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Cynthia Simpson – Director

Cynthia Simpson

Mrs. Cynthia Simpson  grew up in Provo and graduated from BYU with a degree in Russian. She enjoys running, tennis, traveling and spending time with family. Mrs. Simpson has been married for 30 years. She has lived in Russia, China, New York, Park City, and now Orem. She has loved living, learning and exploring many different cultures, and feels blessed to reside here in the United States. Mrs. Simpson has three of her four children attending Ivy Hall and is looking forward to teaching this year. She plans to have a year filled with exposure to new, exciting and challenging opportunities.

Terri O. Liechty – Principal


Terri Lietchy

Mrs. Liechty embraces new horizons!  Being a devout Air Force wife and an appreciator of adventure, she has visited all 50 US states and has lived in 12 of them, in addition to living 7 years in Europe.  She has taught in the classroom for 40 years, owning and operating many in-home preschools until her children were all in school.  At that point she taught all grades in international, private and public schools.  Her 7 children and 26 grandchildren continue to provide glorious vistas for her and her wonderful husband (who she met at age 15 at Provo High School).  “Life is good,” she often says, and that is especially true now that she is at Ivy Hall!


Whitney Harken – PK-3

Whitney Harken

Mrs. Whitney Harken is entering her seventh year at Ivy Hall and is a Lighthouse Team Member with The Leader in Me. She grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and often will show her southern side through sharing some good comfort food, love of lively music, and that sassy southern drawl! She has been married to her best friend, Dallas for nearly 30 years! Mrs. Harken is the proud grandma to three beautiful children. Mrs. Harken loves cooking, sewing, and being a Kinderoo. When you are in Mrs. Harken’s Class, you are family.

Mary Hill- Pre-K – 4

Mary Hill

Mrs. Mary Hill is in her second year of teaching Pre-K 4 at Ivy Hall Academy.  She previously spent 8 years working in Kindergarten at Edgemont Elementary.  Her warm and friendly manner connects well with the children.  She loves her students and has high expectations for them to make significant progress and lay a firm foundation for future learning.  She and her husband have four children and feel blessed to live in Provo, Utah.

Tiffany Fairbanks – Pre-K – 3 & Kindergarten Aid

Tiffany Fairbanks

Tiffany Fairbanks



Laurel Smith – 1st Grade


Laurel Smith

Mrs. Smith is thrilled to be continuing her passion for teaching for her second year here at Ivy Hall.   She listens to the children and can assess and understand them quickly. She incorporates real authentic experiences to bring to life the things her first graders are learning and enjoys watching them grow to reach their fullest potential.
Mrs. Smith graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Child Development.  She taught in Oregon for three years at a nationally ranked Carden school.
She moved here just over a year ago so her husband could attend Brigham Young University.
Along with her passion for teaching Mrs. Smith loves to dance, exercise, be outside, garden, cook and eat delicious foods.

Marti Prior – 2nd Grade


Chandra Packham – 3rd Grade

Chandra Packham

Mrs. Chandra Packham moved here from Arizona and is teaching 3rd Grade. She has 15 years’ experience in the classroom and is a definite plus for Ivy Hall. (FYI – Because of her father’s career, she has traveled to 32 countries and 5 continents; she speaks Thai, Arabic, French and Spanish.)

Nicole Nielsen – 4th Grade

Nicole Nielsen

Mrs. Nicole Nielsen is excited to be teaching 4th Grade classes this year. She grew up in Northern California, and loves to go back to visit her parents, brother, and sister. Mrs. Nielsen graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in History. She has worked in education and the judicial system. Mrs. Nielsen has been a proud parent of her children attending Ivy Hall Academy for the last seven years. Her husband is a Provo City Police Officer. Her favorite past time is reading and spending time with her beautiful family.

Charlene Knight – 5th Grade

Mrs. Charlene Knight

Mrs. Charlene Knight

Charlene Knight loves to spend her days with students. When her children were young, she taught pre-school in her home. She has been teaching elementary school for 14 years. Mrs. Knight lives in Springville with her husband. Her adorable grandchildren live very close. Mrs. Knight loves to sing and read. She even likes to tell a joke now and then!

Natalie Call – 6th Grade

Natalie Call

Natalie Call

Hi there   I’m new to Ivy Hall Academy this year and I couldn’t be happier to be here.  After twenty-one years as a teacher and eleven as a principal in the public school system, with my small class I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven!!

I grew up in Ogden, Utah and received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Weber State University.  I conquered the four -year program in two and even received the Student of the Year Award from the School of Education.  I later received my Master’s Degree in Education Administration from the University of Utah and had a chance to run the State Mock Election and work with Governor Scott Matheson during my years at the U. I have held and Education License concurrently since 1980.

I was a teacher in elementary schools in Weber County School District, Laramie County #1 School District, Jordan School District and Sevier District before being appointed the principal of Sage Creek Elementary in Nebo School District. While serving in Nebo School District I also worked closely with Vital Smarts and became a certified trainer in the concept of Crucial Confrontations.  Early in my career I was named Young Careerists for the state of Utah by the Business and Professional Women’s Association of Utah .  Most recently I was honored by Nebo District as the Distinguished Principal of the Year, Literary Principal/school of the year and Human Resource Principal of the Year.

The short of it is that I love working with kids.  I feel there is no greater responsibility in the world than helping to shape the minds of future leaders.  My favorite quote (author unknown)  is “Education is a relationship, not a procedure”.  I believe with when students know that you truly care about them and have their best interests at heart they will work harder and learn more.

I am so excited to work with not only my four students, but all the students of Ivy Hall Academy.

Paula Kavmark – Middle School

Paula Kavmark

Mrs. Paula Kavmark brings a wealth of experience and qualification to the position of Junior High Instructor. Having taught at UCAS and currently on staff as an adjunct professor at UVU, Mrs. Kavmark’s proficiency in literacy, writing, and college preparation will contribute to student success now and in their future academic endeavors. As an interesting side note, Mrs. Kavmark’s husband is currently a pilot with United Airlines.