April grew up on a dairy farm in her hometown of Beaver, Utah. After finishing high school, she
attended college in St George to study Medical Assisting. After graduating, she moved to Salt Lake City
where she worked for a large family medical practice. She later moved to Los Angeles with her husband
where she worked in a plastic surgeon’s office in Marina del Rey. From 2006 until 2015 she took time
off from her career and focused on raising her 4 children. April’s 3 daughters attended Vision and she
fell in love with the people, culture and atmosphere of the program. April decided to become part of
the Vision team in 2015. She has been a teacher at Vision for 8 years and is also one of the directors of
the preschool program. She absolutely loves teaching children and watching them learn and grow. In
her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and kids, exercising, gardening, cooking,
playing games and being outdoors.
Favorite Quote: “A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, touches a heart”
I’m thrilled to be teaching at Vision again this year! I have a passion for education and love to see children succeed! In 2003 I was the Utah State Sterling Scholar winner for Family and Consumer Sciences, Valedictorian at Bingham High School, and spent much of my Senior year of high school travelling to the United Nations and International Conferences speaking about the importance of families. I later graduated as the 2005 Valedictorian from Utah State University in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. I spent two years as a research assistant developing reading and math curriculum for young learners. I taught in Elementary schools in Utah and Virginia focusing on the Gifted and Talented programs before taking a break from teaching to focus on my family. My husband and 5 children (with one more coming January 2023!) are at the center of my life and I’ve enjoyed the international journeys my husband’s job has taken us on. I believe difficult experiences are valuable times for growth, and as a teacher I’m passionate about challenging minds to think in new ways and work through problems. I love to read, exercise, hike, play games and I teach piano lessons in my spare time. Teaching in a classroom is something I’m passionate about and I’m excited to be doing something I love! “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”-Dr Seuss
Annie is one of our Panda Preschool Teachers and loves every second of it. She is also our dance director so she spends all her time at Vision! She graduated from Hillcrest High School in 2018 and continued on to college at Utah Valley University. Annie aided preschool for 3 years before becoming a teacher for the last 2 years. She has a big passion for teaching kids and loves to see them thrive and grow in class. Outside of Vision, Annie loves to read, hike or spend time with family.
Jessica grew up in American Fork, Utah. Being a teacher has been her dream job since she was 4 years old. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood. She is married to the love of her life and has 4 kids: 2 girls and 2 boys. She loves working out, being with her family, and online shopping.
Her life motto is… Always look on the positive side there is something good in each day.
Life is hard, always be kind.
Heather is so excited for her second year teaching dance and preschool at Vision! She graduated from West Jordan High School in 2000. She started dancing at a young age and continued through high school, also cheering in high school and college at SLCC. She was able to travel with her performing group to many places including Chicago, Mexico and England.
She worked at SLCC from 2000 – 2013 in a few different areas, mostly as an Administrative Assistant. In 2008 she started a small side business doing graphic design and vinyl decals, which turned into a full-time custom apparel business until selling it in 2022.
She has been married for 20 years and has 2 busy children, ages 14 and 9. She loves watching her kids be involved in all their sports and other activities. She also enjoys camping and being in the mountains, cooking, reading, gardening and going to movies.