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After School Staff

Afterschool Program Staff

Coordinator/Director- Ms. Nathaly De La Torre
I've had the privilege of working at an Afterschool program throughout my years at the University of Utah, where I graduated from Human Dev. Fam. Studies with minors in Psychology and Health in 2014. A goal of mine was to open and run my own program someday. I continued working as a
Coordinator after graduation for SLCSD, until an opportunity to open and run my own program became a reality with Summit Academy in 2018. Working with kiddos and being able to teach and explore different subjects/projects is the best part of my job. My favorite subject we do would have to be Active Enrichment because students and teachers are able to get up and move, which is very much needed after a long day at school. Also, it's just fun to challenge or be challenged by the students, until realizing how much energy I lack in comparison.
A bit more about me on the personal side: I have a daughter, who has become the light of my life, 2 mini doxies- so totaling three children, and a husband. Some hobbies I enjoy are watching movies, traveling, picking up mini hobbies (photography, certain sports, sewing), BOXING and being Happy! I love what I do. It brings me so much joy hearing students say "I don't want to go home yet" or "pick me up later next time", meaning I'm doing my job right. 

Independence Staff 

Ms. Jenna Reid Program Lead
Hi! I’m Jenna Reid. My love for wPictureorking with kids definitely came from my mom, who is a preschool teacher at Sunshine Square! I’ve learned a lot from her, tutored, been a co teacher at Dancing Moose Montessori, and nanny, which I still actively do alongside working in the after sch
ool program here at Summit. I’m currently an engineering major at UVU and love sharing my interests through fun STEM activities with the kids. When I’m not working or going to school you can find me hanging with family and friends, and spend
ing time outdoors! I love camping, climbing, and doing anything active or that gets me outside!
Ms. Karen Mendez Group Leader
I have been working with kids since my early teens through babysitting and enjoyed every moment of it. I knew as an adult I wanted to keep working in that same field and had the privilege to work in a elementary school 3 years ago for their after school program. From there I moved on to 2 different daycares to work for their after school and summer program. And even got to work with their Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms. Now I am currently working in Summit Academy Independence as a Kindergarten Instructor and their After School Program. My favorite subjects for a project to do with the kids are Arts and Crafts & Teamwork. I love how kids can create different things with art and express themselves while being proud of their work. It makes me really happy seeing them come together. I love seeing them helping each other out and working as a team and not leaving anyone behind. Some of my hobbies are baking, videography, and traveling
Draper Campus 
Ms. "Laci" Alessia Johnson Program Lead
Hello, my name is Alessia Johnson. The kids call me Ms. Lacey. I love working with children of all ages. I have taught preschool for seven years, coached both middle school and high school soccer and basketball, and worked at summer camp for six years. I love incorporating arts and athletics whenever possible. The goal is always for kids to be safe and have fun!
Ms. "Ady" Adyson Group Leader
Hello my name is Ady Boyack and I love working with kids. I have been working with kids since I was little. Planning kid camps, babysitting, and teaching classes. I have enjoyed teaching and interacting through different activities every week. One of my favorite activities is arts and crafts. I love art. It has been apart of my life for a very long time. I enjoy helping the children connect to art to express themselves. They create amazing things.