Kindergarten Teachers

Cindi Hill

Kindergarten

Cindi Hill

Cindi Hill

Kindergarten

Hello, I am Cindi Hill. This is my 9th year at Quest Academy. My first six years with Quest Academy, I was privileged to work in special education and intervention K-5. I have spent the last 2 years in 1st grade. I have been involved with DIBELS testing for several of those years and have been part of the Child Study Team. As much as I loved 1st grade, I am so excited to be in Kindergarten this year. What a dream come true.

My husband Ryan and I have been married for 21 years. We have two wonderful children who both attended Quest Academy in their elementary school years. Our son Ryker graduated High School this last year from Fremont High School and will be leaving in September on a 2 year mission to Portland, OR. Our Daughter is 15 years old and will being attending Fremont High School this year as a sophomore.

I enjoy traveling, reading, crafting, movies, and playing games with friends and family. I love theater popcorn, I don’t enjoy cooking, and I would love to learn to play the piano someday. I love life and all that it gives us.

I am so excited to get started on this upcoming school year and see all that these little ones are going to achieve!

Email:  chill@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/cindi.hill/

Ronda Hills

Kindergarten

Ronda Hills

Ronda Hills

Kindergarten

Ronda Hills holds a Masters in Education from Western Governors University, a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a Bachelors degree in Child and Family Studies, a Level 2 Educator License for the State of Utah, and a STEM endorsement. Prior to teaching at Quest Academy, Mrs. Hills was the SEM specialist at Woods Cross Elementary in the Davis Schools District.

Mrs. Hills is married to Blake Hills, her high school sweetheart. As a family, they enjoy traveling, going on walks, and playing games. In addition to Quest Academy, Mrs. Hills can be found at various sporting events cheering for her boys or at home playing with her grandchildren.

Email:  rhills@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/ronda.hills/

Stacey McBride

Kindergarten

Stacey McBride

Stacey McBride

Kindergarten

I’m Stacey McBride, and I’m thrilled about being able to work in kindergarten at Quest Academy. For over 25 years, I have had the privilege of working with kids. I’ve loved their enthusiasm for life and their thirst for knowledge. Because of my love for children, I decided to go back to school and finish my education degree. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a specialization in ESL (English as a Second Language) from Weber State University.

For several years, I have also owned and operated my own preschool and have loved every minute of it. I’ve been married to my amazing husband and best friend for over 20 years and have loved being a mom to my three beautiful children. I enjoy camping with my family, being outdoors, watching movies, reading a good book, and most of all… traveling.

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to teach children in other parts of the world, serving with an international humanitarian group. As the education mentor in Thailand and Peru, I was able to help give these children and their families the educational tools that will assist them in getting out of poverty. I’m looking forward to getting to know the students in my new class, and starting our new learning adventures together.

Email:  SMcBride@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/stacey.mcbride/

1st Grade Teachers

Lisa Gieseke

1st Grade

Lisa Gieseke

Lisa Gieseke

1st Grade

This is Mrs. Gieseke’s (Ms. Schaeffer’s) seventh year teaching. She attended school in Northern Arizona and then finished her Bachelor’s through Western Governors University. She is currently working to finish her Master’s in Educational Leadership. She has an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and loves to work with young students. She has taught Preschool in her home, kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd grades, but found her home in first grade and has taught there for 5 years. Mrs. Gieseke recently moved to the West Haven area along with her husband and three of her 6 children (2 in college and 1 working out of state). Their family enjoys hiking, camping, and fishing or anything else outdoors. Their family loves to do anything musical.

Mrs. Gieseke loves reading, and especailly loves to teach others to read. She enjoys playing games with her children, especially when it teaches them about life. Mrs. Gieseke is a firm believer in being a life long learner and finding and creating joy in learning. There are many fun things to learn about and first grade is the best place to be according to her. She can’t wait to meet her students and their families and really get to know the students that make Quest a wonderful place to be. Please stop in and say Hi! She will be glad you did.
Email: lgieseke@questac.org
Quest Academy Phone: 801-731-9859
Emailing is the most efficient way to contact me because I check it multiple times a day. If you would like to call the office and leave a message, I am happy to respond as soon as I can. I will be at the school 8:00am-4:00pm every day and will update the blog multiple times throughout the week.

Email:  lgieseke@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/lisa.gieseke

Jessica Knight

1st Grade

Jessica Knight

Jessica Knight

1st Grade

This is Mrs. Knight's third year teaching here at Quest Academy! She attended school at Southern Utah University for two years (GO T-BIRDS) and then finished up her last year here at Weber State University. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in art education and she has had many opportunities to teach different grade levels, but has always had a love for teaching first grade. She married Josh, her junior high crush. Together they enjoy hiking, camping, riding dirt bikes, playing tennis, going on road trips, and spending time with family.

Mrs. Knight loves reading, and music. She enjoys playing her guitar and ukulele and she absolutely LOVES french toast, Chinese food, and pizza. She is a firm believer in making learning fun in the classroom and hopes to teach in a way that students get excited about learning. She is so excited to meet all of you! Mrs. Knight has such a passion for teaching and is looking forward to continuing her teaching career here at Quest Academy. Our adventure starts here!

Email:  jknight@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/jessica.ferrin/

Amy Nelson

1st Grade

Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson

1st Grade

I met my forever love my senior year of high school at a Jazz Basketball game. We will celebrate our 25th anniversary this September. Our home has been blessed with three beautiful, talented children. Taylor is 24 and a real estate agent, his wife Mady (whom we adore)  is working towards her CPA licenses. McKenzee will turn 21 this September and is going to school for cosmetology.  Connor turns 16 in August and will be in 10th grade at Fremont.

I have a passion for education! My love of teaching began at a very young age. I love seeing the children’s face light up when they grasp a new concept! Education runs deep for me. My father, two aunts, my sister, my brother, and I are all educators. I’m so excited to be returning to teach first grade at Quest this year! Quest is truly the best! I attended both Weber State and Western Governor’s Universities. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies K-8.

Soccer is our family’s sport of choice. If we are not at home, odds are that we can be found on a soccer field.

I enjoy traveling, seeing new things, reading, playing the piano, crafting, camping, watching movies, and cooking, entertaining, baking, and playing games with my family, as well as friends. I absolutely LOVE going to the movies. My favorite movies are those based on historical events and places. I have a deep love for history and have a lot of historical places on my bucket list to visit. I LOVE chocolate and I LOVE diet Dr. Pepper! I LOVE shopping for school resources for my students to use in our classroom. I love shopping for cool learning resources on Amazon! Some of my other favorites are Amazon, Teachers Pay Teachers, Really Good Stuff, Lakeshore Learning, and Oriental Trading Education to name just a few.

I'm excited to get to know my class this year and be able to facilitate in the learning experiences!

Email:  anelson@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/amy.nelson/

Lindsey Smith

1st Grade

Lindsey Smith

Lindsey Smith

1st Grade

Hello, my name is Lindsey Smith. I received my education from Weber State University. I love Quest Academy and the amazing resources our school offers. I have taught Second Grade for four years. This school year will be my first year teaching First Grade and I am very excited!  My favorite thing about teaching is when I see the “light bulb” come on in my students. I love teaching my kiddos new things. My goal as an educator is to instill a love of learning.

I have lived in the Ogden area my entire life. I enjoy traveling and seeing new places; doing yoga; hiking in the summer; and snowboarding, skiing, & snowshoeing in the winter (Winter is my favorite season!). I love reading and am always open to getting book recommendations.

Email:  lsmith@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/lindsey.smith/

Lisa Teichert

1st Grade

Lisa Teichert

Lisa Teichert

1st Grade

Entering into her 11th year teaching (her sixth at Quest Academy), Mrs. Teichert is excited to again teach 1st grade where she loves igniting a passion for learning in bright young minds in such an important year.

Mrs. Teichert graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Utah State University. She went on to teach in both the Granite and Cache County School Districts before starting her own family.

With children of her own enrolled at Quest, Mrs. Teichert was thrilled to come back to the classroom where she shares her passion for math, science, and language arts.

Mrs. Teichert has received teaching endorsements beyond her license in STEM, Math, Reading, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Spending time with family, learning about nutrition, traveling and staying active are a few of her passions outside of the classroom.

She looks forward to another fantastic year at Quest Academy!

Email:  LTeichert@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/lindsey.smith/

Darsie Vella

1st Grade

Darsie Vella

Darsie Vella

1st Grade

I met my husband online 9 years ago and will be celebrating our 9th year of marriage in October. Together we have a mix of 9 kids and 19 grandkids. One of my favorite things to do is spend time with family (especially my grandkids), and friends. I really love doing just about anything as long as we are together! I also love to travel, go camping, to the movies or live theater, work on my yard and garden, read or listen to Audible books.
I lived in Europe for four years, and have lived in multiple states in the US. With each move, I learned so many wonderful things like “Family” doesn’t just mean the one you’re born into.
I graduated from Utah State University with two Bachelor of science degrees, one in early childhood education, the other in elementary education. I also earned an emphasis in music while working on my bachelor degrees. Since graduating from USU, I received my ELS endorsement from Weber State and, I am currently making preparations to complete my reading endorsement from USU.
When I was young I liked to “Play Teacher” with the neighborhood kids and couldn’t wait to be a teacher when I “Grew Up” just like my mom. Yes, my mom was a teacher too, as well as an uncle, and several cousins (Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Ingersoll). I guess you could say being an educator runs in our blood, and that I’m living my dream.
I am so passionate about teaching, and love learning with, and from my young students. I truly believe there aren’t many careers that have such a huge impact on the future than that of a teacher!

Email:  dvella@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/darsie.vella

2nd Grade Teachers

Carli Ezzell

2nd Grade

Carli Ezzell

Carli Ezzell

2nd Grade

This will be my second year teaching second grade, but my fifth year working at Quest. I got my start in teaching here at quest in the fourth grade. I love working with kids and I can’t wait to explore, learn and have fun this year in second grade. I started my education at Snow college, and received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah. Go Utes!
My second grade teacher is the reason I decided to become a teacher myself. She made learning fun. My goal as an educator is to teach with compassion and help each student reach their potential.
Outside of school, My husband Josh and I have two sweet kids. Treysen who is three years old and Oaklee who is one. We enjoy camping, family date nights to Zeppes, and hanging out in our teepee reading books. Some of my favorite things consist of Andes Mints, Raspberry Lemonade and shopping.

Email:  cezzell@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/tiffni.woodrow/

Susan Lindsey

2nd Grade

Susan Lindsey

Susan Lindsey

2nd Grade

Susan Lindsey lives in West Weber, Utah. She believes in the importance of education and plans to never stop learning. Mrs. Lindsey owned 3 day care centers for many years where she taught preschool and cared for lots of great kids who are grown up now.
Mrs. Lindsey has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Technical Sales and a Master’s Degree in Education Curriculum and Design along with a Utah State Level II educator’s license She has taught second grade at Quest Academy for the past 8 years where she absolutely loves teaching! She has attended the new common core academies in both English Language Arts and Math as well as training in Singapore math.
Mrs. Lindsey is married and has 3 awesome children. Shae is 29, Quinn is 27 and KC is 21 years old and she has 2 wonderful bonus daughters and 1 son. She is also the lucky grandma of 6 beautiful grandchildren. Kyler is 11 years old, Kanyan is 8 years old, Kade is 7 years old, Mylie is 5, Paisley will be 1 in November and Paisley was born in June 2019. She also considers each child that she has ever taught as one of her kids. Her kids and grandchildren are her favorite things in the whole world and she loves to spend time with them. Mrs. Lindsey enjoys camping, hiking, trail riding, rodeo, and most of all spending time with her friends and family. She is thrilled to be able to spend the rest of the year with the wonderful 2nd graders at Quest Academy!

Email:  slindsey@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/susan.lindsey/

Stacey Snitker

2nd Grade

Stacey Snitker

Stacey Snitker

2nd Grade

Hello! I am Stacey Snitker, and I am so excited to start my eighth year here at Quest Academy. This year I will be teaching second grade, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I previously taught third grade, worked as a support teacher in second grade, and I have also worked in Special Education. This year is going to be amazing! I can’t wait to help my students grow and become responsible young people. My goal is to create a safe learning environment where students can share their ideas and learn from each other. I want every child to FEEL successful, and BE successful!! In the classroom I try to teach by the words of Benjamin Franklin ~

“Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.”

I currently live in Roy, Utah with my husband and four (not so little) children. I have a missionary serving in Texas, a senior, a ninth grader, & a seventh grader. In my spare time I like to have fun with my family by going boating, camping, target shooting, playing board games, attending plays, and grabbing a bite to eat at Chick-fil-A. I also love to read and learn new things.

I'm so excited for this school year and can't wait to get to know your children!!

Email:  ssnitker@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/stacey.snitker/

Tiffni Woodrow

2nd Grade

Tiffni Woodrow

Tiffni Woodrow

2nd Grade

Hi, I am Mrs. Woodrow. This will be my fifth year at Quest Academy. I have received my education from Western Governors University. I have worked with kids for many years, as a teacher, mentor, and tutor. I love second grade and spending my days with these fun, loving, and energetic kids.

My goal as an educator is to create a fun and safe learning environment. All students deserve a quality education. The classroom will be a place where students feel comfortable to share their thoughts and get involved in their learning. I have a great love for children and education. Children are all like little sponges ready to absorb all they can. I will strive to fill their “sponges” everyday with knowledge.

In my personal life, I am married with two little boys. What I love most is spending time with my family. We love to do anything outdoors such as hunting, fishing, camping, etc. I love to cook and be creative too!

Email:  twoodrow@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/tiffni.woodrow

Brittany Zimmerman

2nd Grade

Brittany Zimmerman

Brittany Zimmerman

2nd Grade

This is my eighth year working at Quest Academy. I love this school and the sense of community it brings. I previously worked with Kindergarten through fifth grade students in the intervention program for three years. I was also a support teacher in a third grade classroom. I’ve enjoyed working with Special Education and struggling learners. I’ve also participated on the DIBELS testing team as well as the Child Study Team and enjoyed being a director for the school musical. I was fortunate enough to settle into 2nd and am looking forward to my fourth year on the 2nd grade team. I am so excited to be teaching second graders! They are so eager to learn and I love seeing them progress.
I have been married for 19 years to my best friend and we have three amazing kids. I have a college student, a high schooler, and an eighth grader attending Quest. We love to travel and spend time together.

It is my intent and passion to develop young minds.  I love creating an environment that fosters creativity and confidence.  I believe in all of my students and their ability to become effective and positive citizens.  Being able to see, first-hand, all the amazing things they accomplish in 2nd grade is a privilege that I am so grateful to have.  I am looking forward to this year and am so excited to get started!

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Email:  bzimmerman@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/brittany.zimmerman/

3rd Grade Teachers

Amanda Alexander

3rd Grade

Amanda Alexander

Amanda Alexander

3rd Grade

Hi! I’m Amanda Alexander, and this will be my seventh year of teaching, and second year at Quest. I am so excited about getting to know each of you and I am looking forward to all of the wonderful experiences I get to share with you all throughout the coming year.

I was born and raised in west Texas, and I love my great state. I chose to attend Texas Tech University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development and Education. I have taught students in Pre-K, 2nd, and 3rd in Florida and Georgia. In 2008, we moved to Japan and I chose to stay home to raise my young children while living overseas. After our time in Japan was over, we moved to Oklahoma briefly, and then we made it to the beautiful state of Utah. In 2016, I received my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Walden University. Having the opportunity to teach at Quest has been amazing and I am so happy to be part of this team!

We are a military family, which explains the moving around. My husband is a Major in the Air Force, and we have been married for 14 years. We have three children who all attend and love Quest! In our spare time, we love to camp, go hiking, and you are sure to find us on a mountain somewhere skiing anytime there is snow on the ground. All of our family is from Texas, so we take advantage of any break from school to go and visit. As a family, we love to travel and explore. We recently traveled to Spain, Germany, and Morocco. I LOVE watching football- college (Go Red Raiders!) and professional (Go Patriots!). I also love to play golf, do yard work, read, and watch movies with my family.

Here is to an incredible year!
Work hard, be kind!

Email:  aalexander@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/amanda.alexander

Leigh Beckstead

3rd Grade

Leigh Beckstead

Leigh Beckstead

3rd Grade

I was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah and I am the fourth of six kids. I have lived in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Alaska. I am the favorite aunt to 21 nieces and nephews, so I keep finding my way back to Utah. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Weber State University in Elementary Education and my Master’s degree from Western Governors University in Learning and Technology. This is my sixth year at Quest teaching third grade!
I enjoy spending time with my family, reading a good book, traveling, camping, watching movies, visiting the ocean, and if I could, I would live at Disneyland. I am a dog mom to a rescue mutt named Harry and we love going to the dog park.  I always have a Coke Zero handy and Peanut M&Ms and Sour Watermelons are my favorite treats.
I am looking forward to getting to know all of the amazing students and parents in our class. This is going to be a great year of learning!

Email:  lbeckstead@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/leigh.beckstead

Tiffany Brown

3rd Grade

Tiffany Brown

Tiffany Brown

3rd Grade

Hello, my name is Tiffany Brown.  This will be my 6th year teaching and my first year at Quest Academy.  I love teaching and I can't wait to teach the 3rd graders at Quest Academy - Go Rams!
 
I was born and mostly raised in Davis County, I also lived in Portland, Oregon and Boise, Idaho.  My husband Kevin and I have three children.  My oldest son will be a senior in high school, my daughter will be an 8th grader, and my youngest son will be a 5th grader.  We have raised our kids in Centerville, except for the last 3 years we have been living in the wonderful town of Rigby, Idaho. We have loved Idaho, however, we are excited to move back to Utah to be closer to family and be part of Quest Academy.  I love Diet Dr. Pepper, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
 
I graduated from Weber State University in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in Health Education.  Later I completed the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence's elementary education program.  I have taught 4 years of preschool and one year of kindergarten.  Teaching is my passion, and the classroom is my happy place.  I am so blessed for this opportunity to teach 3rd graders, my heart is so full!
This is going to be the BEST YEAR EVER, and I look forward to many years of teaching the brilliant students at Quest Academy.

Email:  tbrown@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/tiffany.brown/

Ashlyn Sampson

3rd Grade

Ashlyn Sampson

Ashlyn Sampson

3rd Grade

Hello! I was born and raised here in Utah, and I love it! I have a wonderful family consisting of my older brother and sister, and my younger sister. I recently added to my family with my husband, and a puppy. My husband and I got married in September of 2018 and got our 6 month old puppy, Joey,  in February. This is my third year at Quest Academy. I taught in the STEM lab my first year, and taught Kindergarten last year! I love spending time with my family, and going to Chick-Fil-A whenever it is possible. My favorite color is pink, and I would never refuse a chocolate donut! I am so excited to be in third grade this year! I can’t wait to get to know you and your cute kiddos! This year is going to be full of fun, and lots of learning!

Email:  asampson@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/ashlyn.arrington/

Chanel Stevens

3rd Grade

Chanel Stevens

Chanel Stevens

3rd Grade

Hi Rams, I am so excited to meet all of you! I recently graduated from Weber State University in December of 2018 with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and an ESL minor.  I was able to work at Wasatch Elementary this last school year as a part time 5th grade teacher for my student teaching. This helped me to have valuable time in a classroom, learning more about my own teaching style. I'm now happy to call Quest Academy home and work with the amazing administration and 3rd grade team!

A little about me is that I am from the ShowMe state, Missouri, where I lived with my spouse and four boys till 2007.  We then moved west, where we have lived in Washington, Idaho and Utah. We have been in UT since 2012, in which time I made my plans to become a teacher a reality.  I have been married 21 years and have a house full of teenagers, video games and poodles. We love to do movie or board game nights with popcorn! I love to cook, sing, make beanie hats, walk my dogs, garden, go to fun events around town and travel.  In our classroom we learn and explore together, so get ready to grow your mind and fill your heart!

 

"When you hook your brain to your heart, you're twice as smart." Gary Hogg

Email:  cstevens@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/chanel.stevens/

4th Grade Teachers

Angie Clark

4th Grade

Angie Clark

Angie Clark

4th Grade

Angie Clark lives in Hooper with her husband and five wonderful children.  All of her children have attended Quest Academy, and her family has been involved with Quest since before the school opened.
Mrs. Clark received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Weber State University in 2005.  Mrs. Clark loves children and has discovered a deep passion for education.  She loves to bring her energy, enthusiasm, and creativity into the classroom to inspire the minds and hearts of her students.  She is honored to be a teacher and is grateful for the chance to help her students’ natural talents and abilities emerge and develop through the educational process.
When she’s not teaching, Mrs. Clark loves spending time with her family and friends, cycling, gardening, and just about anything that allows her to engage her creativity and bring beauty to her home and surroundings.

I love Diet Mountain Dew and Amazon!

Email:  aclark@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/angie.clark/

Emily Dixon

4th Grade

Emily Dixon

Emily Dixon

4th Grade

"I am delighted to be coming back for my 3rd year of teaching 4th grade at Quest! I was born and raised in West Point, UT and am currently living in Bountiful. I finished my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education (with an emphasis in music) at Weber State, and my masters degree at Western Governors. I love learning and am currently working on my PhD in Curriculum and Instruction.
I love music and try to integrate it into my classroom as much as possible! I sing, play the piano, the violin, and the guitar. I'm also a fan of puns! Bad puns are how eye roll.
I'm looking forward to another wonderful year at Quest!"

Email:  edixon@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/emily.dixon

Sara Garrett

4th Grade

Sara Garrett

Sara Garrett

4th Grade

Hello!  My name is Sara Garrett.  I was raised in Clearfield, Utah and am currently living there today.  I have been married for 23 years to Ryan Garrett. Together we have 5 children and they are my greatest joy. My oldest child is now married and my youngest is in elementary.  I am a proud alumnus of Weber State University.

 

I love spending time outdoors, going on hikes, camping, riding horses, running and cycling. I am energetic and love to stay busy. Once my kids were old enough to be in school, I started working as a reading aid at Voyage academy. It was during this time as a reading aid that I developed my love and passion for teaching.

 

My goals as a teacher are to enthusiastically inspire students to achieve positive learning. I will seek to encourage students to use a growth mindset in order to increase a healthy work ethic. The focus of my classroom will be to help students become their very best at whatever level that might be. This will be my first time teaching the 4th grade and I couldn’t be more excited!  I am looking forward to meeting all you!

Email:  sgarrett@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/sara.garrett/

Trystal Peay

4th Grade

Trystal Peay

Trystal Peay

4th Grade

Hi! My name is Trystal Peay. I was born in Montana and moved around a lot while growing up. I moved to Utah when I was in Jr. high and have been here ever since. I married my high school sweetheart and we currently live in Clinton with 4 children and 2 dogs. All 4 of my kids have attended Quest over the years. In my free time I spend a-lot of time supporting my kids at their sports events. From baseball, soccer, basketball, cross country, and golf for the boys to dance with my daughter. I love spending time with my family outdoors. I love Dr. Pepper and Reese's. I love turtles. I love reading in my spare time and learning about new things.
I am so excited to be teaching 4th grade this year at Quest Academy. I have had the privilege of being a part of Quest for the past 6 years in many different capacities, from POQA to substitute teaching to a teacher assistant. Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to be a teacher. This has been and always will be my passion. I love working with kids and seeing them learn new things. I want every student to be confident in the fact that they CAN do hard things. My goal is that every child that enters my classroom knows that I believe in them and will always do everything in my power to help them succeed.
I look forward to growing and learning together this year. And don't forget lets have some fun along the way.

Email:  tpeay@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/trystal.peay/

5th Grade Teachers

Jelaine Hales

Jelaine Hales

5th

I am thrilled to be joining the 5th grade team at Quest Academy!

I grew up in Weber County and graduated from Fremont High. (Go Silver Wolves!)  Since that time I have lived in several other states. I earned my teaching degree from Wichita State University in Wichita KS.  Upon completion of my degree, my family moved to beautiful Springfield, Oregon, where I worked in the public school system for 6 years.  After so many years out-of-state, it is wonderful to return to my roots!

I have two incredible daughters, Brittany and Natalie, who are the light of my life!  We love traveling together and experiencing new places and cultures.  When we aren’t out exploring the world, we enjoying playing board games or reading a good book.

I am grateful for the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for learning and teaching with my amazing 5th graders.  I believe that life is full of wonder and we should learn something new everyday!

Email:  jhales@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/jelaine.hales/

Jaime Jaques

5th Grade

Jaime Jaques

Jaime Jaques

5th Grade

I am excited to be teaching the 5th grade. I have been at Quest for a number of years as both a parent and an employee and have loved both sides. I grew up in Harrisville as the youngest of seven. I currently live in Farr West with my husband and two sons. We have a small farm where my boys raise pigs and lambs for the Weber County Fair and have their own egg business. I love living on a farm where my kids can learn how to perform hard work and receive the benefits from it.
This will be my seventh year as a teacher at Quest. I originally started at the Jr. High and have since moved over to the Elementary. I have enjoyed both schools and value the experiences from teaching in different grades. I originally received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Resources. I continued my education by receiving my teaching certificate along with a Masters Degree in Education from Western Governors University.
When I am not teaching or thinking about teaching, which isn't very often, I enjoy many different activities. This last summer my family and I have enjoyed 4-wheeling. At home I like to sew, garden and hang out with my family. I do like to cook on occasion and have set a goal to be able to make homemade bread and cookies, that don't go flat. I have yet to accomplish this, but am still giving it a good try!
I teach my children that they can do hard things and I try and follow the same advice.
I am looking forward to a great year at a great school!

Email:  jjaques@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/jaime.jaques

Melissa Marten

5th Grade

Melissa Marten

Melissa Marten

5th Grade

I am happy to be at Quest Academy teaching fifth grade again this year! I was born in South Ogden, Utah and currently reside in West Haven with my family, although I have previously lived in Idaho and California. I have been married to my best friend for twenty years and we have four beautiful children together. When our oldest daughter got married two years ago, we gained another son. I also have one dog and three cats. I love animals! I enjoy cooking, reading, hiking, and running. Whenever I have the opportunity, I like to travel. I have visited several countries, experienced many wonderful cultures, and explored numerous historical sites. My favorite country to visit was Thailand, known as the “Land of Smiles.” It is an absolutely beautiful place and while I was there, I was able to meet many students during visits to two elementary schools and a university. No matter where I go, however, Utah will always be home to me. I received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in fine arts through Weber State University. As an educator, my goal is to instill a love of learning within all of my students and to help them to achieve their goals.

Email:  mmarten@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/melissa.marten/

Angela Young

5th Grade

Angela Young

Angela Young

5th Grade

I am so excited to start my 3rd year teaching at Quest Academy. I previously taught in WSD. I was there for 12 years. With a move to West Haven I found and followed my passion for teaching in the charter system. It has helped me see education in new ways.

Before I became a teacher, I was an aide in Ogden District specializing in special education. While  I worked thereI obtained my Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. I was also able to see the point of view of a long term substitute while working in the secondary level at Mount Ogden Middle School. I obtained my level 2 license from the state of Utah.

. I hope that I NEVER get tired of learning and growing. I also hope to challenge my students with that everyday! My dreams are to continue my education for my Masters in Education and Science. Then hopefully to reach the college level of teaching. Either helping new teachers to find their passions or discover the "Wonder" that is Science.

I have lived in Utah my whole life from North Ogden, South Ogden, Washington Terrace, and currently reside in West Haven. My husband, Casey, and I have 3 wonderful children Tristan, Wesson, and Catelynn .Tristan is heading to Sand Ridge come fall and Wesson and Catelynn will be attending Quest.  I also have two older step daughters that enjoy the high school at Venture. When I am not teaching or wrangling my own children, I love musicals, singing, acting, and a good movie is never short from the list. I traveled a lot in my younger years, but now I keep to the adventures and beauty of nature around me. There is so much to do in this life we have been given. I can't wait to see the changes and challenges in the years to come and enjoy every minute of it!

5th grade has an amazing curriculum. I can't wait to guide my students in their learning this year through 3 Dimensional learning style, and deeper knowledge of each subject area. Quest is an amazing school that provides their teachers with great resources and tools to use to help them achieve the highest level of learning in the curriculum set by the state of Utah for each of their students. So in the words of Mama Mia... "Here we Go Again!"

Email:  ayoung@questac.org
Website:  http://qacblogs.org/angie.young/


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