Spectrum Academy directors
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.
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 Executive Director of Finance and Development.
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.
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.
Student 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.
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.
North Salt Lake Administrators
Pleasant Grove Administrators
Principal, NSL High School and CREATE
Jeremiah is a mild/moderate certified special educator with a film & animation degree who joined Spectrum in 2013. He began as a math teacher and moved into a lead teacher role in those first couple years. In 2018 he moved into an instructional coach role and enjoyed every minute of that until the opportunity came to join the administration team as an assistant principal and ultimately principal of the high school in North Salt Lake. He enjoys his family with two young children and mountain bikes whenever he can.
Principal, NSL Intermediate School
I am a husband and a father to 5 children. I was born and raised in Rupert, ID. I grew up on a farm where I enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and participating in sports. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education 1-8 and Special Education from Western Governors University. I also completed my Master’s degree in Special Education from Western Governors University. I have worked at Spectrum Academy for several years as a paraprofessional, teacher, behavior specialist, assistant principal and now principal.
Principal, Elementary School
I am thrilled to be a part of the Spectrum Family. I believe education is a never-ending process that molds character, develops self-esteem, and prepares individuals for life experiences. I have been in education for over 15 years. I originally graduated from Brigham Young University with my Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. As a social worker, I enjoyed working with at-risks students needing alternative pathways to earn their GED. I later found myself working in an Early Intervention program, where I fell in love with working with children with special needs. I then returned to school to earn my teaching certificate in Special Education from Utah State. Since that time, I have worked with and taught students from early intervention through college. I received my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Governors University. When I’m not working, I enjoy baking, the outdoors, and traveling with my husband and three teenagers.
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.
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.
Assistant Principal, NSL Intermediate
Katie Hart has been a teacher at Spectrum since 2014 teaching Elementary Functional Life Skills. She has a Bachelor's in Special Education with a Severe Emphasis from Brigham Young University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction - Autism Spectrum Disorders from Arizona State University. She loves being part of the Spectrum family!
Principal, PG High School/Middle School
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.
Principal, PG K-6
Hi everyone! My name is Jodi Blackhurst and I will be the Assistant Principal for K-6 this year. I am very excited for this new role! I have worked in various positions at Spectrum Academy over the past 7 years. I started as a Functional Skills Teacher in 2015, taught 4th grade for 2 years, and have been an Instructional Coach for the past 2 years. I have 5 amazing children of my own and 5 beautiful grandchildren. I was born and raised in East Texas and travel there as often as I can to see family. I have my teaching degree from Western Governor University in Special Education and Elementary Education K-12. I recently completed a Master’s degree in Education with Administrative Licensure from Southern Utah University. I love Spectrum Academy and I am excited for the new school year!
Principal, PG STARS
My whole adult life has been dedicated to students with disabilities in different capacities. I got my bachelor's in Severe Special Education at the University of Utah, and my Masters of Education at Utah State University in Special Education and school administration. I've previously taught students from K- Age 22 and been a principal of a charter school. I have 3 unique and amazing children that have guided me through the world of Autism and helped me be a better advocate and supporter of all children but especially those on the spectrum. I am excited to be a part of the Spectrum Family and look forward to getting to know the whole Spectrum community.
PG High School/Middle School
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.
Assistant Principal, PG K-6
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!