Fred Falcon (A-Cl)
Years in Education: I am currently entering my 20th year in education all at Kearns High School. Before joining the counseling department I taught ESL for 8 years. I have also been the head wrestling coach for 16 years.
Educational Background: Bachelor's of Arts in Oral Communication from the University of Utah; Bachelor's of Arts in Secondary Education from Weber State University; Master of Arts in Guidance Counseling from the University of Phoenix.
Hobbies/Interests: Running/exercising, reading, and spending time with my family.
Specialized Counseling Assignments: NCAA, ACT Testing, Department Head
Interesting Fact(s): I was the head Wrestling Coach at Kearns High School for 10 years and Kearns Junior High School for 2 years. I returned as head coach at Kearns High during the 2012-2013 season. I have also run 28 marathons in 8 different states with the goal of running one in all 50 as well as running all of the Utah marathons.
Anything Else to Add:
"There is no use trying," said Alice; "one can't believe impossible things."
"I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed in as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Cheri Jacobson (Co-Gr)
**yo hablo español
Years in education: I am forever learning! I do love to learn! I have been in the profession of education for 21 years. I was an assistant in a Special Ed. Class for 7 years. I worked as a counselor for the McKinney-Vento program for 13 years. I have met some amazing students in my years as a professional educator. It is an honor to work with the youth. They always seem to teach me so much! Like I said, “Forever Learning. “
Educational background: I earned both my bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Utah State University. Go Aggies!!!!
Hobbies/Interests: I love to read and spend time in the mountains. I also love spending time with family and friends.
Special counseling assignments: Sophomore Breakouts
Interesting fact: I love horses and would love to one day live on a ranch with a horse or two. I love to laugh! It does my soul good :)
Brian Barnum (Gu-Li)
Years in Education
I have been in education since 2013. I started off as a Student to Student mentor while I was at Weber State University. From there I became a Special Education Aide for a 5th and 6th grade class. Then in 2017 I started my job as a school counselor.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Weber State University, Master of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah, and a Certificate for Positive Psychology from Salt Lake Community College.
Hobbies and Interests
I like to spend most of my spare time hanging out at home watching TV, movies or playing video games. I love to work on diamond paintings, playing the flute or just being able to relax.
Special Counselor Assignment
From the time I was 6 till I turned 14 I lived on a small military base in Germany. While there I had the opportunity to travel to 7 other European countries.
Keleni Mateaki (Lo-Or)
Years in Education: This is my first official year as a school counselor. I Previously completed my internship at Glendale Middle School and Horizonte High School with the Salt Lake City School District. I also completed my practicum at Escalante Elementary which were all great and valuable experiences.
Educational Background: I recently completed my Master’s Degree in School Counseling with Capella University and previously a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with Chaminade University of Honolulu. My bachelor’s degree is in Information Systems from BYU Hawaii.
Hobbies/Interests:I love love love spending time with my family, doing outdoor activities, and gardening. As a kid, my mom loved plants and gardening which I hated. Ironically, now as an adult I truly enjoy seeing flowers bloom and plants grow.
Special Counseling Assignments:
Social Media Coordinator
9th grade breakouts
Interesting Fact(s): My husband and I have 7 awesome children who all keep me going every day. 10 years ago we moved here from Hawaii at the beginning of winter. This was hard not to be outdoors all year long, but we have learned to adapt to the weather and in turn and love being here.
Laflora Fonua (Os-Sc)
Years in Education: This is my third year in the education field and as a school counselor. I am a Kearns High graduate so it is great to be back at Kearns High School!
Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in Sociology from The University of Utah, and Master of Science in School Counseling from University of Phoenix.
Hobbies/Interests: I love listening to music, attending concerts, watching movies, and television shows from around the world. I am an occasional reader, but I do have a goal to complete the list of “100 Books to Read by BBC.” Most of all, I love to spend time with my family.
Special Counseling Assignments:
Lunch time Activities
Interesting Fact(s): As I previously mentioned, I love listening to music, especially reggae music. I saw UB40 in concert 8 times! Four times in Salt Lake City, and the other four in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Coty Steele (Se-Z) **yo hablo español
Years in Education: This is my 4th year working in the educational system.
Educational Background: Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science and Master of Education in Educational Psychology.
Hobbies/Interests: Listening to music, going to concerts, dancing, I just started scrap-booking and I love it! Lastly, I love spending time with my family and friends.
Special Counseling Assignments:
Interesting Fact(s): I was born in Chile and immigrated to the United States when I was 3 years old. I absolutely love going back and visiting my family there!
Janene Curtis- Guidance clerk
Years in Education I have been at Kearns High School for the past few years. I started in January 2014. Before that I worked at an elementary school in the district for many years. I started off volunteering in PTA, then I became a substitute teacher at the school. After a few years of doing that I applied for a job as a secretary in the school. I worked as a secretary and para professional in the school for about five years. I was very happy to come to Kearns.
Educational Background I have a very broad educational background. I went to several colleges in the state of Utah and earned many, many credits in college. However, I never earned a degree. Since I have been working in the Counseling Center here at Kearns and the focus here is to tell students to go to college and get a degree, I figure I better walk the walk if I am going to talk the talk. I am currently enrolled in online courses at BYU Idaho, working on completing a degree.
Hobbies and Interest I have five wonderful hobbies and interests that I call children. My oldest son will graduate from the University of Utah this spring. I have two more in college, and one is currently on an LDS mission. I still have one child still in a nearby high school. Other interests of mine are reading, baking, (I am not fond of cooking, I have done that daily for the last 25 years and I don’t enjoy it much) I love the theater, and travel. I have been in all fifty states with my family.
Assignments My assignments in the counseling center are to make appointments for the counselors, make copies when needed, take minutes in meetings, order supplies, answer the phone, record office logs, and general office duties.
Interesting Facts My hometown is named after my great-great-grandfather, who settled the town. It only has about 29 people in the whole town. I had to ride 45 miles to go to high school. The school had 7th thru 12th grade and a student population of 222 students. My graduating class had 39 students in it. When I quit college I had 240 credit hours, enough to have earned 2 bachelor degrees. Students—learn how to work with a college advisor really quickly, when you get to college!!