Rachel Wright

Rachel Wright

Davis
Davis School District // 4th Grade Teacher

 

Rachel has taught at Odyssey Elementary in Davis County for five years. In graduate school, Rachel studied the importance of informal science education and the impact of STEM innovations on culture. She then worked for a nonprofit in D.C. planning science fairs for students. After moving to Utah in 2012, Rachel was a Science Educator for the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. She is a passionate educator, activist, and policy wonk. Rachel holds a B.A. in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill; a M.A. in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University; and a M.A. in Teaching from Westminster College.

Tony Zani

Tony Zani

Salt Lake
Salt Lake City School District // Literacy Coach

 

Tony is a literacy coach in the Salt Lake City School District. He has worked in Salt Lake City Schools since 2012 and currently works in two of Salt Lake City’s Title One schools. Tony enjoys his role in improving literacy outcomes for students. In his twenty-year career, Tony has taught in Kentucky, Virginia, and Utah and has been a first, second, and third grade teacher. Tony has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership from Utah State University. Tony is a National Board Certified Teacher with a specialization in Early Childhood Education.

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