Greetings! My name is April Worley and I am the founder of ELIAS Academy. I am blessed to be in a profession that is truly my passion. I wake up every morning excited to teach and learn. Outside of school, I volunteer at CAPSA, a domestic violence shelter in our community. I also train and compete in the equine event of team sorting. I enjoy riding my horse on cattle drives, hiking with my family, and reading all types of books. I am fascinated to learn about different cultures and traveling to other countries. I currently live in Wellsville, Utah with my husband, Mike, three children, Sydney, Michael, and Charlotte, two American Quarter horses, a black golden doodle, and our beloved farm cat.
Work and Volunteer Experience:
- 2012-Current: Private online instructor teaching all subjects including: Chemistry, World History, AP American History, Pre-Calculus, AP English Literature, AP English Language, Biology, Health, Sociology, Psychology, Physics, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Human Anatomy, and Special Education. Collaborate with Boston School for high school accreditation and curriculum development.
- 2017- Current: Volunteer for CAPSA. Nonprofit domestic violence shelter which serves Cache County and the Bear Lake area. Victim’s Advocate for Code R cases at the local hospital, check in clients to shelter, and promote educational awareness of domestic violence at local events and town meetings.
- 2009-2012: Reid School (Salt Lake City, UT): 5th and 6th grade homeroom teacher, Pre-Algebra teacher
- 2006-2007: Ben Lomond High School (Ogden, UT): 9th and 10th grade math teacher
- 2003-2004: Vacaville Christian School (Vacaville, CA): High School math teacher
- 1999-2001: Granite Park Jr. High (Salt Lake City, UT): Algebra math teacher
- 1998: SOAR Counselor: counselor for junior high youth through Neighborhood House. Mentoring and working with homeless teens and youth at risk during summer program.
- BS Utah State University: Secondary Education, History, Sociology- 1998
My Educational Philosophy:
I believe every child is unique and deserves a caring, inspiring, engaging and safe atmosphere in which to grow and learn. As an educator, my goal is to cultivate a passion for learning, rather than a hunger for approval. I want to help students develop a “growth mindset” to help meet their fullest potential by providing a challenging, individualized curriculum. I have found it is not about how smart or intellectual a student is that determines success. Success is developed through hard work, effort, good strategies, and input from others. I emphasize the process of trying new strategies, capitalizing on setbacks, and cultivating tenacity.