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!

Stephanie Mathers

Junior High Principal



I was born and raised in Michigan and lived there for the first 29 years of my life. During that time, I earned my BA in English Education and my MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University – Go Green! I taught high school English, yearbook, and speech in Michigan for 6 years before moving to Utah.

I always wanted to live in the mountains and finally made that dream a reality in 2010 when I moved to South Ogden and found a teaching job here at OPA.

In 2014, I was gifted the opportunity to transition to administration as OPA’s Curriculum Director. This led to a variety of administrative roles including the ones I occupy today. My favorite part of the job is, and always will be, the opportunity to build relationships with young people.

When I’m not at OPA, I enjoy gardening, snowboarding, hiking, watching college football, and rescuing shelter cats.

Debbie Deem

Business Director



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

Elem Vice Principal


Elizabeth Callison

SpED Director


Stephanie Wright

Academic Director


Andrew Smith

IMS Director