Provo Secondary
Teachers
Brock Alexander - Engineering & Technology

Brock is from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in technology and engineering education in 2011. He has also earned Utah CTE teaching endorsements in Technology and Engineering, multimedia/digital media, and television/video production. He currently holds a level 2 teaching license and is certified to teach grades 7-12. Brock is currently working on a master's degree at BYU in educational leadership. Before working for Freedom Prep Academy he worked for BYU television helping produce sports, performing arts and educational productions. He also had the pleasure of working on Studio C. He grew up mostly in the eastern United States but has come to love the mountains and outdoors unique to Utah. He is married and has two daughters and a son, who are a joy in their family. He enjoys innovative projects, biking, pickle ball, and cooking.

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Valerie Allen - History Teacher

Mrs. Allen grew up in a small farming town in Idaho, where she spent many summers working with her family on their small family farm. Miss Gundersen graduated from Brigham Young University - Idaho and received her degree in Social Studies Education. During her time in college she had the opportunity to spend time abroad. She spent several months working in orphanages in Ecuador, and took a semester of classes at BYU - Jerusalem. These experiences gave Miss Gundersen a greater perspective of the world and a love for other cultures. She has been spending part of the last summer leading groups in orphanage work in Thailand.

After graduation, Miss Gundersen taught history in a blended learning environment. She is excited to begin her journey at Freedom Preparatory Academy, and is looking forward to helping students succeed. Outside of school work, Miss Gundersen enjoys doing anything outside - especially if the sun is shining! Some of her favorite pastimes are hiking, running, snowboarding, gardening, and reading. Miss Gundersen also enjoys playing sports, her favorite of which is volleyball, and spending time with family.

Lori Barry - 8th and 9th grade English/Language Arts

I was born and raised right here in Provo, and graduated from Timpview High School. I earned a B.A. in English from CSU Stanislaus. I worked in HR for a number of years in both the education and commercial industry before completing a teaching certification through Utah Valley University. I have taught at Timpview high school and Dixon Middle School. I love working with young people of all ages, and have especially enjoyed working with the students here at FPAII.  I'm looking forward to a successful 2016-2017 school year.

Mary Alice Bender - English

Mary Alice graduated from Wichita State University in 2008 with a degree in English and Secondary Education. After graduation, she moved to Utah where she began teaching at Freedom Preparatory Academy that same year. She earned a Level 2 teaching license for the state of Utah in the field of English/Language Arts. Though she's taught 7th and 8th grade in the past, she currently teaches 10th and 12th grade English, AP Literature and Composition, and ACT Prep and College Readiness. Mary Alice is currently in a graduate program at the University of Utah studying to become a school counselor. When she's not at school, she enjoys hiking and biking along with other outdoor recreation. 

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Jacqui Calles - History & Psychology

My degree is Social Studies Composite, which means that instead of majoring in one subject and minoring in another, I majored in history and then minored in everything else in the social studies spectrum. I am qualified to teach History (world and U.S.), geography, political science, economics and psychology. I received my degree from BYU-Idaho and loved the teaching program there. I have a passion for books. I try to read at least one book per week. I enjoy ceramics, drawing and painting. I like to be outside as much as possible and love running (although I am incredibly slow). I enjoy playing sports, camping, hiking and have recently started yoga. It is much harder than I anticipated. I also love watching movies and eating pizza. Mushroom and olive pizza is my favorite food.

Kristin Dobenbier - CTE

Kristin graduated from BYU with a bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. She loves teaching the FACS classes and working with middle and high school students. Currently, she teaches College and Career Awareness, Foods and Nutrition 1 and 2, and Child Development. Kristin likes to visit her family in Southern California and go to Disneyland whenever possible.

Alvin Echeverria Ed.D - Chemistry & Physics

This is my 3rd year at Freedom Preparatory Academy, although I taught for 10 years in Las Vegas, NV. I first went to Utah Valley State College (UVU) in 1996 and most recently graduated from Nova Southeastern University with my doctorate in education. I frequently tell my students that I am in grade 24.  I love music, science and my wife and kids. 

 

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Kim Flewallen - Math&Administration

Growing up I lived in Provo, UT; Santa Rosa, CA; Orem, UT; and Ogden, UT. After graduating from Bonneville High School in South Ogden, I left for Utah State University in Logan, UT. My sophomore year I was lucky enough to be accepted to BYU-Hawaii and enjoyed a year in the fun and the sun there. I took a break from school after that to serve 18 months on a church mission to Quebec, Canada, and then returned to finish my teaching degree at Utah State University.

My credentials include receiving a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Math Education with a minor in Music Education from Utah State University in 1995, completing my ESL teaching endorsement in May 2007, earning a Master's in Education from Argosy University in 2010, getting my French Language teaching endorsement in 2011, and my Administrative License in 2016. I have also organized and directed three successful student/parent trips to France in 2011, 2013 and 2015. (We have a fourth trip coming in April of 2017!)

I have been teaching for 17 years, the last 9 of which were at Freedom Preparatory Academy. I got into teaching because my high school Calculus teacher pulled a shy young girl aside and told her she could make a difference as a math teacher. I set a goal that day that I would do all I could to become the teacher he saw in me. I work hard to become that teacher with each passing year. I want my students to learn and come to know how good it feels to set and reach goals. I want my students to look back at the end of the year and see the benchmarks they've set and surpassed with a great feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction at a job well done. I hope they will take what they've learned in my class and apply it in their future classes and in their lives and that if nothing else, I hope they will learn to love learning, and who knows, maybe some of them will choose to give back and become a teacher too.

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