Our Admin Team

The Leadership Academy of Utah (LAU) Admin Team is comprised of qualified, committed individuals who believe in providing highly-motivated students in Utah with a classical education so they can become principled leaders. Their admin team is staffed with counselors and academic specialists equipped to take care of your family’s educational needs!

John Tripp, LAU Executive Director

John Tripp Executive Director of Leadership Academy of Utah

As the Executive Director of LAU, John is committed to helping your student thrive in their education. John grew up in Southern Utah, where he often spent his time learning and adventuring in the outdoors. His passion for education grew while attending Brigham Young University and Utah State University. After graduation, John acted on his love of teaching and began working with students from 3rd through 12th grade. He even spent 18 years developing an early college program to help his students navigate the overwhelming road to higher education. John passed on his love of learning to his ten children, and he continues to spark that passion in his eight grandchildren by reading with them regularly. John currently lives in Hyrum, Utah, with his wife, two cats, and a dog. Together, they often spend their time outdoors in the Wellsville mountains.

Shelly Jenkins, LAU Director of Operations

Shelly Jenkins Director of Student Services at Leadership Academy of Utah photo

Shelly’s commitment to LAU’s mission and passion for student success will help to ensure a rewarding experience for your student. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and is currently working towards a Master’s in Information Technology Management. Shelly currently lives in Northern Utah with her nine amazing children and can often be found gardening, rowing, or adventuring in the mountains. 

Misty Biesinger, LAU Director of Student Services

Director of Student Services at Leadership Academy of Utah - Misty Biesinger

Misty has been supporting charter schools for the past 15 years, and is excited to use what she’s learned to assist your family. As a mother of six, she’s “passionate about giving all kids a safe place to learn.” Misty has worn many hats in her work with schools, most recently serving as Assessment Director and Office Manager for a charter school in Ogden. She grew up in Northern Utah and loves the outdoors, especially gardening and raising chickens. In her free time, Misty loves traveling and spending time with her children.

Sharla Nelson, LAU Executive Assistant & Communications Specialist

Sharla Nelson Executive Assistant and Communications Leadership Academy of Utah

It’s often easy to feel disconnected from your student’s education, but Sharla’s dedication to LAU’s students and families helps create a one-of-a-kind community. In her own words, she’s “passionate about helping students experience a unique and meaningful education.” Sharla received a degree in office administration, and she enjoys using it to help LAU students and families. In addition, she loves spending time with her family and can regularly be found serving her community, reading great literature, or continuing her education.

Linda Hansen, LAU Admin Services Director

Having homeschooled her own children, Linda knows just how to create an exciting and educational environment for your student. She’s also had the opportunity to teach several homeschool groups. Linda currently lives in Cedar City, Utah, with her two children. She has a deep passion for classic books, antiques, and old-fashioned flowers.