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Teachers of Rockwell: Jacob Hampton

by Kaylee Birnbaum | Marshal Magazine |

Jacob Hampton is a new teacher at Rockwell this year. He teaches English 11 and Intro to Film. Students have gotten to know and love the way he contributes to our school.

“I love when my students and I can joke together,” Hampton said. “Telling people what to do all day is taxing, so it’s nice when we can all forget about that dynamic for a minute and just laugh together.”

Hampton attended UVU, got a black belt in karate when he was 12, and secretly wishes he had mind reading powers. He has a passion for film and has written for UVU’s newspaper, worked as a film critic for a website called Rogue Auteurs, and even had his own band in high school called Juice Box. They won Orem High School’s Battle of the Bands in 2011 and continued to advance to the state level of competition. Music and movies have always been a big part of Hampton’s life.

Becoming a teacher is something in which Hampton finds great fulfillment.

“I wanted to become a teacher because I love being able to share things I’m passionate about with others in ways that help them learn,” Hampton said.

Hampton works hard in what he does and always has the students’ interests in mind. Helping students is what he loves to do.

To those wanting to become a teacher, Hampton says to have a thick skin.

“Don’t worry,” Hampton said. “Not all the kids who act like they hate you actually do.”

Rockwell is glad to have Hampton as a member of the team.

Teachers of Rockwell: Stephanie Christensen

Rockwell Charter High School’s very own special education teacher, Stephanie Christensen, has made a huge impact on the special needs program.

She works very hard in what she does to accommodate all of her students and their individual needs.

“Challenges do arise, just as they would with regular education students,” Christensen said.

Special Education teaching is something she has always been interested in.

“My brother is special needs, and because of that I knew that I wanted to become a teacher,” Christensen said. “Special needs children and adults are often misunderstood.”

Christensen says that since becoming a teacher, she has learned a lot.

“I have lots of compassion for people who struggle and the desire to help them.”

Rockwell is lucky to have a teacher like Christensen.

Teacher Spotlight: Janel Jones

by Brooklynn Allen

jones_janelMs. Jones was born in Seattle, WA in 1988. Jones attended Hazen High School in Renton, Washington and later attended UVU.

“My entire high school experience was a nonstop series of misfortunes and humiliations,” said Jones.

Ms. Jones enjoyed participating in music programs in high school and loves being involved with the music program now as a teacher.
“In school I was in both band and choir,” she said. “Honestly, I loved getting acquainted with music I wouldn’t otherwise have come in contact with. Like no one is just listening to Latin liturgical music in their spare time (except me maybe), or Fijian folk songs, and so it’s a singular opportunity we have to actually connect with groups of people we wouldn’t know anything about. I struggled sometimes because I was a bossy teenager (ENFJ), but now I’m not bossy, I’m the boss!”

Jones became a teacher because, frankly, she couldn’t help it. She works in the music department here at Rockwell, where she teaches American Music Roots, choir, and band.

Ms. Jones has had quite a few highlights in teaching thus far, but she says the best is when the choir ends the songs on key every time. She also loved their performance of Lux Aeterna from the last music concert.

“I love the music program at Rockwell because I get to work with really cooperative people. It’s so easy to collaborate and plan with Ms. Larsen and Mr. Jewkes. Plus, all of the students I work with are really fun and interesting people that I love having near me.”

– Janel Jones

Ms. Jones enjoys raspberry mochas, visiting Uruguay, watching Muppet Christmas Carol, and reading Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

Jones’s role model is her dad.

“He is the smartest and best human being on this planet, and he spends his whole life trying to help people,” she said. “He taught me that there are plenty of things in this life that two intelligent people can disagree about.”

Teacher spotlight: Morgan Olsen

by Baylee Percell

Mrs. Olsen was born in Provo, Utah on September 17, 1991. She attended Orem High School then later went on to attend Brigham Young University.


Mrs. Olsen got married last summer. She met her husband on a blind date.

She loved high school, so her first day was exciting.

“I loved the independence,” said Mrs. Olsen. “I looked forward to being able to drive, date, etc.”

She became a teacher because “Why not?!… just kidding,” Mrs. Olsen said. “It’s because I love working with the students, seeing the amazing things they can accomplish when they set their mind to something.”

Mrs. Olsen’s highlight in teaching is building friendships and trust with students, watching them succeed, and seeing their confidence grow as they work hard.”

One of her role models is her favorite actress, Kristen Wiig. She looks up to Kristen Wiig because she is hilarious.

Even though Kristen Wiig’s comedy is something to aspire to, Mrs. Olsen says that her parents are her real role models.

“They are amazing and taught me how to be a decent person,” Mrs. Olsen said. “They always love and never judge, and that means a lot. I hope I can emulate that as well.”

Darren Beck: Principal first, baseball fan second

by Dontel Bautista

Mr. Beck was born on February 27, 1964, in Yuba City, California. He attended Yuba City High School and California State University Chico.

His first day of high school was intimidating.

“I spent the day trying to avoid older students that were trying to intimidate me and my friends,” said Mr. Beck.

Although school may have been intimidating in the beginning, Mr. Beck decided he wanted to be a teacher himself and loves the career path he has chosen.

“I tried other things and never enjoyed them that much,’’ said Mr. Beck. “Teaching is more fun.’’

Mr. Beck has worked in education for 21 years. He has worked as everything from a sub to a fourth grade teacher, to an adult educator, to a high school administrator.

Aside from teaching, Mr. Beck loves attending baseball games with or without his family. He also loves watching movies, and reading books


Mr. Beck and his family

His list of favorite movies is long, but classics like The Godfather Trilogy, 42, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sandlot, and Blues Brothers make up the top of his list.

“A favorite movie is one I can watch it over and over again and not get tired of it,” said Mr. Beck. “My list changes depending on my mood.”

All joking aside, Mr. Beck’s role model is his dad, Ted Beck.

“My dad is hardworking, honorable, has a strong commitment to family and community, and is funny as heck,” said Mr. Beck.

Though there have been many highlights throughout his years working in education, Mr. Beck says his favorite times are those when kids come back with positive things to say.

“I love when, as a teacher and administrator, kids come back after years and say, ‘Thanks for not giving up on me,’” he said. “That’s a rush each and every time.”

Teacher Spotlight: Coach Ryan Stuart

by Dylan Beck

Coach Stuart was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended Jordan High School and the University of Utah.

On his first day of high school, he was excited for basketball.

He became a coach and is grateful that he was lucky enough to become a PE teacher. His favorite moments in teaching are when he sees someone with no interest in the current sport/activity get involved and have fun.

Coach Stuart’s role model is his dad.

“My dad had been a hard-working man his whole life,” Coach Stuart said. ‘He loves his kids and even at 84, he works hard for his family and my mom.”

Coach Stuart’s motto, not just basketball but in life, is “Before you get better, you have to look like an idiot.”

Coach Stuart recently led the Marshals to their 2nd play-in game in his two years of coaching and is looking forward to many years of coaching ahead.

Teacher Spotlight: Misty Madsen

by Keegan Beck


Marshal Magazine will be starting a weekly spotlight about the each of the teachers and faculty here at Rockwell. This week’s spotlight is Misty Madsen, the school counselor.

Misty was born on June 12th, in Provo, Utah. She attended Provo High and then she went to UVU and Utah State University, where she got her Master’s Degree in School Counseling.

“I was both excited and nervous for high school,” Misty said. “Luckily, my best friend and I had a few classes together, which it made high school better.”  

Misty enjoyed high school as it helped shape her ideas for her own career later in life. Misty became a school counselor because of the example of great school counselors she had as a kid.  

“My counselor, Jennifer Hyde, was an amazing support & example in my life,” she said. “I want to make a difference like she did for me.”

Misty has had some entertaining moments as a counselor, and she says these exciting moments always keep things interesting.

“The funniest memory I have working as a counselor was when I accidently locked a student in the boys bathroom during a drill,” she said. “And the best moment is every graduation. Seeing each student succeed to getting their diplomas is the best.”

Family is important to Misty, and she is grateful for the example of her mom throughout her life.

“ My role model would be my mom,” Misty said. “She is a great example of love & service, and she seems to know when others need a pick-me-up, a shoulder to cry on, or a laugh. She’s my hero!”