Administration

Sara Tucker

Director

Sara Tucker

Sara Tucker

Director

I am so excited for this school year! We have an amazing group of students, teachers, and staff this year!

I was an elementary school teacher for 14 years, teaching Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade. I have been an Assistant Principal for two years and now have the wonderful opportunity to be the Principal at Ascent Academy West Jordan!

When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, photography, riding motorcycles, and traveling with my family.

Email:  stucker@ascentutah.org

Clayton Reid

Assistant Director

Clayton Reid

Clayton Reid

Assistant Director

Hello Ascent Academies students, parents and friends,
I am so excited to be joining Ascent Academies this school year! I have been working in the field of education for the last ten years. I received my Masters of Education and Administrative Licensure through Southern Utah University. Go, Thunderbirds!
I have a great love for education and for students. It has been the most rewarding and amazing thing for me to work with students over the past several years. My experience has been primarily in Special Education settings, and I have taught in Middle School, High School, Post secondary and in Early Childhood settings.
At home I am a husband and a father as well, I have three wonderful little girls. I enjoy spending time, goofing around, being outside, and playing boardgames with them.
I look forward to working with all of you.

Email:  creid@ascentutah.org

Administrative Support

Lee Basquin

Counselor

Lee Basquin

Lee Basquin

Counselor

Lee Basquin was raised in a small town in Ventura County, CA. He spent his childhood playing sports, performing in local plays, and hanging out with friends. After graduating high school, Lee attended California State University, Northridge, where he studied Cinema and was active in multiple extra curricular activities. He also worked on multiple film projects while in college, from set design to producer.
Lee earned his BA in film and went to work in film and marketing for several years.
Lee accepted an offer to write screenplays for a production company, relocating him to the great state of Utah.
Once in Utah, Lee decided to pursue his love of education and went back to school to earn his Master’s in School Counseling. Lee has served as the middle school counselor for the American International School of Utah for the past three years, as well as developing the DECA program. In 2016, Lee was named the Utah New DECA Advisor of the Year.
Lee enjoys working on films and spending time with his family in his spare time.
He is excited to help the students of Ascent Academy and is looking forward to developing a counseling program to aid in all students’s success.

Email:  lbasquin@ascentutah.org
Website:  http://blogs.ascentutah.org/lbasquin

Leyla Graff

Leyla Graff

Ann-Marie Beck

Office Manager

Ann-Marie Beck

Ann-Marie Beck

Office Manager

I have lived my entire life in the Salt Lake Valley, attending Utah State University and Salt Lake Community College. Much of my experience before working in a charter school was acquired at the City of South Jordan as the City Administrator's secretary and City Recorder. However, this will be my 7th year as an Office Manager for a local charter school.

My husband and I have three children, who have attended local charter schools for several years. Our youngest will be in junior high at AAUWJ. I have volunteered for many years at my children’s schools, PTAs, and various community groups. I also organized the very first scrapbooking categories of competition for the Salt Lake County and Utah State fairs.

When not at school, you will find me spending time with and supporting my family, making greeting cards, rubber stamping, and watching reality TV. I am thrilled to be working at Ascent Academies being able to say I was here for "Year One" and beyond!

Email:  abeck@ascentutah.org

Karrie Hanberg

Office Assistant

Karrie Hanberg

Karrie Hanberg

Office Assistant

I am excited to be working in the office at Ascent Academy this year.  I have worked as an aide for the past 5 years and have found that I really enjoy working in a school environment.

I grew up in Montana and moved to Utah as a teen.  After I met my husband, we moved to Colorado and lived there for 10 years.  I currently live in West Jordan with my husband and two children.  My kids keep me busy running them to hockey and softball.  When I’m not cheering them on, I enjoy crafting, reading and going to the Utah football games.

Larkyn South

Office Assistant

Larkyn South

Larkyn South

Office Assistant

I was born as a Southern Belle in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My family moved when I was only two and headed to the great state of Utah. I grew up in the Salt Lake Valley, and settled down with my family in West Jordan. Much of my experience before working in a charter school was acquired in the Financial Industry working as a teller, loan officer, trainer and an assistant manager. I am excited to work with the faculty, students and parents of Ascent Academy of West Jordan.

My husband and I have two children, who are students at AAU. I currently volunteer on two committees for the school. PAWS (Parents Ascent West Jordan) and the Holiday Boutique.

When not at school, you will find me spending time with and supporting my family, reading a good book, and watching movies. I am extremely excited to be your Office Assistant!

Email:  lsouth@ascentutah.org

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