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.
Busch Jones, Board Chair
In the past six years, all three of our children have been able to experience the incredible Williamsburg curriculum and have been inspired by the many mentors and students with whom they have interacted. We enjoyed the curriculum and experience but found the process difficult of going through a third party curriculum provider to get access to the curriculum and instructors. I have been privileged to be a part of the startup committee that worked to get the charter school application approved and have since then served on the Leadership Academy of Utah board of trustees. I am excited that LAU will be able to bring the great Williamsburg curriculum and instructors to many more Utah families.
Suzanne Christensen, Vice Chair
I graduated from Brigham Young University in 2000 with a BS in Sociology, and minors in English and Business Management. I have served in leadership positions in various organizations, including the Wasatch Independent Debate League board and United Families Pennsylvania. I coach teams in Utah for Mock Trial and Model United Nations. I am the mother of four boys, two of whom are students at LAU.
Dale Millsap, Board Treasurer
I am a licensed engineering professional living with my wife and eight children on a small farm in Northern Utah. I am an avid outdoorsman and love to travel and serve others. My family has benefited significantly since integrating the Williamsburg model into our education. I joined the LAU board to help make this great curriculum and model available to others through a charter school. I have past board experience with the Center for Documentary Expression and Art (CDEA). I obtained my BS in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University in 1999.
I love being active, learning, creating, being a mom, and a good adventure. I am passionate about education and I love Williamsburg Learning’s vision and mission. I have homeschooled my four children for eleven years. Currently, three of my children are involved with Williamsburg Learning, one of those three is attending LAU. Previously, I created and ran Ignite Academy, a weekly homeschool support, where I taught academics, art, character and martial arts for four years. Last year I ended that to work as an Epic Day teacher and then Assistant Director for Distance Education at Canyon Grove Academy. Currently, I am working for Canyon Grove Academy as the Discovery Day Director, organizing and running learning experiences for around 400 students each week. I am a graduate of Brigham Young University.
Amy George, Board Member
I have homeschooled my four children for the past eleven years. I believe that a communicative relationship between educators and parents, coupled with a curriculum meant to inspire and mentor children in becoming self-motivated learners, are key to a fantastic education. I feel that Leadership Academy of Utah’s access to state funding, the I.L.C. experience, and the use of Williamsburg Learning’s exemplary online educational model are key to assisting our older children in preparing for their future. I joined the LAU Board of Directors in order to actively assist this school in continuing to provide a balanced education to students for years to come. I am currently working as an instructor at The Family Lyceum in Ogden, Utah and run a Family School Co-op from my home. I enjoy spending time with my family creating memories and strengthening our relationships, while still finding some time for singing and songwriting.
Molly Foster, Board Member
My greatest adventures have been with my family (8 of us). Central Utah has been a favorite home base for fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, running and camping. We are in a constant state of development and learning. I have owned a curriculum writing company, served on testing boards in Utah and Wyoming, and directed commonwealth schools. Through every experience the most important truth I have learned is that we are all born to belong to each other. Gathering to learn within the LAU/Williamsburg community has been a perfect greenhouse to accelerate our most important and lifelong relationships.
Emeritus Board Members
- Catherine Scott
- Busch Jones, Chair
- Suzanne Christensen, Vice Chair
- Ben Lindsey, Treasurer
- Annie Fisher, Secretary
- Bryon Richardson
- Dale Millsap
- Valden Longhurst
- Brian Langford