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Ron Mortensen


I love teaching and meeting people from other cultures. After getting my BA in Spanish and English from BYU, I taught in LA and then Saudi Arabia for the national oil company’s training programs. I was able to work in various areas, including curriculum development creating textbooks and exams, and eventually as Department Chair of English and General Studies for their College Prep Program. I also mentored the Speech and Drama Clubs. I now greatly enjoy teaching in the Alpine Adult Ed program. My interests include swimming, traveling, and being creative: designing stained glass for my home, writing, and portrait drawing.

Julienne Vance


This is my first year teaching for this program and I absolutely love it!  I have my bachelor’s degree in secondary education pedagogy and have taught many years, off and on, mostly substituting as my children grew up.  Early in my career, I also taught at the missionary training center in Provo, UT, teaching the Tagalog language.  I have an intense love for immigrants trying to integrate into our communities and want to do everything I can to empower them in achieving their goals here in the United States.  I have found my home here with the Alpine Adult Education program and am so excited to be working with all the excellent teachers and staff here.

Andrew Pratt


My name is Andrew Pratt. I come from a small sheep farm in northwest Ohio. I speak Mandarin Chinese, Dutch, Spanish, and English. I have a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in Bilingual Education Research and Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). For several years I’ve had the privilege to live and work in various countries around the world. This is my first year working at Alpine Adult Education and I’m grateful for this opportunity to listen and to learn from those whom I teach and work with. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, swimming, hiking and cooking.


Sonya Gneiting

 I have been teaching ESL for 10 years now, six years here in the Adult Education Program at Alpine District.  I feel like this is my dream job. I absolutely love teaching and helping people to understand the English language and American culture. It has been so rewarding to know that I am an instrument in helping many people feel successful here in this country. I understand the challenges of learning a new language because I have lived in 2 foreign countries. I too, had to try and learn the language of their countries and integrate into their culture. It was a very eye-opening experience. I love these people and they have become my friends.
      I have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. I love to spend time with them. In my free time, I love to exercise and watch movies. I also love to travel. Learning about new cultures is fun for me.

Rachel Keket


Hi! I am Rachel Keket. I was born and raised in New Mexico. I attended BYU in Provo and graduated from BYU Hawaii in 2011. My degree is in International Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Communications. I really enjoy the diversity of the world and am fascinated by how people communicate and the beauty of each language and culture. While at school, I met my husband who is from Papua New Guinea.  We now have 4 kids. Being married to an immigrant has given me insight into the struggles of coming to a new place and facing a new culture head on. I have worked in various professions but teaching is my favorite.

I now teach English in the Adult Education Program. After three years I can still say that I love it. Helping students connect with others and gain understanding and confidence with their communication is so important and so fulfilling. I am grateful to be part of a program that is geared towards helping people in this way.


Tania Carrera


I am from Ecuador and I have been working for the district for more than 10 years. I got my degree in Marketing which is a reason I love working with people and talking to them.  I have two children, and we love going on walks to experience Utah’s scenery.  I also enjoy running, dancing, and spending time with my family eating and singing karaoke.

Roselle Harney


I come from a family of teachers, both of my parents were teachers, my grandmother and even my great grandmother were teachers. So, teaching might be in my DNA, as you may have guessed I also enjoy genealogy.  I am fortunate to teach English Language Learners, they are amazing students, willing to work hard, and create new opportunities for their family. Being a part of that journey is a privilege for me.  I have a degree in Music therapy and have worked as a substance abuse counselor, currently I also teach water aerobic classes at the local pool and occasional genealogy classes.