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Jaime Southam

6th Grade Teacher

Suzanne Schiess

1st Grade

"Hi, Raptors! My name is Suzanne Schiess, and I am excited to teach 1st grade! I am starting my 12th year of teaching, all at Thunder Ridge! I graduated from Western Governors University with my Bachelor's and Master's in Curriculum and Instruction. I'm currently working on becoming a Certified Academic Language Therapist. I love watching and helping students learn to read.
My husband and I have been married for 25 incredible years; we have four children and a dog. We enjoy visiting Disneyland and Disney World as a family, visiting Major League Baseball stadiums, and traveling together.
I'm looking forward to a magical year in first grade!"

Carrie Willson

Kindergarten Teacher

"Hi Everyone! I am Ms. Willson, AKA Mrs. Harker. I have been teaching since 2002. I am one of the Kindergarten teachers. I have taught preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and third grade. I LOVE being a Raptor and all of my own kids attended Thunder Ridge!
I have lived in Utah pretty much my whole life. I have lived in this area for 20 years. I have five awesome kiddos from 22 to 12 years old. I also have a daughter in law and one grandbaby! I enjoy cooking, reading, gardening, and sewing. I love family time! As a family we enjoy camping, playing games, and watching movies.
I am so excited for the new year and all of the fun things we will learn!"

Tom Von Gostomski

3rd Grade Teacher

Hi Thunder Ridge Raptors! My name is Tom von Gostomski and I am excited to be returning to Thunder Ridge for my second year of third grade! I am in my 24nd year in education and love being with kids! As your student’s teacher, I will do my best to help your student progress academically and socially. I am originally from Orem, Utah, and have lived in Lehi for the last 8 years. My wife and I have 3 kids--13, 10, and 6.. We enjoy traveling, playing games together, going to museums and generally just being together. I look forward to another great year with all of you!

Jeni Bitter

Art Teacher

Hi! I'm Mrs. Bitter. I have taught for 6 years and am excited to be returning to Thunder Ridge this year. A little bit about me: I have a wonderful husband and 4 amazing kids. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and friends, watersports, swimming, vacationing, exercising and finding yummy places to eat. I'm so excited to teach your children and to increase their love and enjoyment of art. It's going to be a great year!

Vanessa Colorado

Assistant Principal

"Hello Thunder Ridge Raptors! My name is Vanessa Colorado, and I'm very excited to be the Assistant Principal at Thunder Ridge Elementary for two consecutive years! I love working at this wonderful school! I'm in my 13th year working in education, and it's a pleasure to serve our students, their families, our teachers and our community here in the west area.
I was born and raised in Mexico, and have lived in Utah for 14 years. My husband an I have two married children, and we are the grandparents of five beautiful children ranging from 9 to 1 years in age. As a family, we love to spend time together traveling, watching movies, going to basketball games, and eating Mexican food!
Let's hope for an amazing year filled with success and great memories for all! Go Raptors!"

Natalie Chamberlain

2nd Grade

Hello! My name is Natalie Chamberlain and I am proud to say that I have been a Thunder Ridge Raptor for 10 years! I currently teach 2nd grade and I love my students! I am passionate about reading, and I love how a good book can take you away to anywhere in the world at any point in time. One of my goals each year is to share that passion with my students. I like to connect with each of my students and I always do my best to communicate with my parents each school year. My husband and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary in August! We have 2 amazing children, 1 awesome son-in-law, and 1 spunky mini schnauzer, and we love them all dearly! When I’m not teaching or enjoying a great book, I love spending time with my family in the mountains, at the beach, or at home. I’m so grateful to be a part of this Thunder Ridge community and I am looking forward to another fantastic school year!

Jenna Berry

PLC Coach

My name is Jenna Berry and I'm the new PLC coach at Thunder Ridge! I taught 3rd grade and 5th grade at Snow Springs Elementary and have been a coach for the last four years. In my free time I like to hike, travel, read, and study literacy. I'm excited to be a Raptor!

Monique ten Bosch

2nd Grade

Hello! My name is Mrs. Monique ten Bosch, and I am very excited to be teaching Second Grade this year. I do believe I have found the perfect place in all the grade levels. I have been working in the field of education for 10 years and have loved every minute of it. To give you a little background about me, well I am a multi-citizen (German, Dutch, and American) therefore speak several languages and have lived all over the world my whole life. I have a wonderful husband from Venezuela, and we have two teenage boys. We love to spend time as a family going camping, watching movies, swimming, spending time at the beach, and visiting family in Europe and South America. We love traveling as the world is such a fascinating place. I look forward to another great year here at Thunder Ridge elementary and working with you and your children! Go Raptors!!!!!!

Stacy Howell

1st Grade

I am so excited to be part of the Thunder Ridge community as a 1st grade teacher! I’m in my 24th year of teaching; I’ve taught K, 1st, and 2nd grades in Utah, Virginia, and Oklahoma. I look forward to my 7th year teaching here at Thunder Ridge, Go RAPTORS! Just a little about me… I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the second oldest of nine children. Outside of school, I like to sleep, look at art, Amazon shop, visit the theater, and I hope to get back into my former hobby of ice hockey. I enjoy spending time with family, and spoiling my 21 nieces and nephews, and 1 great-nephew. They range in age from 1 year to 26-years-old. I'm proud to be their aunt, they are all so very talented, intelligent, kind, and super cute.

Tim Stokes

6th Grade

Hello Raptors! My name is Tim Stokes and I am in my third year of teaching, all of which have been at Thunder Ridge. I love helping kids to become the best versions of themselves as they discover what they are passionate in learning about. Some background about me, I was raised in Orem where I was lucky enough to meet my wife in high school. We have two awesome kids and love spending our time hiking, camping, playing games, watching movies, and playing and watching sports (Go Jazz!). I am excited for this school year and the chance I have to work with amazing students and parents. Let's Go Raptors!

Cassie Geigle

2nd Grade

I graduated From UVU in 2019 with a bachelors in elementary education. Prior to teaching 2nd grade, I taught preschool for 3 years. I love being a teacher and I have known I wanted to be one since I was 8 years old. I am a 3rd generation teacher. I also am a Disney loving teacher! Disneyland is my happy place. I have a little dog named Penny and I love being a dog Mom.

Melissa Carver

2nd Grade

Hi Thunder Ridge Raptors! My name is Melissa Carver and I'm so excited to be teaching second grade this year! As a teacher, I will strive to create a safe, loving, and engaging classroom! Before living in Utah, I lived in Louisville, Kentucky for 8 years. My small family consists of me, my husband, my golden doodle, and my chocolate lab. I love traveling, camping, reading, playing board games, and binging TV shows! I can't wait for an awesome year at Thunder Ridge Elementary! See you soon! Go Raptors!

Britney Chacon

2nd Grade

"Hi! My name is Britney Chacon, and I am a first year teacher. I’m super excited to be teaching second grade this school year. Everyone at Thunder Ridge has been awesome to work with so far, and the second grade team is amazing! I am working to build a classroom environment that is welcoming to all students, so that every student I teach will feel accepted and be able to learn and grow.

If you’d like to know some more things about me, here’s the most important things. I’ve lived in Utah most of my life, and my husband and I can’t picture living anywhere else. I’m a mother of three, and my oldest will be coming to Thunder Ridge this year. We are a big Disney family, and Disneyland is our second home. We love to spend time as a family doing fun things. Our favorite local activities are thanksgiving point, the aquarium, the zoo, bowling, the arcade, movies, swimming, camping, and cook outs in the canyon.

I’m more than ready to start my teaching career, and I’m so grateful that I get to begin at Thunder Ridge. Go Raptors! "

Heather Bayless

5th Grade Teacher

Hello Thunder Ridge tribe! My name is Heather Gurney Bayless and I teach 5th grade at Thunder Ridge Elementary!! I am so lucky! This will be my 7th year teaching 5th grade, and 12 years within Alpine School District. As a 5th grade teacher - my mission is to help our sweet students become successful, ecstatic, and expand their passion for learning. I grew up in American Fork, Utah where I was the 6th of 7 children. 🙂 I have been married for 22 years and I have three awesome kiddos of my own. Tylo (21), Liam (19), and Aiden (17). We are a Utah Utes family and we enjoy all sports all the time, four wheeling, everything outdoors, cooking, movies, and University of Utah Football. We are going to have such an incredible year here at Thunder Ridge!! Go Raptors Go!!

Natalie Anderson

School Nurse

Hi students! I'm excited to be your nurse for another year. I have been a Registered nurse for over 21 years doing all sorts of things like working in hospitals, rest homes, treatment name it. I love working with kids and helping you learn how to take care of yourselves in a happy and safe environment 🙂 Though I have lived in several states I grew up in Utah and have lived here most of my life. I have 6 kids, some in school and some graduated. I really love teaching people how to help others, whether that be teaching CPR or why not to do drugs or do things like vape. Education is the key!! Looking forward to seeing you throughout the year!!

Morgan Wachter

Small Group Autism Teacher

Hello! My name is Morgan Wachter and I am the Special Education Teacher here at Thunder Ridge. This will be my 3rd year as a Special Education teacher and I have loved every minute of it! A little bit about me, I was born and raised in California and moved to Utah 3 years ago. Along with being a Special Education teacher I also teach dance to dancers of all ages. I teach ballet and jazz. I danced my whole life growing up so I love being able to be in a studio and watch other dancers grow! Some of my hobbies include cooking, hiking with my dog, line dancing, and traveling. I have loved my time at Thunder Ridge and am excited for another amazing year!

Devanie Denison

3rd Grade Teacher

Hello Raptors! This upcoming school year I will be new to 3rd grade but have been teaching for almost 20 years now. I have experience teaching in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 5th grades. I am grateful for the knowledge and skills I have gained from each grade I have taught. I love teaching and look forward each summer to meeting my new students. The best part of teaching is the relationships made with students, parents and the school community! I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I have three adorable grandsons whom I love spending time with. My family is very close. We spend our time together, traveling, being outdoors, playing games, watching sports, and most of all sharing lots of laughs. I am happy to be a part of the Thunder Ridge team and look forward to a successful school year!

Debi Lewis

School Counselor

"Hi Thunder Ridge Community. My name is Debi Lewis and I love being the school counselor at Thunder Ridge elementary. I love your students, they are so bright, enthusiastic and kind. I have been a counselor for 13 years and this will be my 5th year at Thunder Ridge. I am committed to helping all students learn how to develop social and emotional strengths that will help them be successful at school and in life. I love getting to know your students and I feel honored to be able to work with them.

To give you a little background about me, I was born and raised in Logan, Utah and moved to American Fork my junior year of high school. I have 3 amazing children and 9 grandchildren. As a family, we love spending time together playing games, swimming, biking, watching movies, playing sports and going to grandkids dance recitals and sporting events.

I am excited and looking forward to another great year at Thunder Ridge. "

Andrea Salvania

1st Grade

Hello, Thunder Ridge Raptors! My name is Mrs. Salvania, but most of my students call me Mrs. S. I graduated from BYU in Early Childhood Education in 2009. I have been a teacher for 9 years and have taught preschool, kindergarten and first grade. This is my 6th year at Thunder Ridge. I was born in Utah and moved around A LOT when I was younger. I have lived in Utah, Michigan, California, Texas, Oregon, Canada, Idaho, and Maryland. We have lived in Eagle Mountain for the last 17 years. I have been married to my husband Gil for 25 years and we have 3 children. I love walking my dog while listening to podcasts, hiking in the mountains, swimming in the ocean, paddle boarding, playing board games that make me laugh, going to the movies, going out to eat, thrift shopping, reading, and learning how to be a better teacher and parent every day. I am always excited to teach my students and to learn and progress together!

Emily Garber

2nd Grade

Hi. I am just starting my 25th year of teaching!! I have taught first and second grades in Midvale, Daybreak, and Saratoga Springs, and grew up in southern California (about a mile from Disneyland). I love reading, writing, hiking, learning about foreign languages (want to learn Portuguese and French) and cultures as well as America's heritage, eating and cooking, and also want to learn to play the guitar. This summer, I got a man the same age as me , my best friend for years, David Garber. We are hoping to start a family and currently have one foster teen daughter. I LOVE teaching Second Grade Superheroes!!

Trudy Bezzant

Media Specialist

My name is Mrs. Bezzant. I love reading and helping ‘“raptors” discover their own love of reading. I was born and raised in American Fork, Utah. My grandfather was a principal many years ago at Greenwood Elementary and my dad was a science teacher at American Fork High School for 46 years. I decided to follow their example and become an educator. I earned my degree in elementary education but have never been a classroom teacher. Instead I have been an elementary computer specialist, piano teacher, fitness instructor, and an elementary math aide before becoming an elementary librarian. This will be my 7th year at Thunder Ridge Elementary.

When I am not at work or reading, I love being in the mountains, exercising, playing the piano, working in my flower beds, doing anything and everything with my family. I live in American Fork with my husband and yorkie/mini schnauzer dog named Zander. We have 6 grown children (4 sons and 2 daughters), we also have 5 granddaughters and had our first grandson this past summer.

I love my job and am excited to share some amazing books with you this year.

Travis Thomas

4th Grade

"Hello Thunder Ridge. My name is Travis Thomas and I am excited to be a new teacher at Thunder Ridge Elementary! I am in my 6th year in education and could not be at a better school! I love teaching and working with students on all subjects. I also really enjoy doing art projects myself and with students.
To give you a little background about me, I was born and raised in Utah county. My wife and I have one wonderful daughter, and are currently expecting another child this year. As a family, we love spending time together, camping, fishing, spending time outdoors, and also staying home and watching shows.
I look forward to a great year at a new school. Go Raptors!"

Kynsie Barrett

Resource Teacher

Hi! I’m Kynsie Barrett, one of the Resource Teachers here at Thunder Ridge! I have worked here for 3 years and I love working with student and watching them make progress no matter how small! I graduated BYUI in 2019 and have worked here since. I was born and raised here in Utah County and have 9 siblings! I love the mountains, doing puzzles, watching shows, reading books, and crocheting! That’s a little about me! 🙂

Emily Gubler

1st Grade

Hi! My name is Emily Gubler this will be my second year at Thunder Ridge, and I am so excited to be teaching first grade again. In my classroom I strive to help students reach their full potential while gaining confidence in themselves. A little about me is that I have spent most of my life moving around, but 5 years ago I moved to Utah to study at UVU. I am currently training for a marathon so running is my only hobby, but I do enjoy a good hike. My husband and I are traveling enthusiast and we try to travel to a new countries every year. I am so excited for this next school year!

Kathy Loveridge

Lead Secretary

My name is Kathy Loveridge. I have been with Alpine School District since 1996. The first four years I worked at Lehi Elementary doing playground, classroom and office aide. In August of 2000 I started working at Aspen Elementary as the Administrate Secretary. I worked there until 2007 and then opened up Sage Hills Elementary as I followed the Principal from Aspen to Sage Hills. In 2011 I opened up Thunder Ridge, so I have been at Thunder Ridge the whole time it has been opened. I love working at Thunder Ridge!!! I have lived in Lehi my whole life. My husband and I have 4 wonderful kids and 2 grand kids, that also all live in Lehi! As a family, we love going on Disney vacations and cruises. I love spending time with my kids and grand kids going on bike rides, playing games and watching movies.

Kira Fowler

Office Secretary

Hello! I’m Mrs. Fowler. My family and I have lived in Saratoga Springs for 16 years. I have been married to my husband, Ben, for 22 years and have four kids who have all attended Thunder Ridge. I love spending time with them camping, watching movies, and playing games. I delight in a good pedicure or cozying up to an interesting book, but am also up for a fun adventure. I enjoy spending time in the mountains, hiking, and paddle boarding. I also enjoy the beach and soaking up the sun. I graduated from the University of Utah in Business Administration in 2003 and worked in the mortgage industry for several years. In 2012 I became a stay at home mom and taught piano on the side. Now that my kids are older I decided to go back to work. I love working at Thunder Ridge and interacting with the fabulous students, parents, and staff.

Lacy Mickelsen

4th Grade Teacher

"Hi Thunder Ridge Raptors! My name is Lacy Mickelsen and I am excited to be teaching 4th grade at Thunder Ridge Elementary! I am in my 21st year in education with Alpine School District. I have also worked with teachers in third world conditions on 4 humanitarian trips to the Mayan villages of the Polochic Region of Guatemala. I have also taught swimming to the blind, paralyzed, and those that just wanted to learn. Teaching is definitely a passion of mine. I am so excited to team together to create an amazing 2023-2024 school year!
To give you a little background about me, I grew up among the Amish and Mennonite communities in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. I love spending time with friends and family traveling, experiencing different cultures, swimming, snorkeling/scuba diving, cooking, house projects, enjoying the chaos of my dog Sage, new adventures, gardening, reading, watching movies, and playing games/sports. Life has so many flavors to enjoy!
I am excited to discover our 2023-2024 adventure!

Kaliann Vander Wilt

4th Grade teacher

"Hi Raptors! My name is Kaliann Vander Wilt and I am joining the 4th grade team this year! I am so lucky to be teaching my 3rd year here at Thunder Ridge.
A little bit about me, I was born in Payson, and have lived in Utah my entire life. My husband and I have been married for almost 6 years and got a dog last year. In my free time I enjoy playing games, spending time with family, playing with my dog, and watching movies. I love teaching and am ready for the school year to get started! Thank you for sharing your kids with me! I'm looking forward to a great year together! "

Alexa Parkin

4th Grade Teacher

Hi Thunder Ridge Raptors! My name is Alexa Parkin and I am excited for my first year at Thunder Ridge Elementary! I am from St. George, Utah, and moved to Orem in 2018 to attend college at UVU. My childhood was spent immersed in performing arts, particularly dance. I am currently living both my dreams as a dance teacher in addition to teaching here at Thunder Ridge! This will be my second year teaching, and I have a passion for creating a safe learning environment for all students and promoting a growth mindset. I live in Draper with my two rambunctious cats, Ash and Loki. I love to dance, paint, spend time outdoors, and read read read! I am so excited to be a Raptor, and I’m looking forward to this year’s new adventures!

Renee Smith

4th Grade Teacher

"Hello Class of 2032!!

I am so excited to get this adventure started! My name is Renee Smith. I have been teaching 4th grade for the last four years and YOU will be my fifth year! A little bit about me, I live in Eagle Mountain with my husband and my two youngest daughters. We have a total of four daughters. We also have two cats and recently acquired a puppy.

When I’m not teaching I like to be outside, if it’s not too cold that is. One of my hobbies is running Ragnar races with my family. Other things I like to do are camp, read books, hike, watch my girls play sports, and just about anything where I can spend time with my family. Teaching is another passion of mine and I adore working with students! I look forward to learning through our mistakes and finding new creative ways to investigate the world we live in. One of my favorite things about teaching is building relationships with my students. I look forward to meeting you all!

Mrs. Smith


Kara Rasmussen

Office Secretary

"Hello Thunder Ridge, my name is Kara and I am one of the secretaries at the school. I love seeing all the kiddos when they come into the office. This is my 9th year working at the school, I was a teachers aide for the first several years and moved to the office full time last year.
I grew up in Provo and after getting married we moved to Arizona and then to Texas before we made our way back home to Utah. I have 4 daughters ranging from a Senior at BYU to an 8th grader. All 4 of them graduated from Thunder Ridge where we have been Raptors from the time the school opened.
I love to bake and I can often be found in the kitchen whipping something up on the weekends or after work."

Tracy Floyd

5th Grade Teacher

I love being a Raptor and teaching at Thunder Ridge. This is my fourth year at the school and it is a great community! I have taught 5th grade now for 7 years with a Covid year of 6th grade. Before coming to Thunder Ridge I taught at a charter school in Herriman where I enjoyed volunteering on a weekly basis with our school's Breakfast and Books. I loved developing a character program known as the Trident Challenge based on the ethos and excellence of the Navy SEAL program. (I’m a Navy daughter, niece, and cousin and Army granddaughter). I’ve worked in the S portion of STEAM at Nelson Laboratories in the Pharmaceuticals section where I worked with many different organisms and saw amazing medical devices and innovation. I love books, and history-especially US History- is my jam. I’m originally from Colorado and my family has all migrated to Utah. In my free time, I read voraciously, paint, craft, garden, and cater to a Beagle and a German Shepard. I am a fan of old Disney animation. I love all things Christmas. I am also a born & raised Denver Broncos fan--though the payoff in recent years has been less than optimal. I’m excited for another great 5th grade year!

Jenn Jackson

2nd Grade Teacher

Hey Thunder Ridge Raptors! I’m Jenn Jackson and I have been working at Thunder Ridge Elementary for 4 years. I absolutely love the Thunder Ridge Community! This will be my third year teaching 2nd grade. I have also taught 3rd grade and preschool. I grew up in Soda Springs, Idaho. I attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2008. I am married and have four daughters, a stepdaughter, and a stepson. I love spending time with my family, all things BYU, the beach, watching movies, traveling, and playing games. I am looking forward to another awesome year in 2nd grade!

Andrea Durrant

Kindergarten Teacher

"Hello! I’m Andrea Durrant. This is my 3rd year teaching kindergarten at Thunder Ridge. I graduated from BYU with a degree in Early Childhood Education and I have taught 1st grade, preschool, and kindergarten. I enjoy hiking, photography, and spending time with my family. My husband and I have 5 children (2 girls and 3 boys) ranging in age from 9-21 years old. All five of my children have attended Thunder Ridge! I love this school and community. I look forward to working together to make this a successful and memorable year!

Jeff Shirley


"Hi Thunder Ridge Raptors! My name is Jeff Shirley and I am excited to be the new Principal at Thunder Ridge Elementary! I am in my 22nd year in education and could not be in a better school! As Principal, I will continually strive to make each school year engaging, impactful, and memorable to all members of our school community. To give you a little background about me, I was born and raised in Rexburg, Idaho, and have lived in Utah for 23 years. My wife and I have 4 wonderful children ranging from 13 to 3 years in age. As a family, we love spending time together swimming, camping, biking, fishing, watching movies, playing card games, and watching and playing sports. We love living in Utah and can't wait for an amazing school year with so many great students, parents, and community members! Go Raptors!"

Natallie Scow

3rd Grade Teacher

My name is Natalie Scow and I am so happy to teach here at Thunder Ridge! I have been teaching for three years and I love every second of it! I strive to make sure that each class becomes a family and each child feels like they have a place where they belong. I have a one year old son who I spend all of my free time playing cars and trains with. I love playing soccer and I have played since I was 5 years old. I enjoy being outside hiking, biking, and exploring.

Ashlee Allred

6th Grade Teacher

My name is Ashlee Allred. This is my 13th year teaching 6th Grade here at Thunder Ridge Elementary. I grew up and live in Orem, Utah. I am the favorite aunt to 3 nephews and 2 nieces. Some of my favorite things is spend time with family and friends, THOR, to go the movies, read, go camping, and play games. I am so excited for another great year here at Thunder Ridge!! Go Raptors!!

Jennifer Larsen

Resource Teacher

"Hi! My name is Jennifer Larsen and I am excited to start a new school year at Thunder Ridge Elementary! This is my 10th year as a teacher and I love being in the classroom. Previously, I taught 2nd and 5th graders, and this year I will be teaching resource. I work with students in the areas of math, reading, and writing. My students are hard workers! They inspire me as they learn and overcome challenges. They are my heroes! I grew up in Bountiful and I have lived in Utah my entire life. I have two children, a daughter-in-law, and an adorable grandson. I love traveling, hiking, photography, family time, and riding my bike. I am looking forward to a great year!

Pam Utykanski

Office Secretary

"I am school registrar by day, my role at the heart of school life entails managing schedules, records, and ensuring each student's journey is smooth and successful. With an unwavering commitment to our educational community, I am as tenacious as I am approachable. I have been working in the school system since 1994, most of that time in SPED classrooms. In 2014 I started working in the office at Thunder Ridge and have loved every moment of it.

I was born and raised in Detroit as was my husband (except he was born in Jersey) My husband and I moved to Utah so he could continue his education at BYU. We have 4 children (2 boys, 2 girls) and 6 grandchildren (all girls) that we adore. When not at work we enjoy hiking, exploring new place, visiting National Parks, reading, road trips, cruising in our Mustang and spending as much time as we can with our children and grandchildren. In addition, my biggest hobby is knitting things out of yarn I dye myself."

Kelly Molinari

Lunch Manager

Hello Friends! My name is Kelly and I am the Kitchen Manager at Thunder Ridge & Horizon Schools. As of this year, I have been working here for 5 years. I absolutely love this school and all of its kiddos. My favorite part has been to watch them all grow from little 1st graders to huge 5th graders and everything in between! I was born and raised in the Chicagoland Area and moved to Utah 10 years ago. My husband and I have been married for 30 years and have 3 amazing children ranging in age from 26-18. One graduated College and the other two are currently in college. It has been really fun to start our empty nest! When we all get together we love playing games and doing escape rooms. We are escape room experts! We have done so many its hard to find ones we have not done yet. Every school year get better and better, cant wait to see what this one brings!!!

Yadira Rubio

5th Grade Teacher

"Hello Raptors! My name is Yadira Rubio. This is my 9th year teaching and my 5th year at Thunder Ridge. I have taught 6th grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade.
My husband and I have an adorable baby girl and two dogs. When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my family, working on puzzles, and going to Real Salt Lake games.
I’m looking forward to all the fun things we will be doing this year! Let's go Raptors! "

Jenn McElligott

Music Specialty Teacher

"I grew up in Springville, Utah and am the youngest of seven kids. I grew up in a very musical family, everyone sang! I grew up loving music and became very involved in every kind of singing group at a young age. I graduated from Snow College with an associates degree and then completed my bachelors degree in vocal /choral music at BYU. I have been married for over 20 years, and have 3 kids, two of which are Westlake graduates. I taught private voice lessons for many years and then I started teaching at Dry Creek Elementary in 2018. I am beginning my second year at Thunder Ridge Elementary. Teaching elementary music is my dream job and I love it so much!
Please check out my google site when you have a minute. This is where lessons will be posted for online learning days."

Madison Haun

Speech Pathologist

I'm originally from Torrington, Wyoming. I moved to the Salt Lake area about 3 years ago after I graduated from the University of Wyoming. This will be my third year as an SLP in the school setting. I currently live in American Fork with my fiance and Beagle puppy, Moze. I'm looking forward to another great year at Thunder Ridge!

Sierra Grooms

Speech Pathologist

My name is Sierra Grooms and this is my first year as a speech therapist at Thunder Ridge! I recently graduated with my master's in Speech-Language Pathology from Ithaca College in upstate New York. I had so many wonderful experiences there with a variety of clients, and I am so excited to work with so many more kids here at this school! I grew up in central Connecticut (yes, I am a HUGE Gilmore Girls fan), and I attended BYU for my undergraduate degree a few years ago, so it has been fun to be back in Utah once again. My husband and I just celebrated 4 years of marriage---we love to play board games, watch movies, bake, and play tennis! He and I are also musicians--he plays the French horn, and I play piano, flute and sing. I am looking forward to a great year! Go Raptors!

Emily Walton

5th Grade Teacher

My name is Emily Walton and I have been teaching for 4 years. I've been lucky enough to teach 5th grade each year! I graduated from BYU with my Bachelors in 2020 and received my Master's Degree in 2022 from WGU. I am from Price, Utah and loved growing up in a small town. I enjoy concerts and traveling to different places. I love going to sporting events, especially Jazz games! I'm excited for another great school year!

Lily Bodhaine

3rd Grade Teacher

My name is Lily Bodhaine and I am from Las Vegas, Nevada. I studied Elementary Education at San Diego State University. This is my 2nd year teaching at Thunder Ridge and my 6th year teaching Third Grade. My favorite subject to teach is Math. I love seeing students use their strategies and problem solving skills to solve problems. My Hobbies include cooking, playing board games, traveling, kayaking, camping, playing volleyball and pickleball with friends.

Molly Chew

Speech Pathologist

"Hello, my name is Molly Chew! I'm from Orem, Utah. I enjoy doing yoga and spending time with my family. I love the arts, especially music and theater. I enjoy traveling when I have the time, resources, and funds available to do so. I've taught 2nd grade, 4th grade and am now an Innovative Learning Coach. I love learning new things, especially when it's related to technology and math.

If you want to learn more about me, check out my website:"

Becky Layne

Partnership Facilitator

"Hey Raptors,
My name is Becky Layne. I grew up in St. George, UT and attended Dixie College and SUU. I am in my 23rd year as an Educator with 18 years in the classroom and going on 5 years as a Partnership Facilitator or Intern Coach. I enjoy working with first year teachers and helping them be a part of discovering the great things about working with and teaching children. I have a Masters Degree from the University of AZ in Language, Reading and Culture. I've taught Kinder, First and Second grades in San Juan County (Navajo Reservation), Tucson, AZ., and here in Alpine, with the past 12 years at Thunder Ridge.

Outside of school I love to spend time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews. I love to read, be in the mountains, cheer on the Jazz, watch movies, play cards, and do Humanitarian work. I have traveled with the Youthlinc organization to Thailand, Kenya, Peru and Costa Rica. I enjoy learning about and spending time with people from other parts of the world and learning about their stories. I am looking forward to a great year and new adventures! Go Raptors!"

Genny Wood

Kindergarten Teacher

Hi my name is Genny Wood. I'm about to start my third year of Kindergarten here at Thunder Ridge Elementary. I love teaching! I was born and raised in Orem Utah. I spend most of my free time climbing, hiking, or playing volleyball.