Boyd brings over 25 years experience in teaching mathematics and coaching athletics at both the Middle and High School levels. As a Coach and Athletic Director of team and individual sports, his athletes and teams won multiple state championships. In his responsibilities He has also developed curriculum at both the School as well as District levels. As the Principal here at Ashcreek Academy, Boyd fosters a welcoming learning environment, where students can build confidence in their educational skills and achieve the best outcomes. He encourages his teachers and staff to develop a strong rapport with students and their families to encourage a lifelong commitment to learning. Boyd received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education degrees from Southern Utah University, where he also received his Administrative License in Education and Human Development. Boyd and his wife are the proud parents of six children.
Individual & Team Sports Coach – cross country running, track & field
Annette Apple – Academic Coordinator
Annette brings over 15 years experience working with youth in residential treatment centers in Utah and Arizona as an Administrator, Registrar and Educational Coordinator. She also has experience teaching Theatre Arts classes in addition to her many other educational qualifications. As a Transition Living Coach for over 4 years, Annette gained valuable experience in intensive life skills coaching. Annette has a Liberal Arts Degree and has also received certification in Business/Management. As the Registrar/Academic Coordinator here at Ashcreek Ranch Academy, she coordinates and evaluates incoming student’s educational needs. Annette also coordinates outgoing student transition to secondary and collegiate schools, including advising students on next steps in their academic careers. She also coordinates the Independent Studies program at ARA, which involves collegiate and on-line curriculum. Annette and her husband are the proud parents of a daughter and three grand-children.
Jeff Lewis – World History, US Government, P.E., Economics
Jeff brings over 20 years experience working within the educational environment, both as a Teacher and Administrative Consultant (in primary, secondary as well as higher education). Jeff holds science degrees from Dixie State University and Southern Utah University, and has performed graduate work at Arizona State University. In the 90’s, he founded and managed a software licensing company that focused on the national educational marketplace (both K-12 as well as Higher Ed). Jeff has also trained and conducted workshops nationally, within the academic arena, for companies such as Microsoft, Apple Computer, Adobe, and Sony Digital Studios to audiences ranging from a few dozen to over a thousand. Along with this experience working with youth at residential treatment centers, Jeff also brings experience working with youth in local development and empowerment programs (Boy Scouts of America, 4-H, Youth Little League, American Legion, etc.). Jeff also holds national licenses in several sports, including soccer (US Soccer Federation) and Tennis (USTA) and has coached individuals and teams in both sports (school and club). Jeff and his Wife, Rachel, are the proud parents of three children.
Individual & Team Sports Coach – soccer, tennis, baseball
Kevin Pedersen – Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus
Kevin is one of six children (4 boys, 2 girls). As a child, he lived all over the west in almost every state as his father’s job moved the family about frequently. Kevin graduated from high school in a small town near Boise. After a semester of college in Rexburg, he served an LDS mission to Colombia. When he returned, Kevin moved to Provo and enrolled at BYU, married Amby Withrow of Corvallis (OR) and graduated in 1988. Kevin and Amby have two daughters and have enjoyed spending time with relatives in Oregon, Idaho, and California. Kevin’s first fifteen years of teaching and coaching were spent in the Alpine School District, in northern Utah, where he taught at several schools at both the junior high and high school levels. When he graduated from the University of Utah in 2003 with his Master’s Degree, he moved to Winnemucca (NV) where he began his administrative career. A few years later, Kevin moved his family to southern Utah and and continued working at Canyon View HS, Hurricane HS, Hurricane Intermediate School, and Ashcreek Ranch Academy.
Rafael Chacon – Spanish, English
Rafael has over 30 years of work and teaching experience. He received his Master’s Degree at UCLA and his NAFTA Agreement at UQROO (Universidad de Quintana Roo, Mexico. He is fully bilingual and bicultural and he has over 30 years-experience in business, accounting and international and fiscal laws. He also has over 10 years experience teaching English and Spanish in Mexico at UQROO and in the United States. Rafael has taught and written curriculum for Business Administration and Law, Accounting and Finance, International Commerce, Spanish courses: both as first and second languages, English Courses: both as first and second languages, and Preparation for foreign students to pass the TOEFL exam. Rafael is currently in the process of being nationally and internationally certified in English and Spanish. Rafael enjoys writing colloquialism encyclopedias, singing in the St. George Heritage Choir, Directing his local church choir and performing for senior citizen centers.
John Mreno – Art Teacher
Shereene Rice, MA – Special Education, English
Trevor Gorton – Mathematics, English, Music
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