Heather Ferguson

Special Education Leader

Heather grew up in Sandy, Utah in a family of seven children where she had many opportunities to nurture her younger siblings.  She realized at a young age that she loved children and wanted a career in education.


After spending her elementary years in speech therapy for stuttering and overcoming her immense shyness, Heather decided to pursue a degree in communication disorders.  Heather received a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Utah in Speech and hearing science. After graduating, she served a mission for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She then attended graduate school at the University of Nebraska, receiving a Masters of Science in speech pathology. 

Heather has worked for over 20 years in Nebraska, Arizona, and Utah public schools.  She started working at Promontory in 2012 when the doors opened and has loved her role at Promontory! She is passionate about helping children find their strengths and learn to love themselves.  She sees herself as a living example of someone who turned her own weaknesses into strengths.  

When Heather is not at Promontory she loves to spend time with her husband and children. They enjoy boating, hiking, going to Utes games and Giants games. She enjoys spending time in the kitchen; homemade bread is her specialty.  She can always get lost in a good book, and she loves to quilt.

Heather’s motto for life is:

 “Day by day in each and every way, you’re getting better and better”.

Michelle Newton

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

Colby Earl

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.”

Brandon Straw

Special Education Teacher

Brandon was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado. He graduated from Colorado Mesa University in 2009 with a teaching degree in secondary education.  His first teaching experience was unique as he taught high school social studies at a school where he attended high school.


Upon moving to Utah in 2015, Brandon taught middle school history before switching to special education and joining Promontory School.

What attracted Brandon to Promontory, and what has been the most awesome part so far, is the hands-on approach to learning.  Getting out into the community to learn, creating things in the classroom, and becoming active citizens is a fantastic way for all to learn.  He says the students at Promontory have been wonderful and extremely friendly.

In his free time Brandon enjoys being outside camping, hiking, skiing, and just enjoying the world around us.  If he's not in the mountains, he enjoys traveling, whether it be internationally or domestically.


Brandon's favorite quote by Henry David Thoreau, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation,” forms the basis for his desire to be active, ever learning, and exploring the beauty around us.

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Phone: 435-919-1900

Fax: 435-919-1902

Email: office@promontoryschool.org

M,T,Th,F:  8 am - 3:30 pm

Wednesday: 8 am - 2:00 pm

1051 W 2700 S

Perry, UT 84302

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