Ogden Innovative Learning Center

Family Lyceum – 5875 Adams Avenue Parkway, South Ogden, UT 84405

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Class day: Tuesday

Grades: 6-10


Courses Offered (Winter 2020)

All ILC classes are offered in-person

Grades 6/7 Core: STEM 6/7 D, Leadership 6/7 D

Grade 8 Core: STEM 8 B, Leadership 8 B

Grade 9 Core: Earth Science B, Personal Leadership B

Grade 10 Core: Biology B, Social Leadership B

Painting (with Laura Balmaceda)
The magic of color! Students will break out the paints and learn to experiment with a variety of paint materials: oils, watercolors, acrylics, and pastels. In their best impersonation of Claude Monet, students will learn how light interacts with color and try their brush at impressionism, plein air, stylization, and realism. Class projects will include designing a character, a scene, and a narrative illustration. Come join us as we play with the paints!

Ballroom Dance (with Laura Balmaceda)
In this class, students will learn the basics of Ballroom, Swing, and Latin dance. Along the way, they’ll hone their social skills, practice leadership and teamwork, and challenge their minds and bodies. Laura will introduce students to partner dance techniques including hold, frame, timing, musicality, connection, pattern, spacing, and direction. Each class will include practice time, social time, and performance sequences. Students will also learn the history behind the various forms of dance they practice.

Lego Robotics (with Jayson Davis)
Students will learn the fundamentals of coding and robotics using a Lego Mindstorms “brain brick” and a full range of motors, sensors, and attachments. Working together in pairs, students will help their robots tackle problems, mazes, and obstacles by building and coding robotic arms, lifts, and pulleys. They will also level up their teamwork skills and end the class with their very own Sumo Bot Battles, where student-designed robot warriors will compete to become the ultimate Sumo Bot Champion!

Intro to Engineering (with Jayson Davis)
Have you ever wanted to build your own go-kart or design your own bridge? If so, this is the class for you! Students will learn engineering principles including torque and heat transfer, test the strength and durability of various materials, and better understand how things move. Class projects will include a bridge, a Rube Goldberg Machine, and a go-kart. Come join us as we test your projects and race your go-kart to the finish line!


Adam Hailstone
HS Leadership Mentor

Adam is passionate about building a vibrant and expanding community to support your student in their adventure through online learning. In his words, “I love inspiring parents and students to get a great education and overcome the barriers in their way. My role directly aligns with my life’s mission, so it’s as much a calling as it is a career.” Adam joined Williamsburg in 2010 as a mentor, and has designed and taught much of The Williamsburg Curriculum. He has presented talks on alternative education throughout the U.S. and Canada and loves finding creative ways to expand and enhance the Williamsburg tribe.

Adam holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from George Wythe University. He loves hiking, discussing great books, CrossFit, cinema, cooking, and, most of all, spending time with his wife, Laura, and their son Emmet.

Julia Dye
MS Leadership Mentor

Julia loves helping students develop the leadership skills to open new doors of opportunity and growth. In her own words, “The thing I love most about mentoring is the opportunity to connect one on one with youth—getting to know their quirks, their dreams, and their joys. It is incredible to witness their personal growth and development as they learn and experience new things.”

Over the past eight years, Julia has mentored thousands of youth at BSA camps, AFY camps, and in private classes. Julia completed a degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and enjoys reading, hiking, camping, and canyoneering with her husband, Jordan.

Dave Rees
Science/STEM Mentor

As you know, passionate and dedicated mentors can inspire students to learn more than they ever imagined. Dave is one of those mentors. He has tutored math and science for over six years and has been a student of science his entire life. In his words, “I love explosions, unpredictable chemical reactions, and figuring out why stuff does what it does. My greatest award in science was being voted “most likely to be a mad scientist” by my classmates at Carbon High.”

Dave is studying Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, with an emphasis in classical scientific thought at Southern Utah University. His background in computer technology helps him find fun and unique ways to make math and science come alive.

Laura Balmaceda
Ballroom Dancing/Art Mentor

Laura is passionate about helping students develop their creative side and explore their passions. She is also a passionate, life-long artist. In her own words, “When I am not on the dance floor, I work as a narrative illustrator, designer, and fine artist. I love to create images that are lyrical and filled with human emotion.”

Laura has over 20 years of experience teaching and performing as a professional ballroom dancer. She recently joined the Weber State University Adjunct faculty as a specialist in Latin and Ballroom partnership dancing and also serves as the Artistic Director and Dance Director/Head Coach for Davis County Ballroom. She has studied Art and Graphic Design at Weber State University, and Illustration at Utah State University.

Jayson Davis
Tech Electives Mentor

As a parent, you seek out mentors for your student who are both knowledgeable and passionate. Jayson is that mentor. A graduate of Williamsburg Academy, Jayson is “thrilled by science and technology. I love sharing that passion with my students. It’s especially meaningful to me to be able to teach my passions to students currently attending the academic program I went through.”

Jayson lives in Provo, Utah and is studying Applied Physics and Astronomy at Brigham Young University. In his free time, Jayson enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as rock climbing and building rockets.


Renae Zentz
Site Coordinator – 801-920-7993

As a homeschool parent, you know the benefits of pursuing an alternative way to educate your kids. Renae understands these benefits firsthand. She graduated with a BA degree in Humanities from Brigham Young University and has been involved with numerous home-education programs ever since. Renae is here to answer your questions about the Odgen ILC program and help make your experience amazing.

Renae has mentored students of all ages—from preschoolers in her home to leadership students at George Wythe College, where she received an MA in Education. In 2014, Renae opened Family Lyceum, a private school to support families that educate from home. Renae resides in Riverdale, Utah and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.