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.
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
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.