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!

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