My name is Mrs. Thelen and I was born in Utah and raised in England where I studied to become a teacher. Teaching is all that I have done, it is who I am and what I am most passionate about. I have been a teacher since 2002 mostly in the Kindergarten age group but in different states and countries. I love Kindergarten and this will be my 4th year teaching Kindergarten at APA.
I am Mrs. Mandloi. I grew up in India where I did my M.Sc in Child Psychology and a post graduate diploma in Special Education. I have worked in elementary schools since then. I moved to Utah with my family in 2015. In the last four years at APA, I have been teaching reading, math and spelling at the Draper 1 campus. My children and I look forward to another academic year here.
My name is Andrew Palumbos. I went to the University of Utah where I studied sociology and criminology, this ultimately led me to teaching. This is my fifth year teaching at APA. I have previously taught in 3rd and 4th grade at APA. I have taught groups classes with students from first through sixth grade. I feel very honored to be joining this amazing team of teachers and to facilitate growth and learning for the children. In my free time, I enjoy playing dungeons and dragons, painting, and coding.
Hello! My name is Vanessa Rawlings and I am French. I moved to Los Angeles, CA when I was eight years old as my dad had a temporary visa, but my parents decided to make it permanent. I received my degree in Education from California State University of Long Beach. I taught in California for a few years and then moved to Utah in 2011 and started working with APA in 2012 teaching second grade. In 2014, I took a leave of absence to raise my two boys and I joined the APA family again last year. This is my first year teaching third grade and I am very excited to start this online adventure with you!
My name is Will King and this is my third year teaching at APA. I have taught K-6 as a groups instructor, and now I am the fifth grade Off-Campus Teacher. In college, I studied Philosophy, with a geography minor. My interests are powerlifting, meditating, reading, and playing video games. I look forward to teaching and interacting with you this year!
My name is Rupa Umesh and I am an Instructor with APA. I was an instructor for 6th grade and 3rd grade and this is my third year with APA. I have a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management with 12 years of Resource Management experience. I attended St. Anne's High School and St.Francis College in India.
I am Mrs.Nakka . I was born in India and I did my schooling and college in India. I have a Master's Degree in Human Resources. This is my 3rd year working at APA. I was an instructor for Sixth Grade and Fifth Grade and now I am a First Grade Instructor in the Off Campus Program. Teaching is my passion and I love to share my knowledge!
I am Mrs. Chowdhury. I was born in India . I did all my schooling and college while in India .I have my bachelor's degree in electronics engineering. I came to the USA in 2011 and have been living in Utah for the last five years. I started working in APA in Feb 2018 and since then I have thought reading, math and spelling to elementary classes. I love teaching and helping kids to learn and explore new things.
I am Mrs. Narayanan. I was born in India and completed my education there. I hold a Bachelors in Information Technology. I came to the USA in the year 2015 and I have been living in Utah from the summer of 2016. I started working at APA from January 2018 and have experience with second and third grades. I have two kids attending APA.
I am so happy to be working in this new position! This is my 4th year at APA and I am excited to meet my online students. I have worked in education for most of my adult career, dating back to 2011. My experience at APA has been mostly with older students, grades 4-6, although I enjoy working with students of all ages. I am glad to be a part of an amazing institution such as APA and I'm looking forward to another great year together!
I am Mrs. Jai Ganesh. I was born in India and graduated from St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School in 1997 and finished my Master of Computer Applications in India. I started my job in India as a trainer in Computer courses and was in Customer service on Mobile Products for a couple of years and I came to the US in 2009. I came to Utah in 2013 when I got a chance to work, and I started my career as a teacher as I love to teach. I have been working at APA since December 2016. I am interested in music, dance, biking, hiking and making crafts. I love spending time with my family and friends. My favorite classes during school were math and science.
My journey as a teacher began as a child, I would often sit with my toys and my parents as well and teach them at home. I did all my schooling in India, right from Kindergarten to my MBA. As time went by, I realized a teacher's job is perhaps the most difficult one! It involves a passion to teach, the love of knowledge and above all a very positive attitude. That is what I found in APA when my son was enrolled as a student and that is what motivated me to be a part of the team. I started at APA with taking over, mid-year, for a homeroom teacher who went on leave. I taught Saxon 8/7 and LBDI, where I realized the true value of a teacher when I read this quote, 'when one teaches, two learn'- Robert Heinlien. The next year I was a Fourth Grade instructor teaching Saxon 6/5 and Reading Mastery 5. As I step into a new role of an Off Campus Instructor for the Sixth Grade, I am looking forward to helping my students navigate this academic year and be
successful, even in this challenging time. Chin up! Mask on! We got this! We are APA!
My name is Divya Nair and I have been with APA for the past 4 years. I have been an elementary groups instructor and this year I will be one of the off-campus instructors. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English and I am also an accomplished Indian Classical Dancer.