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New Teacher Academy
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New Teacher Academy

Welcome to New Teacher Academy

Dual Immersion

Mission Statement

The New Teacher Academy exists to empower provisional teachers through instructional support and reflection of best practices to impact student learning.  

Career Technology Education

Dannel Porter

District Business CTE Specialist

I am beginning my 5th year of teaching. I teach business and marketing at American Fork High School, as well advise both the DECA and FBLA Clubs. I serve as the district Business Program Area Specialist, a Business/Marketing Collaborative Team Leader at AF High, member of the DECA Board of Directors and the UACTE Board. I’m also the MEG (Marketing Educators Group) President Elect, and I was the 2013 Marketing New Teacher of the Year. I’m passionate about helping new teachers because I remember what it was like to be one–to feel like I was flying by the seat of my pants and not knowing where to find answers. I also remember how it felt when someone helped me out and took me under their wing! A life saver in the rough ocean! I’m still always learning and I’m grateful for all those who have helped me survive the first years. I would love to help make something easier for someone new. I love what I do and I believe in my programs and I’d love to help spread the passion.

becky cox

Becky Cox

District FACS CTE Specialist

Becky Cox was born and raised in Orange County California. She attended BYU and received a BS degree in Home Economics Education (Family and Consumer Sciences-FACS). She began her teaching career at American Fork High School and then on to Lone Peak High School when it opened. A few years ago, Becky received her MS from USU. Becky currently serves as a classroom teacher, Department Chair, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Coordinator, FCCLA Adviser, Student Council Adviser and Family & Consumer Sciences Program Area Specialist for the Alpine District. She also serves on state and national boards for ACTE and NATFACS.

Becky loves teaching and is passionate about Family and Consumer Sciences and CTE. She is called upon frequently to present and share curriculum, classroom management techniques and other teaching techniques related to FACS and CTE. Because of her passion for FACS she loves to help others create strong and successful programs. She understands how this curriculum changes lives and she wants all students to have the opportunity to create better lives for themselves.

jay anderson

Jay Anderson

District Technology CTE Specialist

My educational background started at Ricks College with an associate degree in Broadcasting, then I attended BYU where I earned my bachelors degree in Technology Education. I am currently attending USU earning a masters degree. I was raised on a small farm in northern Utah. I grew up with a father who was a great mentor. On the farm, he taught using hands-on experience and education and that is what I love. I am a Technology & Engineering (shop) teacher and have just completed my tenth year teaching in the Alpine School District. I love to watch kids learn. Many times they struggle but when they get it and that “light clicks on” it is amazing! That is my favorite part of my job. That also transfers right over to mentoring. I will be honest with you. There will be days that you will struggle. That is what mentors are for. Call, text or email me and I am happy to help in any way. I have been there on the floor, fingers in the mouth, curled up in the fetal position, and not just my first year! Like many in our great district, I have had many veteran teachers who sat me down and showed me the ropes. I want to do that for you also.


Elaine Tucker

District Language Arts Specialist

Bio to follow

Steve Photo

Steve Jackson

District Math Specialist

I have been teaching math in Alpine School District for 29 years, first at Lakeridge Junior High School, then Mountain View High School, and most recently at Timpanogos High School. I started teaching, and continue to teach, because I love working with students and am passionate about mathematics. I believe knowledge and proficiency in mathematics helps us understand the world we live in and opens doors of opportunity for our students. I am nervous about teaching as every new year and every day begins; that’s a good thing because it keeps us always striving to do our best. I want to help you be the best math teacher you can be. Welcome to Alpine School District mathematics.

joan goulding

Joan Goulding

District P.E. Specialist

I am a Physical Educator! I will be starting my 14th year in Alpine District at Lehi Junior High School. I received my degree from BYU and started my professional career at West Lake Junior High in Granite District. After 25 years as a stay at home mom raising my 5 children I returned to the teaching profession in 2001. There is no greater profession in all the world than education. It is a marvelous opportunity to reach out to so many or possibly just the one who really needs you. I love the opportunity to share with new teachers what it means to be a professional educator. We have been given great opportunities as well as great responsibilities to nurture and educate the youth of today.

molly garfiield

Molly Garfield

District Health Specialist

Bio to follow


Ashley Russon

District Science Specialist

“Leave the beaten track occasionally and dive into the woods. Every time you do so, you will find something you have never seen before…” -Alexander G. Bell
I am currently in my 5th year with Alpine School District. I had the fantastic opportunity to learn with students in Earth science, 7th grade science and 8th grade health at the amazing Orem Junior High before coming to the district office last year. I grew up in a family who loved to be outside and I am sure that is where my love of science stemmed from. I was always wondering why things looked the way they did. I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology Education and a Health Education minor from the beautiful red rock country of Southern Utah University (Go T-Birds) where I was also a member of the Track and Field team. (the field part 🙂 I am currently pursuing a Masters of Middle School Science Teaching from the University of Utah. When I am not working with teachers I can usually be found doing something outside with my phenomenal husband. We love to hike, run, bike, camp, and play almost any sport. I love what I do and I especially love learning alongside new science teachers. Thank you for all the miracles you make happen each day in your classroom and I am excited to be on this journey with you.

matt embley

Matt Embley

District Social Studies Specialist

I have a wonderful wife and four kids. I have taught at Pleasant Grove High School for 6 years and currently teach German, US History, and AP Government. I am excited to work with the new teachers as it renews an enthusiasm for me each year. It is great to see excited and passionate individuals who bring new techniques and strategies that help me improve my own teaching. I love to teach. I love to see students develop a desire to learn and a passion to improve their lives. I loved to be challenged by my students and I love to challenge them as we journey through the year learning and growing together. Teaching allows me to create relationships that are mutually beneficial.

Anna Davis  

Anna Davis

District Visual Arts Specialist

Bio to follow

Sterling Keyes

District Performing Arts Specialist

Sterling Keyes currently serves as the Director of Choral Music and Department Chair of the Fine Arts at Orem High School where he has worked for the past seven years. Additionally Mr. Keyes serves as the Alpine School District Performing Arts Content Specialist. Mr. Keyes has received many honors as an outstanding educator including: 2013 Orem Summerfest Grand Marshall; 2013 Orem High PTA Golden Apple Outstanding Educator; and 2012 Alpine Foundation Accent on Excellence. Mr. Keyes graduated with his Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Brigham Young University in August of 2009. He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Brigham Young University in 2000. In addition to his obligations with the Orem Chorale and the Orem High Choirs, Mr. Keyes has sixteen private voice students. The Choirs at Orem High School have received many honors at Region and State Choir Festivals where they have received numerous Superior ratings. In addition to these honors, the OHS Choirs have received many Gold Awards at festivals across the nation. Prior to his work at Orem High School, Mr. Keyes worked at Granite High School and student taught locally at Timpanogos High School.

Beyond his academic and professional achievements Mr. Keyes is a devoted husband to his wife Amy, and five children: Michael (13), Joseph (11), Kaitlyn (8), Benjamin (6), and Ammon (3). They currently reside in Orem.

Jake Sigafus

Jake Sigafus

District World Language Specialist

Professional Biography