Course Listing - by Instructor

Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen is an avid photographer and member of the Allen's Camera family business.
Rex Allen

Rex Allen is an avid photographer and part of the Allen's Camera family business.
Joseph Asbury
Amy Austin

Amy Austin has over 13 years experience in floral design and stays on the cutting edge of fashion and trends. Amy has worked as a designer on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and now owns Bloomique an Event Florist, and travels the world creating floral masterpieces.
Brett Barker Brett Barker was born and raised in Provo, Utah. He has worked as a software tester for multiple companies in Utah County over the last 10 years, and has been teaching the Extended Education Principals of Software Testing for the last 3 years. Brett lives in Lehi with his wife of 12 years, and their 4 cats. He enjoys reading, watching movies and playing video games in his spare time.
Kathleen Barlow
Jacob Boden

Jacob Boden’s passion for photographing the outdoors has taken him from the glaciated mountains of Alaska, down through the beaches, mountains and rainforests of the Northwest, to the top of the rugged peaks of the Teton Range of Wyoming, and down the sculpted narrows of dozens of slot canyons in Southern Utah. In between his adventures, he has managed to get a BFA in Photography and an MPS in the Business of Art and Design. When he is not on an adventure, he serves as a full time photographer for his family, covering everything from baby photos to weddings.

Jacob loves teaching and sharing his knowledge with others and is always excited for a new batch of photographers to be turned loose on the world. To view his work or to contact him, visit
Ryan Buchanan
Lauren Burton
Steve Campbell
Karen Cloward

Even as a little girl, Karen Cloward was fascinated with fossils. She collected, drew, studied, slept, and constantly talked about fossils. When her children were all in school, she found she had a couple of hours to pursue her passion for fossils by volunteering at a local paleontology lab. She was soon hired and for the next several years prepared fossil fish and dinosaurs for museums all around the world. She spent several weeks each summer excavating for new dinosaurs in the famous Bone Cabin Quarry. Karen wrote papers on and named several new species including Hesperosaurus Mjosi, Harpactognathus gentryii, Tanycolagreus, Gargoyleosaurus and others.

The culminating experience of her career came when she was asked to be one of the developers/designers of the dinosaur museum at Thanksgiving Point. The enormous amount of time spent on developing, designing, and then filling a museum with fantastic specimens was both exhilarating and exhausting. Karen also served as the Director of Exhibits and Education for a time after the museum opened. “I get a thrill every time I about dinosaurs and fossils with children or adults. Fossils represent a fascinating past of our earth!”
Danielle Cook
Holly Coutts
Chad Deavers
Karla Eagle

Karla Eagle was the owner/manager of La Paella Gourmet Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. She was a chef/instructor at the Gourmet International Food in Mexico City Mexico. Owner/manager Tortes Mexicana’s I and II in Mexico City Mexico. She has had extensive background in the cooking preparation of Mexican food for many years. The diplomas that she has received from different cooking schools are:
Gastronomy diploma, (Lopez y Gomez Gourmet) Madrid and Malaga, Spain
Spanish Gourmet Cuisine diploma, (Lopez y Gomez Gourmet) Madrid, Spain
International Cuisine diploma (Escuela de Gastronomia- Lefty Gordon) Mexico City, Mexico
Mukimono diploma (Escuela de Gastronomia – Lefty Gordon) Mexico City, Mexico
Spanish Cake Decorating and Sugar confections diploma (Alta Cocona- Bety Zozayacorrea) Mexico City, Mexico
Marlin Eldred Marlin Eldred has vast experience in municipal, county and private economic development. Specifically, he has served over 16 years helping private and public entities expand their economic programs. Most recently, he is the Economic Development Director of Lehi City, where he is responsible for business retention and recruitment, downtown revitalization, community engagement and helping to create a better quality of life for Lehi residents. He is also the President and CEO of Economic Development Planning Group where he has worked with numerous rural communities and counties in the State of Utah. Projects include contract negotiations, Economic Development Strategic Planning, meeting facilitation and consensus building, Community Development Area Creation, Sales Tax Leakage Study and more. With his diverse background Mr. Eldred can help municipalities determine the realities of where they are at with economic development, create a feasible path and generate goals to accomplish desired outcomes. Relationship building and a defined path are two critical keys to success. He is married to the love of his life, Jill, and they have four wonderful children and one grandchild. He enjoys being in the outdoors with family.
Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott is presently a sixth-grade teacher in Nebo School District. She has a master’s degree in Reading and Curriculum Design with Math, English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented, and Science Technology Engineering Math endorsements. Her favorite subjects to teach are math and science. She looks forward to helping students understand the connection between the biological world and technology through scientific inquiry. In addition to teaching sixth grade, she also works at the Utah State Board of Education on the committee which writes and edits the open educational resources for science and takes every opportunity to contribute to the development of science curriculum at the USBE. She recently presented at the Utah Science Teachers Association annual conference and loves being a part of the science teaching community.
Lisa Fenn

Lisa Fenn has taught for 8 years in many grades including, Kindergarten, first, second, third, and sixth grade. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Management in 2009 and my Master's degree in Elementary Education in 2011, both from the University of Phoenix. She also has English as a Second Language (ESL) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education endorsements. She has a great passion for STEM education, and the engagement it fosters in young children, as they build a personal love of learning.
Garth Fielding
Joshua Forsyth Josh has been a paramedic for 15 years and worked 14 of those years for Provo City Fire where he was also a member of the education committee and head of the critical care committee.

After earning his RN, he worked in the Shock Trauma ICU and ED at the Intermountain Medical Center. He has taught in UVU's paramedic program for 7 years where he was also the coordinator for the CCEMTP course. Currently Josh is a flight nurse for AirMed and is a member of the education committee.

He is married to Saint Amy whose three miracles include putting up with Josh for 14 years, mothering 5 kids (all of whom have obvious "Josh" traits), and staying incredibly gorgeous after living for 14 years with the aforementioned tribulations.

Heather Guffey
Vera Hamilton
Sherry Hardy

Sherry Hardy owns a child's touch pottery studio in highland Utah, where she and her family have lived since 2000. She has been teaching pottery for UVU Community Education for 10 years. When she's not doing pottery she loves to play in the backyard and take family vacations anywhere as long as there is a beach involved.
Emily Hedrick
Tom Henry Dr. Tom Henry is an Associate Professor of Literacies & Composition at Utah Valley University and an instructor in Extended Education. He possesses a doctoral degree in Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University. When Tom isn't teaching or technical writing, he is an avid composer and songwriter.
Melissa Holm
Amie Houghton

Amie Houghton is currently a full time professor in the Forensic Science Program at UVU. Prior to her teaching appointment, she served as a Special Agent for 11 years with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). During her time as a federal agent, she conducted felony level investigations for the Navy and Marine Corps. Amie specialized in forensic field investigations, which included crime scene processing, analysis and reconstruction. She has worked all over the world, to include California, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Okinawa. Amie has a Masters degree in Forensic Science with a concentration in crime scene investigations and a Bachelor's degree in Biology.
Jeff Hutchinson

Jeff Hutchinson has a BS degree from BYU in Computer Aided Engineering and has worked for many years in the Information Technology field supporting and maintaining computers. He also owned a computer training and consulting firm in San Francisco, California. After selling his business in 2001, he has worked as a computer applications instructor throughout the country teaching a variety of classes, such as: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote), Project, Visio, Publisher, PowerPivot, Excel Visual Basic, Adobe Products (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat), Project Management Techniques, Office 365, Lotus Notes, Crystal Reports (database reporting), Microsoft Access, HTML programming, Cascade Style Sheets, Dreamweaver, Trivantis Lectora (elearning development), and Camtasia (video editing).
Seth Iorg

Seth Iorg and Simply Coding have put on summer camps for kids for the last 3 summers at various locations and taught well over 1000 of our youth how to code. Before Simply Coding, Seth was running an online company hiring and managing programmers. That is when he and a friend got the idea to start teaching coding to kids! Since then he has written courses for kids to learn how to code in JavaScript, Java, HTML, CSS, Swift, and PHP & Python. Simply Coding’s courses are in Charter Schools throughout the valley and with home schooler’s nationwide. The best way to learn is to get the students excited about creating and coding their own ideas. Our camps and courses are all project-based tutorials that give kids a great foundation to use as a resource for them to start developing custom programs.
Jay Jayaseelan

Jay Jayaseelan is the founder of Learning Through Robotics, a company dedicated to developing educational robotics and STEM programs worldwide. Jay received his Master's in Corporate Finance from the University Of Edinburgh (UK). He shifted gears in 2007 to his all-time passion: technology education, where he has set up new companies and consulted in the United States, Asia, Europe, North and South America. Jay and his wife Iku have three sons who are also involved in this company. Jay has been working with the summer Robotics program at Utah Valley University Community Education since 2013. Each year the program gets larger and more kids from Utah County are involved in this wonderful program teaching children very important STEM concepts and application math.
Jennifer Jenkins

With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer Jenkins had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington, the Napoleonic Wars, and Ancient Sparta...until the writing began. Author of Young Adult fantasy and co-founder of Teen Author Boot Camp, she divides her time between reading, writing music, taking spontaneous trips, and researching random events from the past. NAMELESS, a Young Adult tribal fantasy, releases October 6, 2015 with Month9Books. She is represented by Amy Jameson. Visit Jennifer at
Kathy Jensen

Kathy Jensen has been in the real estate business for 16 years. She has owned her own company for 13 years specializing in assisting first-time home buyers. Her philosophy is to teach before and during the home buying process.
Kynsie Kiggins
Emily Lamb
Scott Lemon
Julie-Anne Liechty After twenty five years as a New York/LA/Chicago actress, Julie-Anne Liechty returned to her native Salt Lake where she started sharing her wealth of knowledge in her ACTORS IN ACTION classes. Ms. Liechty's vast experience and training includes a BFA in acting from DePaul University's Theatre School in Chicago, classes and showcases at NYC's Circle in the Square Theatre, where she worked with legendary American playwright Landford Wison, and at the Juilliard School where she studied the Alexander Technique. She also studied Shakespeare with the London Theatre Exchange, and in Los Angeles she spent three years at Playhouse West learning the Meisner technique with Jeff Goldblum and Mark Pellegrino. Her credits range from New York City Off-Broadway and Regional theatre, to LA film and TV work, to plays at Pioneer Theatre Company and other film, TV and commercial castings. Due to the effectiveness of the "Liechty Technique," she is taking the Workshops to other US cities in hopes of revolutionizing more acting careers from coast to coast.
Rachel Lunt
Lisa Mangum Lisa Mangum has worked in the publishing industry since 1997. She is currently the Managing Editor for the Shadow Mountain imprint and has worked with several New York Times best-selling authors, including Ally Condie, Brandon Mull, James Dashner, and Jason F. Wright. While fiction is her first love, she also has experience working with nonfiction projects (memoir, educational, cookbooks, etc.) and some children’s picture books.

Lisa is also the author of four national best-selling YA novels (The Hourglass Door trilogy and After Hello). She graduated with honors from the University of Utah, and currently lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy.
Kevin Mellander

Kevin Mellander lives in Orem and has been a teacher and instructor for over 25 years. He has taught adult education courses in Silicon Valley and Utah for many years, including the entire Microsoft Office suite. He has many years of technical support and training experience at companies like Apple Computer and multiple startups. He is currently working as a Project Manager for a Salt Lake City based company and is married with 4 children and (soon to be) 9 grandchildren.
Marynika Miche
Theresa Morin Theresa Morin is a certified crystal healer and explores of all forms of energy healing. In 2003, she realized the quality of one's life was directly related to one's emotional health. Theresa developed a unique approach to emotional healing with the crystal bowls. The crystal bowl experience is unique and fun and will stay with you for days! The mesmerizing sound of the crystal bowls brings you effortlessly into a deep state of relaxation while it balances your body and brings your vibrational energy into alignment. Your mind, emotions, and physical body will follow into a wonderful, peaceful, and balanced state. Join Theresa today to begin your healing journey.
John Newman (Facilitator) - Dr. John Newman is an assistant professor in the UVU Theatre Department and teachers theatre for young audiences and playwriting. He also directs UVU's Noorda Theatre Center for Children and Youth.
Camille Pendleton
Luke Peterson
Staff Pine Meadows
Larry Prisbrey

played his first professional Chess Tournament in the 1966 Utah Open. He also played in the Pan American Intercollegiate Championship, playing fourth board for Brigham Young University Chess team which placed 32 that year.

From 1974 to 1995, he served as the Chess Club Faculty Advisor for Brigham Young University (BYU). As the Chess Faculty Advisor, he coordinated United States Chess Federation (USCF) Rated Tournaments three to four times a year and instructed/coached the BYU Chess team members in the rudiments of Chess and to identify where they needed to improve or develop in their Chess Skills. Almost every year he sent a Chess Team of four or five to the Pan American Intercollegiate Championship where the team did quite well considering they waived our two Sunday matches. The team placed 8th or 9th one year and 12th, 16th and 24th in other years out of some 30 to 40 different Colleges Teams.

From 1974 to Present he has taught Chess Classes for the Continuing Education Department of BYU, Independence High School (Utah 1a State High School Champion 1990), Dixon Middle School, Provo High School (In 2001 the team placed 2rd place at the National High School Championship Tournament), Liberty Academy Charter School, Pleasant Grove Recreation Center, Odyssey Charter School, Cherry Creek Elementary, Maeser Preparatory Academy (Utah 2a State Junior High School Champion 2015), Renaissance Academy and now Utah Valley University Community Education.
Allen Purvis
Axel Ramirez
Erin Riggs Enjoys teaching and seeing the creativity in all of us

Erin Riggs recently moved to Utah from Portland, Oregon, to join UVU as the University Herbarium/Plant Museum Curator. She works with UVU to fulfill their mission as a teaching institution building lifelong learners and leaders. In addition to botanical science and outdoors she has an artistic side. Erin's favorite people are inquisitive lifelong learners, volunteers and citizen scientists.

Erin worked in a 2-year Apprenticeship, learning tapestry techniques including American, Gobelin and Aubusson with Master Tapestry artist Pam Patrie.

Through Erin's over 12 years weaving experience she has taken many continuing education weaving classes, offered through private instructors including: floor loom, rigid heddle loom, color in weaving, iridescence, fiber types, spinning. Erin also has fun with off-loom weaving techniques of traditional North American flat braiding Inkle loom (band weaving). And she likes weaving historic fabrics.
Katherine Rogers
Hannah Rose
Hannah Rose is a digital marketing and print journalist specialist with a degree in public relations from Utah Valley University. She has published over 155 articles to local and national online platforms. She has worked with start-up e-commerce companies to grow organic traffic and revenue by 30% year-over-year. She has worked internally for a Utah-based healthcare network as a marketing specialist and consultant for 72 doctors.
Her passion for effective communication has led her to where she currently works, Stryde, a Utah-based digital marketing agency. Her clients include TruSelf Organics, Artificer Woodworks, Cariloha and Henry Schein.
Scott Schwab
Wendy Shapero
Colby Smith
Don Smith

Award winning Pipe Major Don Smith has studied with some of the world’s premier pipers. He has over 30 years of experience playing and instructing on the Great Highland Bagpipe. Don is a professional educator, and has traveled extensively performing, and refining his craft. He loves to meet new people, and enjoys helping them discover their hidden talents, and untapped abilities through learning to play, and perform on this unique and culturally rich instrument.
John Somerville
Judy Sommerfeldt

Judy Sommerfeldt is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a major in English and a minor in French. She taught secondary education after earning her bachelor's degree. Books have always been an important part of her life but it was in a calligraphy workshop eighteen years ago that she was introduced to the beauty and joy of handmade books. Since that time she has taken every opportunity to study and learn the art and craft of making one-of-a-kind book structures. She currently teaches bookbinding at BYU.
Jim Spainhower
Simply Coding Staff
M. Harvey Taylor

M. Harvey Taylor was full time teacher for Alpine/Nebo School Districts (33 years) and just recently retired. He and his wife Janet Rae Dixon have 4 sons (Evan, Matthew, Michael and Aaron)

Harvey has taught the after school Scratch classes for the past five years for the UVU Community Education program and Southern Utah University. He earned his bachelors degree and his ESL endorsement from Brigham Young University and teaches in the ESL program through UVU Community Education.
Kassandra Worsley
Di Wu