About Us

Welcome to the Education Department!

Educational Director – Glenn Thomas

Glenn ThomasGlenn graduated from the University of Wyoming with his Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies. He then taught high school in Arizona, while he finished his Master’s degree in Special Education. Glenn and his family moved to St. George, Utah where he taught at a residential treatment center for drug addiction and finished his second Master’s degree in Education Administration. He also taught several years in a behavior unit in Granite School District in Salt Lake City before deciding to go back to Wyoming and now returns to Utah with his amazing wife and four lovely daughters. He loves working in education because he has enjoyed making a difference in youths’ lives.

Contact information: Glenn@Maplelakeacademy.com                                                                          Please allow 3-5 business days for a response. 

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.

Contact information: Jeff@Maplelakeacademy.com                                                                       Please allow 3-5 business days for a response. 

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!

Contact information: Vicki@Maplelakeacademy.com                                                                    Please allow 3-5 business days for a response. 

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.

Contact information: Julie@Maplelakeacademy.com                                                                     Please allow 3-5 business days for a response. 

ByronScience Teacher – Byron Fellows

Byron Graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelors degree in Earth Science Education, and a minor in Environmental studies. He has substituted in the Granite School District for 2-two and half years. He is very happy to be teaching here at Maple Lake and very much enjoys science and being able to teach students.  He is very happy to make a difference in the lives of the students he teaches and inspire them to obtain their full potential. He has been a teacher and trainer through most of his life, through the different jobs he has had. He was raised in Salt Lake County, comes from a family of seven children with him being the oldest with five sisters and one brother. He is married with 3 Beautiful Girls. Enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and rock hounding.

Contact information: Byron@maplelakeacademy.com                                                                  Please allow 3-5 business days for a response. 

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.

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