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BOBBY CODY Hailing from the deep south, Bobby has worked as an artist and writer for over twenty-four years. He has been working as an educator since 2006, teaching art, theatre and film in Salt Lake high schools and with the University of Utah's Youth Education program. He is currently working in theatre as a director and writer for local production companies.
MORGAN CROSS Morgan Taylor grew up loving stories and words and how entire worlds can be built with just a pen and paper. She has been teaching for the last ten years and has written poetry and stories her entire life. Writing, and more specifically teaching about writing, is her passion, but she also loves climbing, hiking, and fishing with her boyfriend, Emerson.
RICHARD JORGENSEN Richard Jorgensen is a Solar Power Electrician for Titan Solar Power, however biology is his passion. Before the Pandemic Richard Worked for the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium where he would educate guests on the plants and animals that call the aquarium home. Richard is a passionate fly fisherman and uses his hobby as a chance to study the fish he catches. He is married to a beautiful woman named Megan Jorgensen and is the oldest of over 30 grandchildren. He loves teaching children and sharing his enthusiasm for biology with them. He sees them as the worlds future and wants to share his love of biology with them. In the hopes that they will learn to love and care for the plants and animals that we share the world with, as he does.
KATIE LAWSON Katie spent eight years working on organic vegetable farms in Oregon, Georgia, Maine, and Utah. She started studying and growing fungi in 2016, and has since made it the focus of her agricultural efforts. She loves teaching workshops and introducing people to the fascinating world of mycology.
"Katie was fantastic with all her nerdy mushroom knowledge. I learned so much in this class and look forward to taking other classes from her." -Anne C.
"It's a joy to learn from someone as passionate as Katie. She geeks out over mycology and it makes the content engaging, interesting, and fun!" -Michelle M.
JEANETTE PACK Jeanette Pack is enthusiastic about teaching math to students of all ages. She completed her undergraduate degree in math education and then received a Masterâ€™s degree in statistics and econometrics from the University of Utah. Over the last 20 years, Jeanette has taught math at the Jr. High and High School levels, tutored veterans at SLCC, and worked with students at Mathnasium. Her teaching career with Continuing Education began in 2003, teaching Math 1030 as an independent study course. More recently, over the last 8 years, Jeanette has taught several courses in the Test Prep department- including the Math Refresher class, ACT Review, and Praxis Test for Educators course at the University of Utah. Jeanette has also designed and developed exciting summer math camps for kids and taught them as part of Youth Ed at the U. In her spare time, Jeanette enjoys being outside growing a garden, exploring the mountains, and travelling the world. She is an avid reader and canâ€™t imagine life without a book in progress. Most of all, Jeanette loves to hang out with her family.
TENA PATE Hello! My name is Tena Pate and most of my friends call me Tenarita. I am a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher and have been teaching for 6 years. I teach Foods and Nutrition 1, Culinary Arts 1, Baking and Pastry, and Prostart at a high school in northern Utah. My educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Science Education from Utah State University & a Masters of Arts in English Language Learning from Western Governors University as well as A Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Degree from Park City Culinary Institute. Some of my hobbies include paddle boarding, going to the beach, hiking, camping, traveling, reading, cooking, and baking. I love to stay busy, be surrounded by good people and stay active. I am very passionate and enthusiastic about teaching and helping others find a love for cooking and baking. I strive everyday to create a positive, fun and safe learning environment for my students.
PAUL RICKETTS Paul received his bachelors degree in Physics and Astronomy with a minor in Astronomy at the U of U. He has worked in the Dept. of Physics since 2005 doing public outreach. He also runs the U's observatory, and helped with the building of a new observatory in southern Utah. Paul has a huge interest in photography and astrophotography and helps teach classes for students interested in astronomy and/or physics.
DAVID SIMON An Artist, Illustrator and Designer that loves using visual art to tell stories and create worlds. Dave attended summer art courses in our program 10 years ago. Since then he has been studying and practicing his illustration, art, and design skills every day and has been teaching youth art & illustration for 4 years. He is a Salt Lake Community College and Utah Valley University graduate in Illustration and is currently pursuing his BFA in Illustration & Entertainment Design. He loves to share his techniques, knowledge, and experiences any chance he gets. Dave has practiced many mediums of art from drawing & painting, to urban art & ceramics. Outside of art and design, he is a certified snowboarding instructor. Dave is very eager to begin improving his students' drawing and art skills to the next level this summer!
ADIA WALDBURGER Adia Waldburger has built her life around sports. With a great aunt in the University of Utah Crimson Club athletic Hall of Fame and a family that started bringing her to Utes game since she was a month old, immersing herself in the sports world seemed like the only logical career path. She is a former local sports journalist, covering everything from prep sports to Olympic-level competitions. She has also worked for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Committee and Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation. Waldburger is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Sports Management and conducts research in the area of sport communication and marketing.
KAREN WALDBURGER Karen earned her B. A., M.Ed. and licensure in secondary education from the U of U. She has taught tenth and eleventh grade English at Hunter High School in Granite School District since fall of 2004. She has served as an advisor to the junior class, Anime Club, Book Club, Hockey Club, Martial Arts Club, Writing Club, and Urban Dance Club. Karen brings a wealth of experience to Youth Education as she continues to work with youth in a variety of settings, including in camps, community service, counseling, education, recreation, religious setting, and sports for more than three decades.