In February 2015, five Utah parents who were looking for a better educational opportunity for their children teamed up to create a new public charter school. These parents found this educational model at Williamsburg Learning, an Educational Services Provider that was already powering a national private school and a public, online charter school in Nevada. When this group of parents joined forces with Williamsburg, Leadership Academy of Utah was born! LAU was approved by the UT State Board of Education on February 5, 2016, acting on the unanimous recommendation of the State Charter School Board in January.
Jana Stout, Chair
Every student deserves an educational environment that provides space for transformational learning. The engagement and connection that the Leadership Academy of Utah offers is unmatched and gives students a place to transform and explore their uncapped potential.
I am passionate about education and truly believe in LAU’s vision and mission. I have homeschooled and hybrid-schooled my four children for over 15 years, and it has been an integral part of our educational journey. I love being active, am constantly learning, and am always up for a good adventure. I am honored to be serving LAU’s students and families as the Board Chair.
Molly Foster, Vice Chair
We are in a constant state of development and learning. Throughout our challenges, our roots often return us to our connection with those around us, and the most important thing I’ve learned is that we are all born to belong to each other. The Leadership Academy of Utah community is a perfect place for students to accelerate their most important, lifelong relationships.
I have served on testing boards in both Utah and Wyoming, owned a curriculum writing company, and directed several commonwealth schools. My most extraordinary adventures in life have been exploring central Utah with my family of eight.
Natalie Boyack, Treasurer
Every student is unique in their strengths, talents, interests, learning style, and aptitude. I genuinely believe that the Leadership Academy of Utah provides foundational principles for developing leadership skills and helps students gain confidence by mentoring them through a challenging curriculum. My goal as a board member is to help LAU continue this philosophy for Utah families today and in the future.
I have raised and homeschooled three children over the past twenty-five years. I take a particular interest in health and wellness, and I love to spend time serving others. It has always been important to me that children learn leadership skills, self-confidence, and a love of service for others both inside and outside their communities.
Amy George, Board Secretary
I believe that the relationship between parents and educators should be communicative. That relationship, coupled with a curriculum meant to inspire and mentor students to become self-motivated learners. is what allows the Leadership Academy of Utah to provide an outstanding education for your student. LAU’s access to state funding along with the ILC experiences they offer and their use of Williamsburg Learning’s exemplary online education model gives your student the key to preparing for their future. I joined the LAU Board of Directors to actively assist this school in its mission to provide a balanced education to students for years to come.
I am currently an instructor at the Family Lyceum in Ogden, Utah, and run a family school co-op from my home. I love spending time creating memories with my family and taking some time to sing and write songs.
Emeritus Board Members
- Catherine Scott
- Holly Brinkle
- Busch Jones, Chair
- Suzanne Christensen, Vice Chair
- Ben Lindsey, Treasurer
- Annie Fisher, Secretary
- Bryon Richardson
- Dale Millsap
- Valden Longhurst
- Brian Langford