About Us

Welcome to the Education Department!


Educational Director – MaryLynn Hingano

MaryLynn graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Music. She has worked with children K-9 through Sacramento County School District and one-on-one with children with Down-Syndrome. Before she became Educational Director, she worked as the school’s English teacher and loved every minute. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree and plans on obtaining her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing. She is a published poet and award winning writer from her time at Utah Valley University. She is passionate about making a positive influence in the lives of the students at Maple Lake Academy. She comes from a large family, loves playing soccer, watching movies and indulging in a good ol’ fashioned Hershey’s chocolate bar!

Science Teacher – Rian MasonRianMason

Rian earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Utah Valley University in Biology Education. Rian has experience teaching chemistry, environmental science, physical science, human anatomy, biology and physiology. Rian enjoys learning and is excited to teach young minds all he knows about science!

Rian has lived in Utah his entire life. He is married and has two handsome boys and one adorable girl. Rian’s philosophy in life is, “a happy wife, a happy life.” As a result of this philosophy, he is often found engaging in some type of family activity. Rian enjoys boating with his family, watching the sunset with his wife, cooking/baking, watching science movies and camping.

JeffOwensMath Teacher – Jeff Owens

Jeff Owens Graduated from Southern Utah University with degrees and certifications in Mathematics, Computer Science, Athletic Training/Sports Medicine, and Furniture & Cabinet Making. He began his professional career as a high school mathematics teacher and coach in Utah. Jeff served on curriculum development teams at both district and state levels, helped develop user interface for education software, and was part of a Fellowship at the University of Utah sponsored by the National Science Foundation to strengthen teaching competencies in rural schools. He then worked in the private sector as a software engineer and consultant for 25 years before returning to education as a mathematics teacher at Maple Lake Academy in 2011. In 2013, Jeff took an eighteen month leave from Maple Lake to serve an LDS mission with his wife in Texas where they digitally preserved old books and records. He returned to teaching at Maple Lake in January 2015 where he hopes to stay for a very long time.

Jeff enjoys the great southern Utah outdoors where he was born and raised. He likes most sports, really anything outdoors or involving a ball. He loves building fine furniture and custom cabinetry in his shop and being with his family, especially his 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

VickiMoesingerSocial Studies Teacher – Vicki Moesinger

Vicki was born in Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico; 3rd in a family of 8 children. She came to the United States at 17. But returned to live in Mexico a couple of times for a total of 22 years of her life including a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has lived in Arizona, Utah, California and Colorado.

She has a double major Bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish and a Master’s degree in English as a Second Language plus 30 Master’s hours in Psychology. She taught middle school social studies for 8 years before taking leave for 15 years to raise her 3 children.

She taught Social Studies at the Center for Change for 3 years on a part-time basis. And spent 5 years in Nebo School District subbing while she finished raising her children and teaching Interior Design for 2 of those 5 years. She, also, spend 1 ½ years developing an English Language program for a private school that catered to international students.
Before teaching, Vicki worked in the business world as an office manager, HR director and General manager for 5 businesses.

Vicki’s hobbies are gardening, reading, just about anything creative such as painting, sewing and interior design. She loves spending time with her family, renovating old things and service in her Church. Her passions are teaching, learning, being healthy and people. The most interesting/unique thing she feels she did in her life was to interview with the CIA. But since she is afraid of the dark and knew she would faint if someone pulled a gun on her, the position did not work out. Whew!

Julie Smith picEnglish Teacher – Julie Smith

Julie Smith is excited to be teaching English at  Maple Lake Academy! Julie Graduated from BYU and has earned teaching certificates in both English and History and is currently working on additional certifications. She has completed many hours of graduate level credit, and completed additional training in Special Education and reading instruction. Julie has taught at a public school, private school, and at other residential treatment centers – which is where she most enjoys to work! While working in a GED preparation center, Julie created a reading program for beginning readers with learning disabilities that was very helpful and is still being used there today.  She has also been privileged to take part in the National Writing Project for Educators and Driven To Teach, a Utah based teaching fellowship program.

Along with English, Julie is also the Student Government/Leadership class instructor at Maple Lake Academy. Previously, she has run and overseen student councils and other youth organizations and is excited to be doing so at Maple Lake. As a youth, Julie was a state officer in multiple organizations. She founded the Youth City Council in her hometown and presented at a state conference for other youth wanting to start Youth City Councils in their areas. She also served as a National Youth Ambassador in the 4-H Program and organized a humanitarian aid trip to Mexico. She was honored for her service and leadership work as a Presidential Point of Light nominee, a National Presidential Award Citizenship Winner through 4-H, and the state winner for the JC Golden Rule Award.

Julie enjoys serving in the community and has served as a Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader, President of Friends of the Library, and in many teaching and youth leadership programs in the community and at her church. She writes poetry and has won a national poetry contest. In her free time, Julie enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their five children.

CaptureTeacher’s Aide – Donna Breckenridge

Donna Breckenridge earned her PhD in sociology from BYU, where she worked for 25 years before retiring. She also taught history, sociology, philosophy and political science at several other colleges in Utah, and has been a Concurrent Enrollment instructor for UVU. She has 3 married children and 3 grandchildren. Originally from Canada, she now lives in Springville and is active in community affairs.


Contact us: (801) 798-7700 ext. 1112 – PO BOX 175, Payson, UT 84651