Pleasant Grove Innovative Learning Center

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Canyon Grove Academy
588 W 3300 N
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

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Class day: Tuesday

Grades: 7-10 (6th grade NOT offered)


Schedule (Classes meet on Tuesdays)



Courses Offered (Winter 2021)

Note: All ILC classes are offered in-person. You can view specific middle school and high school course descriptions on the Williamsburg Learning website.

Grade 7 Core: STEM 6/7 B, Leadership 6/7 B

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

Art and Tech Electives as follows: 

  • Middle School & High School – Acrylic Painting (Winter 2021)
    Mentor: Ngoc-Minh Anderson
  • This semester students will focus on the different forms of acrylic painting. They will use different techniques and explore different styles  of painting such as Contemporary, Cubism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Pointillism and Pop Art. Students will be painting on clothing, acrylic paper and canvas. Emphasis will be on a new style or technique every 2 to 3 weeks.

    *Required Equipment: Most materials will be provided.

  • Middle School & High School – Airplanes and Rockets (Winter)
    Mentor: Jayson Davis
  • Remember when Sid strapped Buzz Lightyear to a rocket to blow him up? Yeah, we’re not doing that, but we are going to build rockets! Students will learn and practice the key phases of the engineering process from the designing to the building, and finally the actual launching of model rockets. Students will work in small teams of 2-3 to design and build their own rocket which will be launched before the end of the semester. We’re also building an RC airplane, simulating flying, and much more! Get ready to blast off!

  • Middle School – Rocketry and Plan Building (Fall)
    Mentor: Jayson Davis
  • Students will blast off with science as they learn what it takes to design, build, and launch their own rocket! Students use engineering principles and creativity to launch an egg and safely return it to the Earth. Does your student wonder how airplanes and airships work? In this course, they’ll explore the four forces of nature that keep people in the air as they build and fly their very own airplane.
  • Middle School & High School- Watercolor Painting (Fall)
    Mentor: Ngoc-Minh Anderson
  • In this course, students learn the many techniques of watercolor. They will explore color theory, watercolor resist, still-life, self-portrait, realistic and abstract painting. The mentor will lead students through the process step-by-step, leaving room for them to be creative. Students will be amazed at what they can create after every class! Emphasis will be on a new style or technique every 2 to 3 weeks.


Trenton Haskell
Science & STEM Mentor

Trenton is an experienced geologist with a passion for helping young minds discover their love of STEM. He is thrilled to support your student in exciting and innovative ways that will spark their creativity and imagination. Before joining our team, Trenton developed his love for teaching while working as a STEAM educator at the Leonardo Museum in downtown Salt Lake City.

Trenton graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in geology and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Secondary Science Education at Western Governors University. He currently lives in Salt Lake City with his wife.

Mitch Peterson Leadership mentor

Mitch Peterson
Leadership Mentor

As a parent, you want to find experienced mentors who care deeply about your student’s development and success. Mitch is one of those mentors. He’s worked with middle and high school students for seventeen years and remains in contact with many of them. Mitch believes every student is unique and he wants to help each one understand their full potential.

Mitch has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Western Governors University. He is on the board for both the Cache County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Utah Adult Education Association. Mitch is also the Director of Coaching for Aggies FC, the largest competitive soccer club in Cache valley. He and his wife, Vanessa, live in Logan with their five children.

Ngoc-Minh Anderson
Art Electives Mentor

Bio coming soon.

Jayson Davis

Jayson Davis
Tech Electives Mentor

As a parent, you want your child to be educated by mentors that are both knowledgeable and invigorated. Jayson Davis 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 school I went to.”

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.


Jodi Burnett
Site Coordinator

Jodi is passionate about teaching students how to think rather than what to think. In her words, “The idea of students being in charge of their own education is very important to me, so I was thrilled to finally find a school that empowers students in that way.” For the past two years, Jodi has worked at Canyon Grove Academy first as a teacher, then as the curriculum developer for their Epic Day program. She is excited to use her experience to instill leadership skills and a love of learning in the classroom.

Jodi and her husband have four children, two of whom are currently participating in the ILC program. Her favorite hobby is reading. She and her family also love hiking and biking through the red rock canyons of St. George.