OPA Administration

Kasey Kennington

Elementary Principal



I was born and raised here in good ‘ol Utah. I graduated from Northridge High School before serving a church mission to south Texas. I then attended and graduated from Weber State University and Western Governors University.

I’m lucky to have married a hottie named McKenzie. She is the greatest thing to have ever happened to me. Together, we have a handsome red-headed little boy. He is very active and keeps us on our toes at all times. My time with them is the most valuable thing I have. I also love to play basketball, softball, and pickleball.

I have been at Ogden Prep for nine years and have taught Spanish and PE, coached soccer, basketball, and cross country. I have also served in various administrative roles.

I love our school community and am proud to be a part of it. We have the greatest teachers, staff, students, and families in the state. The OPA community has become another family to me. I love my job!

Shevon Lopez

Junior High Principal



It is such an honor and a privilege to be (back) at OPA. I taught here when the junior high first opened back in 2005 after returning from California which is where I spent the first four years of my career. I’ve taught a few different classes at OPA. but the ones I enjoyed the most were our creative writing and AVID courses. After nine years of teaching at OPA, I left the school to take a teaching specialist position at a nearby district and then spent three years as an assistant principal of a junior high school. 

I am a Utah girl and have lived here for the majority of my life. I earned both my degrees from Weber State and have various educational endorsements from UC Berkeley and Western Governors. My house is near one of the Ogden trailheads which I absolutely love. Being in the mountains is a favorite pastime of mine, whether it be hiking, skiing, doing yoga, or reading a good book. 

I am married to an incredible man, John, and we have two teenage sons, Isaiah and Noah, who each attended OPA when they were younger. My sons are the light of my life and bring me a whole lot of joy. The only other girl in my house is my beautiful fur baby, Selah Grace. She’s a bernedoodle who loves to adventure with me.

This will be my twentieth year in education and I’m just so pleased to be spending it at OPA. I’m passionate about serving our community and can’t wait to begin!

Debbie Deem




I have lived in the Ogden area my entire life, and I now reside in West Haven with my husband, Darin, and four children. My children started attending OPA when the school opened and have now all moved on.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Business from Weber State University. I attended graduate school in Computer Science at Utah State University. I have a level 2 teaching license from the State of Utah and a level 4 Math certification.

After college, I worked as an Operations Research Analyst at Hill Air Force Base, and I assisted my husband in managing our business. Prior to becoming a math teacher, I was involved with Ogden Preparatory Academy by serving on the Board of Directors as well as serving as President and co-founder of OPAPO. I also have enjoyed serving in the Ogden community.

A few years ago, my husband and I went zip lining in Park City and loved it! I have now zip-lined in Canada, Jamaica, Puerto Vallarta and Belize, among other places! Canada was my favorite, because I could flip upside down. I have now decided that cruising is my favorite vacation, and I prefer the beautiful scenery of the Caribbean.

Teryl Young

Early Childhood Center Director


Elizabeth Callison

SpED Director


Stephanie Wright

Teaching and Learning Director


Stephanie Mathers

Curriculum and Compliance Director