Sandy Shepard
School Director

I was born and raised in Southern California and knew I would become an educator when I was very young. My father served on a board of education for 12 years, so I was very involved in the organization of schools. I moved to Utah to attend college on a Future Teachers of America scholarship in Provo and graduated from BYU in Elementary Education with a minor in Child Development. I began my teaching career in Salt Lake City as one of the first teacher interns and met my husband, Jonathan that fall. I taught in Jordan School District for several years and then moved to Tooele, where we have raised our five children. Our family lives throughout the county and with our children and grandchildren we enjoys sports, camping, fishing, and boating and I also love theater and traveling.

I received my master’s degree and administrative endorsement from Utah State University. As a two -time Tooele County Teacher of The Year, I moved into administration from teaching to create learning environments for students that offer the best education possible. During my career I have been a teacher, reading specialist, principal of a large high school, junior high, alternative high school and elementary charter school. I worked in Salt Lake, Jordan and Tooele Districts and moved to charters in 2007 as principal of Wasatch Peak Academy in North Salt Lake. In Tooele I served as Director of Elementary Education, ESL and Gifted and Talented Education. I also obtained my ESL endorsement. I coordinated 15 elementary school sites and developed strong mentoring and Performance-Pay programs through impressive state and federal grant programs throughout my career.

I have an extensive background in educational programs and practices and bring with me valued educational experiences with children of all ages. I took a charter administrative position at Wasatch Peak in North Salt Lake City because I believed in the mission of charter schools. I believe parents should have choices and be a part of the decision- making process in their child’s education. I have incorporated our goals to teach students service learning and a second language while providing a rich learning experience with a strong educational community. I took Wasatch Peak from a good to great school, earning an "A" grade from the Utah State Legislature in 2012-13.

I like to have fun with students and believe academics should be engaging and challenging. I want them to laugh and sing and learn about our country and civic duty through service. I believe in a balanced approach of teaching strong academics, character education and citizenship. I want students to problem solve and use technology. I expect them to behave appropriately and attend school regularly. I have hired and lead a staff of caring and educated individuals. It is hard to believe we are beginning our 6th year at Scholar. We have gone from 350 students to well over 700, adding a new junior high in 2018/19. I simply love what I do and hope that all of you will enjoy our journey together as we educate your children!

Traelle Gailey
Assistant Principal

Hello! My name is Traelle Gailey. I have been teaching since 2005 and during that time I have taught second grade, and fifth grade. I have taught at a charter school my whole teaching career and truly believe in the missions of charter schools.

I grew up in Reno, Nevada and moved to Utah in 1997. I graduated from Bonneville High in 1999, and subsequently graduated from Weber State University in 2005 with a Bachelors. I then received a Master's in Education from the University of Phoenix, as well as an administrative and principal licensure. I have been actively engaged in learning as much as I can in the education realm. I have attended numerous trainings; such as; Love and Logic, Singapore Math, Core Academy, Step up to Writing, and My Math to name a few.

My husband and I have been married for 10 years and together we have 5 children. Some of my hobbies include; cooking, gardening, reading, camping, and hiking. I also love spending time with my family, both immediate and extended.

I love teaching! It is a passion of mine and I don't believe there is any other job I would love more than being in a school, and making a difference. I am excited each year to meet new students and parents and work to make learning engaging and fun!

Traelle Gailey
School counselor

Hello, I am Mary Murphy and I am excited to counsel Scholar Academy students as they transition out of the elementary level and into the secondary level of their education! I obtained a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in Home Economics Education and taught at a 7-12 grade school for three years. I completed my master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Utah and have spent the last 30 years working as a school counselor in Tooele County.

During my career I received several awards including. School Counselor of the Year for the State of Utah from the Utah School Counselors Association (USCA) and the Planning for Life Award for the State of Utah from the US Army. I was elected by school counselors across Utah to be the Secondary Level Vice President of USCA. I served in that position for 3 years and then I was appointed Executive Assistant for USCA and served for 2 more years in that capacity. I am eager to collaborate with the students, parents and staff at Scholar to create an exemplary Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program. The goal of the program is to help to set your students on the pathway to a successful high school and college experience and eventually happy life and great career.

I love to read, cook, spend time with my beautiful grandchildren, have fun outdoors, play puzzle games and create. My next adventure will be learning how to work with stained glass. I am excited to start this new chapter in my life working with all the great people at Scholar Academy!