Miss Tara Allen, Social Sciences Teacher
Hello! My name is Tara Allen and I teach social studies here at Pioneer High School. This is my second year with the school and I love teaching here! I teach a variety of classes both online and on-site. I graduated from Southern Utah University in 2013 in History Education. I love reading, traveling, and learning new things. I am excited to teach this year, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me!
Mr. David White, Science
Born in SLC, Grew up in Granger, UT, Wendover, UT, Texas, So. California. In high school active in sports, music, drama, photography and scouting. Attended BYU during the week and worked at KCC during weekends. LDS Mission So. California and Arizona, Joined Utah ANG became NCOIC of Flight Medicine and traveled the world in support of flying personnel. Married Norma Lyn Jones from Heron Montana (best life event), Majored in Science (Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, minored in music, western history and education, earning B.S. and M.S BYU. Earned PhD University at Wisconsin-Madison in Limnology and Entomology. Taught Science in Jr. High, High School and College for 40+ years including 18 years at West H.S. SLC teaching Science and CTE Health/Human Anatomy to 7-12 graders (regular, AP, IB,). Hobbies are: enjoying grand kids, writing Science Fiction, gardening, travel, reading current research in Science and Health, collecting and playing odd flutes, singing in church choirs and collecting good clean humor.
Mr. Nate Lovelady, Math Teacher (Math 1, Math 2, & Math 3)
This will be my third year teaching math, and my second year at Pioneer. I went to Utah State University and graduated with degrees in both Physics Teaching and Mathematics Education. So as you might suspect, I love science and technology as well as math. I also like science fiction books and TV shows. But I have a wide variety of other interests as well. For example, I enjoy hiking, board games, and playing the clarinet. One of these days I may actually get around to learning the banjo, which I’ve been meaning to do for a few years now. I’m super excited for this year and hope to show students the awesome side of math.
Adam Smith, Health & P.E Teacher
My name is Adam Smith and I grew up in Farmington Maine, where I learned to love all aspects related to Health. I’ll be teaching Health, PE, and Fitness for Life. I’ve been married for 12 years and have 3 great kids. I graduated from UVU in Health Education, during which time I also discovered a passion for the performing arts! Besides Health and family, one of my other loves is acting, and watching others recognize, shoot for, and reach their potential. Whether it’s on a stage or field, I love seeing people pursue whatever it is they’re passionate about; life is too short NOT to chase your dreams. Whatever part you play, OWN IT. Be deliberate, be authentic, and be vulnerable. When we are fully committed to our dreams and passions, we can be happy and healthy, and help others do the same! Health encompasses all these things which is why I love teaching it! Health class will help you in all other aspects of life.
Michelle Terry, Special Education Teacher
I graduated from Brigham Young University with my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I feel that if you can teach elementary you can pretty much conquer the world.
I am ready for the change of becoming the special education instructor at Pioneer High School, and I’m excited to work with the amazing students and staff. As an elementary teacher, I had students on many different learning levels and that had a plethora of different learning styles. I diligently strived to find the best strategies to make my students as successful as possible. I am looking forward to using those skills at Pioneer. I am also working on certifying in special education to further my knowledge in the field.
Some fun facts about me:
- I grew up in Cedar Hills, Utah, but I have lived in Hawaii, Argentina, and New York. I LOVE travelling and my favorite place I’ve visited is Martinique (an island in the Caribbean).
- I enjoy reading. My favorite book is Little Women. I feel like I relate a lot to the main character, Jo March. I also love to read to my 3 kids. Currently I am reading The HarryPotter series to them.
- I love to dance. I started dancing when I was 2.
- I am obsessed with going to concerts. The Killers are my favorite band in the world and Imagine Dragons and OneRepublic are my next favorites.
- I live for amusement parks and get season passes to Lagoon every year.
- I could live in a little grass shack on the beach and be happy for the rest of my life.
Dr. Kathy Curtiss, Language Arts Teacher
Dr. Kathy Curtiss, Language arts teacher, has completed her Masters of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a specialty in Shakespeare, and the masters of American Literature. She has taught High school in New York City at the Humanities and the Arts High School, as well as teaching in the Granite school district. Most of her teaching career was on a College Level, in English as well as Theatre & Film, instructing at the New York Film Academy, Ball State University, the University of California, several SUNY and CUNY campuses, and is a NYC professional director for both stage and screen, working both as a writer and director for the Michael Chekhov Theatre Company, The Oberon theatre, the Scandanavian Theatre Company, The Drilling Company, Bryant Park Shakespeare, and Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. She produces and directs independent and documentary film. Her Ph.d. is from Brigham Young University, and she is the Artistic Director of Renaissance Now Theatre & Film, which produces both in NYC and at our local Castle Theatre Festival in Provo.