New Faculty & Staff Bios

Mr. Brian Ridge – Assistant Principal

This is my 11th year as an educator in the Alpine School District. I graduated from UVU with my Bachelor’s in Education and from SUU with my Master’s in Education Administration. I started my teaching career at Rocky Mountain Elementary where I taught both 6th and 2nd grades. I also served the past three years at Rocky Mountain as the Partnership Coordinator/Instructional coach, and BYU Intern mentor. I’m married to my wonderful wife and have four amazing children! Anthony: 17, Oakley: 15, Zoe: 11, and Sam: 8. My greatest joy is spending time with my wife and kids. I am so excited to be a part of the Tiger nation at Traverse Mountain! I look forward to working with each of you.

Miss Alyse Allan – 2nd Grade

My name is Miss Allan, and I am THRILLED to join the Traverse Elementary second grade! I grew up in ST. George, Utah! I think I may have gotten a little too much red dirt in my shoes, because I love nothing more than warm weather and sunshine on my face! Teaching, dancing, decorating, photography, organizing, swimming, playing, Café Rio, running, winning, Fixer Upper, and the Hallmark Channel are the things that make me smile! My absolute favorite thing to do is travel. I have lived and visited places all over the world! However, I can’t travel every day, so in my normal life I thrive by teaching my students. This year will be my fourth year teaching elementary. The last three years I have been teaching third grade in ST. George. I graduated from Brigham Young University in Elementary Education. In my classroom, our motto is work hard, play hard. Although, sometimes I make my students think we are playing when we are really working! I love finding new and creative ways to teach curriculum, especially the boring stuff! I am all for surprising my students and getting them excited to be at school. Nothing makes my heart happier than when my students become passionate about learning. I’m excited for this new adventure!

Mrs. Lauren Featherstone – 2nd Grade

Hello! My name is Lauren Featherstone and I am excited to join the 2nd grade team at Traverse Mountain Elementary. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education. I have spent the last year teaching 2nd grade and I have loved every minute of it. I am originally from a small town outside of Chicago, Illinois but I have called Utah home for the past 6 years. I am married to an amazing man and I am a soon to be mother of a baby girl! A few of my favorite things include hiking, camping, Dr. Pepper, and Flaming Hot Cheetos. I cannot wait to begin teaching at Traverse Mountain this upcoming school year!

Mr. Ryan Radebaugh – 6th Grade

I have been an educator for Alpine School District for the past 18 years, having taught in both 3rd grade and 6th grade. I am also the Theater School Director at Hale Center Theater Orem where I direct youth in full-length theatrical productions. I am a graduate of Orem High School (I get to be a TIGER again!!) and received a B.A . in education and an M.S. in educational leadership from BYU. I have four children: Kam-17, Adam-15, Max-12 and Brynn-9. My three favorite places on earth are my front porch, Capitol Reef (southern UT), and Main Street, U.S.A. Disneyland. I am passionate about books, movies, geek pop culture, theater, World War II, Disneyland history, and my family. I am so excited to be teaching 6th grade at Traverse Mountain!

Mrs. Ashley Child – 4th Grade

Hello! My name is Ashley Child and I am so excited to teach 4th grade at Traverse Mountain Elementary this upcoming fall. I grew up in West Jordan, Utah and am the oldest of 5 children. A few of my favorite things include playing sports, spending time with my family, and cooking. I went to school at BYU-Idaho and graduated in Elementary Education. It was there I met my cute red-headed husband. We bonded over our love of ice cream (we both have big sweet-tooths), and the rest is history. I’ve always wanted to become a teacher. There is no better job in the world!

Mrs. Katie Newbry- 4th Grade

My name is Katie Newbry and I’m so excited to be joining the 4th grade team at Traverse Mountain this year. I grew up in Logan, Utah and graduated from USU with a degree in Elementary Education. I have spent my adult years living in various parts of Utah, Virginia and Idaho, finally settling in Lehi. I have 6 wonderful children, ages 15 to 7 and an amazing husband of 18 years. I love spending time with my family and being outdoors; hiking, biking, camping, and running. I am currently coaching the junior high mountain bike team which allows me to spend more time with my kids. I am looking forward to a fantastic year in the 4th grade.

Mrs. Stephanie Wagstaff – 6th Grade

I am excited to be teaching 6th grade at Traverse Elementary. I graduated magna cum laude from BYU with a degree in elementary education. Later, I completed a masters degree in educational technology from Utah State. For the past ten years, I have worked as a middle school teacher librarian. Of course, I love to read. My husband, Andy, and I have three children, two girls and one boy and two of whom are red heads. One of my favorite pastimes is traveling with my family and planning our vacations. We especially love visiting national parks. I should also mention that I do have a Hard Rock T-shirt collection that I like to add to as I travel.

Miss Sarah Rollins – 1st Grade

Hello! I am Sarah Rollins and I am excited to be on the 1st grade team at Traverse Mountain Elementary! I have always wanted to be a teacher since I was a 1st grader myself, and it has been amazing to live my dream. I am from Lehi, UT and I come from a family of 8. I have 6 siblings, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. I recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. My favorite things to do are read, spend time with friends and family, and travel. I especially enjoy amusement parks with giant rollercoasters. I also love music and spent my childhood playing the piano and singing in choirs. My favorite thing to eat is seafood, especially shrimp and lobster. I love all things purple, and I love chocolate chip cookies and cookie dough a lot and eat them way too often.

Miss McKenzie Clement – 4th Grade

Hello! My name is McKenzie Clement, and I am so excited to start my second year at Traverse Mountain Elementary as a 4th grade teacher! I taught as an intern last year in 4th grade at Legacy Elementary. I graduated from Utah Valley University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. I currently live in Provo, but moved to Utah from Chicago, Illinois right out of high school. I have also lived in California and Hawaii (that is where my classroom theme comes from)! I have two great parents, one older brother and two younger sisters! I have a beautiful Miniature Australian Shepherd that I love to boast about named Wrangler. I enjoy being outdoors and being active. You can always find me hiking, off-roading, boating and playing sports. I am very excited to be apart of your student’s educational and social growth and to be a member of your community!

Miss Hannah Solari – 5th Grade

Hi! I’m Hannah Solari and I am SO excited to become a Tiger this year! I recently graduated from BYU, so I’m moving on to the next big wild cat! I grew up mostly in Northern California along with four crazy brothers. My parents recently moved to Vancouver, Washington, and I love visiting them because of all the awesome food places nearby in Portland. I am a huge sports fan and love all things San Francisco Giants! I also root for the Spurs (weird, I know), and the 49ers. My other favorite things are Reese’s, new clothes, and Dr. Pepper. I love movies, concerts, reading, long walks on the beach, going out to eat, traveling, (Ask me about my study abroad to Bali!), and spending time with friends and family, especially my two cute nephews! I didn’t know I wanted to be a teacher until I attended BYU where it finally hit me. I love the idea of being able to encourage and inspire future generations while instilling in students a love of learning, and teaching allows me to do just that! To me, there is no other job more rewarding. This will be my second year teaching 5th grade and I can’t wait to meet all my students! It’s going to be a wonderful adventure!

Mrs. Kami Adamson – Resource

Hello! My name is Kami Adamson and I’m so excited to be joining the Special Education Team at Traverse Mountain! Tigers are my favorite animal, so I feel like I am going to fit right in! I am originally from Colorado, but my parents moved us to Payson, Utah when I was in Middle School. I went on to graduate from the University of Utah and met my awesome husband there! My husband has been an Active Duty Servicemember for our whole married life! We have 4 amazing children-ages 14 to 6. We also have 3 adorable dogs! We love animals! I really enjoy traveling and exploring with my family in my free time! I can’t not wait to get this new school year started! It is going to be a great year!

Miss Sarah DeMille – 3rd Grade

My name is Sarah DeMille. I graduated in December from Utah State University with a degree in
Elementary Education and an Emphasis in Math. I spent the last 2 months of my student
teaching in Milan, Italy where I taught English in Italian schools. I have been working at Traverse
Mountain since January.
I am from Cedar Hills and graduated from Lone Peak High school. I have lived here for 10 years
and before that I lived in Kaysville, Utah. I have also lived in Idaho and Washington and I am the
oldest of 7 children, 5 girls and 2 boys. I love spending time with my family, especially my
nephew. Our family enjoys being outdoors and playing games. We love spending time in the
water during the summer, whether it is the ocean, lake, or in our backyard pool. In the winter, I
enjoy snow skiing, snow shoeing, and drinking hot chocolate. Traveling is one of my favorite
things to do. Some of my favorite places I have been are: Rome, Switzerland, Austria, Canada,
and California.

Mrs. Rachel Kennedy – 2nd Grade

Hello, my name is Rachel Kennedy, I am the new second grade teacher at Traverse Elementary.

I started my career as a full-time substitute for five years. I was known as the ‘favorite sub’. Because I loved teaching so much, I decided to get my teacher’s license. I graduated from Weber State University in 2011, in which I received the overall student teacher award. Since then, I have taught one year in fourth grade in the Ogden School District. Then in Weber School District, I taught two years in first grade and three years in third grade. At Traverse Mountain, Elementary, I will be starting my seventh year of teaching. When I started my career, I believed that second grade would be the ultimate teaching position. I have finally arrived in second grade.

I just moved to Cedar Hills from Plain City, Utah. I moved here, because I married the love of my life this past June. Yes, I still consider that I am on my honeymoon. I have four children. I have two daughters that are 21 and 22. My sons are 17 and 19. My husband has a 15-year-old daughter and a 11-year-old son. Now, I’m proud to say that I am a mother of six, beautiful children. I’m obsessed with my dogs. Our new addition to our family, is a Border collie named Ruger.

I have lots of hobbies. My favorite hobby is drawing, which I plan to do more of. This year, I’ve started to work-out at VASA, and I’m loving it. Lifting weights is my favorite. My ideal vacation is cruising in the Caribbean, although I love camping in the great outdoors. Can makeup be a hobby? My last career, I was a business manager for Lancome Cosmetics. Ever since then, I’m obsessed with makeup. I play a little bit of piano and I love to sing alto at church with small groups and choirs. Finally, I simply love going for walks with my smoking-hot husband.

Ever since I’ve started teaching, I’ve made life-long friends with my fellow teachers and parents. I am excited to make new friends and get involved with the Traverse Mountain community. I thoroughly enjoy parents in my classroom. I hope I get tons of volunteers this year and for years to come. We have had lots of fun and success when the parents are involved in their kids’ education. I am excited to be part of your lives, and together, we can have a successful future.

Miss Rebecka Nielsen – 2nd Grade

Hi, my name’s Rebecka Nielsen and I’m excited to be teaching 2nd grade at Traverse Mountain this year. Last year I was an intern at Grovecrest Elementary, teaching 2nd grade, and graduated from BYU. I grew up in Ogden and there are 7 people (including me) in my family: 2 sisters and 2 brothers. I enjoy playing sports (soccer, tennis, running, etc.), reading, watching movies, and teaching. I’m looking forward to this new year and getting to know everyone!

Mrs. Kira Davis – Kindergarten

My name is Kira Davis, and I am the new kindergarten teacher. This spring I graduated from Utah Valley University, so I can officially call myself a teacher. However, I previously taught preschool for 5 years, and that’s where I really fell in love with the profession.

I am married to a teacher at American Fork High School, and have a 1 year old daughter who keeps us on our toes! We love to get outside whenever we can, eat pizza, and thrift shop! I always love a good book, and recently non-fictions are my favorite. I also enjoy cooking, writing, and when I am disciplined, even exercising.

I am excited to be joining the Traverse Mountain Elementary team this year, and cannot wait to meet my little kiddos. I am extremely passionate about education, and want to continually work towards be the best teacher I can be.

Mrs. Melissa Townsend – Resource

My name is Melissa Townsend. I am to the nth degree blissful to be part of the Traverse Mountain team. I am currently a level II licensed K-6 elementary teacher. I have been teaching 5th grade for four years. While teaching in a mainstream classroom is rewarding, I have known that my true calling is to be a special educator. I was a paraeducator in a special education department for four years before obtaining my degree. I am currently attending Weber State University to secure my special educators license. I believe all children come with a different set of strengths and weaknesses. It is my job to find those strengths and weaknesses and build on both skill sets.
My husband and I have four beautiful children Talon 13, Chloe 16, McElle 19 and Christian 27. McElle is a Cosmetologist, Christian is a Nuclear Engineer for the Navy, Chloe and Talon are focusing on their studies. We also have two furbabies Bitzy, the Chihuahua and Bently, the German Shepherd. Bitzy is more ferocious than Bently; it’s a good thing she only weighs three pounds. We have lived in Saratoga Springs for 17 years.
I love spending time with my friends and family. I have a passion for history and enjoy watching documentaries (especially those on World War II). I love love love gymnastics. I coached gymnastics for many years. I most recently coached level 3 team at All American Gymnastics. I enjoy going to the U of U gymnastics meets to see our two native Utahns compete, especially because they are All American Alumni. I enjoy reading, snowboarding, boating, and visiting our beautiful mountains here in Utah. We are very blessed to live in such a beautiful state. This is going to be a great year!

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