Thursday, July 30, 2009

Betsy Kimber Spotlight

Betsy Kimber is one of our Staff Supervisors. She is a transplant to Hurricane, Utah from Arkansas. Betsy was born in Oregon, and raised in Arkansas. She attended Pulaski Academy, where she graduated high school with a 4.0 grade point average. She received an academic scholarship to Creighton University in Nebraska. She met her husband Cody there in the spring of 2005, and was married in the Jordan River Temple. Cody persuaded her to move to Southern Utah to finish her degree. Betsy finished her degree at Dixie State College. She has a double major, in English and Psychology and graduated Suma Cum Laude. Betsy is hoping to be accepted in the University of Utah’s Psychology Education masters program when she is finished here. Betsy said when she grows up she wants to be a counselor. She is getting great experience at Diamond Ranch Academy.

Betsy loves to go wake boarding, 4-wheeling, and play basketball. She has traveled all over the world. She has been to countries such as, France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, and 49 of the 50 states. She hasn’t been to Alaska. Another really unique thing about Betsy is she is a member of the Color Country Antique Machinery Association (CCAMA). The what? Yes I said, the CCAMA. It is a group of individuals who have perfectly restored antique tractors. They travel to fairs, and events to show off their tractors. Betsy and her husband are the proud owners of a 1950 Oliver tractor. They are excited to be a part of this fun and distinctive association.

Betsy is a blue/white on the color code system. She is a good listener and has reasonable expectations of the girls at Diamond Ranch Academy. She has earned their respect, while showing them respect in return.

Melanie Fox the Night Time Assistant Program Director said the following about Betsy: Betsy is one of our newer staff and has quickly filled the position of staff supervisor. She works hard and is very efficient in the work she does. She is always looking for ideas to make Diamond Ranch the premier youth residential treatment center. Betsy goes above and beyond her call of duty because she truly cares about her job and about the students. I can tell by watching her interactions with the students that she wants the best for them in the program and in life. I feel very blessed to be able to work with Betsy.

Cody Wardle had the following director’s comments: Betsy is awesome. She came to Diamond Ranch Academy with a lot of personal experience and education. Since coming to Diamond Ranch Academy she has been kind and warm and has quickly found a way into the girl’s hearts. Betsy is a great example of the Universal Truth “what goes around comes around”. She is teaching the girls that it is important to do what is right even when no one is watching because it comes back to you. We are glad that she is part of the Diamond Ranch Academy Family.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Cody Fonnesbeck Spotlight

Cody Fonnesbeck traded in the illustrious career of selling cars in Colorado to come and work for Diamond Ranch Academy, teaching the life skills class. Cody has been with Diamond Ranch for just over a year. He is currently our Special Education teacher and has done an amazing job with the kids. It’s obvious selling cars gives you the experience to be cunning and creative in convincing the students they can excel farther than they think.

Cody has lived most of his life in St. George Utah. After completing his Bachelors degree in Communications, and making a small fortune selling cars, he decided to move back to his roots. He, his wife Annie, and son Crew, moved here to become a part of the Diamond Ranch Academy family. He has loved working with the Special Education classes. Cody said “if the students get it right in one place, they usually get it right in the other”. Meaning, once the students excel academically, or in a sport, or emotionally, usually the other aspects of their lives start to fall into place. Cody loves seeing that transition.

Cody helps out with Diamond Ranch Academy’s football team. He brings his own talent to help our athletes. Cody held the national record for the 40 yard dash while he was in high school. The staff joke with the boys about this to help motivate them to run faster. Cody also played football in high school. In his spare time, he loves to play all sports, and watch them. He also loves spending time with his family, whether it be shopping, or just hanging out at home. Cody has also served an LDS mission in London, England

Cody’s personality colors are red/blue and a little white. He calls himself an American Flag. His patriotic attitude has helped the students accomplish their tasks quickly and efficiently, yet shows compassion and understanding. He is also very innovative in teaching new study skills.

Reeve Knighton, Cody’s supervisor had the following comments: Cody has been a great addition to the education department and a phenomenal help to special education. He is diligent in the tasks that are delegated to him. In our meetings together, we discuss ways to better serve the students. He is quick to implement any new strategies that will benefit the students in their academics. He is a very capable individual and has a natural ability at building positive relationships with his students. We are lucky to have him on board with us!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tayleigh Hann Spotlight

Tayleigh Hann has been with Diamond Ranch Academy for 3 years. She has worked her way up to the Daytime Assistant Program Director over the girls’ campus. Her supervisor Cody Wardle has been very impressed with her work. He wrote the following words about her: Tayleigh has a very kind way of working with the girls. In her time at Diamond Ranch Academy she has come to be known as someone who is very fair and consistent. She has also been able to reach girls, which others have not been able to. She provides calm and understanding leadership. She is someone that is easily admired and is often a featured speaker at graduations. I am glad that Tayleigh is so consistent with the students. She has always maintained a professional caring boundary with the students. This has allowed her to be a very effective and valuable employee.

Tayleigh came to us from Palmer, Alaska. She attended Brigham Young University/Idaho where she received her Bachelors degree in communication. In between those years, she served an LDS Spanish speaking mission in California.

Tayleigh loves sports! She is the girls’ softball coach, and plays as well. She also enjoys volleyball, hiking, racquetball, and hanging out around a campfire. Tayleigh is a yellow personality color, which makes her fun to be around. The girls love her because she makes the job fun and is not easily stressed. One of her strengths is that she is excellent at resolving conflicts. Diamond Ranch Academy benefits from having a person like Tayleigh working with them.