Staff Directory

ZZ8QX7B8-00005  Kevin Dunkley, Director

Kevin Dunkley was born and raised in Logan, Utah. He attended Utah State University and graduated in Elementary Education, with a minor in Social Studies. Kevin began teaching in Cache County school district as a fourth grade teacher. After two years Kevin was asked to teach at Edith Bowen Laboratory School (Utah State University), which he did for the next two years. He taught 4th grade, and supervised student teachers and coordinated programs for the gifted and talented. Kevin moved his family to St. George in 1983 and began teaching at West Elementary. At West Elementary, Kevin taught fourth grade as well and was also the coordinator over the gifted program. Kevin has taught graduate classes, in Gifted Education through Utah State University Ext. and also taught as an adjunct professor at Dixie State College. Kevin retired in 2007 from Washington County School District. His last 12 years were spent teaching at Santa Clara Elementary School. While at Santa Clara, Kevin received the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Teacher of the Year Award in Technology in Education. Kevin was awarded a grant by USWest for the implementation of an Outdoor Classroom. The Outdoor Classroom was complete with a Native American Village, Green House, Grow boxes, Koi Fish Pond, and Native Plant Habitat. His fourth grade students were involved in the planning and the construction of the Outdoor Classroom. After four years at Dixie State Kevin began teaching at Valley Academy Charter School. He is married to Lisa Jenkins, they are the parents of six children, and fourteen grandchildren.  He loves the students, faculty and staff at Valley Academy and is looking forward to another great year!


00318  Peggy Childs, Special Ed Director, Staff Developer

Peggy makes her home in St. George, UT.  She attended Southern Utah University, graduating in Elementary Education and Special Education.  At Utah State University, she received her Master of Education in Elementary Education and Administrative/Supervisory Endorsement.  Since 2009, she worked with the Utah Personnel Development Center (UPDC) facilitating professional development activities for educators throughout Utah’s schools that help improve educational outcomes for students.  There she facilitated the Utah Mentor Teacher Academy, a two-year academy for educators with a standards-based instructional and leadership focus.  Prior to her employment with the UPDC, she worked in Washington County School District’s Special Education Department serving as a resource teacher at Pine View and Snow Canyon Middle Schools, and a professional development specialist on a district level.  She has been a national trainer for Layered Curriculum©, a method for differentiating instruction in classrooms for all grade levels.  Her workshops have appeared throughout Utah and other states.  She looks forward to working with the staff and students at Valley Academy.



00323  Kelly Fausett, Registrar, 

Kelly loves being the secretary at Valley Academy,  she is originally from South Weber, Utah but grew up in Boulder City, Nevada. She is so excited and feels so thankful to be a part of the school. She loves all of the kids and enjoys meeting and interacting with all of the families and staff who are a part of Valley Academy.


McKel Cleveland, Secretary,


 00311  Brian Akins, Purchasing Agent

Brian enjoys being a member of the Valley Academy team as the Purchasing Agent. He works only two days a week and spends the remainder of his time as a real estate agent and has been for the last 23 years.

He lives in Santa Clara with his wife 3 kids and dog named Duke. He graduated from Dixie College with an Associates of Science degree and also from Southern Utah University with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting degree. He enjoys playing basketball, lifting weights and flying his powered parachute above the beautiful scenery of Southern Utah.





00319  Jill Cotten, Food Service Director,

I grew up in Washington, Utah.  I attended cosmetology school my senior year of high school.  I worked in a few different hair salons until my husband Cody and I decided to start a family.  I have 3 beautiful children and 2 of them attend Valley.

In 2012 I got the opportunity to help start Valley Academy’s lunch program.  I had never thought of working in the lunch program before, but I absolutely love it and I love working with the kids.  This year I will be returning for my 3rd year at Valley.






Whitaker_Marcia Marcia Whitaker, Food Service Assistant

Johnson_Naomi Naomi Johnson, Lunch Aide,

Wolsleger_JanJan Wolsleger, Lunch Aide


00312  Shelly Anderson, Bus Driver

Dittmann_Jennifer Jennifer Dittman, Bus Driver



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