Fred Falcon (A-C)
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, AP 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.
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"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 (D-Ha)
**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 :)
Anya May (He-Lo) **yo hablo español
Years in Education: This is my fifth year working formally in education. I was able to do my school counseling internship right here at KHS last year and loved it! The saying: "Once a Cougar, always a Cougar" rings true to me as I am a Kearns High School graduate. I am a first generation college student but it took a lot to get me where I am today. I have worked in various jobs from Daycare, Nanny, Hairstylist, Billing & Accounts Receivable to volunteering in various places in the community. I am excited to continue my career here at Kearns High. Go Cougars!
Educational Background: Associates of Applied Science degree in Barbering and Cosmetology from Salt Lake Community College; Bachelor of Arts in Spanish; Master's of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah with emphasis in College and Career Readiness.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy baking, doing crafts projects and spending time with family (especially my niece and nephews). I also LOVE dancing (I was on the Dance Company when I was a student here), learning new languages and reading, mostly books that are true stories or about psychology. I also dabble in the occasional fictional novel as well.
Special Counseling Assignments: Website and social media accounts, College Application Week, FAFSA
Interesting Fact(s): My mother grew up in New Zealand and my grandma still lives there, but I have only been able to visit a few times. I speak 3 languages and I am hoping to learn more. Besides Utah, I have also lived in California and Germany, each for about 1.5 years. I also really like puns and I think I'm hilarious.
Aryn Reeves (Lu-O)
Years in Education: This is my fourth year working in the school system. While I’ve planned on being a school counselor since I was 16 years old I’ve been a playground aide at an elementary school, a history/psychology teacher at a high school, and a middle school counseling intern along the way. I’m so happy to be at Kearns High this year and excited to stay in one place for awhile!
Educational Background: I have an Bachelors Degree in History Education and Psychology from Southern Utah University (Go T-Birds!) and a Master Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah that allows me to do my dream job!
Hobbies/Interests:My favorite things to do are to cook delicious foods (and obviously eat them), play card or board games with family and friends, daydream about traveling, curl up with a good book or any of my favorite Netflix shows and play on a trivia website I’m obsessed with. I did drama and cross country in high school so I enjoy any chance to go see a play or run outside. I also have started doing Pilates recently so I can eat all the delicious foods without feeling too guilty!
Special Counseling Assignments:504 Plans, Freshman Breakouts, and Evidence Box
Interesting Fact(s): I grew up in one of the closest towns to Area 51. While I didn’t see too many aliens, I saw plenty of coyotes, jack rabbits, and wild horses. Because it’s such a small community, my high school graduating class only had 39 people in it. We have English classes bigger than that at Kearns!
Laflora Fonua (P-Sh)
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 (Si-Z) **yo hablo español
Years in Education: This is my 3rd 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: Junior Breakouts, AVID, HOPE Squad
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!!