Originally from Wyoming, Mark has been teaching English in the Czech Republic and the United States almost continuously since 1996, except for working three years as a newspaper reporter. He received his B.A. in international studies from the University of Denver and his M.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado. He has taught in both the public schools and at the college level. Mark enjoys the outdoors in all types of weather, as well as music, reading, writing, and spending time with his family.
Sam Dunn holds BAs in History and Scandinavian Studies from UCLA and an M.F.A. in Theater-Film from the University of Utah. He was a law student. He is a filmmaker and he works for the Sundance Film Festival. He has taught courses for the University of Utah's Department of Film and Media Arts since 1992 and he has taught courses for the University of Utah's Honors College since 2010. He speaks Swedish fluently and he reads all of the Germanic languages, including Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon. Sam enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, and movies.
Stephen Lobo has been teaching math and science for over ten years as a teaching assistant, a tutor, and an adjunct instructor at a private high school for gifted students. Steve previously was an instructor for a nationally recognized private ACT preparation company. He currently works in research and development for a local pharmaceutical company.
Kate Nance graduated from Westminster College with a BS and University of California, Hastings College of the Law with a JD. She was a Senior Production Editor for Hastings Law Journal, and externed for Judges Jensen and Spero in the federal district court for the Northern District of California. Upon graduation, she clerked for Judge Lloyd, also in the Northern District of California. She loves traveling, cooking, and hiking with her three children.
By day, Julie Jensen Nelson is an appellate attorney at the boutique law firm, Zimmerman Jones Booher LLC. Evenings and weekends, she teaches preparatory courses in LSAT, GMAT, and GRE. She has also taught ACT and SAT. She started teaching these classes at Kaplan, and moved to Continuing Education in 2003. Julie earned an Honors BA in English Literature from the University of Utah and was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa in 1999. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Utah in 2003. After law school, she clerked for four judges at the Utah Supreme Court and Utah Court of Appeals. She has two rambunctious but adorable sons, one rambunctious but adorable dog, and a very patient husband. The #1 item on her bucket list is to visit all 50 states before she turns 50.
Jeanette Pack graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelors degree in Mathematics. She is passionate about teaching math to students of all ages and enjoys her work at Olympus Jr. High as well as the U. Jeanette loves reading, hiking, leisure bike rides, and dark chocolate in any form.
Jeff Young graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Economics and a Minor in Spanish in 2010, then going to work abroad in southern Spain for a travel and tourism website. He later returned to Utah and finished his Masters in Economics in 2014, also from the University of Utah. He currently works in data analytics for the University of Utah Healthcare. He enjoys reading and spending free time with his wife and daughter, preferable outdoors.