High School

Mike Ashton

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I am a High School Success Coach and the Head Coach for the Cross Country and Track and Field teams.

In May of 2015, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Communication emphasis in Public Relations from Utah Valley University. I was also a five year student athlete on the Track and Field team at Utah Valley University. I am currently the Indoor Pole Vault Record holder at UVU. Though pole vault was my main event I am well versed in every event, some more than others.

Because of my life long experience in track and field and other sports I have been able to develop a love for coaching and seeing and facilitating the success of others. Also while in college I was also able to take psychology and coaching courses that helped me hone my skills and improve.

Other work experience I have is in business, marketing and retail. I was born in San Jose, California but tell everyone that I am from Vancouver, WA. I also served a two-year LDS mission to Jamaica and the Bahamas. I have been married to the love of my life since May 2014.


Jacey Eyre

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 7.16.45 PMJacey Eyre sincerely loves working with children and has been working with a wide range of students for 5 years now. Jacey attended the University of Utah where she received a Bachelors of Science in both Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. Jacey is working to become a School Counselor and will be starting her Master’s program for School Counseling this coming year of 2016. She has a sincere passion to help kids, emotionally and academically, succeed and follow their dreams and passions. Jacey loves playing basketball, volleyball, soccer, and enjoys doing anything outdoors, especially four wheeling, boating, and hiking. This is Jacey’s second year here as at AISU where she has been a part of the Middle School Success Coach Team and was/ will continue to be, a HOPE Squad Advisor. This year, Jacey is extremely thrilled to be a part of the International Program and hopes to provide an amazing support to all our international students.


Stephanie Garcia

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Heather Richardson

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Pam Smith

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Middle School

Jade Christiansen

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 9.55.16 AMJade Christiansen was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been working children for over four years, ranging in age from lower elementary to middle school. She is currently a Success Coach for the middle school and will also be teaching group guitar this year. Jade is currently attending the University of Utah pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Minor in Music. After that she plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychology. She hopes to someday incorporate this degree into teaching children using music therapy. In her spare time, Jade enjoys watching movies, traveling, and playing the guitar. This is Jade’s second year here at AISU and she is looking forward to working with students in helping them find the best ways in which they can be successful.

Geoffrey Dean, PhD

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 7.23.46 PMGeoffrey Dean comes to AISU from Bulgaria, where he was a leading music educator and performer for over twenty years. A founding music faculty member at the American University in Bulgaria, he helped design and implement the school’s music curriculum, and served as fine arts program coordinator, Spring Artfest director, Academic Advising committee chair, and representative to the national board of the Fulbright Commission for educational exchange. As the cellist of the Dimov and Sofia string quartets, he was a concert artist of the Sofia Philharmonic, performing in major European music capitals, for the Queen of Denmark and Council of Europe, and on concert tours of Japan. Geoffrey has pursued his passion for collaborative music-making by bringing together professional and aspiring musicians for innovative international performance projects, such as The Banjo Meets the Tamboura (USA/Bulgaria), Balkan Drum Dialogue (Romania/Bulgaria), Cobra Junior Group Improvisation Workshop (Macedonia/Bulgaria), and the Rila Ethno Music Exchange (Belgium/Sweden/Bulgaria).

In May of 2015 Geoffrey and AISU Orchestra Director Christa Saeger led AISU’s first international intensive. Featuring daily language sessions, folk music and dance lessons and performances, and excursions to important cultural landmarks throughout the country, the AISU Bulgaria Intensive provided a richly layered cultural immersion for AISU students.

Hannah Engel

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 7.12.22 PMHannah recently graduated from the University of Utah, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. For the last three years she has worked closely with children, including experience as a preschool teacher and an intern at Roosevelt Elementary. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, skiing, camping, and curling up with a good book. Hannah is excited to be part of such an innovative and diverse school and cannot wait to connect with the students at AISU!


Gina Mejia

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Aaron Morgan

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Terri Neiswender

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Abigail Wixom

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Mike Stumph

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Aeowyn Pelca- Studies Skills Coach

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