Lucas Charon, Director/Principal
Mr. Charon has been involved with both the arts and education for many years. As an educator, he began his career as a Special Education teacher in Jordan School District, eventually earning his Masters in Educational Administration to become a school principal. Mr. Charon has been in education for over 10 years, and truly feels that each student can learn if given the right opportunity.
Mr. Charon is also no stranger to the arts. He has been involved in multiple musical productions, including leads at Hale Centre Theatre, Centerpointe Theater, community theaters, as well as originating a role on an original cast recording.
Angela Pontious, Assistant Principal
Angela Pontious has over 12 years of teaching experience in the areas of band, orchestra, and music theory. She served as the Director of Instrumental Music and Department Chair at Highland High School, Director of Bands at American Fork Junior High, and Bull Run Middle School (Gainesville, VA). Highlights of her teaching career include establishing band and orchestra programs at BRMS, creating a district art curriculum and assessments, mentoring new district art teachers, hosting district events, and performing at the Utah Music Educators Association conference.
Angela received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Ball State University and her Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Florida State University. As a clarinetist, she has performed with many community bands including Fairfax Wind Symphony, Tallahassee Symphonic Winds, Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band, and Salt Lake Symphonic Winds. Angela has also been a member of the Bands of America/Music for All SWAG Team and on staff with George N. Parks Drum Major Academy.
Bethany Hansen, Artistic Director
Bethany J. Hansen, a graduate of Brigham Young University (BA) and Jacksonville University (MFA), is a sought-after teacher, choreographer, and performer. Bethany is the Head of the Dance Department and Dance Conservatory Director at the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts (2007-present). Bethany is also the Assistant Chair of the Dance Department at Westminster College (2014-present). Previously she taught at Ricks College and Brigham Young University – Idaho (2000-2004). Bethany has received many awards including the 2019 Utah Dance Education Organization Teacher of the Year representing Higher Education, 2016 Howard Gilman Fellowship supporting her MFA, the Sorenson Legacy Award for Excellence in Arts Education 2016 Outstanding Secondary Dance Educator and the SPA Legend award from the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts.
Her graduating students have gone on to dance professionally with Repertory Dance Theatre, The Walt Disney Company, Table of Silence Project in NYC, Houston Texan Cheerleader (NFL), Vitacca Ballet, Central West Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Movement Talent Agency, and Stiletto Entertainment; while others have continued their collegiate study on scholarship at Trinity Laban Conservatory (London), Ailey/Fordham University (NYC), Marymount Manhattan College (NYC), North Carolina School for the Arts, The Hartt School (Connecticut), Boston Conservatory, CAL Arts (California), University of the Arts (Pennsylvania), Brigham Young University, University of Utah, and many other distinguished programs.
As a choreographer, her work has been performed throughout the United States and Canada. She is honored to have trained with Pat Debenham, Peggy Hackney, Alonzo King, Ana Sanchez-Colberg, Christina Teague-Mann, Cari Coble, and John Paul Zaccarini to name a few. She has guest performed with Repertory Dance Theatre, Jacksonville University, and with Bay Area Dance in San Francisco.
Her movement can be described as powerful and driven by force, using momentum in an expansive and creative way, playing with the architecture of the body and space fused together by detailed transitions. Yet it finds a controlled release by accessing proper anatomical alignment.
Chris Wright, Counselor
Chris' role at SPA combines multiple passions of his: working in education; helping performers find and trust their voice, and facilitating a culture of collaboration and creativity. Chris was drawn to SLSPA not just for its unique program, but also because of its stellar reputation in the state as a public charter school.
Graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008 with a B.S. in Psychology, he became a Special Education Teacher in Salt Lake City. He has been working with students ever since. After relocating to California, He worked with at-risk youth at non-public schools in San Francisco, creating a music program in a day-treatment facility and helping students write and record their original music. In 2012, he returned to Utah and served as a teacher and program director for the theater department in Box Elder and Ogden School District where he produced and directed numerous plays and musicals. In 2015, he returned to Salt Lake City and special education, but always found ways to incorporate film, music, and theatre into his teaching. With over ten years of experience in education, Chris has worked with students in elementary, middle, and high school settings in various capacities, before coming to SLSPA, he was most recently as Vice-Principal of a Junior High in West Jordan, but
Chris and his wife live in Sugarhouse with their hyperactive border collies, Porter & Rosie. In his free time, he loves writing, producing, and recording music, attending concerts & films, hiking, traveling, and finding the best cup of coffee or sandwich in his current location.
Mike Stumph, Dean of Students & Title IX Coordinator
Michael Stumph has worked in education for many years. As an educator, he began his career as a Dean of Students at the American International School of Utah, eventually earning his Masters in Educational Administration to become a school administrator. Michael has held a variety of administrative positions, and through these different roles feels that each student can achieve success whenever we meet the student's basic needs and focus on the "whole" child. Mr. Stumph graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Exceptionality with an emphasis in Behavior Disorders.
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Kim Dahle, Counseling Secretary & Registrar
I am excited to be back at SPA! I have worked in education for over 16 years all on a High School level. I have been married to Chad for 25 years and have two grown boys, Tyson and Jake. I have a dog named Willow and my cat, Luna. I am a self-proclaimed urban farmer. I am very proud of my amazing flower and vegetable gardens, I keep chickens and honey bees. I enjoy growing and storing and cooking my own food. Simply put I love the outdoors, from yard work to camping, to sitting on the beach. I am excited to be here again with all these amazing people. SPA is home.
Gaye Young, Executive Assistant
Gaye Young's degree is in Youth Agency Administration from Brigham Young University. She has worked as a Training Specialist and a Program Development Director for the Girl Scouts for several years and as a paraprofessional for 9 years at Idaho Arts Charter School, APA, Canyons School District as well as here at SPA. She also taught a Drama Class at Nibley Park School. Gaye is excited to be using her administrative experience as the Administrative Assistant here at SPA.
Jamie Evans, Head Office Secretary
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Karen Keefe, Recruitment Specialist
Karen has been associated with SPA since the Fall of 2016 when her daughter, was a freshman. She has worn many hats at SPA including substitute teacher, PTO Treasurer, COVID testing coordinator, Attendance administrator, and most recently Recruitment Specialist. At SPA she’s considered the “Jack of All Trades” always willing to do what it takes to get the job done. Despite her daughter graduating class of 2020 ( NYU Musical Theatre Class of 2024), she and her husband Doug are still very active with SPA.
Linda Gunderson, Attendance Specialist
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