Junior High Teachers

Erica Robinson
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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!

James Nelson
Social Studies/Geo
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I came to love the profession of teacher over my years in school. I had many wonderful teachers, who helped me through the best and worst of times. I hope to be the same kind of teacher to my students. I believe everyone has something to contribute and I am looking forward to coming to know my students. I am excited to see them develop and learn. I graduated from Utah State University with a social studies composite bachelor's degree. I am married to the love of my life and we have a precious little daughter. She is really cute! I enjoy gardening, raising chickens, sports, and doing anything with my family. I am looking forward to the opportunity of teaching! Educational Philosophy I believe that the most important purpose of education is to first teach good character. I believe that this is done by first being an example to my students. Second that is taught through classroom expectations. I firmly believe that a student who has graduated but has not learned that it is unacceptable to cheat, lie, and treat others poorly has not been properly educated. Without learning good Character traits students are not truly ready to become adults. As a social studies teacher I am a firm believer that students need to understand the purpose for, and function of their government. I plan to help my students learn how their government works and the rights it affords them. I am a firm believer that in order to have a well-functioning democracy we need a well-educated citizenry. I plan to accomplish this in my class. I believe that the classroom should teach life skills. I think that students should be taught to regularly attend school, to be on time, to work hard, and to show respect for themselves and others. If students do not learn these skills, I believe they will find life outside of school to be very difficult for them. I believe in learning projects. Some of the most informative, memorable, and beneficial things I have ever done in school came in the form of projects. For example, I remain indebted to the teacher that had me interview my great grandfather about his life, he has since passed away. The interview transcript that was at the time a hassle has now become one of my great treasures. I believe that my projects need to have a purpose and necessitate meaningful learning. I am a firm believer in letting students retry things as many times as it takes for them to succeed. In life when I fail, I try again, I hope to teach my students that as well. Furthermore, I do not want to teach them that once they fail at something, they should give up on it. In addition, I am not as concerned with them doing everything right the first time as I am concerned with them learning to do it right. I believe in getting up and trying again when failure occurs.

Sandra Arslanian
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Lechuzas ¿Como est'n? Me llamo Sandra Arslanian, however I'm better known as "Señora 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. Vámonos!

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 fifth year in the Scholar Academy Junior High Computer Lab. 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!

Angelique Waltzing
Language Arts
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I was born in Langen, Germany and spent much of my childhood there. I graduated High School from John R. Rogers High School in Puyallup, Washington. I moved to Utah for college and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelors of Arts in English. I have also completed a Master's of Education Program with the University of Phoenix. My hobbies are many and varied, though LEGO is a primary passion of mine.
I have been teaching since 2008 and look forward to every year I can help students grow in their skills.

Shannon Proctor
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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.