I am excited to join Diamond Fork Junior High. This is my 12th year teaching and cannot wait to teach 8th grade science. I spent my early life in Oregon, where I was raised and ended up in Utah to attend BYU (I really just wanted better snow). I received my education from BYU, UVSC, and SUU. I continue to better my understanding of what I teach and still consider myself a student.
My name is Shawn Rogers. I am teaching US History and I am a first year teacher. I am from Utah, I lived in Spanish Fork until about 8th grade, and then moved to Lehi where I graduated High School. I then went on to Utah State University. I love to make videos and play guitar. I got married in January 2018 at my wife's family farm in a barn. Teaching is something I have wanted to do since I was 16 and I have never thought twice about it. I am very excited to be a part of the Diamond Fork team!
My name is Lexie Gatherum and I am so excited to be a part of DFJHS! I am originally from Cedar City and I graduated from Brigham Young University. I love to stay active by going swimming and hiking. I completed my first Spartan race this summer and look forward to completing more next year. I love to cook and bake. That is one of the many reasons I decided to become a FACS teacher. And I am excited to announce that after October 13th, instead of Miss Gatherum you can call me Mrs. Harr;) I love teaching and can’t wait for an awesome school year!
Sarah Insalaco Olsen has been playing every stringed instrument she could get a hold of since the age of 10. Her teachers at Diamond Fork Junior High, Spanish Fork Junior High, and Spanish Fork High School were understanding enough to let her switch instruments almost every year, and her passion for music grew. She pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Music at Snow College where she played multiple instruments in multiple ensembles while also writing music for these ensembles as well as for theater, game, and film projects.
Hello! My name is Mrs. Barazoto and I am excited to be at Diamond Fork Jr. this year! I teach 8th grade English and (obviously) love reading and writing and a good debate as well. I love Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Suzanne Collins and J.K. Rowling and I'm currently reading Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series. I'll read any good book you give me! When I'm not at school I love adventuring-- rock climbing, hiking, swimming, anything outside and active. I went to Disneyland for the first time this summer, spent a week on the beach and hiked all over southern Utah.
I love science, especially anything that has to do with nature. I love to hike, camp, and bike. In my younger days I was always skateboarding and snowboarding. I chose to be a teacher after having a short career as a exploration geologist, for multiple reasons, but most importantly because I want to help students see how fun science can be.
I have been teaching for 14 years in Nebo School District but this is my first year at Diamond Fork Jr High. Teaching is a challenging and rewarding field to be in and I love it! I am passionate about reading and writing and love to see a child's eyes light up when they discover a good book. I love to call Utah Valley my home. I graduated from BYU-Idaho, UVU, and received my Masters from U of U (insert gasp here)! I love to travel and my hobbies include playing the piano, sewing, pottery, collecting books, and playing handbells with Bells on Temple Square.
This is my first year working at Diamond Fork Jr. High and I am thrilled to be here! I am currently a graduate student at the U of U working to earn a Master's degree in School Counseling and I will graduate in April 2019. Some of my favorite things to do are hiking, baking, and playing board games. I was able to have several adventures this summer but the one that I enjoyed the most was attending the Shakespeare Festival down in Cedar City. I am so excited to get to know everyone at DFJHS this year!
I've enjoyed teaching for 31 years in Nebo School District at both Payson Jr and at Springville High. I decided retirement would be more fun exploring science with Diamondback students so... I'm back! I like to rack up the miles road cycling, relax on a mountain stream fly fishing, gaze at the heavens through my telescope, and explore the nature of our great outdoors.
My name is Hailey Neumiller and I will be teaching 9th grade biology and 7th grade science this year! I just graduated from BYU in April and I am so excited to share my passion for the study of life! I am originally from Star, Idaho so I grew up playing outside with my 3 younger sisters and farming potatoes (just kidding, we could barely keep our garden alive). I love animals and my family had 2 cats, a chihuahua and a rabbit, as well as periodic squirrels - long story. I learned how to ski when I was 2 years old and I haven't missed a season since.