FOUNDERS, FACULTY & STAFF

Founders

Mr. Jared Carman
Head of School
Mr. Carman is dedicated to helping students become leaders and doers. Over the last 25 years Mr. Carman has grown multiple learning technology companies, impacting millions of learners worldwide. Currently the owner and CEO of a Utah learning and testing company, Mr. Carman loves to invest in young people. Prior to founding Belmont, Mr. Carman served as board member and vice-chair of the independent, Christian school he attended in his youth. Mr. and Mrs. Carman founded Belmont after feeling moved upon to create a classical, Christian school for their own daughters, and for other families in Utah. Mr. Carman holds an M.S. in Instructional Technology from Utah State University and a B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University.
Mrs. Denise Carman
Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Mrs. Carman delights in teaching, and in creating, for students, a feast of the best books. Over the last 15 years, she has guided curriculum choices and taught in home and private schools. While serving as Curriculum Chair for a 7-12 charter school, she worked closely with teachers and department heads to ensure that curriculum choices were mission-aligned. Mrs. Carman has visited classical, Christian schools across the country, and collaborates with like-minded administrators in Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Arizona, California, and Utah. Mrs. Carman is an award-winning French teacher. Having lived in France and Switzerland, she shares her love of French with her students. Mrs. Carman holds a B.A. in French from Brigham Young University. Her greatest joys are her own five children.

Faculty & Staff

Mrs. Hannah Boynton
Jr Kindergarten/Kindergarten/1st Grade Aide; Lower School P.E.,
Uniforms Specialist
Mrs. Boynton delights in teaching children of God's love for them. She takes special pleasure in seeing them joyfully learn about His creations. She loves that Belmont is a partnership with parents and enjoys communicating with parents about their child’s experience at Belmont. Teaching physical education to the younger students is a joy and opportunity for her to spend time in the lovely outdoors. Mrs. Boynton attended Brigham Young University Idaho.
Mrs. Shelli Boynton
Grades 4-5 Home Room; Lower School Music, Upper School Latin I
Mrs. Boynton is an accomplished educator with 20 years of homeschool teaching experience. She earned a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She minored in music, served as a Board Advisory Committee Member for the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, and performs as a bell ringer with Bells on Temple Square. Mrs. Boynton is an avid lover of literature, maintaining an extensive personal library which she generously shares with Belmont faculty and students.
Mr. Clay Brown
Physical Education
Mr. Brown is an award-winning math teacher who loves sports. After running track for both Rick’s College and Brigham Young University, Mr. Brown  coached both high school football and track & field, and currently teaches math at the college level. He holds a Masters in Mathematics from Central Washington University and a Bachelors in Mathematics education from Brigham Young University. When not teaching, Mr. Brown spends time outdoors with his family hiking, camping, and playing volleyball.
Mr. Cameron Cahoon
Upper School Choir
Mr. Cahoon is an award-winning high school choir director with nearly 20 years of experience.  A vibrant tenor, he has sung with such groups as the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, the University of Lethbridge Singers, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir. He has performed in Western and Eastern Europe, and has played lead roles in such musical productions as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, and A Christmas Carol
Mrs. Denise Carman
AP French, Honors French Literature, Latin III
Mrs. Carman delights in teaching, and in creating, for students, a feast of the best books. Over the last 15 years, she has guided curriculum choices and taught in home and private schools. While serving as Curriculum Chair for a 7-12 charter school, she worked closely with teachers and department heads to ensure that curriculum choices were mission-aligned. Mrs. Carman has visited classical, Christian schools across the country, and collaborates with like-minded administrators in Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Arizona, California, and Utah. Mrs. Carman is an award-winning French teacher. Having lived in France and Switzerland, she shares her love of French with her students. Mrs. Carman holds a B.A. in French from Brigham Young University. Her greatest joys are her own five children.
Graham Carman
Information Systems, Web Development
Mr. Carman leverages technology to drive growth and streamline workflow. At Belmont, he created the school's technology backbone, including applications that drive admissions, learning management, e-commerce, and the Belmont Web site. Now working for a top-tier consulting company, Mr. Carman continues to assist Belmont in maintaining the technology. Prior to working for Belmont, Mr. Carman served as a full-stack developer at Brigham Young University. He currently serves as the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) BYU chapter president at BYU, where he is completing his B.S. in Information Systems and is preparing for graduate school.
Mr. Jared Carman
Grades 9-12 Bible Study
Mr. Carman is dedicated to helping students grow in Caritas, Veritas, and Actio. Over the last 25 years Mr. Carman has grown multiple learning technology companies, impacting millions of learners worldwide. Currently the owner and CEO of a Utah learning and testing company, Mr. Carman loves to invest in young people. Prior to founding Belmont, Mr. Carman served as board member and vice-chair of the independent, Christian school he attended in his youth. Mr. and Mrs. Carman founded Belmont after feeling moved upon to create a classical, Christian school for their own daughters, and for other families in Utah. Mr. Carman holds an M.S. in Instructional Technology from Utah State University and a B.S. in Psychology from Brigham Young University.
Mrs. Carson Center
Drama, Classical Storytelling
Mrs. Center is a talented performer and accomplished director and teacher. On stage, she has played in, or directed, such classic productions as The Scarlet Pimpernel, Mary Poppins, Jane Eyre, White Christmas, Beauty and the Beast, and more. Mrs. Center loves students, and served several years as an adjunct faculty member at BYU, teaching Drama for the Elementary Classroom. She has taught workshops and directed productions for the Utah Theatre Association and numerous local schools, and currently serves as Director for Broadway Bound through Center Stage Youth Performers.  Mrs. Center holds a BA in K-12 Theater Education from Brigham Young University.
Mrs. Anastasia Heder
Latin, Admissions Director
Mrs. Heder is passionate about bringing the time-honored tradition of classical education to the modern family. She has taught Latin, Literature, Classical Studies, Christian Studies, and Science in home and private schools for the last ten years. Before her family’s relocation to Utah, Mrs. Heder launched a Latin-centered education program with several campuses in Southern California. Mrs. Heder enjoys reading and discussing literature, hiking, and entertaining friends and family.
Miss Afton Holzer
Math 8/7, Algebra I
Miss Holzer is an enthusiastic math teacher with a background in engineering and a passion for genealogy. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and runs her own family history business. When she is not teaching or doing genealogy, Miss Holzer enjoys road and mountain biking, traveling, and spending time with family.
Mrs. Tracy Jorgensen
Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus
Mrs. Jorgensen loves students and has a contagious enthusiasm for math. At the college level, Mrs. Jorgensen has taught students in College Algebra, Business Calculus, and Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra. At the Junior High and High School levels, she has taught students in PreAlgebra, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus. With a BS in Mathematics from Brigham Young University, Mrs. Jorgensen regularly puts her math expertise to good use, as a computer programmer, teacher, and mother.
Mrs. Alyssa McKinnon
Physics, Chinese I & II, Chinese III & IV
Mrs. McKinnon happily spreads an infectious love of Asian languages and culture. An award-winning student in high school, Mrs. McKinnon was awarded the BYU StarTalk Debra Wells Chinese Excellence Award, and was Utah Sterling Scholar Runner-up for World Languages. After living abroad for 18 months in Seoul, South Korea, Mrs. McKinnon returned to the US and founded Woori English, an international online tutoring business, where she focuses on relevance and context in language learning. On scholarship at Brigham Young University, Mrs. McKinnon holds a 3.95 GPA as she completes her B.A. in Asian Studies (class of 2021).
Mrs. Julie Morris
Geometry, Physical Science, AP Latin, Honors Latin Literature,
Logic, Rhetoric
Well-grounded in classical, Christian education, Mrs. Morris earned her M.A. in Philosophy from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, did undergraduate work in Theology at Franciscan University, and received B.S. degrees in Economics and Accounting from the University of Kentucky. At the high school and college levels she has taught courses in Composition, English Grammar, Latin, Literature, Logic, Math, and Computers. Prior to joining Belmont, Mrs. Morris served as Director of Curriculum at a classical school in Louisville, KY. When she is not immersed in good books, she can be found helping support the family bungee jumping business or enjoying the beautiful Utah outdoors.
Mrs. Erika Nelson
Western Heritage
Mrs. Nelson loves a good story and enjoys sharing her passion for history with her students. Lively discussions form the core of her classroom experience. She has many favorite historical time-periods and is always expanding her horizons, but one of her current favorites is World War II. Greek history’s the Battle of Marathon is another of her favorites and a thrilling story she enjoys sharing with her students. Mrs. Nelson received her Bachelor of Arts in History from University of Utah and her Master of Arts in History from Brigham Young University. Prior to joining Belmont, Mrs. Nelson taught history at Brigham Young University Idaho.
Mr. Sydney Stonehocker
Facility Improvement, Substitute Math & Science
Mr. Stonehocker brings a wealth of experience to the classroom. A USAF/NWS veteran who served in Desert Storm, he has taught students grades 6-12 in Algebra, Geometry, Robotics, Science, and other subjects, in public, charter, and private settings. Mr. Stonehocker knows the value of preparation—he has run 7 marathons, and holds a 4:42 for the mile run. Mr. Stonehocker is a licensed General Contractor and a certified piano technician. He holds a Masters of Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Brigham Young University.
Ms. Pati Watson
Grades 2-3
Ms. Watson is an esteemed elementary school teacher who loves helping young students enjoy learning and make progress. She has taught in private and parochial schools for over 30 years in Utah and Montana, most recently at a private school in Utah (9 years). With a mother's heart, Ms. Watson has taught and nurtured students from 1st to 4th grades, and takes pleasure in helping each student become a fluent reader and writer. A particular admirer of Beatrix Potter, she delights in helping students feel the beauty and wonder of nature, make connections between subjects, and grow in the knowledge that God loves them.
Mrs. Alice Winkelman
Jr Kindergarten / Kindergarten / 1st Grade
Mrs. Winkelman inspires, nurtures, builds, and instills a love of learning in each individual student. As a private school teacher since 2007, she has blessed the lives of many children and families. Having worked with children with a wide range of abilities, she knows the importance of helping each student be successful. One of her favorite teaching experiences is preparing her students to perform the musical Peter Rabbit—memorizing lines, singing delightful songs, and learning the timeless lessons given by Beatrix Potter in this wonderful story. Mrs. Winkelman absolutely loves teaching!
Mrs. Rachael Wood
Jr Kindergarten / Kindergarten / 1st Grade
Mrs. Wood takes a special interest in each child. Knowing that each student is a child of God, Mrs. Wood carefully helps them learn to read, write, enjoy the beauty of nature, and grow good habits. She takes special delight in beautiful children's literature. Mrs. Wood holds a BS in Child Development from Brigham Young University-Idaho and has taught in the classroom since 2014.
Mrs. Cortney Wright
Classical Composition, Literature, Grammar, Spelling, French
Mrs. Wright is an accomplished teacher and brings out the best in each student. She readily shares her love of literature, poetry, and studying how language works—she loves to learn! After completing a study abroad at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland, Mrs. Wright received her BA in English Literature with a French minor from the University of Utah. Prior to joining Belmont, she taught for five years at another Christian school, and tutored students in English and French, and ESL. Mrs. Wright is  an experienced writer, both in writing copy and blogs. When she is not learning or teaching, she loves to be with her family and perform with Handbells on Temple Square, where she has played for 15 years.