Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Thomas Ballard
I call Mapleton, Utah home. I moved here from Lima, Peru in October. I've also lived in Idaho, Virginia and El Salvador
High School and College Experience:
I graduated in 2008 from Springville High School (the Red Devils), and then studied Business Management and Spanish at Brigham Young University.
Years of Teaching Experience:
I've been teaching, tutoring and training since I was in elementary school. I love helping others explode their potential!
Areas of Knowledge
I'm currently teaching Beginner and Intermediate Spanish classes, Leadership, and World Cultures. I also help coach JH Boys Basketball.
Words of Wisdom
The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise -- with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.
- Abraham Lincoln, December 1862
Hobbies and Interests:
I love my five betta fish (Mango, Ringo, Karen, Blob, and TBD), Chocolate Burmilla (Heyda), and Bearded Dragon( Shakira Sarsparilla Scootscoot Ballard). I drive a Toyota Prius that sports no fewer than four Star Wars vinyl stickers. When I'm not reading, I'm road tripping, running, playing sports, collecting neat rocks, climbing a mountain, or canyoneering. My talents include spinning things on my finger, shouting "MONEY!!!" louder than anyone thought humanly possible, and matchmaking. Some of my favorite things are making people laugh until they cry, eating cold oatmeal raisin cookies, cleaning and organizing while listening to an entertaining audiobook, and curling up next to a cozy, crackling fire with a great book in hand (usually something Star Wars). I don't have a computer, tv, or WIFI--I'm too busy living an active lifestyle to sit and stare at a screen!