Board of Education

The Alpine School District Board of Education works to ensure the best opportunities for all students.
Top Row: Superintendent Shane Farnsworth, Amber Bonner, Mark Clement, Stacy Bateman, Business Administrator Rob Smith, Bottom Row: Ada Wilson, Sara Hacken, Sarah Beeson, Julie King

Board Meeting – Tuesday, July 13, 2021

4:00 PM – Study Session
6:00 PM – Regular Board Meeting

The Alpine District Study Session and Board Meeting will be available for the public to view via ASD’s School Board YouTube channel starting a few minutes before each session. The Study Session begins at 4 PM, Public Hearings at 6:00 & 6:15 PM, and the Board Meeting begins at 6:30 PM. 

PUBLIC COMMENTS TO THE BOARD
During the regular board meeting, a public comment portion will be limited to 30 minutes. Individual participants will have a maximum of 3 minutes. In-person comments will be limited to the first ten individuals who sign up. Once the maximum of 10 participants is reached, individuals may still participate by providing written comments. The sign-up form for in-person comments will be available starting one hour prior to the regular board meeting in the district office foyer.

WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENT – Individuals may submit written public comments electronically by completing this FORM by 6:00 PM on the day of the meeting. All comments will be reviewed by the Board and made available within the meeting minutes.

Public input is important to Alpine School District and assists in ascertaining public attitudes and interests. Finally, this is not a forum for open discussion or debate between the Board and patrons. A member of the district staff will respond to patrons who request a follow-up. 

Board Statement – June 15, 2021

The following is a board statement regarding Critical Race Theory

“Alpine School District does not endorse any particular historical theory including Critical Race Theory or Project 1619. Rather, ASD teachers focus and align their instruction and learning experiences for students on the Utah State Core. Our teachers are encouraged to use strategies that connect, engage, and inspire learning in a professional and unbiased manner.”

The Alpine School District follows guidelines and standards from the Utah State Board of Education including the following statement and  documentation regarding the rules on teaching about racism

Board Members

Read about each board member, their voting district, and term.

JULIE KING

Term Ends: 12/31/2022

Julie King is the mother of 4 children and a fierce advocate for learning in all its forms to meet the individual needs of each child.  Julie graduated from BYU in 1997 with a degree in Family Sciences with an emphasis in Human Development.  She has worked as a social worker, specializing in children who have suffered abuse and neglect as well as those who have experienced domestic violence.  Julie and her husband have previously been foster parents and she has a special place in her heart for children aging out of care.

She is a strong advocate for Dual Language Immersion as she has had children participate in both Spanish and Chinese Immersion programs.  She also strongly supports Advanced Learning Lab as well as supports for students with disabilities.

Julie has served on multiple PTA boards as well as serving as the PTA President at Riverview Elementary and the President of the Westlake PTA Council.  She has served on SCC for several schools and was appointed to serve on the Alpine District Community Council.  She was appointed by the Utah State Board of Education to serve on the Student Data Privacy Advisory Group.  In 2012, she was honored to be named the Parenting Magazine Mom Congress Utah Delegate.  In 1999, she was the Utah County Child Advocate of the Year.

Happy to call herself a nerd, Julie loves history, travel, and is an avid reader.  She is also a published author.

AMBER BONNER

Term Ends: 12/31/2022

Amber Bonner was elected to the Alpine School District Board of Education in 2018.  She has lived in Utah County for most of her life- graduating from Pleasant Grove High School.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English (with a Business Minor) from Brigham Young University.

Amber is married to David Bonner and they have seven children.  Two have graduated from Alpine District schools, and the other five are still attending both elementary and secondary schools.  She has a great desire to help the students of ASD have access to the best education possible.

Amber has spent many years in service to the community and to Alpine District Schools.  Amber especially enjoyed serving as the Marching Band Booster president at LPHS for two years, as the Winter Drumline Booster president for two years, and serving for two years on the Choir Board. She served on the School Community Council at Lone Peak High School for two terms.  She was elected to the Cedar Ridge Elementary School Community Council for five terms (ten years), and was chairperson for five years.  She also held several PTA positions at Cedar Ridge, including Watch Dogs Coordinator, Take Home Reading Coordinator and Room Parent.  At Mountain Ridge Junior High, she served two terms on the School Community Council and was on the PTA Board for four years.  In addition, Amber was an Age Group Coordinator for North Utah County Soccer for ten years, coordinating soccer teams and supervising young referees.  Amber spent more than 10 years in various positions working with the Boy Scouts of America, from coordinating cub scout day camps, serving as a den leader, participating in Eagle Court of Honors as an Eagle Guide and serving for five years as an advancement chair in a troop with more than 50 scouts.

Amber’s favorite volunteer positions are the ones where she gets to work directly with the outstanding teachers and incredible students in our local schools.  She continues to spend several hours each week volunteering in her children’s classes, and loves to see the students learning and growing every week.

SARAH BEESON

BOARD VICE PRESIDENT

Term Ends: 12/31/2022

Sarah graduated from Orem High School in 1988. She attended UVU until her service as an LDS Spanish-speaking missionary in Tempe, Arizona from 1990-1992.

She married Sam Beeson in 1992. Sam teaches English at American Fork High School. They are the parents of 5 children and have 4 grandchildren.

Sarah’s years of service as state and county delegate have complemented her two decades of volunteer service in Alpine schools. She believes in children. Her love of children has prodded her to serve on various PTA boards, as PTA President, community council member, community council chair, booster for high school basketball (American Heritage), and Band booster President for American Fork High School Marching Band. Sarah is a dedicated advocate for families and believes that nothing is more important for academic success than the relationship a student has with his/her own parents.

MARK CLEMENT

BOARD PRESIDENT

Term Ends: 12/31/2024

Dr. Mark Clement was elected to the Alpine School District Board of Education in 2017. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Oregon State University in 1994. His BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering are from Brigham Young University. Before pursuing the PhD degree, Mark worked for Digital Equipment Corporation on their workstation products. He also was a founder for ICON, a startup company which produced disk servers and database machines.

Mark has worked as a Computer Science Professor at Brigham Young University since 2011.  He specializes in research into Family History and is currently investigating ways to automatically transcribe handwritten documents. He is a big supporter of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and would like to encourage more girls to prepare themselves for university studies in these areas.

He has enjoyed many years of community and volunteer service including 10 years of service in the Boy Scouts of America and several years as a District Commissioner.  Mark has coached baseball, basketball and soccer and often takes youth groups rock climbing in local canyons.  He rides his bike from Lindon to BYU and is a champion for environmental causes.  He has served for many years on the School Community Council at Pleasant Grove High School, and is active in promoting schools and education.

Mark and his wife Laura are the parents of 9 children and 3 grandchildren.

ADA WILSON

Term Ends: 12/31/2022

Ada Wilson was elected to the Board in 2018, her first term of service. A native of South Carolina, she attended BYU as a Presidential Scholar. She and her husband, Keith, are the parents of eight children and grandparents of thirteen. They reared their family in Laie, Hawaii, Provo, and then in Orem for the past 32 years. A passionate supporter of public schools, Ada has been a volunteer, leader, and advocate for over 30 years in various positions in PTA and on school community councils on the local and district levels.

In the community, Ada has been a Girl Scout leader, a Cub Scout leader, and an active member of Women United of Utah County. She has represented her local political precinct and served a full-time mission for her church. Favorite pastimes include keeping up with current events, playing the piano, family trips, and jigsaw puzzles.

As a representative on the Alpine School District Board of Education, Ada is focused on student achievement through strong support of teachers, strategic planning for academic success, and a commitment to better social and emotional well-being resources. Careful planning for the future is also a priority. She believes in parent involvement at every level and proactive two-way communication between school and family.

STACY BATEMAN

Term Ends: 12/31/2024

Stacy Bateman began serving on the Alpine School District Board of Education on January 5, 2021. Stacy Bateman has been involved in education for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Human Development in Family Studies with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. As the mother of five, improving the home/school connection is her passion. She has been a teacher, coach, volunteer, substitute teacher, and student advocate. 

Stacy loves serving in the community and has been involved with multiple organizations in various positions. She serves as the PTA Region 9 Director and as a National PTA Board member. She has served in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Skyridge Youth Football, and soccer clubs. Stacy has served on multiple School Community Councils and as an ASD District Community Council rep.

Stacy is a proponent of the Arts and a champion for mental health. She is an avid reader and self-proclaimed history nerd who would be happy to show you her collection of Junior Ranger badges and tell you all about her favorite National Parks and historic sites. 

SARA HACKEN

Term Ends: 12/31/2024

Sara Hacken worked for Alpine School District for 30 years at both the elementary and secondary level as well as earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. Sara was the Utah Teacher of the Year in 2013 and represented Utah at state and national functions in 2013. She is also the founder of the Gifted/Talented Programs in Alpine district, and has an annual award named after her, “The Sara Hacken Service Award” which is given to one exemplary teacher in ASD Gifted Services each year

In addition, during her years of service in the district, Sara wrote grants totaling over $3 million dollars for various programs in the Alpine District, including arts, technology, and Teaching American History grants. She was an Eleanor Roosevelt scholar with special interest in involving girls in math and science. Sara was also a Fulbright scholar to India, and a NASA teacher educator.

Sara served on the inaugural school community councils at both Barratt Elementary School in American Fork, and at Lakeridge Junior High School in Orem. She wrote Trustlands grants applications and reports for both schools and was active in participating in school improvement plans and professional learning communities.

Sara has given service to the Orem community where she served as a party precinct chair or vice chair for 8 years as well as serving as a Boy Scout merit badge counselor for over 25 years. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Colonial Heritage Foundation where she is a colonial re-enactor. She specializes in the Jamestown/Colonial eras and can be seen in costume during the community July 4 celebrations at Scera Park.

Sara has four children who all graduated from Scera Park Elementary School, Lakeridge Junior High School, and Orem High School, and she has 14 grandchildren.