August 10, 2020
Hello Ascent Online Families,
As many of you are now able to access Aspire you have had the opportunity to review your students' schedule. We have an amazing staff working with our online students and I am excited to introduce them to you! We have teachers from all of our campuses working together to provide our online students the best possible experience! Before I introduce our teachers I have just a few items of business.
I am very excited about this school year and all of the learning our students will accomplish! If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out!
Krissi Hutchinson (Me!)- AAU Online Coordinator-
Krissi has been part of the Ascent family since 2014. She started as a teacher at the Farmington campus where she taught 4th and 5th grade. In 2017 Krissi moved to our Network Office and worked as the Network Technology Coordinator. Her duties were primarily focused on utilizing technology for instruction, maintaining technology systems, and working with a variety of grants that helped Ascent to purchase technology and increase teacher capacity to utilize technology.
Jennifer Cooper- Kindergarten
Ms. Cooper is new to Ascent this year and comes to us with a wealth of knowledge about online learning. She has worked for the past several years teaching students overseas English. More information about the kind and fun Ms. Cooper will be posted on our site in the near future.
Lindsay Erekson- Kindergarten (West Jordan)
Ms. Erekson is new to our Ascent family this year. She will be teaching our WJ online Kindergarten in the morning and our WJ Kindergarten in person in the afternoon. She has taught kindergarten for the past two years and absolutely loves it.
Mackenzie Lester- First Grade (Lehi)
This is Ms. Lester's fourth year with Ascent. She wants all of her students to love learning, develop a growth mindset, and develop their talents.
Heather Jenson- First Grade (West Valley)
This is Ms. Jenson's second year with Ascent teaching first grade. Last year she taught at West Valley and loves every minute of being involved in the lives of children.
Carley Ketcham- Second Grade (West Valley)
Ms. Ketcham has been a second-grade teacher for Ascent since 2014! She currently works at the West Valley campus and hopes to show her students the value of becoming a lifelong learner.
Laura Richardson- Second Grade (West Jordan)
Ms. Richardson started her teaching career in 2014 at Ascent West Jordan. She loves working with second graders. She wants students to feel that they are learning and growing each day.
Mona Pizano- Third Grade (West Jordan)
Ms. Pizano is starting her third year at Ascent teaching third grade. Ms. Pizano strives to create a caring, safe, and engaging learning environment. She wants every student to believe in themselves and to do their best.
Amber Nelson- Third Grade (Lehi)
Ms. Nelson is starting her fourth year at Ascent. Ms. Nelson has always wanted to be a teacher and loves being part of student's learning journey.
Andrea Schaefer- Fourth Grade (Lehi)
Ms. Schaefer has been with Ascent since 2014 where she first taught 3rd grade in Farmington. She then moved to Lehi where she has been teaching fourth grade. Ms. Schaefer's deepest passion in life is learning and she believes that children should have the opportunity to discover the magic of learning for themselves.
Loressa Carota- Fourth Grade (West Valley)
Ms. Carota is beginning her third year with Ascent. Ms. Carota loves learning and enjoys spending time investigating and understanding new things.
Christine Polatis- Fifth Grade (West Jordan)
Ms. Polatis has been with Ascent since 2015. She loves to teach and work with students and says they inspire her every day.
Ashlee Pendleton- Sixth Grade (West Valley)
Ms. Pendleton joined the Ascent West Valley team last year. Ms. Pendleton is a firm believer in personalized education and implements that in her classroom every day.
Jr. High Teachers
Our Jr. High team is phenomenal. We have pulled teachers from all of our campuses with a Jr. High who will be utilizing their prep period to teach online students. I encourage you to click on each teacher to be taken to their bio and learn more about these teachers who will be teaching our online Jr. High.
Chris Christensen- 7th Grade English (Farmington)
Alyse Hartley- 7th Grade Utah Studies (Farmington)
Trevor Moore- 7th, 8th, 9th All things technology related (Farmington)
Priscilla Todd- 7th, 8th, 9th Art (Farmington)
Milyssa Burgener- Health and Dance (Farmington)
Anna Lee- Yoga and Spanish (Farmington)
Sarah Cannon- 8th Grade Math (Lehi)
Rocio Franklin- 7th Grade Math (Lehi)
Rachel Ebeling- 8th Grade English (Lehi)
Julie Johnson- Botany (Lehi)
McKenzi Prawitt 7th and 8th Grade Science, 9th Grade Biology, Geography (Lehi)
Jay Ranson- 8th Grade American History (Lehi)
Wayne Gold- PE/Health (Lehi)
Rachel Baker- 9th Grade English (West Jordan)
Debbie Deemer- 9th Grade Math (West Jordan)
Special Education Teachers
To be announced later this week
I am very excited to work with our Ascent Online team this year and our Ascent Online families. I know that as we navigate this experience together we will be able to provide your child with the best possible learning experience.
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