People

Faculty

Kindergarten

Ragen Chandler

Ragen Chandler

Teacher

I am very excited to be teaching at Wasatch Peak Academy! I have taught Kindergarten for seven years and am excited for all do the fun things we will be learning and achieving this year! I grew up in Layton, but I currently reside in North Salt Lake with my husband, our sweet baby boy, cat and dog! We love Disney at our home. I am also a Harry Potter nerd, and am a big fan of the dancing violinist, Lindsey Stirling. As a teacher, I love reading stories to my students. It’s always fun to see the joy on their faces when they learn something new! I’m excited to help all of my students grow this year!

Kylee Hansen

Kylee Hansen

Teacher

Kylee Hansen looks forward to teaching the people of the future. She is excited to help her students feel loved and welcome in her classroom. She is excited to provide the best education for each and all of her students.

1st Grade

Abby Hansen

Teacher

Abby has been teaching first grade at WPA since 2018. It is the best school to teach at! The families and students are so welcoming and kind to each other. Her goal is to make her classroom a place where students feel comfortable and enjoy learning. She received her bachelor's degree at the University of Utah. Go Utes! When Abby isn't at school, she loves to read and spend time with friends and family. Abby loves Disney and Disneyland is her favorite place to vacation!

Michelle Kemp

Teacher

Michelle has been teaching first grade at Wasatch Peak Academy since 2016. She loves the supportive WPA community, families, and staff.

Missy Davis

Teacher

Missy began her journey here at Wasatch Peak being a TA in the Kindergarten classroom 5 years ago. Last year she took on the teaching role and jumped in to teach our afternoon Kindergarten class and thoroughly loved it.

2nd Grade

Rylee John

Rylee John

Teacher

Rylee John is an enthusiastic and supportive teacher! Rylee was born and raised in North Ogden, Utah. She grew up loving all sports and has always loved to be around her family and friends. When she’s not prepping for her second-grade class, Rylee is either relaxing on the couch while watching a movie or exploring new areas in the world we live in today. The 2023-2024 school year will be her third full year teaching, and she loves being apart of Wasatch Peak Academy! She began her journey in 2017 at Westminster College. Rylee had the opportunity to teach full-time while also completing her student teaching in January 2021. She then graduated in May 2021 with her Elementary Education Major with two Special Education minors. Go Griffins!

Melinda Abel

Melinda Abel

Teacher

Macey Roberts

Macey Roberts

Teacher

Macey Roberts fell in love with teaching when she first came to WPA as an intern and was a long-term sub for third grade. Second grade is where the love for teaching blossomed. She wants all of her students to feel loved and appreciated, and to help them reach their full potential. Macey is from Chattanooga, TN and she came to Utah in 2016 to earn her college degree and compete on the University of Utah Gymnastics team. She loves hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with her family and pups.

3rd Grade

Angie Thor

Teacher

Angie Thor (formerly Rohr) started teaching a WPA in 2017 and has loved everything about it! She has endorsements in mathematics, English as a second language, and gifted and talented. She earned her undergraduate degree in mild/moderate special education at the University of Utah and her Master's Degree in Elementary Education at Utah State University. She has experience in teaching K-9th grade students of all abilities. Her favorite grades to teach are 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, with 3rd being her very favorite.

Jenni Rotmans

Jenni Rotmans

Teacher

Jenni Rotmans has loved working and subbing at WPA.  Jenni Rotmans received her undergraduate degree in English with a minor in Sociology from the University of Oregon. She moved from Southern California to Utah with her husband Rick and son in 2019.  She enjoys hiking with her family,  paddle boarding around all the beautiful places in Utah, and spending time in her garden with her cats and dog Ginger.

Mike Man

Mike Man

Teacher

Emily Hunsaker

Emily Hunsaker

Teacher

Emily Hunsaker first fell in love with Wasatch Peak Academy while volunteering in her own children’s classrooms many years ago. Since then, she has worked as a TA and then finally jumped into teaching in 2021. She loves helping her students feel excited about learning and hopes that they all feel happy and safe at school. When she’s not at school, she loves spending time with her family hiking, reading, scuba diving and traveling to new places.

4th Grade

Heather Chance

Heather Chance

Teacher

Heather chance is determined and excited about teaching. She wants all her students to feel loved, cared for, respected and safe at school. She taught 2nd grade for 4 years at WPA and is excited to teach 4th grade. She wanted to be a teacher since she was 5 years old. She made a classroom in her parents’ basement with her brother. She never let go of her dream of teaching and knew that it would come true. She worked on her degree while being a stay-at-home mom. She loves working with children and watching them grow as individuals. Mrs. Chance and her husband live in Centerville with their four children. They love being with family and baking delicious food.

Emily Bodecker

Emily Bodecker

Teacher

Emily Bodecker is very excited to be  teaching at Wasatch Peak Academy and teaching fourth grade. Her goal is that all students feel loved, accepted, safe, and appropriately challenged at school. Emily Bodecker is from upstate New York and graduated from SUNY Brockport in 2020 with her bachelor's in public health and dual certification in Childhood Education and Special Education. She moved to Utah shortly after graduating and taught second and third grade at another charter school.  In Miss Bodecker’s free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and exploring Utah.

Keylly Munoz

Keylly Munoz

Teacher

Ms. Munoz was a WPA student from 2008-2014. She is now back as a teacher and is dedicated to ensuring every student feels valued and supported in their educational journey. Ms. Munoz discovered her passion for teaching as a first-grade student at WPA and continues to grow her passion by teaching fourth grade! When she is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and doing creative projects.


5th Grade

Marilyn Smith

Teacher

Mrs. Smith has been involved with Wasatch Peak since it opened its doors in 2005! She’s experienced the wonderful, supportive WPA environment as a parent, T.A., and teacher, and couldn’t imagine a better place to teach. She is excited to be in 5th grade again this year.

Emily Schacht

Teacher

Mrs. Schacht knew she wanted to be a teacher since she was in 6th grade. Her teacher made a big impact on her life that year and from then on, she knew she wanted to make a difference in students’ lives. Mrs. Schacht looks forward to another wonderful year here at WPA.

Annie Spence

Teacher


Hey y'all! This is my second year teaching at Wasatch Peak Academy, and I am excited to join the 5th grade team this year. Last year, I had the joy of teaching 6th grade. Teaching is my passion, and I look forward to seeing all the growth and "a-ha" moments with students!  

6th Grade

Mary Parkinson

Teacher

Mary Parkinson began working at Wasatch Peak Academy in 2019. She believes that WPA is a wonderful school that has a strong team and is dedicated to serving the individual needs of each student.

Abby Payne

Abby Payne

Teacher

Mrs. Payne began her career at WPA as a teacher assistant to the amazing 5th grade team during the 2022-2023 school year. She loved the kids so much she thought she would stick around to teach all of them in sixth grade the following year! Included with several years of private tutoring experience Mrs. Payne has a current educator license with a level 4 Math Endorsement and a Bachelors degree in Mathematics Education from Brigham Young University. Aside from teaching she loves music, singing and dancing. Her husband, Scott, and her have three crazy fun kids who also attend WPA.    

Mariah Rojas

Mariah Rojas

Teacher

Mrs. Rojas loves education and LOVES children! She is passionate about helping students feel successful and is excited about her first-year teaching at Wasatch Peak. She is very impressed with the support and resources WPA offers both students and staff.

Emily Willmore

6th Grade

"My name is I'm Emily Wilmore, and I'm passionate about literature and literacy. My academic journey began at Utah State University, where I pursued a major in English alongside a minor in Music. Following my undergraduate studies, I ventured to Beijing, China, teaching English in a language immersion school for approximately two years.

Spanish Teachers

Hillary McChesney

Hillary McChesney

Spanish Teacher

Hola! I’m glad you’re here at WPA with me. I have loved Wasatch Peak since the moment we enrolled our 4 children here after homeschooling for 10 years. I’ve always been heavily involved in my children’s education and quickly got on the substitute list. When the opportunity arose to help with the school musical, I dramatically leapt at it and don’t plan on letting it go anytime soon. Now I have the absolute pleasure of teaching Spanish. I learned to speak this beautiful language at a Girl’s College in Toluca, Mexico. Every job I have ever had, I got because I speak Spanish. It truly is a passion of mine. When I’m not at school, you might find me on my farm with my husband and children, riding my horse, on the stage in a play or with my jazz band, baking or arranging flowers. The connections with children and teachers alike have been invaluable to me. I hope you love WPA as much as I do.  


Isabel Mendoza

Isabel Mendoza

Spanish Teacher

Elli Beal

Elli Beal

Spanish Teacher


¡Hola! With a passion for education that dates back to 1998 in South America, I initiated my journey as a teacher’s assistant in my youth and later transitioned to a teaching role. Over the years, I've had the privilege of teaching both adults and children of all ages. For the past 5 years, my focus has been on nurturing young minds as a bilingual preschool teacher. I strongly believe in the fundamental right of every child to receive a quality education, and I'm thrilled to be a part of the inspiring educational community at Wasatch Peak Academy.

Teacher Interns

Kaysie Polad

Kaysie Polad

Teacher Intern

Miss Polad is excited to be here at WPA! She is graduating with a bachelor's degree in education this spring and loves that this position allows her to see so many grade levels with the opportunity to student teach with the strong support system WPA offers. She cannot wait to grow alongside WPA's awesome students and have a fantastic year!

Physical Education

Randi Enriquez

P.E. Teacher

What I love about teaching at WPA is the students.  They are so much fun to teach.  They are funny, kind, and smart.  They make me laugh and want to get up everyday and go to work!!!!!!

Music

Julie Stoddard

Music Teacher

Music at Wasatch Peak Academy is an important part of each student's elementary experience. Students will learn basic instrumentation, notation and will develop choral skills through memorable songs and movement activities. Ms. Stoddard helps students develop a of love for music. That appreciation translates into academic success and better social skills.  

Library

Emily Hedges

Librarian

Hello! My name is Mrs. Emily and I am your librarian! I have worked at Wasatch Peak since 2020.

Specialists

Leslie Thompson

Reading Specialist

My 30 + years of teaching experiences have made me who I am today. I still love it and am excited to start a fabulous new year at WPA.

Jordan Sim

Reading Specialist

I'm a Utah local who studied history and foreign policy at the University of Utah, then took a turn from the Marines and research to teaching. Now at Wasatch Peak Academy, I'm excited to help kids love reading for life as the literacy specialist.

Alden Thorpe

Math Specialist

Mr. Thorpe has a passion for learning and taking on challenges! As an educator, he believes that we grow best by getting our hands dirty (literally or metaphorically) by using what we learn in real ways. He took a bit of a winding path to get to WPA, starting out studying astrophysics, then pursuing a career in martial arts before deciding that he wanted a real challenge - early childhood education. After graduating from the University of Utah, he taught in grades 1-3 at a Montessori charter school (where students called him Mr. Alden, so he may get confused sometimes). He then stepped into the roles of gifted and talented director and computer science specialist before coming to WPA as the math specialist. 



Teacher Mentor

Cami Hamblin

Teacher Mentor

In 2017 Cami Hamblin transitioned from being a classroom teacher to being a teacher mentor.  She loves her job helping new teachers!