Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Jodie Frandsen Employee Spotlight!!

Jodie Frandsen is Diamond Ranch Academy’s science teacher. Not only is she our science teacher, she brings with her a great knowledge and understanding of biology, chemistry and physiology. She studied at Southern Utah University where she received a Bachelors degree in biology, with a minor in chemistry. While attending school, Jodie worked as a teacher assistant for the microbiology, and biology classes. She excelled in her academics and was on the Dean’s list for her exceptional grades.

Jodie has nine years of experience working with youth. She put herself through school by working at other residential treatment centers, coached youth basketball for four years, and at one time was an Assistant Program Director. She also has experience in taking youth on wilderness treks, and geological hiking excursions.

Jodie is originally from Kanab, Utah and moved to Hurricane after attending Southern Utah University. In her free time she loves water sports, boating, hiking in the outdoors, and watching football. One unique thing about Jodie is she loves spinach. Maybe that is where she gets the strength to motivate and hold our students up to such high standards. She also loves reptiles, which is perfect for anyone who has seen the size of snakes that cross the Diamond Ranch Academy campus. Most importantly, Jodie is a mother to her 10 year old daughter, Kayla.

Jodie enjoys working at Diamond Ranch Academy because of the integrity of the program. She feels the owners are genuinely concerned about the youth and they truly live up to their motto. She particularly enjoys working in the private school setting because she can become more involved with the students academic success. Jodie is a core red/yellow personality. Her drive to succeed personally trickles down to the students. Jodie expects her students to excel and holds them accountable for achieving their academic goals. She places a high emphasis on education and has motivated the students to not only obtain their high school diplomas, but to continue on to college and beyond.

Bo Iverson, Jodie’s supervisor, wrote the following comments about Jodie:

Finding certified science teachers is hard enough, let alone one as great as Jodie. Jodie worked at a few different treatment centers while she was working her way through college and earning her teaching degree. She has a great understanding of residential treatment and how behavior influences academic achievement. She is tireless in her efforts to motivate students and discovering ways to help them reach their academic potential. Everyday I find myself thinking how fortunate we are to have Jodie working with the students of DRA on a daily basis. Thanks Jodie, for choosing to make a difference.

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