Kindergarten Teachers

Mindy Averett

Kindergarten Teacher

Mindy Averett

Mindy Averett

Kindergarten Teacher

Hi, I am Mrs. Averett.  I graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  I have taught either Kindergarten or First Grade now for 5 years.  I love teaching, it is my passion. I have lots of favorites, I love ice cream, rainbows, and snuggling up with a good book.  I can play the piano and the fiddle.  I grew up here in Utah, but lived in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for 15 years, and then I returned.  I loved the lush green fields and forests in the east, but I missed the Mountains here in Utah. I am excited about beginning a new year and new adventures here at Wallace Stegner Academy.  

Email:  maverett@wsacharter.org

Angel Hadfield

Kindergarten Teacher

Angel Hadfield

Angel Hadfield

Kindergarten Teacher

Kindergarten

Email:  ahadfield@wsacharter.org

1st Grade Teachers

Constanza Chiatti

1st Grade Teacher

Constanza Chiatti

Constanza Chiatti

1st Grade Teacher

Herbert Lehman College, Bronx,New York

I wanted to be a  teacher ever since I moved to the United States. Relocating from my country to a new one that was so different was a tough transition for me. I still remember the teachers that made my school days a little better and easier to manage.Those teachers had a huge positive impact in my life and I want to be to children what those teachers were for me, someone to lean on, support and guidance. 

What I like about teaching at Wallace Stegner Academy is that we all support each other.Teachers help one an other when needed and administration is always encouraging the staff. I also like the structure we teach the students on every day basis. We inspire each student to be positive and to believe in themselves.They are can achieve anything they put their mind to.

Phone: 801.456.9570 ext. 127

Email:  cchiatti@wsacharter.org

2nd Grade Teachers

Christine Ranft, MS

2nd Grade Teacher

Christine Ranft, MS

Christine Ranft, MS

2nd Grade Teacher

College:

Florida State University

Master of Science

Curriculum and Instruction

 Why I became a teacher:

   I chose to become a teacher because I wanted to make a difference. I want to be the teacher that students remember. I want school to be fun and educational. I want students to know that they can learn from a goofy adult who has their best interests at heart. I strive to be the teacher who focuses just as much on developing good character skills in kids, as well as strong academics.

Teaching at WSA:

My favorite part about working at WSA is groups. To recognize that students need help in a topic of reading or math and have the ability to send that child to a group that teaches that skill is major. WSA truly puts the children first.

Email:  cranft@wsacharter.org

3rd Grade Teachers

Allison Lamoreaux

3rd Grade Teacher

Allison Lamoreaux

Allison Lamoreaux

3rd Grade Teacher

I went to college at BYU.

I became a teacher because I had always liked working with kids. I worked in a daycare my senior year of high school and then taught preschool all during college and since I loved that so much I decided to continue working with kids and become a teacher.

I love at WSA I can wear work collaboratively with my team to help my kids succeed. I also like that the school looks for new and interesting ways to motivate the students.

Email:  alamoreaux@wsacharter.org

Ginni Pereira

3rd Grade Teacher

Ginni Pereira

Ginni Pereira

3rd Grade Teacher

I earned my teaching degree at Western Governors University.

I first realized I wanted to become a teacher when I volunteered at my kids' school. I worked with a child in 1st grade who really struggled with reading. The teacher told me to have him read the word without any help from me. Basically, she wanted him to guess until he got it right. That approach destroyed his confidence so I took a different approach. I taught him the word and had him practice it. The next time he came to that word he was so excited to get it right. His confidence grew. He stopped hating reading, and because of that, he was willing to try. That experience made me want to help other kids who struggled in with the basic skills of reading and math.  That was 17 years ago, and I have never regretted my decision to teach. I love being a teacher.

What I enjoy the most about working at WSA is the camaraderie between the teachers. We all have the best interests of our students at heart and work together to do what is the best for them.

801.456.9570 ext. 131

 

 

Email:  gpereira@wsacharter.org

4th Grade Teachers

Brianna Pesci

4th Grade Teacher

Brianna Pesci

Brianna Pesci

4th Grade Teacher

Brianna Pesci - 4th Grade

 

Phone: 801.456.9570 ext. 209

Email:  hpesci@wsacharter.org

Trever Todd

4th Grade Teacher

Trever Todd

Trever Todd

4th Grade Teacher

College: Brigham Young University (BYU)

I became a teacher because I love learning and I hope to help others learn to love learning and to be good at learning.

I like teaching at Wallace Stegner Academy because students and teachers have the opportunity to learn and progress at your own level to reach your highest potential. 

Phone: 801.456.9570 ext 210

Email:  ttodd@wsacharter.org
Website:  Phone: 801.456.9570 ext 210

5th Grade Teachers

David Bernstein, JD

5th Grade Teacher

David Bernstein, JD

David Bernstein, JD

5th Grade Teacher

801.456.9570 ext. 214

Email:  dbernstein@wsacharter.org

Anastasia Davis, M.Ed

6th Grade Teacher

Anastasia Davis, M.Ed

Anastasia Davis, M.Ed

6th Grade Teacher

I attended The University of Texas at Austin for my B.A. and Western Governors University for my M. Ed.

I became a teacher because I have a love of learning and I want to instill that in my students as well. That "light bulb" moment when a student understands a new concept for the first time fills my heart with joy. 

I like teaching at WSA because they make learning in the classroom interactive and support their teachers so we can become the best and in turn better our students. 

Email:  adavis@wsacharter.org

Hannah Holm

5th Grade Teacher

Hannah Holm

Hannah Holm

5th Grade Teacher

I went to BYU

I went into teaching because it brought me so much joy to be in the classroom. I volunteered in schools and just knew it's where I wanted to be. 

I like being at WSA because I love the students that the school brings in and the environment the school provides. 

801.456.9570 ext. 213

Email:  hholm@wsacharter.org

6th Grade Teachers

Hannah Byers, MBA

6th Grader

Hannah Byers, MBA

Hannah Byers, MBA

6th Grader

I went to the University of Utah for both my BA in English and my MBA.

I became a teacher because I believe education is power. Our youth are the future, and I want to help bridge the gap in title 1 schools.

I enjoy teaching at Wallace Stegner Academy because we believe in our students and set high expectations. We give our students tools they can use to become successful. I am very excited about our Outward Bound program, and believe this will be a wonderful motivation to keep students engaged and participating in the happenings at our school.

Phone: 801.456.9570 ext. 220

 

 

Email:  hbyers@wsacharter.org

Anna Peterson

6th Grade Teacher

Anna Peterson

Anna Peterson

6th Grade Teacher

6th Grade

Email:  apeterson@wsacharter.org

7th Grade Teachers

Taylor Laub

7th Grade Teacher

Taylor Laub

Taylor Laub

7th Grade Teacher

Ms. Laub

            I am so happy to be your child’s teacher this year.  This is my second year at the Wallace Stegner Academy and my 7th year teaching in the education system.  I grew up in Southern California and moved to Utah in 2000.  I served in the Army for about 10 years where I met my fiancé and we are set to be married in June. Between the two of us we have 11 children, ages ranging from 12 to 27. We have 2 grandchildren, ages 1 & 2, so life is such an adventure right now.  I will be teaching your child all homeroom subjects, but my favorite subject to teach is history. I was amazed last year at the fun that the seventh graders had and how close we got. I love all my students and I can’t wait to develop a relationship with your children as well. When they walk through my door, they walk into my heart. I can’t wait to get to know all of you as well.

 

Taylor Laub

801-882-0489

Phone: 801.456.9570 ext.205

tlaub@wsacharter.org

 

Email:  tlaub@wsacharter.org

Carmen Sims

7th Grade Teacher

Carmen Sims

Carmen Sims

7th Grade Teacher

7th Grade Teacher

 

Phone: 801.456.9570 ext 207

Email:  csims@wsacharter.org

8th Grade Teachers

Andy Bolen

8th Grade Teacher

Andy Bolen

Andy Bolen

8th Grade Teacher

801.456.9570 ext. 223

Email:  abolen@wsacharter.org

Office Staff

Karen Cruz

Head Secretary

Karen Cruz

Karen Cruz

Head Secretary

Head Secretary

 

Phone:

801.456.9570 ext. 104

 

Email:  kcruz@wsacharter.org

Special Education

Jerome Roque, M.Ed

IEP Case Manager / Special Education

Jerome Roque, M.Ed

Jerome Roque, M.Ed

IEP Case Manager / Special Education

801.456.9570 ext. 126

Email:  jroque@wsacharter.org

Kayla Weber

Special Education

Kayla Weber

Kayla Weber

Special Education

Special Education

 

Email:  kweber@wsacharter.org

Physical Education

Emily Ellis

PE Teacher

Emily Ellis

Emily Ellis

PE Teacher

Where did you go to college?  Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona!

Why did you become a teacher? I can't think of a better job then working with kids. It's amazing to watch them progress throughout the year.

What do you like about teaching at Wallace Stegner Academy ? We have a great community here at WSA! I've been so welcomed by the staff, the students, and the families. It's great to be in a place where students are so excited to learn.

Email:  eellis@wsacharter.org

Peter Jex

Administrative Assistant, Soccer Coach

Peter Jex

Peter Jex

Administrative Assistant, Soccer Coach

 

I became a PE teacher at WSA to work on something that I felt a difference. I care about the children in our community and want to help them overcome the many challenges they face getting a modern education. Working at our school has made me a better parent and helped me look at things differently. This past year I've looked forward to work everyday.

The things I love most about working at Wallace Stegner is seeing kids come in from schools in the area that aren't doing very well and seeing the transformation in them after a few months. I like the way you can't walk through our halls without a dozen high fives and seeing the happy faces of a hundred students. The school has had a very positive effect on me and on my daughter who also goes to school here.

 

I went to school at SLCC and Weber State

 

Phone: 801 410 9459

Email:  pjex@wsacharter.org