OPA Administration

Kasey Kennington

 Interim Principal; Head of Elementary

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Biography

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 pickle ball. 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

Vice Principal; Head of Secondary

Biography

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 Administrator; Director of Human Resources

Biography

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.

When I have time, I love to travel, camp, sew, paint, cook and remodel things. I also enjoy riding ATVs and gardening. Mostly, I enjoy working at OPA.

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

Elementary Dean of Students

Biography

Hello. My name is Teryl Young. I was born in Colorado and have had the opportunity to live in 7 different states throughout my life, before settling back here in Utah. I obtained a B.S. from Weber State University in 1993. In 2006, when my son started school, I became a part of the OPA team. I began my career as a paraprofessional and discovered that teaching was “in my blood” (my grandparents and aunts and uncles were/are teachers). I went back to school to obtain my special education licensure from WSU and completed the program in December, 2009. I love working with children and watching them learn and grow. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have worked at OPA as a paraprofessional, a parent (of a student with a disability) and now a teacher.

I have two children who attend OPA. In our spare time we enjoy hiking, biking, skiing and camping.


Elizabeth Callison

Special Education Director

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Biography

I am pleased to be serving as Ogden Preparatory Academy’s Special Education Director. This will be my 6th year with OPA, with many more to come.

In 2012, I graduated from Boise State University with my Master’s degree in Special Education with a mild/moderate endorsement. Since then, I have received endorsements in severe/profound and k-12 Special Education Mathematics. Working with students of all ages and all ability levels is the thing I love most in the world, followed closely by my husband, dogs, and writing.