The History of Spectrum Academy

In 2006, a group of parents frustrated with the educational opportunities available for students with autism, took it upon themselves to ensure the academic success of their children. After years of hard work, sacrifice and sheer determination, they opened the doors of the first charter school in Utah dedicated solely to the academic, behavioral and social success of students with Asperger’s Syndrome and high-functioning autism.

The same vision that motivated these early parents still drives the parents, educators and staff at Spectrum Academy today. What started as an elementary program of 150 students has, in the last nine years, expanded to include elementary and high school programs in multiple campuses with a combined population of over 1,400 students.

Located in North Salt Lake, Utah and Pleasant Grove, Utah, our educators understand the academic, social and behavioral challenges of these unique students. Many among our employees are themselves parents, grandparents and siblings of individuals on the autism spectrum. They come to Spectrum Academy looking for opportunities to inspire, guide and develop the strategies that will help our students reach their fullest potential and enjoy productive and successful futures. Along the way, our commitment to advance the academic opportunities for students with autism has led other individuals with unique learning needs to our school. Our school population now consists of a rich mixture of students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, students throughout the autism spectrum, and those with typical learning abilities. All these students benefit from our small class sizes, individualized instruction and innovative social skills curriculum.
Building upon the vision of our founding parents, Spectrum Academy is passionate about the success of its students. As a charter school, we are part of the public school system and are subject to the same laws and regulations that govern traditional public schools. We receive public education funds and do not require tuition. And, like other public schools, we are open to the public, without discrimination.


Today, Spectrum Academy serves over 800 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade at our North Salt Lake campus, and over 600 students grades Kindergarten through 12th grade at our Pleasant Grove campus. Both campuses offer many services for students, such as:

*Small Class Sizes
*A Teacher and Paraprofessional in Every Classroom
*Speech Therapy
*Occupational Therapy
*Individual Counseling
*Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) where applicable






Meet our Board of Directors

Jason Steenblik


Madi Leyba


Marney DeVroom


Amy Loertscher


Marcy Johnson


Larry Bethers



Parent and Staff Testimonials

Meet our directors & administrators

 Dr. Jaime Christensen has been with Spectrum Academy for 11 years.  She served as elementary and secondary school principal prior to being appointed the Director of Academics.  Jaime earned her undergraduate degree from Westminster College and her graduate degrees from the University of Memphis.



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Liz received her Bachelors in Special Education from Weber State University and her Masters in Education from Argosy University. Her Spectrum Career began in 2009 when she worked as a Paraprofessional to support her son at his new school. She then went on to teach for a few years and in 2013 beame the Principal of the Pleasant Grove Campus. She is a member of the CEC (Council for Exceptional Children), ARUCC (Autism Resources of Utah County Council) and, USEAP (Utah Special Education Advisory Panel); representing Individuals with Disabilities as a parent of a student with disabilities.

Regional Director of Academics

Pleasant Grove


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Jana Gold has been an elementary school teacher with Canyons School District since 2008.  She has served on the Spectrum Academy Board of Directors for the past 8 years and has a son who attended and graduated from Spectrum Academy.  Jana has her master of education degree from Southern Utah University and is currently finishing the licensure program in educational administration from Western Governor’s University.

Principal, NSL Elementary


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Molly is a New England native who moved to Utah in 2016. Before coming to Spectrum, Molly was a Functional Life Skills teacher for a Residential program in her home state of Maine. Her passion for working with this group of students led her to complete her Masters of Educational Psychology through the University of Southern Maine to become a BCBA. Molly specializes in working on functional communication, pivotal response training, incidental teaching and discrete trial training. 

Principal, NSL STARS


I spent most of my growing up years in Meridian, ID where I went to Centennial High School and participated in football, wrestling, and track. I graduated from BYU-I in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, Health, and Physical Education. I took a job teaching Spanish and Adapted PE in Middleton Idaho. I received my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. After graduating, I took a VP job at Rigby High School, and then became the principal at North Powder Charter School a year later, where I’ve been the last two years. I love being a part of the Spectrum family and enjoy working with the amazing staff we have here! 

K-8 8Asst. Principal, Pleasant Grove


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Bio coming soon.

Assistant Principal, NSL Intermediate



Audra Mayhan has worked with children and families for more than 15 years. Earning a master’s degree in art therapy in 2005, she began her career as an art therapist working in residential facilities. Her specialty was treating children (ages 5 to 12) who had experienced trauma. Moving to Utah in 2009, Audra became part of the Spectrum Academy family and pursued a teaching license in special education. A firm believer in Spectrum's mission, Audra spent eight years teaching first grade at the NSL campus prior to assuming the role of K-3 Instructional Coach and Academic Manager at the end of last year. Audra combines the skills and modalities she acquired first in art therapy and then developed further in teaching. Her preference is to use hands-on and “active” experiences to help our population meet their individual and academic needs. Audra will be overseeing both campuses for K-3 academic management and progress.

Instructional Coach Academic Manager


Brad Nelson worked for over 30 years in the commercial real estate consulting, development and finance world.  He received his degree in Finance from Washington State University. He has managed developments, budgets and staff to finance and create small and large scale projects as well as retail stores throughout the country. He has owned and managed several small businesses in a variety of fields.  Brad served for several years on the Spectrum Academy Board of Directors where he developed a passion for the mission of Spectrum Academy.  Brad now serves as Spectrum Academy's Director of Finance. 



Christina Guevara has taught second through eighth grades at Spectrum Academy as well as started the school’s first gifted class for middle school. She co-authored the Social Scene Investigations: A Social Skills Curriculum. She specializes in ABA, discrete trial training, classroom management, and individualized interventions for both the school and home settings. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from UCLA

and Master’s in Education/Special Education from the University of Phoenix. Currently she is in the Doctorate of Education / Curriculum & Instruction program.

Regional Director of Academics

North Salt Lake



McDevan Carling was born and raised in West Jordan, Utah. He attended the University of Utah, Weber State, and Salt Lake Community College and has extensive coursework in philosophy, psychology and education.  He is currently finishing his master’s degree in educational administration. Mr. Carling has worked with Spectrum Academy since 2012 as a paraprofessional, teacher, and now as an administrator. He is a proud father and husband living in Davis county.

Assistant Principal, NSL High School and CREATE


Kristen received her Bachelor’s and Master's degrees from Brigham Young University. She has spent the majority of her career working in Utah, California and Florida as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist; with most of her time spent working in the schools, clinics and private settings. She received her  Board certification in Behavior Analysis, which she obtained through the Florida Institute of Technology. She now has her "dream job" at Spectrum Academy in Pleasant Grove where she has been working as an SLP and as a BCBA. She has also assisted in oversight and collaboration of the school's Functional Skills program. 

K-8 Principal, Pleasant Grove


Kaley Veater (King) joined Spectrum Academy in the fall of 2012 as a middle school social studies teacher. She taught World Studies, Utah Studies and US History for three years. In her third year of teaching, she served as an administrative lead. In the fall of 2015, Kaley became the assistant principal of the North Salt Lake Secondary School. In October 2017, Kaley transferred to the Pleasant Grove campus and currently serves as an assistant principal. She attended Utah Valley University (Go Wolverines!) and received her Bachelors in History Education. 

High School Principal

Pleasant Grove


Krisanne received her BS in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in occupational therapy from the University of Utah. She currently works as the Student Services Coordinator for Spectrum Academy in North Salt Lake, Utah, collaborating with teachers and providing occupational therapy services to children with a variety of disabilities. She has worked with children with ASD and other disabilities in Texas and Utah, and has worked in clinical, early intervention, home, and education-based settings. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah and enjoys teaching adults almost as much as kids! She is certified in sensory integration and in the administration/interpretation of the SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test) and has extensive experience with sensory integration.

Related Services Director


Amy began fundraising in 2008 with the first Walk Now For Autism in Utah. Shortly thereafter she served as an Events Chair for the Autism Council of Utah coordinating their Gala's, Golf Tournaments and other fundraising and awareness activities. She has been at Spectrum since 2014 and has worked as a paraprofessional, administrative assistant, SPED assistant and Special Education Coordinator. She is now the Development Coordinator and oversees all events, fundraisers, grants, publicity, donor relationships and website development.

Development Coordinator

Amy Baker




Thank you to our Community Partners that support Spectrum Academy.


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K - 12th

867 S. 800 W.

Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

Tel: 801-785-9019


K - 2nd

575 N. Cutler Dr.

North Salt Lake, UT 84054

Tel: 801-936-0318


Intermediate 3rd-8th

665 N. Cutler Dr.

North Salt Lake, UT 84054

Tel: 801-936-0318


High School

552 N. Cutler Dr.

North Salt Lake, UT 84054

Tel: 801-936-0318


STARS Campus

35 N. Redwood Road

North Salt Lake, UT 85054

Tel: 801-936-0318

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