2019-2020 Board Meetings

The public is welcome to attend Valley Academy's Board Meetings. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, those needing special assistance or accommodations should contact the secretary at  Bronwyn@valleyacademycharter.com, giving at least one working day notice.

 

Valley Academy's board meetings are generally held on the 2nd Thursday of the month, unless otherwise noted. The board may hold additional meetings as needed and will be posted at least 24 hours in advance. All meetings are held at the school building unless otherwise specified.

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Board membership requires attendance at monthly meetings, occasional training, a three-year commitment, leadership of at least one board committee, staying informed on school and board issues by reading the school’s Charter and other documents, background check, and an understanding that Board members receive no compensation for service.  Board members may not serve concurrently on the Board and work as an employee of the school.

Valley Academy Board of Directors

Miranda Kloos - Chair

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Miranda has worked for Wells Fargo Bank since 2003 and has held many positions including teller, banker, service manager, and branch manager. She is currently the Regional Services Senior Consultant for the St. George area and assists the local branches with operations, policies, loss prevention and customer service.  She has her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources.  Miranda is originally from North Dakota, but has called Utah her home since 2003. She and her husband have one daughter that has attended Valley Academy when it opened in 2012 until 2018. They chose Valley Academy because of the emphasis on the arts and the alternative choices that it offered. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors enjoying the wonderful Southern Utah weather and scenery.  


miranda@valleyacademycharter.com

2nd term ends May 2021

Michael Palfreyman - Vice Chair

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Michael is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but has lived in Southern Utah for several years. He is married to his wife of 23 years, Liberty, and they are the parents of 4 children. Michael has an appreciation for both music and art. His two oldest children are music majors in college and his wife is an artist. He appreciates the emphasis that Valley Academy places on music, dance and art. This was one of the factors that led to his interest in becoming a board member. Michael received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Health Promotion from Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. He has experience working in several different industries both in Northern California and Utah. When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family as well as playing a variety of sports, including basketball and golf. Michael works as a licensed Real Estate Agent here in Southern Utah.  


palfreyman.m@valleyacademycharter.com

First term ends May 2020

Bronwyn Gooch - Secretary

Bio coming soon


1st term ends May 2020

Elaina Westegaard - Treasurer

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Elaina Westegaard is an educator and published writer living in southwest Utah with her husband, three sons, and various pets. As a first-generation college graduate, Elaina values education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in English from Dixie State University and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Chatham University. However, her charter school roots began in high school. As an alumna of the second graduating class of Utah’s first charter school, Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts, she has a long history of charter school involvement. Additionally, Elaina has been a teacher in some capacity for about sixteen years. She has taught preschool, ballet, and, for the last decade, English composition and creative writing for two universities. To her, education is just as much about becoming a more aware person as it is earning a degree. The more knowledge and understanding students gain about the people and the world around them the more effective they will be in society, in academia, and in their future careers. She has taught face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. Elaina has served on several academic boards and is excited to support Valley Academy Charter by serving as Board Treasurer and PTO President. Elaina’s passion for the arts started as a child and has continued throughout her life. For over two decades, she’s busied herself with community arts, teaching and performing with local dance studios and participating in productions with St. George Musical Theater and Kayenta Center for the Arts. She also served as the line producer for the documentary Return to Little Hollywood. She’s published in The Southern Quill, The Hawk and Handsaw: Journal of Creative Sustainability, and The Spectrum. One of her published essays, The Great TP Debate is available to read on the Unity College website, which begins on digital page 17. Aside from education and arts, Elaina loves second-hand stores, nature, and food—especially pie.


elaina@valleyacademycharter.com

First term ends May 2021

- Board Member

 

Bio coming soon.


 2nd term ends May 2022 

Weston White - Board Member

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Weston graduated from BYU as a civil engineer and later from the U of U as an attorney.  He has practiced in both fields, in the construction industry and then at BYU-Hawaii for ten years directing their physical facilities and their physical growth.  During this time they constructed their library, administration building, basketball arena and many other academic and housing buildings. 

He practiced law in St. George for 20 years in local and Federal Courts.  

He comes from a line of educators. His grandfather was on the faculty at Brigham Young Academy in the 1890’; his mother was an elementary school teacher. His wife taught in California schools as well as at Hurricane High and Dixie State.  While at BYU-Hawaii Wes taught Business Law and religion classes.  He recently spent 3 years in China teaching American Law in the Law School at Nanjing University.  With his wife he served 4 years teaching English to foreigners in Washington County.  He has 8 children,  2 of which are also  in the teaching profession.  Five of them were in college at the same time! Wes is looking forward to some new challenges as Valley Academy seeks to grow educationally and physically. 

With his varied abilities and experiences he hopes to be a vital contributor to this growth.


Weston@valleyacademycharter.com

 First term ends May 2021

Susan Petersen - Board Member

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Susan was born in Northern Utah, grew up in Las Vegas, NV, but has lived in Southern Utah since 2006. She and her husband Mark have been married 27 years, have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. She attended UNLV and SUU, has worked in 2 different school districts in SPED and technology for a total of 14 years, and is currently employed with the State of Utah, Department of Workforce Services. She believes in being a lifelong learner and her favorite saying is “Education is the profession that creates all others.” She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crafting, working in her yard, home improvement projects, and sports, but mostly just playing with her grand babies.


susan@valleyacademycharter.com

First term ends May 2022


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