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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.
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.
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, and in addition to teaching, works with the community organizations Nurture the Creative Mind, Ogden Arts Festival, and We Grow Art. Ericka is a passionate creator first, adventurer second and friend of animals everywhere third (unless they are snakes). Ericka is a Utah local with a love for creating experiences for others to unleash their inner talents while having fun and bonding with others. With a laugh that fills the room like sunshine, Ericka uses her knowledge from her Bachelors of Art Degree to lead instruction in innovative ways. In her free time, Ericka enjoys adventures with her French Bulldog, Goose.
Grant, a Utah native, and passionate about all things science, received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Weber State University in 2018. After receiving his degree, he worked for a time as an organic chemist. His passion for science is not limited to the laboratory and classroom setting. Through Grant’s education and work experience, he has found that a deeper understanding of science leads to a greater appreciation of day-to-day life. Grant is passionate about educating youth about the importance of taking care of their community and planet, and he shares his enthusiasm with students about why science is so important to making informed decisions for our shared future. Grant likes to spend most of his free time outdoors whether it be hiking with his highly energetic dog, Duke, or Slack lining at the local park.
Eldon is a native of Cache Valley Utah and a graduate of Utah State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in History with minors in Geography and Russian. He has had many experiences teaching in his community and in Russia. While teaching, Eldon enjoys seeing the progress students can achieve and the growth that happens over time. In his spare time, Eldon enjoys all sports, hiking, biking and being out in nature.