"I truly believe the heart of any program is the people that work there. After meeting the people at Telos my mind was made up. Team Telos is second to none."
"Barry is a warm and self-revealing person with whom both our son, and us are able to easily relate. His flexibility in the treatment process allows Barry to re-evaluate therapeutic approaches in order to identify and use those that will work best with our son. However, he has also not been afraid to push our son, and us out of our 'comfort zones.' Through his insightfulness, Barry never misses an opportunity to teach 'life lessons' to our son regardless of where they happen to be at the time. Our son has consequently been able to progress at Telos, and advance towards the achievement of his goals that were outlined for him within the first month of his admission." - Parent
Barry comes to Telos from across the sea. His original home was in England, but that all changed when he fell in love with an American girl. Barry's first line of work once in America was working with struggling youth. Barry has been in the field ever since and has loved witnessing young people adopt principles of health and happiness. Aside from his charming accent, Barry brings a wealth of clinical skill to his work with the boys. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and playing football (or, as we know it, soccer).
"At the last Family Days triathlon my son was the last racer out of the water. I was standing on the dock and could see him slowly swimming in. As he got closer I could see someone swimming alongside him. To my surprise, Craig LaMont was in the water with Dan encouraging and coaching him along. It struck me--this is an amazing place filled with amazing people. The CEO of the company is in a wetsuit, in a lake, personally attending to my boy. Nowhere but Telos." -Parent
Craig LaMont is primarily a husband and father of five. Although he loves his profession and excels therein, he also loves to get involved in many other activities like coaching youth athletic teams, board service, church service, community service, and regularly participates in outdoor sports. Craig has founded, owned and operated a number of residential treatment centers and is known as a valuable consultant in the field. He is co-founder and co-owner of Telos Residential Treatment and its associated group of companies where he serves as President and CEO. Craig is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has worked in and studied the mental health industry since 1990. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Brigham Young University. Craig is passionate about serving teens and families and has dedicated his professional and volunteer time to that end
"Tony has the unique ability to see past surface complexities to the heart of an issue. With professionalism, kindness, expertise, and great wisdom he approaches all aspects of his work at Telos. He saved my son's life, and the organization he helps lead has saved hundreds of others." -Parent
Tony grew up in Colorado and Idaho and currently lives in Highland, Utah. At Telos, Tony leads the leadership team and helps Telos staff develop best practices. He is a board member for the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (natsap.org) and helps shape best practices in youth treatment. He and his wife Cassie have six energetic children (Courtney, Adelade, Truman, Beckett, Lucy, and Millie) who contribute to a very active home life. Tony's interests include photography, writing, and skiing.
"As the Admissions Director, Kristin is the face of Telos. Now that Blake has been at Telos, I see that her love and commitment to excellence is truly representative of Telos as a whole." - Parent
Kristin Williams is the Admissions Director at Telos RTC, and the principal at Telos Academy - the academic program at Telos She earned her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and an Educational Administration License from Utah State University.
Kristin has worked in the public school system for 15 years and has been with Telos since 2006. Prior to Telos, she was employed as the principal at Mound Fort Middle School / Junior High. She is the former director of the Family Community Resource Center at Central Middle School, and has also worked as a counselor at Lewis Elementary School. She is married to Greg Williams and they have two daughters. Personally, she loves the mountains of Utah and enjoys keeping physically fit. She loves being part of Team Telos.
“Becca is a genuinely happy and positive person. I deeply appreciated her personal and caring manner as we transitioned our son to Telos.” - Parent
Becca Jolley is the Assistant Director of Admissions for Telos Companies. She earned a BS in Therapeutic Recreation at Brigham Young University. Shortly after she graduated, she became a nationally certified professional in the field of Therapeutic Recreation. She loves working with youth. In her family she grew up with all boys so working at Telos, with all boys, feels like home. Prior to working at Telos, she worked with children at Primary Children’s Wasatch Canyons. Outside of Telos she enjoys movies, animals, music, and being in the sun.
"My son came to Telos having tried nearly every therapy and medication known to man. We had tried so many interventions, the waters were muddied as to what was effective and what wasn't. Dr. Palmer took a careful and conservative approach to understanding my son's psychiatric needs. He worked closely with the other professionals at Telos to simplify and streamline the medicines until we had a clear picture of what was needed." - Parent
The Telos mission statement asserts that "diagnostic precision" is a key objective in each student's treatment. Dr. Palmer takes a conservative stance regarding diagnoses and patiently works toward a deep and comprehensive understanding of what each boy is dealing with.
"Chris brings the perfect mixture of humanity and professionalism to Telos." -Staff
For employment and internship questions, contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Christopher’s legal practice includes corporate governance and compliance, employment law, real estate, criminal defense and civil litigation in both Federal and Utah state courts.
A native of Oxford, England, Christopher previously worked in the UK in risk management and systems development for both city government and the National Health Service. Christopher has also worked in the US as an attorney with the esteemed law firm Hepworth Murray & Associates, as well as in the wholesale finance, securities, investment banking, and mortgage banking industries. Christopher is a Certified Governance, Risk Management and Compliance Professional (GRCP), and a Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Christopher earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he was appointed President of the Student Trial Lawyers Association, and participated in the Corporate and Commercial Law program. Christopher co-captained the university’s International Commercial Arbitration moot court team, which competed in the Willem C. Vis ICA competition in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Vienna. Christopher also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management.
"Tony teaches us that no one is too important to serve. When I see him watering the plants, mowing the grass, and attending to more menial tasks, I am reminded that Telos is more about service than position." -Staff
Tony is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has spent his career working with youth. He has worked in various treatment settings including residential and wilderness programs. Tony grew up on the central coast of California. He is married to Leah, and they have four wonderful children--Anela, Taylor, Mark, and Tia. Tony enjoys playing soccer, running, biking, swimming, and spending time with his children. When Tony has time for hobbies, he enjoys working on landscaping and home construction projects.
"I love when he's around. He's the perfect balance of holding boundaries and still being fun." - Student
I first became interested in working with people when I had the opportunity to volunteer as a special education tutor in high school. I was interested in working specifically with teenage boys because I could understand them, then I discovered Telos. In a way, I felt lead to Telos, and I knew it was where I was supposed to be. I joined Telos as a part of the Anthem House Program in 2011, where I was employed as an Advocate, and now as Program Director. I earned my Associates at Utah Valley University, where my studies in Behavioral Science continue. In addition to being a parent figure at the Anthem House, I have a family of my own. My wife and I had our first baby girl in 2015. Having a daughter has added perspective to the work I do at Telos, just as Telos has given me the tools to be a better parent in my own home.
"Larry Smith is caring, thoughtful and creative. He has made a huge impact on Ryan. Beyond our son, the entire family has grown from Larry's willingness to offer a tremendous amount of time with each member. He is consistent and steadfast in his values. Ryan sees this and has started to adopt those same principles of happiness into his own life. We are deeply indebted to Larry." -Parent
Described by many as the "Dad of Telos." Larry is a former project manager and team leader in the aviation and construction industries. Midway through his professional life, Larry decided to blend his pertinent life and career experience with learning regarding marriage, the family system, and teen growth and development. As a volunteer leader and counselor Larry has worked with youth and their families for decades to strengthen relationships, improve communications, and overcome problems such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and addiction. As a couples communications instructor and family life educator, Larry continues to provide training and instruction to couples, families, and youth. Larry has a strong desire to help others succeed at life's challenges, and is committed to helping each boy at Telos achieve his ultimate potential. Larry and his wife Holly have seven children. His personal interests include his family, camping and hiking, hunting and fishing, motorcycling, flying, and church service.
"On the first day I brought my son to Telos, Jaren put his arm around me and told me that he would take care of my son. It gave me great comfort to know he was in good hands. On the day of my son's graduation from Telos, I was able to thank Jaren and all the people at Telos for keeping their word." - Parent
Jaren Hamel is a veteran of Telos. Starting with the company in 2007, Jaren has worked his way onto all of the residential teams and has been in a leadership position for the better part of 5 years. He has come to be one of the elite staff at Telos. In 2014 he received an award for residential excellence at the Utah Regional NATSAP Conference. Jaren is currently studying Marriage and Family Studies at Brigham Young University- Idaho. His hobbies include sports, comedy, and most of all spending time with his lovely wife Amy and lively young son Rivers.
"Jace brings excellence to the Residential team. His devotion to the students and staff is unparallelled." -Parent
Jace comes to Telos from management within FedEx, and serving as an advocate at the Anthem House. His primary responsibilities are to "not only keep everything working, but constantly improving" among the residential systems. Jace is married and has a beautiful daughter.
"Aaron was quickly able to navigate the challenges of connecting with a 17 year old. He was able to inspire and lead our son through the life changing decisions and corrective actions that helped move him forward into young adulthood. Aaron was also very quick to develop therapeutic relationships with myself & husband in order to direct our attention to making the positive changes necessary within ourselves to best reconnect our family." - Parent
Aaron has spent his career helping families navigate difficult life circumstances. He received a Masters of Social Work from Portland State University with an emphasis in the practice of narrative therapy. He connects easily with people and is able to form quick bonds with families. Aaron has experience working in residential therapeutic treatment programs and promoting and ensuring child safety and family growth with the state of Utah. In addition to this, he has specialty training and experience working with youth that have sexual behavioral problems and has spent a portion of his career working in therapeutic wilderness treatment. His primary areas of interest in the therapeutic process include families of adoption and process addictions such as pornography, video games and gambling. Growing up in Utah, Aaron learned to love and find peace in nature. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children. They love to go exploring and frequently find something new to do outdoors as a family. Aaron enjoys singing, mountain biking, and eating new and different types of food.
"John Hall is our son's therapist. Our family has, perhaps as many of you have, been to a plethora of therapists in our quest to help our son. John Hall far exceeds our expectations and stands head and shoulders above the many in his profession that we have worked with. John very quickly gained our son's respect, which was in itself amazing. John found common interests and worked therapy sessions into such activities. John's ability to relate to our son has been one of the major keys to our son's success. John's friendly, happy-go-lucky demeanor is quite refreshing and is often emulated by our son. We enjoy our many conversations with John as we sometimes laugh, sometimes cry and always learn." - Parent
John was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Having spent the bulk of his life in the area surrounding Telos; he calls the mountains of Utah home. John ensures that the quality of care given at Telos is the highest available through research, program development, and clinical guidance. He is married and has four children and enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys the occasional recreation adventure in the snow and mountains that Utah is famous for. As a student of Kung Fu, John seeks to pass on the principles of self-discipline and personal growth to the boys at Telos.
“Mary Lou is the first therapist I've had who could see past my behaviors to my heart. She helped me see and understand that I had a lot to give the world.” -Student
Mary Lou began her career working with youth during her undergraduate degree. She has now been working with adolescents for 30 years. "I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to have a profession I am deeply passionate about after 30 years.”
After four years working in wilderness she was looking to make a change and approached Telos. "When one of my wilderness students was accepted into Telos, I was thrilled! I loved what Telos was able to do for them as they continued through treatment. I wanted to be a part of that."
Mary Lou has a unique perspective. In 2014 she and her husband made the difficult decision to send their son to wilderness and then aftercare. She understands personally the hopes and fears of the parents. She commits to her parents she will work as hard for their child as she wanted others to work for hers.
Mary Lou grew up in southern Idaho on the shores of Bear Lake, where she loved the outdoors. She and her husband have enjoyed 25 years of marriage, and are the parents of four children, all in or nearing adulthood. In their free time they enjoy traveling, getting to a beach, music and the arts, and being together with family.
“Kevin, I want to thank you for shining a bright light on how to not only hear my own voice, but to speak my truth. You have been wonderful to me as a therapist.” – Client
Kevin’s Telos experience is intimate and unique in that he is a former student. Following Telos, Kevin went on to graduate as a double major at High Point University in North Carolina, and stayed to finish his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Appalachian State. After furthering his career out east, Kevin felt compelled to return to his roots to help the current Telos boys reach their ultimate potential. Kevin specializes in treating anxiety, depression, familial/systemic issues, stress sensitivity and trauma. Coming from Virginia, Kevin likes all Washington, D.C. based sports teams and believes exercise is a big key to positive mental health. In his downtime, Kevin likes to workout, read, and expand his knowledge of the world.
"I could immediately connect with Brenda's incredible sense of passion and her deep well of empathy. She always came to recreation therapy groups with the skills to make me think and create, but she also came with the attitude to make me feel connected and understood. She's one of the most hardworking and persevering recreation therapists that I've ever had the pleasure of getting to work with, and she leaves a lasting impact on all those she encounters. I'm very grateful for the time I got to spend with her, and I'm excited for her career as a recreation therapist to continue to change lives. She's a good soul, she is! And her love for helping others emanates from her in all that she does." -Student
Brenda received her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy and Youth Leadership and a minor in Psychology from Brigham Young University. She is a nationally certified Recreational Therapist and has had a wide range of experience in the field working with elderly, children with mental and physical disabilities, and adolescents. Brenda developed and directed the TR program at Stonehenge in Springville to help improve patients' physical, social, and emotional well-being. She also gained experience working with youth with severe psychological and emotional trauma, specifically in her internships at the Center for Change and the Utah State Mental Hospital. Here, she worked with youth suffering from: low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, bipolar, suicidal tendencies, eating disorders, borderline personality, and ADHD. Brenda’s greatest passion is trying to understand people and to help them reach their ultimate potential, particularly through recreational modalities. Brenda has many hobbies and interests. She is passionate about learning, and loves studying psychology, physiology, nutrition, biology, technology, engineering, and business. She is an avid creator; she enjoys painting, drawing, photography, and freelances as a graphic designer. In her free time, you can find Brenda outside. She enjoys backpacking, horseback riding, canyoneering, rafting, biking, basketball, and soccer. Recently, Brenda is starting an NPO to educate and teach skills to couples struggling with a pornography addiction so they can reconstruct and build a healthy relationship through hope and love.
"Drew has been a lifeline, a guide, and a support throughout my son’s time at Telos, and while always professional, has felt like a friend celebrating successes and supporting and encouraging me through challenges. Drew is skillful at combining his knowledge and intuition to know exactly how much to encourage and how much to push my son at any given time and in any given situation. He is incredibly responsive and always listened to and considered any concerns, questions, or suggestions that I had, and as a parent, whose child is away from home, knowing that you are being fully heard and listened to is invaluable. His guidance has helped my son to make incredible progress and growth, develop essential skills, and become more aware of his own strengths and challenges, and it has also helped me grow into a better person and parent. Thank you for everything!" -Parent
Drew originally began working at Telos as an intern while earning his Bachelors degree in Social Work from Weber State University. He then went on to earn his Masters Degree in Social Work through Brigham Young University. Drew has an extensive history of working with youth and families in various capacities including residential treatment, outpatient treatment, public education and numerous volunteer youth organizations. He has expertise in treating depression, anxiety, learning differences, processing differences, attachment disorders, and is EMDR certified. Numerous experiences throughout his childhood, as well as his natural desire to help others reach their ultimate potential, guided him into a career in the mental health profession. Drew was born in Ohio and takes great pride in his Buckeye roots. Drew is fun-loving, an accomplished pianist, and a great singer. He loves music and is often found DJing at parties and weddings throughout the state. When not helping others at work, he enjoys playing and watching sports, adding to and enjoying his vast library of music and movies, and traveling with his family.
"Cameron Armstrong was nothing short of a miracle to our family. When Trey first met Cameron, he was an angry, depressed young man who had very low self-esteem. Trey had rejected every therapist he'd worked with over the years. Through calm and consistent patience and a careful, non-confrontational manner, Cameron Armstrong slowly began to connect with our son and build a trusting relationship with him. Cameron's strength lay in his great subtlety and his ability to gently guide Trey into realizing for himself what he could do differently and more positively. Cameron's unwavering easy nature and his ability to pick and choose which issues to press ... and which issues to minimize ... never made Trey feel defensive or hostile. His sense of humor combined with his ability to firmly present the truth gave Trey a sense of security and support at all times. Today, Trey is a happy, successful Varsity football player with a 3.6 average who is a productive member of the family and who is looking forward to college. Are we astonished? Yes. Are we grateful? Yes. Cameron Armstrong made it all possible and there are not words enough to express our appreciation. Quite simply, he worked a miracle." -Parent
Cameron comes to Telos with an extensive background in residential treatment and youth service. He specializes in helping young men overcome depression, anxiety, oppositional-defiance, and other behavioral health issues. Cameron believes a therapeutic alliance of trust is at the base of all healing. He ascribes to the beliefs promoted in the book Leadership and Self-Deception--that seeing and validating a student's humanity invites him to step toward a higher level of functioning. Cameron was the fourth employee ever hired at Telos. After working several years as a residential supervisor, he went back to school for his advanced clinical training. As one of the original developers of the Telos milieu, he has a unique perspective in working with the students as a primary therapist. Outside of Telos Cameron spends his time drumming, playing the guitar, and enjoying his wife and three children.
"From the perspective of loving parents, sending your son far away from home for an extended period of time indicates two things; our perceived need for the most effective help for our son and trust in the people who provide it. We feel blessed to have found Telos and specifically Josh Thorn. Of all of the therapists that we have dealt with along our journey, Josh is definitely the most effective, skilled, concerned, connected and invested professional we have met. In addition, Josh brings humor, humanity and humility to the process. Josh, and Telos, thank you for your skills, your efforts and your results!" -Parent
Josh is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys training and racing competitively in triathlons of all distances including the Ironman. He enjoys incorporating activity into therapy to help others gain confidence. Josh earned a bachelors in psychology and a masters in social work. He has worked in several different mental health settings, and brings a specialty in substance abuse treatment to Telos. Josh grew up in Utah and has spent a fair amount of time traveling both domestically and abroad. He enjoys skiing, boating, reading, and playing with his dog Eliza, an English Pointer, who participates in race training with him.
"Nathan is warm and friendly. He helps us to stay on track during sessions and is there for us at other times if we need him. Our sessions always have an agenda and we always know what to expect for the following week. I believe Nathan has helped me learn how to be a better listener and communicator with Jason (and all those I am surrounded with daily). We have worked on our communication and listening skills and it has helped me stop being a 'fixer.' With careful persistence he has taught me to assist Jason in helping himself. By learning how to validate feelings I have become a better parent to my two girls at home. I see Telos and Nathan as being a life changing force for both Jason and our entire family." -Parent
Nathan received his bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. After working for several years as a wilderness therapy staff at Second Nature (Utah) he went back to school and received his masters degree in clinical social work from Brigham Young University. Nathan has worked in a variety of settings including adult outpatient drug rehabilitation, residential treatment, and wilderness therapy. Most of his experience is with adolescents and young adults. He specializes in treating relationship problems, parent-child conflicts, self-worth issues, substance abuse, oppositional defiance and poor school performance. Nathan grew up in Colorado where he learned to love the outdoors. He received his associates degree in fine art before deciding to pursue a career in human services. Art continues to be one of his passions. He enjoys watercolor, woodcarving (or anything else he can figure out how to carve), photography, hiking, swimming, playing sports, and quiet time with his wife and children.
"Rick really helped me develop a love of myself that created a desire for me to achieve great things in life. I will always remember the love and compassion that he demonstrated while he was my therapist." -Student
Rick began working in the mental health field as a residential treatment staff member. He enjoyed working with youth so much that he decided to pursue a degree in social work. Rick received his Bachelor’s at Southern Utah University where he developed a love for the outdoors. He then furthered his education at the University of Utah were he obtained a Masters in Social Work. Rick has enjoyed working with youth for the past 11 years where he has served as a primary therapist in a wilderness program and a residential treatment center in Southern Utah. Rick loves to build strong relationships with his students and specializes in dealing with anxiety, depression and substance use. When Rick is not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids. They enjoy mountain biking, wrestling and dance.
"David was able to help me see how my actions were out of line with what I wanted most." - Student
Dave brings over 15 years of therapeutic expertise to the Telos team. A vetted professional, Dave’s background makes him especially suited for working with families in crisis. His experience includes working with young people in a variety of settings whether it be long-term residential treatment, in-home therapy, adoption/foster care, hospitalization, and other intense-crisis settings. While working with clients diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, Dave received advanced training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and has a great depth of knowledge, both professional and personal, in working with teens who struggle with attachment issues. In prior positions, Dave has worked with adolescents struggling with suicidal ideation, self-harm, substance abuse, trauma, technology addiction, and relational conflict; young people who had been placed in foster care, had been candidates for adoption, and in some instances, had been removed from their homes; and teenagers, placed by the state, in a youth correctional facility. In addition to these experiences, Dave and his wife are adoptive parents themselves and have first-hand experience and insight concerning attachment treatment. Dave is also trained in the use of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Among the key attributes that make Dave an esteemed clinician on the Telos team is his deep commitment to supporting the families that care so deeply for their teens. Dave combines clinically sound best practices to address the significant emotional/behavioral disruptions associated with diagnoses such as, anxiety, depression, attachment issues, self-injurious behaviors, substance abuse, and family relationship disruptions.
Dave and his wife, Jamie, have been married for over 18 years. They have three children: a 19-year-old son, 14-year-old son, and a 5-year old daughter. Dave and Jamie have navigated the challenging demands of a blended family and of fostering at-risk children. Dave and his family enjoy spending time in the mountains and deserts of Utah: hiking, biking, running, snowboarding, and simply taking in the beautiful scenery Utah has to offer.
“When our son was 17 years old, we made the most difficult decision of our lives and sent him to a wilderness program and then Telos. Despite having him in an outpatient program at home, he was like a runaway train without brakes and needed an intensive inpatient program. What a difference a year makes. We’ve had the privilege of working with Daniel Barnes and he helped our son- as well as our entire family- navigate the choppy waters of addiction. He has an amazing gift for connecting with youth. Daniel weaves humor, warmth and gentleness into his therapy, yet he never hesitates to 'tell it like it is' and challenge our son. His knowledge about substance abuse is unsurpassed and his therapy is individualized and research based. Our family is now empowered with concrete tools to support our son in his recovery. Most importantly, our son adores Daniel and has gained incredible insight into himself, the core issues that drove his substance abuse, and coping mechanisms to maintain his sobriety.”- Parents
Daniel received his training and educational experience in substance use disorder counseling from Utah Valley University. However, Daniel is not limiting himself with his educational career as he is pursuing other degrees to further his knowledge regarding mental health, counseling, and addiction, as well as to expand his scope of practice and licensure. Daniel began working in the field of mental health as a mentor for developmentally disabled individuals in 2006; and in 2009 he began working with adolescents in a state adjudicated youth program as a staff. While at this program, due to his set of skills, innate ability in leadership, and development as an employee, Daniel eventually became the Assistant Program Director. After leaving said facility, Daniel's path led him to Telos where he first began working as a Residential Supervisor while he was completing his substance use disorder counseling licensure. As the Substance Use Recovery Specialist at Telos, Daniel recognizes that paths of recovery are most successful when such are as unique as each person; therefore, Daniel utilizes a customized hybrid approach in counseling by tailoring principles from various modalities of healing to address the specific needs of each individual student. Also, Daniel's personal experience in multiple years of recovery from substance use addiction has facilitated a visceral and empathetic set of skills which has proven to be advantageous in reaching the students and their families. When not working, or in school, Daniel enjoys engaging in hiking, camping, traveling, dining, music, and film. However, most especially, Daniel enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and inspiring children.
"Karl is a treasure. He teaches me more in one afternoon fishing than a hundred therapy sessions in an office. Karl has helped me see my life in a new way. It's like the best therapy, but you don't know you're in therapy." -Student
Karl is a legend in the Recreation Therapy world. He has over four decades of experience in the profession and has helped save thousands of children. Karl has a unique gift - an ability to understand and validate a youngster's pain while introducing him to a better way of living through experiential learning. Karl loves all things outdoors, Native American culture, and spending time with his wife and eight children. He has seven grandchildren with more on the way.
"Kevin has a vision of academic excellence for the Academy that surpasses what we have seen anywhere else. He has created a special setting of perfectly balanced support and challenge. My son is the happiest and hardest working he has ever been." -Parent
Kevin comes to Telos as a Seattle Washington native. He came to Utah to attend Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Spanish Teaching with a minor in Coaching. He received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah in Educational Administration and has been in public education the past 21 years. He has been a teacher, coach, high school assistant principal, and is a three-time junior high principal. He is married to a really cute girl named Mollie and they have five lovely daughters who resemble their mother. Kevin is blessed with many pets who are boys, namely the hamster, dog, and hedgehog. He is living the dream!
"Brian is one of my favorite teachers ever. He knows how to explain things in a way that gets me interested in subjects I always struggled with. In his class I found out I can actually have fun while learning." - Student
He has a BA in History Teaching and is slowly working on an MS in Instructional Psychology. Brian's respective specializations are in modern US History and instructional development. When he isn't advising, you can find Brian either climbing a mountain in search of spiritual enlightenment/sweet photo opps or trying out a new recipe in his ambitious but under-stocked kitchen.
"Krystal really helped me when I first got to Telos. Whether she was helping me with reading or taking me on pass last minute, she helped make my transition back to school less stressful and a lot easier than I thought it was going to be." -Student
Krystal Jensen is the Special Education Coordinator at Telos Academy. She attended Utah State University, where she earned her Bachelors in Special Education with an endorsement in mild-moderate disabilities. Prior to Telos, she worked teaching English in China, taught elementary aged students in a district behavioral unit, and taught remedial reading and writing to students struggling with dyslexia and dysgraphia. Outside of Telos, she enjoys family time, experimenting in her kitchen, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.
“Thank you for all the support you’ve given me. You were always there to answer my questions. Also, thank you for always being so kind to me and to everyone else.” - Student
Samanta comes from Houston, Texas but was born in Mexico City. She has finished her Bachelors in Psychology from Brigham Young University. During her time at BYU she was able to volunteer and complete internships at Children’s Justice Center and ACAFS (Academy for Child Advocacy & Family Support). Soon after she graduated she served an LDS mission in Riverside, California where she developed a greater love for helping families. In her return from California, Sam worked as a Family Support Liaison for Utah Virtual Academy (UTVA). It was through this experience that she realized she loved helping students succeed in school and, in turn, in other areas. Sam is passionate about building relationships and helping each other become better. If she is not at Telos, she leads a church group of young girls where they do activities such as learning new talents, play sports and do arts and crafts. When she does have free time she loves to cook, go Latin dancing, and go to concerts.
"Curtis has spent countless effort and time in helping our son apply for college. In the end, we were delighted when our son got his acceptance letter to the Berklee School of Music! Curtis was excellent at working with our son, and helping him accomplish this important life goal!" -Parent
Curtis is from Chandler, Arizona. He started his college education at Eastern Arizona College where he earned an A.A. in Psychology. He then moved to Utah to earn a B.S. in Social Studies Education from Brigham Young University and also an M.Ed. in Psychology from Utah State University. He has taught at two local school districts and was an ESL teacher in Puebla, Mexico. When not teaching, Curtis enjoys reading and serving in his church community.
"Irene's teaching method is unique and enjoyable. She is constantly happy and accommodating. She teaches us as if we are her own kids, truly striving to make us the best we can possibly be." -Student
She received a BA in English education from Brigham Young University and an ESL endorsement from Weber State University. She completed an internship in Spanish Fork before teaching junior high English for six years for Ogden City School District. In her free time she enjoys a myriad of things but believes the high caliber people she is blessed to associate with are what make any activity worthwhile.
"I know that Kerry expects my very best. Because I know he cares about me, I try to give him that each day." -Student
Kerry teaches English, United States History, and United States Government at Telos Academy. Kerry is a graduate of Orem High School where he also taught for 35 years. He graduated from Brigham Young University and received his B.A. degree in English and History Teaching. Kerry has raised six sons of his own, so he is well acquainted with the needs of teenage boys. Kerry’s students indicate they enjoy his teaching, interesting discussions, high behavioral expectations, and the knowledge they have that he truly cares about each of them. He is really enjoying his experience at Telos Academy.
"Rachel has been my favorite teacher at Telos. She has an amazing view on life and takes the time to teach so much more than art. Before coming to Telos I didn't consider myself as creative. Rachel helped me discover a new talent. She is truly the best." -Student
She has taught in the public school system until coming to Telos. She and her husband have four children. When not teaching Rachel loves to paint and hike. She loves the outdoors. Rachel teaches art and art therapy, where therapeutic issues are explored through visual media. Whether an accomplished artist or a beginner, students are welcomed into her art room and taught the basic art skills necessary to express their thoughts in a visual manner. Sculpture, drawing, painting, film, photography, music and other mixed media are explored as students are encouraged in a safe environment to enjoy the relaxing and therapeutic nature of art.
"Tyler makes every class an adventure. We do crazy things that actually teach us principles of Chemistry. We all know the most important thing to him is us, the students. I think we all work harder in his class because it's so obvious he cares." -Student
One of my passions in life is sports! I played baseball and basketball through high school. I started for my high school's state championship basketball team my senior year. After high school I began working as a Program Director at the local Boys and Girls Club. A few years later I finished my Associates from Redlands Community College. Later I moved to Utah and began working on a Teaching Physical Science degree from Brigham Young University. During this time I began working as a residential staff at Telos. After interning for Telos Academy I started as a full time teacher. I teach physics, chemistry, physical science, and biology in the academy. I am also the head basketball coach of the Telos Titans!
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