Welcome New Faculty & Staff
Adam Brewer, 8th Grade Teacher
Adam Brewer comes to American Heritage with eight years of teaching experience in higher education. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University-Idaho. After working for a U.S. Senator for a short time, Adam returned to school to complete his graduate studies at Idaho State University. He has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Doctorate degree in Political Science with an interdisciplinary component in History. While completing his graduate studies, Adam began his teaching career in 2013 teaching American government and college success courses for ISU and BYU-Idaho. Ultimately, Adam joined the faculty in the History, Geography, & Political Science Department at BYU-Idaho full-time as a visiting professor while completing his dissertation. In 2018, Adam moved to Missoula, Montana to teach for the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Montana. There, he published several articles for various academic journals and taught courses in human resource management, ethics, and public policy. Adam is a teacher at heart and believes learning is a life-long endeavor. Outside of work, Adam enjoys road biking and spending time with his wife and four children. Just this year, he decided to leave higher education and is now excited to join the exceptional team of teachers and administrators at American Heritage School.
Andrea Duncombe, 1st Grade Teacher
Andrea Duncombe comes to American Heritage School with four years of private school teaching experience at Challenger School. A native of Utah, Andrea grew up in Salt Lake County. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from the University of Utah and was fortunate to work in the Office of the Governor, as a public servant, for the amazing constituents of Utah. Upon becoming a mother, Andrea was blessed to stay at home with her children. She loved every moment of watching their curiosity and discovery. When the youngest of her three children became preschool age, Andrea took a position at the school they attended. She realized very quickly that helping children learn and discover their potential was not limited to her passion for being a mother, thus her love for teaching outside her home was realized! Andrea and her husband, Stephen reside in Utah County with their three beautiful children. Andrea has a profound love of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is thrilled about the opportunity to help children gain confidence in who they are, through knowledge of our Savior and presence of the Spirit.
Kimberly Faerber, 8th Grade Teacher
Kimberly has as a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12 and Elementary K-8, Associate of Arts in Ethnic Minority Health and Human Services. Through the gentle guidance of the Lord, Kimberly found herself at AHS as a parent, and then as an 8th grade aide, and eventually as a full-time 8th grade teacher when the opportunity arose. She has two children who attend AHS and will be in 7th and 9th grade. “It has been an immense blessing for our family and for me personally. Each student is a unique individual with their own strengths and challenges. I love the process of discovering this as I pray about them by name, communicate with parents, plan curriculum, create a safe environment for sharing and give them leadership opportunities.” She gets excited about finding new and creative ways to teach using technology, art, music, hands on experiences, guest speakers, field trips and more. Kimberly enjoys being with her family, she plays the cello, piano, and sings.
Sherrie Goff, 1st Grade Teacher
Sherrie has worked with children for the past 5 years as an aide in various AHS elementary classes and is looking forward to serving as a full-time teacher in 1st grade this coming year. A daughter of Linda Strong, one of AHS’s most experienced and tenured primary elementary teachers, Sherrie has learned much from watching her mother teach and serve children through the years. Sherrie wants to challenge each child to reach their full potential. She is committed to helping them feel loved and accepted. “We all have different strengths and weaknesses,” she says, “and by working hard we can turn our weaknesses into strengths.” Sherrie and her husband both grew up in Pleasant Grove and are happy to be raising their children living close to extended family. She has helped her husband manage their family businesses over the years, but her true passion is working with children. They have five children ranging in age from 18 to 7. She enjoys camping and being outdoors with family.
Laurie Hansen, 5th Grade Teacher
Laurie Hansen comes to us from Provo School District where she taught for the last 30 years. She is married to Steve Hansen, a drafting and architecture teacher at Provo High School. They have four children. Mrs. Hansen has worked with third-, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders at three different elementary schools in Provo School District. She also spent three years at BYU, supervising pre-service teachers. She completed an undergraduate and a graduate degree at BYU. Mrs. Hansen has a technology and an ESL (English as a Second Language) endorsement. She has also completed the coursework and the practicum hours necessary for a gifted & talented endorsement. In her spare time, Mrs. Hansen loves to read, spend time with family, do mental math, travel, and—believe it or not–create lesson plans! She served a mission in Rio de Janeiro, and continues to practice Portuguese daily. Mrs. Hansen loves to challenge herself and her students to push through, and do hard things. Her favorite subjects to teach are U.S. history, writing, and math.
Adrianne Hunsaker, Kindergarten Teacher
Adrianne has been a patriot parent at AHS for over 15 years. She and her husband are the parents of 8 wonderful children, 7 sons and 1 daughter. Two of their children have graduated from AHS and the youngest will start Kindergarten in the fall. Adrianne has a BS from BYU and has 6 years of teaching experience both in 5th grade and as a preschool teacher. She has run her own home organizing business for the last 4 years but is delighted to be back in the classroom. “American Heritage School has been one of the greatest blessings for our family. My hope is that the Spirit will be manifest in my classroom, in my students, and in my family members who have the privilege to be instructed within the walls of this beautiful school.”
Vanessa Hernandez, 3rd Grade Teacher
Vanessa is a native of Houston, TX. She has worked as a teacher for 8 years and has loved every minute of it. She taught 2 years of 6th grade Dual Language where instruction was in Spanish. After that, she worked in an elementary school for 6 years where she taught 4th mainly and a year of 3rd grade. She and her husband moved here at the end of July 2020 as he was accepted into the BYU. Since then, she has been eager to get back into the classroom and work and learn with those around her. A self-proclaimed bookworm, Vanessa loves sitting down with a good book and enjoys when others recommend a series to her. She is most grateful to have the opportunity to work at American Heritage as she has always felt the need to combine the secular with the spiritual in the teaching profession. “I am truly honored to be able to work with children, and I feel blessed to work in such a wonderful place and atmosphere.”
Kortnie Manwill, 5th Grade Teacher
Kortnie Manwill joins American Heritage with 10 years of teaching experience in a private school setting. She has had the opportunity to teach many different grade levels in lower elementary, which has led her to become a versatile teacher. She enjoys helping her students meet their full academic potential by setting high expectations, keeping a fast-paced and exciting classroom, and personalizing with each student. She believes her students are a huge part of the teaching process and encourages them to participate and share real-world experiences and stories. She is excited to teach in a learning environment filled with the spirit and strives to make her classroom a place of safety, encouragement, laughter, challenge, and joy. Kortnie enjoys designing floral arrangements, reading, interior design and decorating, and spending time with her husband and dog. She most recently has enjoyed learning the skill of crocheting baby blankets and is looking forward to donating them to local hospitals to be given to bereaved mothers. She aspires to write a book one day.
Heather Moulton, 7th Grade Teacher
Heather Moulton comes to American Heritage with thirteen years of teaching experience at the middle school and high school level. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English Teaching from Brigham Young University. She has taught at various schools over the years including public, charter, and public schools. Among others, Heather has taught at Timpview High School, Challenger and Dixon Middle School. Heather loves being a teacher and she considers it a joy and a calling. She is able to reach students of all levels, interests and experiences through tenacious love for her students and her love of learning. Heather is excited to join the exceptional team of seventh grade teachers at American Heritage School.
Amanda Peterson, 1st Grade Teacher
Amanda comes to AHS with almost 9 years of private school work experience. She taught kindergarten for a year, and first grade for three years, before being offered a job as the school’s preschool director. She worked in that position for close to five years until quitting to start her family. When her son started kindergarten at AHS in 2019, she knew she wanted to return to educating hearts and minds when the time was right. Her goal as an educator is to teach children to think for themselves. She strives to teach by the Spirit while helping students make connections between their lives and the lessons being taught. She finds great joy in sharing “lightbulb moments” with students as they recognize their ability to master new concepts and apply those skills in their lives. “I love American Heritage and feel very blessed to get to spend time with the wonderful teachers, students, and staff at the school each day.” Amanda loves traveling, reading, developing new skills, and taking her children on adventures. She is on a continual quest to learn to love running and is training for her first half marathon, scheduled for July 2021.
Anne Pulley, 3rd Grade Teacher
Anne Pulley is excited to join the American Heritage team and comes to us with 10-plus years of teaching experience in a private school setting, most recently at Challenger School. From the time Anne was a little girl, she desired to be a teacher. Anne began her teaching career in preschool and kindergarten. She has taught different grade levels and finds that each grade has something magical to offer. She is an organized and versatile teacher who loves her students deeply. She believes that learning should be challenging yet exciting and fun. She enjoys a fast-paced classroom with a learning environment that first allows the spirit to be present. “Nothing compares to the joy of watching a child develop new life skills.” She is most excited about the opportunity to relate lessons and experiences to the gospel through the spirit of truth. Her goal in teaching is that students will feel of her deep love and concern for them and know they are valued. Anne has three wonderful children of her own and loves being a mother. She enjoys reading, interior design, and DIY projects in her spare time.
Mary Stosich, 2nd Grade Teacher
Mary has a passion for enjoying every day of life! She affirms, “The world is full of miracles because God wants us to meet our challenges.” In her dedication to help others realize the beauty around and within, she has taught in many capacities: elementary teacher, piano instructor, preschool owner/instructor, youth correctional facility teacher, public speaker, marriage coach and institute instructor. She authored the book, Finding the Diamond Within: Ten Ways Every Woman Can Sparkle. She claims her fun in life happens by being involved with other people from teaching to managing a medical practice to the profound enrichment of family life. “Now it is time,” she expressed, “to be around perfect people again—children.” Her style of teaching uses story telling, fast-pace drilling, high expectations and the clincher of solid learning—home support. She looks forward to the joy of teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ daily. Mary met Al at Brigham Young University. She claims to be the only person she has ever heard of who admits going to BYU to find a husband. After they married, she paused her formal education to live her dream life of mothering five children. Mary returned to college and graduated from BYU in Marriage, Family, and Human Development the same December as her fiftieth birthday. “But,” she says, “I have learned most things because I got out of bed almost every morning!”
Carly Young, 2nd Grade Teacher
Carly began teaching children in a classroom setting in April of 2012. Her first teaching job was in a combined 5th / 6th grade classroom of 14 students at a residential treatment center. She enjoyed working with these students both in and outside of the classroom with activities such as skiing and hiking during their recreational therapy outings. She later taught 2nd grade at American Preparatory Academy where she learned to implement direct instruction and discovered the joy of teaching younger children. She has spent the past three years in an administrative role coaching and training instructional staff and teachers which has helped her learn and grow both professionally and personally. She is thrilled to be back in the classroom at American Heritage working with students on a daily basis. “I truly believe that each child is capable of learning and I am eager to create a classroom of development and growth. I want each of my students to know they are loved and valued. Every individual has something only they can provide, and I do my best every day to help each child reach their full potential.” When she is not teaching, she loves being outdoors, fishing, hiking, laughing, and spending time with friends and family members.
Laura Bichon, High School Short Stories Teacher
Laura Tran-Khanh-Bichon (she uses Bichon since it is shorter), grew up in Portland, Oregon, and has also lived in Pennsylvania and Texas. She comes from a family of 9 children, and was in the marching band in high school. While attending BYU studying humanities and French, she was called to serve a mission to France. she met her husband after returning to BYU. They have 6 children. She enjoys reading, watching movies (the literary type, as well as suspense), going on walks, and scrapbooking.
Katie Bush, Admissions Coordinator
Katie Bush joins American Heritage School with a background as a registered nurse, educator, and content writer. Born in California and raised in Utah, she received her bachelors of science from Brigham Young University on a presidential scholarship and graduated as valedictorian of her nursing class. Katie served a mission in Bolivia and upon returning married her sweetheart, John Bush, who is the head chaplain at Utah Valley Hospital. They are the parents of five wonderful children, and their family loves to spend time in the outdoors hiking and camping. Katie is delighted to share the mission of American Heritage School as she interfaces with the community through the admissions office.
Meagan Christensen, HS Photojournalism Teacher
Meagan Christensen began her career as a high school English teacher in Southern California. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University, and a Master’s degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Virginia. When her first child was born, she left full-time teaching to be a stay-at-home mom, and started to learn art and graphic design during nap-times and late at night. Those skills soon turned into a thriving stationery- and surface-pattern design business, and over the next 8 years Meagan honed her craft and began designing for national retailers. Meagan continues to design for an ever-expanding portfolio of clients, and is thrilled to join AHS and be able to pair her love of print design with her love of the classroom. Her favorite part of teaching and learning is working side-by-side with her students as they wrestle with the challenges of discovery. She and her husband have four children, ranging in age from 2 to 8. She loves to garden, bake all the things, read with her kids, and go on long family road trips to off-the-beaten-track locations.
Claire Davis, Music Class Accompanist/Assistant
Claire recently returned from serving a mission in South Carolina and is studying elementary education at UVU. She has played violin and piano from a very young age and has a passion for using her musical talents in the field of education. The daughter of Jane Davis, a full-time primary elementary teacher at AHS, Claire is an AHS alumna and is happy to be returning to AHS this next school year, this time as a member of the faculty.
Lori Glancy, 1st Grade Teacher Aide / Library Aide
Lori and her husband of 29 years are the parents of six children, with only the youngest still living at home. She served a mission in the Uruguay Montevideo Mission. Lori was a Spanish Missionary Instructor at the MTC while she earned her B.S. Degree in Elementary Education at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. She was a First and Second Grade Teacher for Murray School District before she became a full-time mother at home. While her children were growing, she continued to stay involved in education by volunteering at the schools where her children attended, and by teaching preschool. In recent years, Lori has been a substitute teacher for Alpine School District. She has loved the opportunity to work with children of all ages from preschool to high school, and to learn about a wide variety of subjects, including the wonderful experience of working in special education and Spanish Immersion positions. As much as she has loved working in education, she really missed the spirit that she felt while teaching at the missionary training center. Now that she has joined the faculty at American Heritage School, she can have both!
September Howard, 6–8 Grade Music Teacher
September was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. She came to Utah to attend BYU where she studied Music Education and minored in Family Life at BYU. She enjoyed being part of the BYU Women’s Chorus, Concert Choir, and BYU Singers until her graduation (December 2020). She and her husband were married in the Salt Lake Temple and now have a beautiful baby boy named Grayson. She loves spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, going on walks, and trying new things! She’s excited to join the Music Dept. at American Heritage School.
Grace Lam, Math Teacher Aide
Alicia Long, Ballroom Teacher
Alicia, originally from Nashville, TN and the oldest of 9 children, came to Utah to attend Brigham Young University. She graduated Cum Laude in Youth Leadership in 1997. While at BYU she traveled throughout the world to countries in Europe, Scandinavia, Asia, and Baltic States/Russia as a dance performer with both the Lamanite Generation (Living Legends) & the Ballroom Dance Company. Alicia was a member of the BYU United States National Champion Formation Team for 4 years. Dancing and school were put on pause while Alicia served as a missionary in the Guatemala City North-Belize Mission from 1993-1994. Upon returning to BYU, she met her husband who was also a member of the BYU Ballroom touring team. They danced together on the team that won the prestigious British Formation Championship in Blackpool, England in 1995. Alicia and her husband left Utah for a short time while her husband pursued an International MBA from the University of South Carolina. After living in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Miami, Florida they finally returned to raise their three children in the place they loved the most, Utah County! Alicia also enjoys music, plays the flute & piano, and adores working with youth. She is a piano teacher and has worked as Reading & Mathematics Improvement Aide for K-6 age children for several years. She and her family currently reside in Highland, UT. Alicia is excited to join the American Heritage family and teach in the environment of spiritual support found there.
Cassie Lytle, Art Teacher 6th Grade
Lisa Mulvey, 4th Grade Teacher Aide
Lisa Mulvey is excited to return to American Heritage School and be with the children again as an elementary teacher’s aide. Her previous positions include elementary science teacher, library assistant, substitute teacher, and front office manager. She enjoys reading, gardening, humanitarian projects and making memories with her husband, three children and one grandchild. Several times a year she returns to her hometown of San Diego to enjoy God’s best creation…. the beach.
Connie Newman, 1st Grade Teacher Aide
Connie was born and raised in Logan, Utah. She attended BYU and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught fifth and first grade in the Alpine School District. She met her husband and then “retired” to become the mom of five wonderful children. She has moved many times and has lived in many states and is excited to be back home in the state of Utah. She returned to teaching children as a paraprofessional in Idaho and is excited now to join the wonderful people at American Heritage School where she gets to combine her love of education with her love of the gospel. In her spare-time she enjoys playing racquetball, reading/writing, gardening, drawing, and playing the piano.
Morgan Padilla, HS & 8th Grade English Teacher
Morgan received her Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching from Brigham Young University. She is passionate in helping students engage with literature and make meaningful connections to their individual lives. Finding joy in learning is a lifelong pursuit and she is here to show students their options along the way. Morgan enjoys weight lifting, painting, and baking. You can always find her listening to an audiobook while engaging in any of these activities. She’s also a fan of musical theatre and would attend a production every week if given the opportunity! She is the fourth of five kids and feels blessed to live near her siblings!
Nancy Sloan, 3rd Grade Teacher Aide
Emily Spackman, 7th Grade Teacher Aide
Emily Spackman received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from BYU in 2002, then stayed home to raise and homeschool her six children. Two years ago, she returned to BYU to earn a Master’s Degree in Communications. She has done a myriad of odd jobs on the side over the years, but most recently has run her own home cleaning and organization business. She is excited to join the AHS family and brings her three youngest children along for the ride. Emily is originally from the beautiful state of Nebraska, but has now lived in Utah for more than half of her life. She will celebrate her 22nd wedding anniversary with her awesome husband, Andy, next month. Her hobbies include crocheting, reading, writing, and custom wreath design.
Soquel Stewart, Kindergarten Teacher Aide
Melissa Swingle, 7th Grade Mens Choir
Melissa is ecstatic to be joining the American Heritage team! She has a BA in Music Education from BYU-Idaho and has a Level I Orff Schulwerk certification. She served a mission in Long Beach, California before moving to Utah. Melissa started teaching music in Bluffdale 10 years ago and married her husband Todd that same year. They have two children and enjoy singing, making music, and dancing together as a family. After living in 3 other states, they’re happy to be moving back to Utah just in time for the new school year. Melissa has been a member of two professional choruses, the Utah Symphony Chorus and Nashville Symphony Chorus. She enjoys participating in musical theater when she gets a chance and likes to go on easy hikes with her family. Her choir-shaped heart is excited to be working with the students at AHA.
Ted York, Photography Teacher
Ted York, the son of a military officer, grew up all over the United States. After receiving a BA at BYU he, like his father, entered Air Force undergraduate pilot training. After eight years of flying for the military, Ted went to work for Delta Air Lines as a pilot. He eventually retired from flying and decided to start his own business doing portrait photography and has worked as a photographer for the last 16 years. He joined the Intermountain Professional Photographers Association (IPPA) which led to membership in the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). He is a PPA Certified Professional Photographer and achieved the PPA Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman. He is also a member of the American Society of Photographers. He served as the IPPA president in 2018 after several years on the Board of Directors. He currently serves as a liaison for the PPA’s certification program, proctoring exams to Utah photographers working to achieve their own certification. It’s been a dream to teach photography to high school students and is happy for this opportunity to teach at American Heritage School. Ted has been a resident of Alpine for over 26 years. He and his wife raised eight children and now have 17 grandchildren.
Sarah Ziegenfelder, 1st Grade Teacher Aide
Rachel Davis, AHS Worldwide K-8 Language Arts Project Manager
Rachel Davis came to American Heritage with seven years of teaching experience in several private and public schools in Utah and Idaho. She has taught at American Heritage the past three years and worked as a K-3 Department Chair alongside the Vice Principal. Rachel is from Riverton, Utah and is the middle child of six siblings. She has always had a passion for education and loves learning. She attended Brigham Young University-Idaho and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Rachel has also worked as an office manager, secretary to the President of Brigham Young University-Idaho, event planner, and created curriculum for the classroom and dental offices. She enjoys working at American Heritage and feels blessed to be at an inspiring and faith-based institution. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband!
Kristen Jansen, AHS Worldwide Marketing Manager
Kristen came to American Heritage School as a Utah transplant. Kristen was born and raised in central Texas and is the oldest of two children. She attended Texas Tech University and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing. Kristen has experience in the financial sector, event management, content creation, teaching, and small business ownership. She comes from multi-generations of educators, who have influenced her love of learning and enterprising work ethic. She is the mother of three daughters and one son, who all attend American Heritage School, at the American Fork campus. Kristen’s passions include hiking, photography, traveling, and being with her family and dogs. She especially loves helping youth “learn to lead” and providing them opportunities to fulfill their potential. Kristen values her association with such an inspiring and faith-based academic institution as AHS.
Kerry Nielsen, AHS Worldwide K-8 Math Project Manager
Teaching a variety of age groups has been Kerry’s experience for the last 20 years. She has been at American Heritage for 8 years (as of 2021) and has taught several different grades including 2nd through 6th. She has also been in several different positions such as Reading Intervention and Admissions. As well, she has overseen areas such as the Advanced Math Placement Program and Elementary Curriculum/Instruction. She feels that all of these roles have prepared her for her most recent position at American Heritage Worldwide as the K-8 Math Curriculum Project Manager. She loves the mission of American Heritage and the diversified experience she has received there. Kerry and her husband, Ryan, have three children and two sons-in-laws. She lives in Cedar Hills and enjoys hiking in the surrounding mountains near her home. Kerry also loves to bake anything sweet!