DR. BRANDON YOST | PRINCIPAL
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Dr. Brandon L. Yost grew up in the small farm town of Kamas, Utah, as the oldest of four boys, and graduated from South Summit High School. After high school, he attended Utah Valley University where he earned his Associate’s Degree in Drafting Technology. Brandon then transferred to BYU-Hawaii where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in TESOL and also completed his Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education.
While in Hawaii, Brandon met his beautiful wife, Collette. Together, they have six wonderful children – Dallin, Emmalee, Felicity, Gavin, Hunter, and Iley. When they left Hawaii, Brandon took his first teaching job at Snow Canyon Middle School where he taught 8th and 9th graders in the subjects of ESL, Latinos in Action, Reading, and Spanish.
Dr. Yost completed his M.Ed. degree in Educational Leadership at Southern Utah University in 2011 and finished his Ph.D. degree in Teacher Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2015. During his last year of doctoral studies, Dr. Yost began working as the Title I Coordinator at Sunset Elementary School where he worked until his appointment as the fortunate principal at Diamond Valley Elementary School in the spring of 2017. Dr. Yost has loved his time at DVES (and hopes for many years of “more time”) where he enjoys working with the Diamond Valley Diamondback student body, faculty, and community.
YVONNE FORDHAM | LEARNING COACH
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Hi my name is Yvonne Fordham. I am so excited to join the Diamond Valley family as the Learning Coach. I graduated from Hurricane High and managed a hair salon before starting my own family. I was fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom and volunteered in my children’s classrooms. This is where I found my love for teaching and those little faces lighting up with “Aha” moments. I went back to school and graduated from Dixie College (now known as Utah Tech University) I began my teaching career at Hurricane Elementary where I taught for five years in third and first grade. I made the decision to move closer to my home and children and accepted a position at Majestic Fields Elementary. I taught first grade dual immersion and looped up with my students and taught second grade dual immersion (best two years ever!) I then moved into the role of the Reading Interventionist for three years. I have a Masters Degree in Learning and Technology. I have also received my ESL, Gifted and Talented, and Reading endorsements. I am currently working on my Leadership endorsement and license and the LETRS program . I have a love for professional development and teaching literacy.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I like all things outdoors and NFL football. I look forward to my future here at Diamond Valley and getting to know the students and community.
MICHELE D’AVIGNON | COUNSELING, MAKERSPACE, ART
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Ms. D’Avignon moved a lot across the country during her childhood. Her family eventually settled in Provo, Utah where she graduated from Timpview High School. After graduation, she attended Brigham Young University and Dixie College. She moved to San Diego after earning her Associate’s degree and worked as a camera operator and editor with auto racing for ESPN. She eventually became a mortgage loan processor before moving back to Utah to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Dixie State College. She continued her education by earning a Special Education license from Southern Utah University and worked at Lava Ridge Intermediate School for 10 years. She attended Utah State University to earn her Master’s degree in Psychology with a speciality in School Counseling. Currently, she is working toward her Administrative license from Southern Utah University.
She has two children who are attending the University of Utah. She enjoys hiking, travelling, and reading. The best part of her job is working with students to develop healthy social and emotional skills they can use the rest of their lives.
PRENTISS BOWLER | READING INTERVENTIONIST
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Hi, my name is Prentiss Bowler. I have been teaching on and off for 7 years. I have taught 2nd grade, Reading Recovery, and Kindergarten.
A perfect day for me would be spending the day doing something outside with my 5 children and husband. I love chocolate chip cookies. I’m so thankful to be at Diamond Valley Elementary …it really is the best school in the world!
SARI JONES | FINANCE SECRETARY
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My name is Sari Jones and I have lived in Diamond Valley for the past 16 years. I grew up in Southern California and moved to Utah as a teenager. I LOVE to continually learn new things and would spend all day reading books if I could. I have 4 kids, two of which have attended Diamond Valley Elementary. Many of you have seen my husband and myself helping in the classrooms at Diamond Valley over the years, and we absolutely love what an amazing school it is. In my free time I love to experiment with recipes in the kitchen. Luckily my family likes everything I make!! I also enjoy spending time with my family going on adventures and learning the history of the places we visit.
Our teachers at Diamond Valley Elementary are highly experienced, educated, and dedicated. We have a combined total of over 100 years of teaching. Most of our faculty have taken Gifted and Talented post-graduate classes with many receiving the full endorsement. Many have also received their Master’s Degree, Reading Endorsement, Math Endorsement, or ESL Endorsement. Each faculty member works their hardest to provide a high quality education for every student. The teachers have fun and professional personalities that make Diamond Valley a place that children love to be.
“LEARNING FROM THE PAST, PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE, SUCCEEDING IN THE PRESENT.”