Licensed and Passionate Staff

 

Fernwood Academy is accredited by AdvancED.  All of our teachers are licensed, with a passion for providing a supportive, personalized college preparatory environment.

Jamie Murphy
Head of School
Academic Director
Science Teacher

Jamie is originally from north Georgia, but has spent most of her life in Utah. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. After tutoring and substitute teaching at an RTC, she decided to obtain her secondary teaching license. Jamie has been teaching at RTC’s for 10+ years and loves the treatment setting. Working at an RTC allows her to do more than just stand in front of a class and teach science. She loves being involved in the whole treatment of the students and getting to know each one of them. Jamie loves spending time with her husband and three kids, ages 6, 12 and 16. Her hobbies include crochet, hanging out with her farm animals, and watching as much Atlanta Braves baseball as she can!

 

Ashley Wade
Math Teacher

Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Weber State University and a master’s degree in Forensic Science from the University of Florida. Before switching to education, Ashley worked as a research chemist in the polymer science industry. She has a passion for encouraging young women to pursue education and careers in STEM fields and loves showing how science, arts, and mathematics overlap in the real-world.

 

Ashley played bassoon throughout college and currently sings and plays guitar. She and her husband enjoy travelling, trying new things, hiking, camping, doing anything outdoors, and spending time with their families.

Brandon Pearce
History Teacher

First and foremost, I am the proud father of 3 great kids and husband of 21 years to an amazing woman.  After running my own company throughout my 20s, I returned to school to pursue a degree in Engineering.  However, after two semesters, I realized that my true love was for History and Literature.  I graduated summa cum laude from the Honors department of Metropolitan State University of Denver, majoring in history and minoring in English literature.  I decided to go to Western Michigan University for a Masters degree in Medieval literature and history.  While in Michigan I taught history classes for the University.  The final leg of my graduate school odyssey was a move to Washington D.C. to pursue my PhD.  I studied the history of England and Anglo-Saxon literature at The Catholic University of America. During my PhD program, I taught History of Western Civilization and American History at Northern Virginia Community College, where I was honored to be chosen as the Adjunct of the Year in 2017.  Since 2018, I have been the Humanities Lead at Capstone Classical Academy where I teach history, English and Latin.  

I interact with my students through a dynamic blend of problem solving, discussions, interactive lectures, and primary source readings. I love teaching History and Social Studies because I believe our future is dependent on young people gaining wisdom rather than just knowledge.  I love being in the classroom with your scholars and seeing them make connections between their own personal experience and the great people and events of history.  Thank you for letting me be their teacher!

 

Mason Huff
Fitness Instructor
Angela Johnson
Special Education Director

Angela Johnson graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelors in Special Education and Physical Education. Angela has been working with as a teacher in treatment centers since March 2013 and has a passion for working with students that struggle with executive functioning skills and confidence in school. She has been working at Solstice as the Special Education Teacher since November 2015 and teaches Executive Functioning and Study Strategies.

Angela specializes in teaching executive functioning skills and works one on one each week with her students to figure out what they need to work on specifically in school and to see if students need more one on one support in their other classes. She loves to motivate and push her students to reach their full potential and to be better individuals in school and in their lives.

Nate Pack
Art Teacher

Nate grew up in Portland, Oregon and came out to Utah State University to complete his Bachelors Degree in Fine Art.  He has since gone back to earn his Masters Degree in Education.  He has experience working with youth at a variety of residential treatment facilities for the past 15 years.  As a working artist, Nate feels that his students pay better attention to him concerning the subject matter.  He sells his paintings at shows and venues with commissions from clients across the country.  His work can be seen at natepack.com. Besides creating – Nate loves spending time with his wife and 8 kids, playing basketball and going to shows.

Cameron Umphrey
English Teacher

I was born in Northern Alabama and graduated with a History major and a minor in the classics. I then went on to spend 2 years in Minnesota doing college ministry and then 3 years in St. Louis studying theology. I graduated with my Masters of Divinity in 2017 Covenant Theological Seminary. I am most importantly a proud father to a sweet, funny, smart, and curious little boy. Canaan will turn 3 in October. My wife, Nykki, and I are expecting our second son in December (2020). I have spent the last 2 years teaching History, English, and Latin at Capstone Classical Academy here in Utah. Teaching students to learn how to read and make their voices heard through writing and speaking is one of the most important things we can do for our children. I look forward to working with your children and I hope that I can help them see the importance of reading and writing as well as helping them find the confidence necessary to continue life after High School. I am excited for this unique opportunity to help young people find a voice.

 

Interested in working with Fernwood Academy please email us about job availability info@fernwoodacademy.com 

Mason is a certified trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association. He focuses on and specializes in overall functional fitness and training. Mason was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Layton, Utah. He graduated from Layton High School in 2015. Mason was involved in various athletics growing up which helped peak his interest in fitness. After graduation he started to pursue a career in fitness which led him to becoming a certified trainer and joining the team here at Solstice West.

Mason enjoys working with the students at Solstice. He helps everyone he trains take a holistic approach to fitness and overall health and wellness. His goal is that everyone he works with will be able to use fitness to become more functional in the overall use of their body, to find and build confidence in themselves, and to find joy in the process of self improvement.

In his free time, Mason loves doing things outdoors, spending time with his family, and playing golf. In the future he hopes to continue a career in fitness working with all types of athletes ranging from beginners to professional level athletes.

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