Jan Whimpey, also known as Mrs. J, was born in Denver, Colorado and moved to New Mexico as a young child and then on to Pocatello, Idaho where she finished Jr. High and High School experiences. Since graduating from High School, she has lived in Utah. She has earned degrees from BYU, Weber, USU and SUU. After Jan started her degree at BYU, she married and since has had the amazing experience of raising 5 children. She graduated from BYU the year she was expecting twins--so fun!!!
An opportunity came along for Jan to support and implement the start of an educational program at McKay Dee Behavioral Health Institute. After five years of working with Psychologists, Therapists, Social Workers and School Transition Specialists across the Wasatch Front, Jan had the opportunity to work in the public educational system. All throughout her school years she has been involved
in the arts as a learner, performer, teacher, and supporter! She continues to be a huge advocate for all students and loves to see students succeed and then go on to fulfill their lifelong dreams.
When Jan is not teaching students, she continues to enjoy her children and grandchildren as well as gardening, cooking, and sewing. When feeling cooped up this past year, taking the razor up into the mountains to enjoy the snow and rivers was her go-to!!! Whoo-hoo!!! As a lifelong learner, she has continued to learn and support students by receiving her ESL Endorsement.
Special Education Teacher
Michelle Wilson was born in Merced, CA and her family moved to Morgan, UT when she was three years old. She grew up in Morgan spending many hours at the library and riding her bike. After high school she attended Southern Utah University where she earned her degree in education.
Michelle has lived in California, Utah, North Carolina, Nevada and Arizona. She moved back to Utah in 2015 and began teaching again. Michelle knew the moment she saw Promontory School's expeditionary learning model that this is where she wanted to teach.
Michelle has her white water crew permit and spends her summers guiding rafts and kayaks down the Weber river.
One of her favorite quotes is: "Not all who wander are lost." J.R.R. Tolkien
Special Education Teacher
Colby Earl was born and raised in Pleasant View, UT. Following high school he moved to Arizona where he worked as an airline mechanic for America West Airlines.
Colby served two years as an LDS missionary in Argentina and then returned to Utah where he met and married his wife Stacie. Together they have two children, a twenty-five year old daughter and a fifteen year old son who was adopted from the Marshall Islands.
Colby has owned a small business building children's playhouses for over 20 years. He has traveled to and built playhouses in almost every state in the country as well as shipped kits to several countries including Denmark, Italy, Mexico and Kuwait. During this time he took college classes when he could before finally deciding that he wanted to be a teacher.
Colby earned bachelor degrees in special education and elementary education from Western Governors University in January of 2017 and began teaching at Promontory the following month. Colby loves building things, reading, fly fishing and playing the guitar. He also loves teaching and the opportunity to work with kids. He believes that the most important thing that he can teach is the grit to keep trying even when things get hard. Winston Churchill said it best, “Never, never, never give up.”