Spectrum Academy Board of Directors

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Madi Leyba


Marney DeVroom


Amy Loertscher


Marcy Johnson


Larry Bethers


Dennis Bullard


Spectrum Academy directors & administrators


Executive Director of Academics

 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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Regional Director of Academics

Pleasant Grove

Title IX Coordinator

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.

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Principal, NSL High School and CREATE

Bio coming soon.

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Principal, NSL STARS

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. 


K-8 Assistant Principal,       Pleasant Grove

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! 

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Assistant Principal, NSL Intermediate

Steven Merrell was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has worked with students ranging from 5th-grade through 12th-grade throughout his time in the classroom. Steven received his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of San Diego, his Master of Arts in English Literature from Macquarie University (AUS), and his Master in Education from the University of Utah. Steven is currently in the Educational Leadership Doctoral program at the University of Utah. This is Steven's second year at Spectrum Academy.



MS/HS Assistant Principal, Pleasant Grove

Scott Moffatt has worked at the Pleasant Grove campus since it first opened in 2014. He started as a paraprofessional the first year, then he became the high school language arts teacher after graduating from Utah Valley University in Literary Studies. He received his Masters of Arts in Education Administration in 2019 and then became the Assistant Principal for the Secondary School in February 2020. 



Ed Tech and CTE Coordinator

Kaley Veater has been at Spectrum Academy since 2012. She has worked as a middle school social studies teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She is currently serving as Spectrum Academy's Educational Technology Coordinator (which includes her role as the Canvas Administrator) and the Career and Technical Education Coordinator. She has a Bachelor's in History Education from Utah Valley University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from American College of Education.


Executive Director of Finance and Development

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. 


Regional Director of Academics

North Salt Lake

Title IX Coordinator

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.



 Principal, NSL Intermediate School

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.



 Principal, Elementary School

Bio comming soon.


K-8 Principal, Pleasant Grove

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. 


MS/HS Principal, Pleasant Grove

I am a wife, a mom of four great kids, and a grandma to 7 sweet grandbabies. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in English teaching.  Six years ago, my son Tyler and I made the move to Utah, and Tyler enrolled in Spectrum PG the year it opened. During that time, I have been teaching ELA and math at Lincoln Academy along with serving as an intervention, assessment, and data specialist. I completed my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction--Autism Spectrum Disorders through Arizona State University and then finished my administrative certification through Utah State University. I was privileged to complete part of my intern hours right here at Spectrum. Since moving to Utah, I have also served as a lead evaluator for high school accreditation with Cognia®, and I had the honor of leading the team that evaluated Spectrum North Salt Lake.


Related Services Director

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.


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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

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552 N. Cutler Dr.

North Salt Lake, UT 84054

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35 N. Redwood Road

North Salt Lake, UT 84054

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