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.
BDI Data Lynk Staff
Lesli Baker
Connie Barker
David Barker
Hayley Barry
Tyler Bird
Aubrey Bjork
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
Amanda Bordelon
Bottega Bottega
Jeff Breglio
Ryan Buchanan
Lauren Burton
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!”
Justin Comstock
Danielle Cook
Richard Crandall

Colonel Richard Crandall joined the Idaho Army National Guard when a senior in high school. He served continuously in the service of his country until 1995, a period of 38 years. He attended college at Brigham Young University and received a BS Degree in Sociology and a minor in Air Science.

Col Crandall has piloted T-37 and T-38 jet aircraft, Boeing KC-135s (the air force's primary refueling craft), flown 85 combat missions in SE Asia, and run cargo missions with the C-124 Globemaster and T-33 Shooting Star jet. He also has served at the Pentagon as a plans officer for the Air Force Reserve, then at Space Command in Colorado Springs, and finally at Langley AFB in charge of mobilization support for the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. Col Crandall retired from active duty in 1995.

His love of flying led to employment in 1996 in the Utah Valley State College (now Utah Valley University) flight department where he eventually served as Director of Flight Training, Academic Support, and Safety, and where he saw the program grow to be the fifth largest collegiate flight program in the nation. Colonel Crandall retired for the second time in 2011, but still remains on the faculty as an aviation history professor, part-time flight instructor, and director of the Day Camp and Road Scholar programs.

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
Nikki (Nadira) Ekenstam
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.
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.

Lisa Gardner

Born and raised in Provo, Utah Lisa Gardner was surrounded by art. Her grandfather sold homes and often they were paid with paintings of resident great artist of Provo. Access to Brigham Young University's art departments via private school increased her art ability and raised it above students of her age. She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has not stopped teaching and producing art for her community, organizations, and her Gardner gallery, card, and supply company. With and emphasis in color, abstract and many famous artists, she finds joy in teachig others what she has learned and taking them with her in their "ART" journey. Lisa is a resident artist for Sundance Resort, Promontory Point, and Red Ledges.
Hossein Ghaibi
Cynthia Glad
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
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.
Steven Hughes
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.
Dustin Jansen
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.
Reza Kamali
Sharee Laidlaw
Emily Lamb
Ralph Little
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.
Mary Jane McGuire

Mary Jane McGuire has been a Family & Consumer Science Teacher for over 19 years. The classes she has taught include Fashion Strategies, Beginning Sewing, & FACS Exploration for grades 7-9, after school needlework classes, summer sewing and cooking classes. She has been a costume designer and assistant dresser for drama department.

Mary Jane is a Quilt and Sewing Class Instructor: Mormon Handicraft (Quilt Shop) for 15 years as well as a beginning and intermediate quilting class instructor. She has over 25 years experience as a personal tailor. She has owned her own business sewing, designing, & alteration of wedding and other dresses, suits, costumes, and a variety of interior designs.

Her education includes a Masters Degree in Family Sciences from Brigham Young University and a Bachelors Degree in Home Economics Education also from Brigham Young University.
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.
Clayton Morgan Clayton Morgan has been a landlord for seven years and owns multiple rental properties. Prior to owning properties he worked as a contractor and construction project manager for over ten years, which included management of commercial properties for institutions and corporations. Clayton also draws on his experience working for municipalities where he authored zoning and design codes.
Guy Nelson

Guy Nelson has been a woodcarver for over 30 years and enjoys teaching people how to make their own characters. He has taught hundreds of boy scouts and carved over 6,400 scout bolos.
Wendy Oldroyd
Katie Olson
Terrance Orr
Tyler Pack

Tyler Pack has taught Italian in some degree or another for the last 8 years of his life. After an LDS mission to North Central Italy, Tyler graduated with a BFA in Illustration and a BA in Italian at BYU. During his undergraduate degrees he taught Italian 102, 201, and Conversation Classes, as well as worked and studied in Siena, Italy during the spring of 2006.

After undergraduate work, Tyler graduated with an MA in Italian (Emphasis in Art History and Communication) from Middlebury College's Satellite Program in Florence, Italy, taking classes from both Middlebury and the University of Florence. Thesis defended: The Demonic Iconography of The Divine Comedy.
Camille Pendleton
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.
Holly Robbins

Holly Robbins has been a beginning Russian instructor for the last 25 years. She is also an editor/copywriter by day and a singer/songwriter performer by night. She has five kids and lives just up the street from UVU.
With Russian's unfamiliar sounds and written characters, Russian can initially seem overwhelming to a lot of beginning students, especially if you've ever tried to go it alone. My approach is to meet you right where you're at and to show you that 1) you know more about learning any foreign language than you may currently realize, and 2) it is significantly more enjoyable and doable with someone who makes it enjoyable. Whether you're planning a trip to Russia, want a fun bonding activity with a friend, sibling or teen or are hoping to understand your Russian in-laws better, this class is for you!
Katherine Rogers
Ehsan Rohani
Wendy Shapero
Karen Showell
Jason Slack

Jason V Slack, PhD is the Associate Dean - College of Science and Health at Utah Valley University. He received his doctorate in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah, masters in Physical Education at Brigham Young University, and his bachelors in Physical Education from Southern Utah University. He has been a wellness consultant for Neways International and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He has served as coach for several teams and honorably served in the Utah National Guard. He has written and presented extensively on wellness and exercise.
Carol Snyder
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.
Ben Williams
Hannah Williams-Schindler

Hannah Schindler is a UVU graduate with a BA in Spanish. She served a Spanish speaking mission in Minnesota for the LDS faith. She is a snowboarder and enjoys climbing, biking, and anything outdoors.
Michael Yu
Liping Zheng
Jeanne Zimerle Jeanne Zimerle graduated from Lehi High and spent most of her adult years living in Phoenix, Arizona. She worked at high end resorts planning and executing theme and décor parties and activities for convention groups for 18 years. She has a passion for design and it has been a big part of her life. Her 6 week course teaches all the basic fundamentals that go into creating a beautiful and functional home.