7th Grade Teachers



Erica Robinson
Science
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Hello! My name is Erica Robinson, and I am thrilled to be taking this adventure into junior high school with your children! I received my Bachelor?s degree in Agricultural Education from Utah State University. I have earned additional teaching endorsements in Environmental Science and Middle Level Science. Prior to joining the Scholar Academy team, I taught science at Tooele and Grantsville High Schools.

My husband and I have two amazing boys that both attend Scholar Academy. When I am not at school, I enjoy working on my family farm, gardening, and training barrel racing horses. I?m ready to help students gain a better understanding of the world around them through science exploration!



Courtney Harder
Social Studies/Geo
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Hello Scholar Academy families! My name is Courtney Harder. I grew up on a potato farm in Shelley, Idaho. I love the hard work ethic that farm life instilled in me. I have one older and one younger brother. I grew up loving water sports, because our farm is located on the Snake River. I enjoy ALL outdoor activities, especially skiing. I?m thrilled to be living so close to so many amazing ski resorts! I am entering into my fifth year of teaching. I received my B.S. degree in Education from the University of Idaho. While in college I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Alicante, Spain, where I learned Spanish and tutored English as a second language. I often get asked, ?why do you teach,? and my response is simple. I love it!!! Teaching is by far the most exciting and rewarding job I?ve ever had. I love this age group; they are full of energy and curiosity. I love introducing my students to new ideas and helping them form their own educated opinions about the world around them. I look forward to working with you and your child throughout this upcoming school year!



Sandra Arslanian
Spanish
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Lechuzas ?Como est?n? Me llamo Sandra Arslanian, however I?m better known as ?Se?ora A?. I was born in Dominican Republic and survived my teenage years in NYC, New York. This is my 7-year in education and my 5-year as the Spanish Department Chair at Scholar Academy. I love sharing with our students the beauty of being able to express themselves in another language and the wonders of the countries where the language is spoken. I received a B.A. in Communications from BYU-Idaho with an emphasis in Spanish. I am currently working in my APT Certification as well as Education Technology Endorsement. I?ve been married 7-years and have three wonderful kids. We live in Tooele since 2010. I love most things tech, cooking, baking, dancing, spending time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to our best year yet, full of opportunities to be creative, learn and try lots of new things. I hope you are ready for our journey. V?monos!



Lanette Sharp
k-8 Music/Theater
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Hi! My name is Lanette Sharp. I have lived in Utah my entire life. I currently live in West Valley, Utah with my daughter who is a Kindergarten TA at Scholar Academy. After graduating from Cottonwood High, I went to the University of Utah for two years. I transferred to Weber State University where I received my Bachelors and Masters in elementary education. I have a music minor in vocal performance, and a Level I Endorsement in Elementary Music. I was recognized in 2007 as Fine Arts Teacher of the Year in Utah. I also have written several textbooks for teachers to incorporate music in their classroom.
Three years ago, I retired from Weber School District after teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades for 30 years. I have been the music specialist at Wasatch Peak Academy for the past two years. I enjoy teaching children to love and appreciate the Fine Arts, especially music. I have had the wonderful opportunity for the past years to help my students write and perform original operas in the classroom. Through music, I have seen remarkable growth in children in their academics and self-esteem. Music is my passion and my motto is MUSIC ROCKS!! I am thrilled to be at Scholar Academy!



Todd Crane
K-8 Tech Instructor
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Hello! My name is Todd Crane. I am excited to start my third year in the Scholar Academy Computer Labs. I completed a Bachelor?s Degree in Information Technology at American Military University. I grew up in West Jordan and graduated from West Jordan High in 2001. My family had a small farm with chickens, ducks, goats, cows, horses, rabbits, and a vegetable garden. I served an LDS Mission to the Philippines where I learned to speak Cebuano, Illongo, Kinaray-a, and Capiz-non. I married in 2005 to my beautiful wife, Jessica, and have five energetic sons. I also dedicated nine years to the US Air Force, during that time I learned Korean, and spent 14 months in Afghanistan. I moved to Tooele on October 31 2015. Some of my hobbies are: fishing, cooking, making up new recipes, and camping with my family.



Maria Flores
k-8 PE/Health
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Good day, my name is Maria Flores and I am very excited to be Scholar Academy?s new Physical Education Specialist to help students stay active and healthy. I am blessed to be a mother of three wonderful boys (ages 9, 7, & 5). I joined the service (ARMY) back in 2004 (4-year term), and ever since I have been a very active veteran and love to maintain a healthy and fit life style. I earned my Associates of Arts in Psychology in 2011, and earned my bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2015. I moved to Utah in 2013 and started working for the school district in 2014. I have always volunteered at my children?s schools and realized how great it is to work with children. I had the opportunity to work at Northlake Elementary for two years as the English Learners Specialist, AmeriCorp, and as the P.E. Teacher. In addition, I had the opportunity to work very close to the school counsellor where I put my psychology skills to work. I love running, as it is a great stress relief for me. I have run from 5k?s to full marathons and earn several medals including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places throughout my running races. I cannot stress enough the benefits of being fit and eating well, as the human body was designed for activity. I am looking forward to motivate students, teachers, and parents to follow a healthy and active life style at Scholar Academy. Thank you, and have a Healthy Fit Fantastic Day!



Melody Barnett
Language Arts
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Hello! My name is Melody Barnett and I am thrilled to join the Scholar Academy team this year! I cannot wait to meet you and work with you to improve your writing, reading and communicating! 7th grade is an exciting time and one of my favorite age groups.
I have been a teacher for 10 years, and have taught English and Spanish in many places around the globe. I've been able to teach in a small village in Alaska, the big city of Las Vegas, in South America and most recently in Indonesia via the internet. I love to see students be successful. There is nothing like working hard and seeing improvement. I joy in it and I hope you do too! See you this fall.



Shannon Proctor
Math
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Hello! My name is Shannon Proctor and I am so excited to be part of the wonderful Scholar Academy team. I have always wanted to be a teacher and I have a passion for working with the young people in our community. It is my goal to help my students become math scholars, to guide them to think critically and to persevere in problem solving. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Teaching from the University of Utah. I did not begin teaching right away and instead spent ten years in retail management where I found hundreds of real life applications of the math I wanted to teach. My passion for teaching never dwindled and I finally followed my dreams and began teaching in 2014. I taught math at Tooele High School for four years before joining the Scholar Academy team. I married my high school sweetheart and together we have two boys who attend Scholar Academy. I have a variety of hobbies including reading, sewing, camping, running, yoga, baking, and Netflix binging. I love math and science and technology and Doctor Who and Harry Potter. I’m a self-proclaimed nerd and proud of it! I hope to bring out the inner nerd in each of my students this year at Scholar Academy.



Cynthia Spencer
CTE/CCA
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Hello, I am Mrs. Spencer. I have my dream job! I am the new 7th grade College and Career Awareness teacher. My hope is to help our students figure out their dream jobs and what they need to make that a reality. I graduated from BYU with a Bachelors of Science in Family Life and Home Economics in 2002. For me, cooking and sewing is actually relaxing. I also find joy in documenting life through pictures and stories. I spend my free time compiling pictures and writing stories for family history books. My greatest adventure is being a wife and a mother of 2 children. My favorite time at Scholar Academy has been a volunteer teaching either art or literacy crafts in my children’s homeroom classes.