The teachers at Liahona are some of the finest to be found in any educational system. Our teachers are passionate about including gospel truth along with their academic subjects. They are excited about learning and impart that attitude to their students. They believe that learning can be fun as well as educational, and at Liahona, it is!
Brother DeGraff teaches the Junior High and High School classes. He is passionate about history and the principles of freedom! His credentials include: Instructor for the Church Education System, International Director of Schools for the Center for Educational Restoration, and Operations Director and Distance Learning Coordinator for the Center for Alternative Education. Brother DeGraff creates a learning atmosphere which touches a student's heart and helps them understand the importance of the role they play in our country's future.
Sister Willburn has a gift for making grammar understandable and her Freshman and Senior students leave her classes extremely well prepared for college! She is dyslexic and dysgraphic and has great empathy for those who struggle with English. Despite those challenges, she graduated with honors from BYU in English and Classic Literature. She has her MA in Comparative Literature and received her Doctorate from the University of Utah. She has taught at BYU and currently teaches at Utah Valley University and BYU-Idaho online. She was voted the most inspirational teacher at BYU-I online. She has published several professional articles and speaks five languages.
Sister Glines has been teaching eighth grade English for the past seven years. She is very passionate about providing students with a quality, gospel-centered education. Sister Glines feels that being a great teacher goes far beyond what can be learned from books. Her goal is to have students leave her class feeling confident and inspired to reach their full potential. All of her students should gain a polished set of skills, a greater understanding of the world in general, and a strong sense of their responsibility to be contributing, spiritual citizens in our society.
Brother Hippen is an engineer by trade. He has spent the last 10 years traveling all across the country teaching and mentoring people in business and investments. He has traveled the world and helped to design and build cruise ships and computer systems. He is fluent in English and Spanish and has written investment and creative financing manuals in Spanish. In 2011 he helped to organize and conduct three of the largest Cash Flow games in the world. He cares about his students' success in life, not just in school. He knows that the gospel will always be a critical part of that success.
Amy recently graduated from BYU with a B.S. Degree in Neuroscience and Chemistry. Some of her skills and achievements include: Tutoring the baseball team at BYU and having the team reach the highest level of testing they have ever achieved as a team! The more Amy learns about science he more her faith in her Heavenly Father grows.
Our friendly office staff is knowledgeable about education and home school issues. They are happy to assist you in any way possible.
Questions about Liahona? Questions about report cards? Want to visit the school? Wondering if you are on track for graduation? Call Sister Squire. She is a mom of five and looks forward to many years here at Liahona.
Sister Pacchiega heads up Liahona's Finance Department. Contact her regarding tuition payments or other financial issues.
This is Sister Hartley's fifth year at Liahona. She has moved to the office staff and is excited to get to know all of the families here. She will be answering the phones and any questions you may have.
Sister DeGraff is Liahona's administrator. She has a Bachelors degree in Communications, and has recently earned her Master's Degree in Education Policy and Leadership. She has taught at Salt Lake Community College and co-authored several books including "When Together Forever Doesn't Last", "Threads of Liberty", the "Wisemen Raised Up" series, and other Liahona text books.