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This new cohort is well-trained and brings a broad and deep experience to Waterford from around the country and right here in Utah.

This large incoming group of faculty is reflective of Waterford’s healthy and growing enrollment—ensuring high levels of teaching expertise and maintaining low student-faculty ratios. 

We look forward to welcoming these new colleagues to Waterford later this summer and to you meeting them at our Opening Family Brunch on August 27.

Lower School

Brittany Anderson – Lower School Class III

Concordia University, MA Education, Curriculum and Instruction
University of Utah, BA Mass Communications- Public Relations

Recent Teaching Experience:
Costa Mesa Middle/High School, 7-12th grade English Teacher
Frances Xavier Warde School, Preschool Teacher

Maddie Duke ’17 – Kindergarten Teacher

Brigham Young University, BS, Elementary Education

Recent Teaching Experience:
Golden Fields Elementary, 2nd Grade
Waterford School, Women’s HS Assistant Soccer Coach

Casey Robibero – PE Teacher 

University of New York College at Corland, BS, Education, Physical Education

Recent Teaching Experience:
Blue Mountain Union School, K-12 Physical Education Teacher
ConVal School District, PreK-12 Substitute Teacher

Mercedes Hale – Dance Teacher

University of Utah, BA, Mass Communications

Recent Teaching Experience:
Kaleidoscope Dance Studio, Dance Instructor
The Winner School, Dance Instructor

Kate James – PreK-3 Teacher

Brunel University, BA in Business Studies
Queen Anne’s School, 5 GCSEs and 3 Advanced Levels

Recent Professional Experience:
Waterford School, Teaching Assistant, PreK-3 & 4 
Zurich International School, Classroom Assistant

Abha Manchanda – PreK-4 Teacher

University of Toronto, Spanish Level I
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Masters in Social Work: Family and Child Welfare

Recent Professional Experience:
International Development Management

Melissa Paynter – PreK-4 Teacher

Utah Valley University, BS, Behavioral Science

Recent Teaching Experience:
Challenger, Preschool Teacher

Becky Modderman – Art Teacher

University of Utah, ME, Educational Leadership and Policy
Southern Utah University, BS, Elementary Education

Recent Teaching Experience:
Hillside Elementary School, 6th Grade English Teacher
Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson Elementary, Beverley Taylor Sorensen Visual Art Teacher

Debra Nichols – Class V Teacher

Southern Utah University, Gifted and Talented Endorsement
University of Utah, BS, Elementary Education

Recent Teaching Experience:
Eastwood Elementary School, 4th Grade Teacher
Canyons School District, 3rd Grade Teacher


Jeremy Furner – Latin

Latin University of Illinois, MA, Teaching

Recent Teaching Experience:
Barrington High School, Student Teacher
University of Illinois, Graduate Teaching Assistant and Instructor of Record

Ann Henriksen – Computer Science

University of Utah, Master of Statistics
University of Utah, BS, Mathematics

Recent Teaching Experience:
Joel P. Jensen, Math Department Chair
Entheos Academy, Math Specialist K-8 Teacher

Tanisha Shedden – School Counselor 

Northwest Nazarene University, MSW
Brigham Young University-Idaho, BS Marriage and Family Studies

Recent Teaching Experience:
Stewards of Recovery, Substance Abuse Counselor
Upper Valley Counseling and Resource Center, Clinical Intern

Jessie Lund – Math

University of Utah, Masters of Mathematics Teaching
University of Utah, BS, Mathematics

Recent Teaching Experience:
Olympus High School, Mathematics Teacher
Northern Utah Academy for Math, Mathematics Teacher

Geoff Gerber – English

Washington University School of Law, JD, Law
Brown School at Washington University, MSW, Urban Social Policy
The University of Chicago, BA, International Relations

Recent Teaching Experience:
The McGillis School, Interim Writing Teacher 6th & 7th Grade
Rowland Hall, Substitute Teacher 6th-12th Grade

Brock Mickelsen – Photography 

University of Montana, MFA, Studio Art
Black Hills State University, BS, Mass Communications

Recent Teaching Experience:
University of Montana, Visiting Professor of the Arts
University of Montana, Adjust Instructor

Stuart Owens – Science

Lancaster University, MA, Creative Writing
University of Portsmouth, BS, Marine Biology

Recent Teaching Experience:
WWF-UK, Education Research and Policy Officer
University of Portsmouth, Students’ Union, Insights Lead


Andrea Brault – Director of Development

Loyola University Chicago, MBA, Operations Management
University of Notre Dame, BA, Political Science
John Cabot University, Rome, Italy, Study Abroad

Recent Related Experience:
Loyola University Chicago, Director of Development for Strategy and Engagement
Quinlan School of Business, Director of Development

Alicia Kelly – College Counseling

Rocky Mountain University of Health Prof., MS, School Counseling
Western Governors University, MS, Curriculum and Instruction
University of Colorado, BA, Psychology

Recent Teaching Experience:
West High School, School Counselor
Utah College Advising Corp, College Access Advisor 


Susan Banks – Kindergarten Teacher
Tom Brennan – Math Department Chair
Camilo Castillo – Building Supervisor
Paula Getz – Lower School Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Ryan Judd – Associate Dean of Students for Student Life
Gus McGee – IT Associate Director
Nicole Miranda – Director of Admissions
Derick Rodgers – Director of Marketing & Communications
Abby Ross – Computer Science Department Chair
Ally Siegel – Middle and Upper School Outdoor Faculty/Tutor
Parker Swenson – MS/US Band/Percussion Teacher
Shannon Tatman – In-house Lower School Substitute
Nancy Woller – Liberal Arts Teaching Chair


Our faculty and staff are the core of Waterford School, they are the ones who ignite the passion and shape the character of our students, they play an integral part in inspiring our students towards lives filled with meaning and purpose. We are so grateful for the many invaluable and incredible contributions made by those faculty and staff members departing Waterford School—without their immeasurable efforts and devotion to the liberal arts, our school would not be the same wonderful place of inspiration and curiosity that we love so deeply. We thank them for their many years of service. 

Amanda Apple 
​Jean Applonie
Cindy Brandol – Retiring
Brenda Butcher
Eric Cox 
Barr Dolan
Travis Glennon
Kristen Jorgenson
Erin Knight – Retiring
Steve Manning – Retiring
Bernie Meyers – Retiring
Lori Qian

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