Meet our Teachers


Mrs. Jenkins

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix. I have taught Kindergarten for 14 years. Before that, I was a lead teacher for 7 years in the district Preschool department. I have a husband. Bruce. and one son, Parker, who is in 4th grade at Oakwood.

Teaching young children is my passion. I love teaching Kindergarten and filling my classroom with reading, math, and lots of fun, hands-on activities.

When I am not at school, you can find me, at home remodeling and decorating my house, and spending time with my family. I enjoy outdoor movie nights year-round, around the fire pit with hot cocoa and making s'mores. Last, but not least, I enjoy

attending University of Utah Football Games, as well as Jazz basketball games.

When school is out for the summer, I enjoy traveling to California to watch Angels Baseball, and spend time with my extended family in Santa Barbara.

Mrs. Anderl

Mrs. Anderl has a B.S in Elementary Education from the University of Utah, Masters in English as a Second Language from Western Governors University. Mrs. Anderl is also endorsed in ELL, Early Childhood Education, and Educational Technology.

Mrs. Anderl has been teaching for 15+ years and was most recently at Granite Online Live.

Mrs. Anderl loves to garden, travel, hike, and spend time with family. Mrs. Anderl is so happy to join the Oakwood faculty. She loves teaching kindergarten and is looking forward to being an Oakwood Owl! 

Mrs. Proctor

Mrs. Proctor grew up in Magna and currently resides in Cottonwood Heights. She has a B.S. from the University of Utah in Elementary Education with a minor in Human Development.

Mrs. Proctor has been teaching for 7 years and was most recently at Philo T. Farnsworth Elementary.

Mrs. Proctor enjoys playing with her two girls and finding new adventures for them to go on. She also is a big runner and loves to run the Revel Big Cottonwood (half marathon) with her neighbors. Mrs. Proctor is so excited to join such an exceptional school and teach our youngest learners not only academics but how to work together and enjoy school! 

1st Grade

Miss. Fairbanks

Miss. Fairbanks is from Salt Lake City and has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from @universityofutah and a Masters in Reading from @usuaggielife.

Miss. Fairbanks has been teaching for 11 years and was most recently at Hillsdale Elementary School out in West Valley City. Miss. Fairbanks worked with our Mrs. Linton (5th grade teacher) this past year at Hillsdale.

Miss. Fairbanks loves to cook and is bilingual in both English and Spanish. 

Mrs. Roller

     This is my 17th year teaching at Oakwood Elementary!  Prior to teaching at Oakwood, I taught preschool with Granite School District while my children were young.  I have taught Preschool, Kindergarten and First Grade and have loved them all.   

     I graduated from Weber State University, with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  I have a teaching endorsement from the University of Utah in STEM and a Gifted and Talented Learners endorsement from Southern Utah University.  

     When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family.  I am a wife,  and mom to my favorite girl and two favorite boys!  I love traveling, camping, hiking, kayaking, fishing, gardening, and baking.  My newest hobby has been beach combing for sea glass!  

     I love teaching at Oakwood!  Our students and school are magical!  I grew up in this area and it will always hold a spot in my heart!  

Mrs. Bryan

This is my second year of teaching and my first year at Oakwood and I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful community! First grade is where I fell in love with reading, so I love watching first graders learn and grow as new readers. I’m so lucky to teach at Oakwood with such wonderful people.

I grew up in Sugarhouse and I received my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Utah. I taught first grade at David Gourley Elementary last year (Go Pandas!) and I’m so excited for my new memories as an Oakwood Owl.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my husband who I got married to this past summer! I love spending time outside, doing yoga, playing tennis, and traveling. My parent’s nickname for me growing up was  “bookworm” and that nickname is still true for me. I love spending my weekends reading and exploring my favorite bookstores.

I’m so grateful for Oakwood, it's incredible staff, and for the amazing community. Go Owls!

Mrs. Jensen

1st Grade English (DLI)

Mrs. Jensen will be teaching the English portion of the 1st grade DLI program.

Mrs. Jensen is from Salt Lake City and has a B.A in Elementary Education from the University of Utah. She has been teaching for 23 years and was most recently at Twin Peaks Elementary.

Mrs. Jensen loves to travel to Bear Lake or St. George and play with her grandchildren. She is dedicated, experienced, and excited to begin this new adventure! 

Ms. Rao

Chinese (DLI) 1st Grade

Rao Lao Shi will be teaching Chinese in our 1st Grade DLI program and is from China, Guangxi Province, Guilin.

Rao Lao Shi attended the University of Maryland, has been teaching for 3 years and was most recently at Spring Lane Elementary School.

Rao Lao Shi loves to go hiking, cooking, and traveling.

Rao Lao Shi is eager to share her passion and creativity with the vibrant community that embraces the joy and excitement of learning Chinese. Together, we can foster growth and development within the community, while enhancing our understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture. Rao Lao Shi has created a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching Chinese to students outside of school. She invites you to explore the channel and enjoy the engaging videos! Simply search raolaoshi520 or this link will lead you to my channel:

2nd Grade

Mrs. Larkin

This will be my 6th year teaching at Oakwood, but I have also been at two other schools in this district.  I have a Master’s Degree, a gifted and talented teaching endorsement, and a reading endorsement. I have taught 1st, 3rd, 6th, and 2nd grades. Each grade is so different from each other, and offers its own unique challenges and rewards. Even though I prefer teaching the lower grades, 6th grade was an absolute joy to teach. At that age, the kids are so capable and insightful. 

Although teaching plays a big role in my life, my biggest role is that of a mom and a wife. I married one of the nicest guys ever, who after 19 years, still makes me laugh. We have two beautiful boys, Jason 7th grade, and Zander 2nd grade. 

When I’m not working, I enjoy eating good food and tasty treats, going to the gym due to all the food and treats, going to outdoor markets/shops/stores, watching football and basketball, and watching Netflix shows with my husband. 

Mrs. Saepharn

Mrs. Saepharn was born in Ohio and moved to California during middle school. She has been living in California since then. Mrs. Saepharn attended UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) where she earned a Bachelors in Applied Linguistics and a Minor in Chinese Language. This is her 1st year teaching and will do an amazing job with our students!

Mrs. Saepharn loves to spend time with her husband and their two cats, Klaus and Kol. She also loves traveling, learning new things, and watching YouTube. She loves matcha and drinking boba so she is always on the look-out for new places to try. She is new to the area and is super excited to be apart of the Oakwood School and community. 

Ms. Benevento

Ms. Benevento will be teaching the English portion of the 2nd & 3rd grade DLI program.

Ms. Benevento has a bachelor’s in social science and a teaching certificate from Westminster College, a Masters of Elementary Reading from Grand Canyon University, and is from right here in Salt Lake City.

Ms. Benevento has been teaching for 21 years and was most recently at Spring Lane Elementary.

Ms. Benevento loves most activities related to nature & animals, walking, gardening, and golf. She is a proud Ute fan! Go Utes! 

Ms. Yan

Oakwood Elementary School would like to welcome Ms. Yan starting next school year! Ms. Yan will be our 2nd Grade Chinese DLI teacher.

Ms. Yan is from Yangzhou, the City of gardens in Jiangsu Province, China and received her degree from Jiangsu Normal University.

Ms. Yan has been teaching for 12 years and she was most recently at Meiling Elementary School West Campus.

Ms. Yan loves to go swimming, reading, traveling, and playing all kinds of fun games with her daughter.

Ms. Yan would like to share with the Oakwood Community that over the past 12 years, she has worked as a Chinese teacher both in China and the United States. She is a firm believer in immersion education. Through scientific research and her own experiences raising her daughter, Ms. Yan has come to believe that starting foreign language learning at a young age is crucial for building a strong foundation and developing a lifelong interest in the language. As an immersion teacher, Ms. Yan has the opportunity to not only teach Chinese language and culture, but also to instill a love of learning and curiosity about the world in her students. Ms. Yan takes great pride in being a Chinese teacher at Oakwood and making a positive impact on all her students' lives by equipping them with the tools to become intercultural ambassadors in the future.

Welcome Ms. Yan to the Oakwood Family!

3rd Grade

Mrs. Luka

This is my 23rd year teaching children, twenty years have been at Oakwood. I have taught grades 3rd, 4th, 5th, and Kindergarten. Teaching these precious children has been a true joy in my life. I appreciate their creative ways of thinking, curiosity about the world, and endless energy. I enjoy teaching all subjects, but science and social studies are passions of mine. My goal for students is for them to stay curious, learn how to learn, and develop resiliency.  When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my family, exploring new places, and working in the garden. My education includes a Master's in Instructional Design and Educational Technology (IDET) and Master's in Educational Psychology, both from the University of Utah. I have completed teaching endorsements in Gifted and Talented Learners, English Language Learners, Educational Technology, and American History. I look forward to continuing to share my love of learning with others. 

Mrs. Munot

My name is Mrs. Munot. I grew up in India and moved to the US in 2002. My husband, Shailesh, is an Architect and works on healthcare projects. I have two handsome boys, the joy of my life,18 and 12 years old! I earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from India. When I moved to the US, I started volunteering in schools and fell in love with teaching. I went back to school to get my teaching license. I taught second grade at 'Navigator Pointe Academy' for two years. Later, I taught third and fourth grade at Jordan District for 11 years. I have been teaching third grade at Oakwood since 2017. The Oakwood community has truly positive and happy vibes, and I’m so grateful that I get to work here every day! My favorite part of teaching is reading and exploring books with my students! I love connecting with my students personally and helping them become invested in their education. I believe while academics are an important portion of attending school, social-emotional learning, connection, and empathy are just as important – now more than ever. If we can connect as fellow human beings, responsibility and compassion naturally follow. Building those relationships with students and watching them grow is the most rewarding thing for me! Besides teaching, I do henna art and love to dance! I perform dances at Indian cultural programs and henna at many art markets and events. I enjoy sharing my dances, henna art, yoga, and culture with students! I’m truly grateful to be a teacher at Oakwood!  

Mrs. Rosenberg

Mrs. Rosenberg was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Holladay, Utah. She attend Granite School District from kindergarten to high school graduation. She is a graduate of Granite! She received her B.S. in Education from Northwestern University and a master’s in teaching, Early Childhood Education from National-Louis University.

Mrs. Rosenberg has been in the field of education for 25 years. Thirteen years as a classroom teacher and 12 years in literacy as an interventionist, school literacy coach, and district specialist/coach. Mrs. Rosenberg was most recently serving in the Granite School District’s Curriculum and Instruction Department. We are so lucky to have Mrs. Rosenberg at Oakwood!

Mrs. Rosenberg likes to spend time with her husband of 30 years, her two adult children, and her fur baby Chilly. She likes to read, garden, take walks, play chess, and go to concerts. Mrs. Rosenberg has a deep love of learning and wants to pass that along to others. She believes that teaching is the best job in the world, and she is thrilled to be joining the awesome Oakwood community! 

4th Grade

Mrs. Brusa

 I come from a long line of educators and love teaching here at Oakwood Elementary! I first taught in Huntington Beach, California before having my three fabulous kids (Laney, Zoe, & Tate.) I have taught students in Nakuru, Kenya three separate times. I have a wonderful husband who loves to make homemade Sicilian pizza, and I have a small dog named Auggie Blue and a huge dog named Luna Mae Lovegood.

     I have a new granddaughter who I love to pieces, and I can't wait to teach her to read Harry Potter books, Where the Red Fern Grows, and The Giving Tree!

     Mrs. Brusa has served the Oakwood Community since 2014. She earned the following degrees: University of Utah- Bachelors in Org. Communications; WGU Masters in Math Education; WGU Masters in Curriculum & Instruction.

Mrs. Oettli

I am so happy to be teaching at Oakwood Elementary!  I love to be at school with the students, it is one of my favorite places to be.  I have two master's degrees; MA Mathematics Education and MS Curriculum and Instruction.  I also have an endorsement in English Language Learning.  My favorite subject to teach is math, especially multiplication and division.  I also like to teach fractions. My interests outside of school are baking, playing golf with my family, and photography. I am a wife and a mom to three children.  My children attended Oakwood, Bonneville, and Cottonwood.   We are all proud to be Owls!   

Mrs. Bease

Mrs. Baese is from Salt Lake City and she received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Utah. Mrs. Baese has taught for 20 years and she was most recently at Upland Terrace Elementary School. Mrs. Baese enjoys quilting, Jeeping, reading, and spending time outdoors with her family. She has heard wonderful things about the Oakwood Community, and she is so excited to become a part of this great school!

4th & 5th Grade DLI Teachers are SPLIT and teacher bios are in the 5th grade section

5th Grade

Mrs. Bay

My name is Kristen Bay. I have been married for 7 years and my husband's name is Greg. I have two children. Bentley is 4 1/2 and Isobelle is 1 1/2. They keep us pretty busy. As a family we love to explore nature, go to museums and fun centers, and spend time with family. We spend the summers is Bear Lake hiking, biking, boating, and fishing. I enjoy reading and doing jigsaw puzzles. I have been teaching at Oakwood for 7 years and have taught 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades. I graduated from the University of Utah with my Bachelor's in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Studies. I hope to get my Master's degree in the next few years. I love being part of the Oakwood community. 

Mrs. Wissler

My name is Heather Wissler and I love teaching 5th grade at Oakwood. My husband’s name is Jaime and we have four kids. Lily (20) attends BYU and will soon be leaving on an LDS mission to Warsaw, Poland. Charlie (18) is a senior at East High School. Abe (15) is a freshman at East High School. Last, but not least is Finn (12) who is in 6th grade. All three of my boys play basketball, and lots of other sports.  We love to watch sports (especially the Utes), travel, and have fun together.

     This is my sixth year teaching 5th grade at Oakwood. I graduated with a B.S in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Utah in 1996. I worked as a Social Worker for five years at the Peace House Women’s Shelter in Park City. Next, I worked at home for fifteen years raising my children, and decided to get my teaching certificate in 2015. I love working at Oakwood, and being involved in its awesome community!

Mrs. Linton

Mrs. Linton is from Holladay, attended Oakwood Elementary, and previously taught here for years prior to her administrative internship.

Mrs. Linton has a B.A in Elementary Education from Utah State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Western Governors. She has been teaching for 14 years and was most recently at Hillsdale Elementary School.

Mrs. Linton loves to travel, spend time with her family and friends, and relax! Mrs. Linton is thrilled to be coming back to Oakwood! 

Mr. Erb

4th & 5th Grade English (DLI)

Mr. Erb was born in Idaho but grew up in Salt Lake City.

Mr. Erb has a B.A in Business Finance from the University of Utah and a Masters in Elementary Education from Western Governors. He has been teaching for 5 years and was most recently at Spring Lane Elementary.

Mr. Erb loves to rock climb, camp, go canyoneering, and do home improvement projects. Mr. Erb served in the US Marine Corps. and did search and rescue for US Border Patrol. 

Mrs. Tang

4th & 5th Grade Chinese (DLI)

Ms. Tang will be teaching Chinese in our DLI program and is from China. She has a Masters from the University of Phoenix and has been teaching for 18 years. She was most recently at Spring Lane Elementary School.

Ms. Tang loves to go hiking, swimming, and skiing. Ms. Tang is excited to join the new Oakwood community and work with new people.