Rachael Lakritzen, Handwork Assistant
Sarah Pino, Handwork Assistant
Caroline Hopewell, Handwork Teacher
Meggan Waltman, Handwork Teacher
Meggan Waltman is a Salt Lake City native. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is an artist and musician who is passionate about children having the opportunity to discover the intelligence in their hands. An ever-developing seamstress and fiber artist, Meggan lives with her 2 children, her patient husband, and crazy dog.
Colleen Cook, Librarian
I grew up on a little farm in a little town called Trout Creek, Utah, population: 50. We did not have electricity or phone lines. I attended a one-room school, grades kindergarten through 4th. We moved into town when I was 10 years old and had to transition from the smallest elementary school west of the Mississippi to the largest elementary school west of the Mississippi. I survived culture shock, made it through middle school, high school, and college with very few scars. I married the love of my life, a Marine, and we traveled and made the road our home. We had 4 beautiful children and now have 4 beautiful grandchildren. I taught school in North Carolina, Kansas, and Okinawa, Japan before coming back to Utah to teach Library Science for 16 years. Sadly I needed to quit teaching to care for my husband who recently passed from cancer.
Bryan Jensen, Music Teacher
Music has been a very large part of Bryan’s life from an early age. He began studying piano at age 5, progressing quickly to add violin and voice, and also organ. Bryan earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of Utah, with emphasis in Organ Performance. Bryan studied with renowned organist Linda Margetts and has accompanied choirs across Europe. As a vocalist, Bryan has sung with world class choirs, including the University of Utah Singers and the Salt Lake Choral Artists. Bryan’s work as section leader (Baritone) in the University Singers assisted in the choir winning the Grand Prize at the Florilege Vocal de Tour, international choral competition in Tours, France. This qualified the University Singers to participate in the Grand Prix of World Singing held in Tolosa, Spain the following year, where they again took the grand prize. Bryan has taught orchestras in various public schools through Riverton Music, where he regularly composes his own arrangements for his orchestras. Bryan also teaches piano, violin, and cello privately. As an outdoor enthusiast, Bryan enjoys a wide range of activities including backpacking, hunting, canoeing, fly fishing, and fly tying. In recognition of his artistic abilities and attention to detail, he has been invited to be a guest fly tier multiple years at both the Wasatch and the East Idaho Fly Tying Expos. Bryan is the recipient of the Silver Beaver award through the Boy Scouts of America. Bryan enjoys spending his leisure time with his wife and 4 children.
Jill Bell, Gardening Teacher
Jill Bell has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a minor in French from Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN. She has co-owned and operated Bell Organic Farm with her husband David since 1998. Her interests include hiking, rock climbing, and cooking. She and her husband have 3 children ages 14, 9, and 3. Jill grew up in a small farm community in South Dakota where she and her family cultivated a large garden every year. She has always enjoyed canning and preserving the harvest with her mother and grandmother. Now she loves passing this tradition on to her children and looks forward to sharing this knowledge with the Wasatch Charter School community.
Dave Keenan, Games and Movement Teacher
Dave is a former high school physical education teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Kinesiology. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and snowboarding. He has 10 years of experience as a snowboard instructor locally and internationally.