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Jess grew up in Pennsylvania along with her identical twin sister, who is a science teacher. Growing up near the Appalachian Mountains cultivated her interest in science and nature. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in geology and anthropology. Jess moved to Utah to attend graduate school at the University of Utah in the Department of Geography, where she enjoyed exploring the Uinta Mountains while completing field work for her Master of Science degree. Her research focused on using geochemical and biological analyses of lake sediments to evaluate a record of atmospheric pollution and climate change in Uinta Mountain lakes. While completing her thesis, Jess also discovered her passion for teaching. As a graduate student, she was responsible for teaching various undergraduate courses for the geography department. Since graduating from the University of Utah she has taught science, geography and AVID over the past eight years. In her free time Jess enjoys hiking with her dog, backpacking, hiking, camping, climbing and reading.
Brittani graduated from Weber State University—earning a Bachelor of Arts in English and ESL teaching, along with a second minor in Spanish. She has a passion for teaching, as she has taught in various private and public Montessori schools for the past seven years. Brittani believes that an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher has the greatest impact on student learning and motivation. Brittani is a positive and tolerant human being who has chosen to make a difference through educating others. She is a proud mother to a beautiful, spunky four year-old daughter, Xiola. Some of Brittani’s interests include: music, travel, literature, yoga, health, and spending time with family and friends.
Rick is from Springfield, Virginia, but now calls Layton, Utah home. He graduated from West Virginia University with an Aerospace Engineering degree, joined the Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and served 20 years in the military working with multiple satellite, rocket, and aircraft technologies. He counts himself lucky to have been sent to Utah and the beautiful Wasatch Mountains for his final military assignment where he and his family made the easy choice to permanently stay, and where he earned his teaching degree through Western Governors University and achieved his adulthood-long dream of becoming a high school science teacher. He passionately believes that a reasonable understanding of the sciences is within the cognitive abilities of everyone, and mentally grasping the physical causes and effects of events occurring in the world around us can help young people make better life choices.
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Gentry now lives in Ogden, Utah. She graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, with a degree in Mathematics for Secondary Education. Gentry has taught math in numerous states since graduating, and most recently taught 9th grade math in Ogden. She enjoys teaching math and helping students build confidence in their abilities as well as helping them further develop their logical thinking skills. Gentry enjoys playing sports, hiking, boating and snowboarding in her free time.
Catie was born in Lansing, Michigan, but moved to Utah at a young age and grew up in North Logan, Utah. She earned her B.A. in Political Science at Utah State University. During her time as an undergraduate, Catie worked as an assistant debate coach with a local high school. Soon after she graduated, Catie had her first child and spent the next few years as a stay-at-home mother. She and her husband moved to Ogden in 2012 for a job offer and have loved living in the Weber County area. About a year after moving, she returned to school to complete her lifelong goal of becoming a teacher. She earned her teaching license in Social Studies through Weber State University, and is currently working on finishing up her M.Ed. She now has two beautiful daughters, and after several years of working at home as a full time mother, she is excited for the change to work as a teacher. Catie loves spending time with her family, being outdoors, reading, and playing video games. She is passionate about working with students and believes that learning never ends and that anyone can discover a love for education and learning.
Ericka, a Utah native, graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Art Education. Ericka has taught art for several years. In addition to teaching, Ericka works with the community organizations Nurture the Creative Mind, Ogden Arts Festival, and We Grow Art. Ericka believes that art helps teach creative problem solving skills that carry over into all areas of one’s life. She enjoys exposing young artists to real-world opportunities to use their skills. Ericka enjoys getting her art students involved with art in the community. In her free time, Ericka enjoys adventures with her French Bulldog.