Damon Andreasen (aka Mr. A) was born and raised in southeast Idaho. He started teaching his junior year of high school when he and his brother opened their own karate studio.
After high school he worked at an outdoor youth ranch at Ricks College. He earned undergraduate degrees in recreation education and elementary education, and has his master’s degree in social work. He taught 5th grade before working in community mental health where he focused on working with youth and families in foster care.
Mr. A finally realized a life-long dream when he saw the Cubs win a world series! He has an amazing wife, 4 kids, 2 dogs and 2 chickens – as well as an amazing ability to call down the worst weather Utah has ever seen every time he goes on a school overnight fieldwork.
Distance Learning Teacher
For as long as he can remember, Ian Kelly has always loved learning. The pursuit and diffusion of knowledge led to his career as an educator. He loves working with kids, and believes that well-educated youth will contribute to a sustainable future for planet earth.
Ian grew up in a small town outside San Antonio, TX called Castroville. Family and friends in the Pacific Northwest convinced him to visit, and the temperate weather and large trees were a relief from the scorching Texas sun. He ended up moving near Seattle, WA where he studied writing at Central Washington University. He went on to earn a master’s degree in teaching and has been truly enjoying the field!
Ian's hobbies include guitar, recording/producing music, skateboarding, reading, hiking, cycling, and spending time with his wife and baby girl.
Ian is thrilled to have been brought on to the Promontory team. Expeditionary Learning allows students to take responsibility for their academics and engages them in a hands-on setting. He is honored and excited to be able to implement these groundbreaking pedagogical strategies at Promontory.
Nathan West started playing violin as a Suzuki student at age 6 and performed regularly in his community. After two years of church service, he attended Brigham Young University-Idaho,
receiving a Bachelor of Music Arts, String Emphasis degree, followed by a Master of Music,Violin performance degree from the University of Utah. At both institutions he was in the regular
rotation of top players in orchestras and small ensembles. Nathan supplemented his education with pursuits of Baroque performance practice and orchestral conducting.
Nathan has always enjoyed entertaining people of all ages and cultures with music and showmanship. He has performed solo recitals and in ensembles around the mid-West and
several times in Europe. He has found great joy, strength, and assurance in classical music throughout his life, and he now enjoys teaching the history, skills, musicianship and
performance practice to a new generation of musicians.
Heather Williams is a life-long singer and lover of music. She began singing with her grandfather as soon as she could stand next to him on a stage. Her experience and love grew while participating in “Music Company” (a children’s choir in Brigham City) and singing her way through junior high and high school. She went on to study vocal performance/pedagogy at both BYU and Utah State University, where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in 1995 with a double major in Family and Human Development.
Heather has taught private vocal instruction for 30 years. She has directed/taught a successful children’s performing choir for 12 years in both Orem and Brigham City. She has taught children from ages 3 to 53 and loves teaching all ages! She has been a preschool teacher specializing in music, a music consultant for elementary schools, a co-director of TaVaci Trios and Teens groups, a middle school choir director, and substitute Women’s Choir director at USU. She loves sharing her love of singing with her four musical children and her music-loving (and very supportive) husband.
One of her favorite things about teaching music at Promontory School is that she gets to share her love of music with ALL ages of students, from Kindergarten age through 8th grade. Music is the ultimate expedition. From the study of music, we learn about ourselves, other people, beauty, science, math, language, movement, and more!
“Music can change the world because it can change people.” ― Bono
The art bug hit Jenn Dabb, AKA Ms. Jenn, at the young age of two when she found several gallons of paint in her grandpa's garage and used it to make his green car "pretty." A few months later she also painted her aunt's new linoleum floor. Following this incident, her parents decided to get her an art set to minimize the "beautifuciation" of relatives' property. She has never been without art supplies since.
After high school, Jenn decided to combine her love of art and love of being outside by getting a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture and environmental planning. Following graduation she worked as a landscape architect for a firm in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She enjoyed designing and building landscapes for homeowners, schools, corporate businesses, and even the military.
In 2013 Jenn and her son moved to Utah where she received her masters in art education and began teaching at Promontory School. Expeditionary Learning was a perfect fit for Ms. Jenn because she is a hands-on learner and feels that through this kind of learning, students will have a deeper understanding of content and the world around them.
One of Jenn's favorite quotes is: "Never let anyone tell you no that doesn't have the power to say yes." Eleanor Roosevelt