April Stoddart grew up in an adventurous family being the 10th of 11 children. She grew up in Utah and has lived in New York, Oregon and currently North Ogden with her husband and two kids.
April home schooled her two children for 15 years and taught 6 years in a local commonwealth school. She received her Bachelors of Science from Weber State University and is working on her Masters of Education at WGU. April taught at Maria Montessori and Capstone Classical Academy and is very excited to join the family here at Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning.
April loves to travel and learn about the world and cultures and what they have to teach us. She wants to share that love of learning with her students and feels that Expeditionary Learning gives children the tools to explore the wonders of the world and how we each can make a difference.
April says, “The idea of letting the child learn from his/her environment and the tools provided for exploration is key to why Expeditionary Learning resonates with me. I feel that education is more than what you find in books. It is learning to see the world around us, learning from it, and finding our place in it. It’s about learning how we have an affect upon each other as well as our surroundings. I believe that children are born with an innate curiosity and desire to learn. By providing various opportunities to explore the world around them, reading classical, living books and using hands-on tools as way of learning concepts, that innate curiosity and a love of learning is born.“
Kathy Jex was born in Beaver, Utah and has lived in UT, ID, CA, OR, and AL. She received an associates degree from Ricks College, a bachelorette degree from Utah State University in elementary education and has a level 2 math endorsement.
Kathy served an LDS mission in Portland, OR. She met her husband country dancing at Retrix Dance Hall, and 21 years later she has 4 children (1 boy and 3 girls). She spent 13 years in Alabama taking her children to swim meets and piano lessons. When she moved back to Utah, she wanted to go back to teaching.
In August of 2015 Kathy returned to teaching at Greenwood Charter School. After driving through snow storms and bad weather, she decided that she wanted to work closer to home. She was offered a job at Promontory School and she accepted it!!!
Kathy loves teaching expeditionary learning because she likes to dive deep into topics. Expeditionary learning allows students to discover through fieldwork and guest experts, hands-on activities, discussions, and reflections. She likes to empower children with the love of knowledge.
Kathy's greatest love is her family. She spends time with them reading, hiking, and going to the movies. Her favorite place to go is the beach and she loves digging her toes in the sand and seeing ocean wildlife.
1/2 Crew Teacher
Glenna Petersen grew up in Utah and was raised on a dairy farm. She lived her whole life here except for when she served a service mission in Kenya, Africa and taught at an International School in Bangkok, Thailand. She received her degrees at Utah State University in Elementary Education and Special Education. She was a founding member of Promontory School of Expeditionary Learning and taught here for 5 years.
Glenna LOVES teaching expeditions and feels that each child has a passion and love for learning. She makes it her purpose at school to find each child's and co-worker's strengths. She wants each child to see the real-world relevance in their studies and help them to know they can make a difference in the world both now as elementary students and as they grow up. She strives to create a climate of all voices being heard and respected.
Glenna grew up in a large family and has 5 children. She loves people, history, outdoors, adventures, and seeing the world through others eyes. Feel free to stop in and say hello to her!
"A good leader inspires other men and women with confidence. A great leader inspires them with confidence in themselves."
Reed B. Markham
1/2 Crew Teacher
Tamalyn Gerbich, AKA Ms. Tami, is blessed to be the mother of seven amazing children and has six grandchildren with two more on the way. She was born in Trenton, New Jersey but lived most of her childhood between Maine and Texas. She graduated from Groesbeck High School where she varsity lettered in soccer and cross country. Tami also loved music so she played trumpet from 6th grade all the way through college and was in many choirs throughout school and even as an adult.
Tami attended Tyler Junior College and earned a degree as a respiratory therapist which she practiced for 20 years, during which time she also became an EMT. Tami moved to Brigham City in 2002 where she stayed until four years ago when she and her children moved to North Ogden.
Tami wanted to become a teacher since 6th grade and decided three years ago to make that dream a reality. She graduated from Western Governor’s University by completing her bachelor’s degree in 2 years and 7 months. It was a tough road, but she remembered the words of her junior high teacher that always told her, “You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.” That determination to succeed is something Tami has worked to instill in her children.
The examples from teachers throughout her life who showed kindness and emotional support for her classes during tough times have given her the desire to be the teacher that can make a difference in her students’ lives by being someone that they can trust and rely on. She wants to help students have the tools to succeed in life and face any challenge with an attitude of “I can do hard things!” Tami believes students learn more from hands on, getting down in the dirt and being adventurous. If she can teach a child a fun way to learn that makes them want to engage and participate then she feels that she is living her dreams. She feels that learning is life long and that we learn when we venture out to try new things or when we read books that allow us to explore new concepts and show us new ways to improve.
Tami loves to do anything outdoors such as camping, hiking, swimming, skiing and especially jet skiing. She loves to cook, read, craft and create. Her favorite author is C.S. Lewis and she enjoys reading to her children and students to help them learn of the adventure in books. She is so excited to be part of Promontory and loves our school. She thinks the adventure and learning we do is AMAZING and has been so blessed to be part of that the last five years as a teacher’s aide and now as a 1/2 Crew Teacher. She looks forward to our new adventure this year.