Dr. J. Aaron Popham is the inaugural Director of the Brigham Young University Educator Preparation Program (BYU EPP) with the responsibility to direct educator preparation across the seven BYU colleges that prepare teachers, administrators, and specialists to work in P-12 school systems. Together these colleges prepare educators in 36 unique teacher endorsement areas across 27 majors and 21 minors and four graduate programs. Prior to taking the director position, Dr. Popham was the assessment and accreditation coordinator for the BYU David O. McKay School of Education where he coordinated the preparation of their last TEAC accreditation self-study and served on the McKay School’s accreditation council for a previous TEAC and two NCATE accreditation cycles.
Dr. Popham is active at the state and national level. He is the past chair of the Utah Teacher Education Assessment and Accreditation Council (UTEAAC). He has served on UTEAAC for the last ten years, the last four as the chair. During his tenure, UTEAAC developed a state-wide clinical evaluation system based on the Utah Effective Teaching Standards and a suite of alumni and employer surveys. Dr. Popham served as a NCATE BOE member and TEAC lead auditor and is currently a CAEP lead site visitor.
Dr. Popham has a Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology and Technology and emphasized in educational assessment and program evaluation. His research interests include the impact of accreditation on the culture, practices, and curriculum in educator preparation programs; data-driven decision making and data systems; and the reliability and validity of educator preparation assessments. Dr. Popham is married to Robyn Popham and they are the proud parents of five children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family; watching sports, particularly college football; camping; and traveling.
Terri Summers comes to BYU after 25 successful years as an educator. She has been a classroom teacher, principal, and district administrator. Terri has a bachelor degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, earned an English as a Second Language endorsement as well as advanced degrees in Teaching and Learning, School Leadership, and National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist. Terri loves spending time with her family. She enjoys traveling, the outdoors, quilting, reading, and crocheting. Terri has been with the Educator Preparation Program since January 2016. She loves being at BYU and is here to serve in any way she can.
Vance is from Tulsa, Oaklahoma. He has been a member of the EPP team for over a year. He enjoys anything that includes the outdoors--biking, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and any frisbee sport. He is studing Mechanical Engineering, and aspires to be the leading innovative designer in the United States.
Hannalee Daw is from Kaysville, Utah. She is a transfer student from Utah State University and she loves BYU. During her free time she likes to go hiking, hang out with friends, and practice the piano. She is a sophomore studying business management. Some bucket list items include: go to see the Northern Lights, be on (and maybe even win—just maybe) American Ninja Warrior, pet a dolphin, and learn how to basket weave.
Adam was raised in a small town south of Provo called Salem. He is the second youngest of six kids, he has a very tight-knit family with an additional eleven foster brothers and sisters. He served a mission for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Virginia Richmond, and Virginia Chesapeake Missions. He is studying applied and computational mathematics and hopes to start his own business someday. He enjoys playing racquetball, going on hikes and doing anything with friends. He has worked at the Educator Preparation Program since August of 2016 and is happy to help with any problems that come his way.
Mady is a junior studying Elementary Education. She grew up in Eagle Mountain, Utah but has lived in several different states. She served an LDS mission in Brazil speaking Portuguese. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and reading.
Cale was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and raised up in Bountiful, Utah. Cale is studying at Brigham Young University. His ethic consists of working hard and playing hard. He very much enjoys movies, spending time with family, and having fun with friends. He agrees with the Zig Ziglar when he said, "Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will."
Sellas calls Bountiful, Utah home, although he's lived all throughout the western United States. Currently a Finance Major in the Marriott School of Business and a Statistics Minor, Sellas' passion is in exploring technical and data-driven problems. He finds excitement in playing and watching sporting events, and always enjoys exploring and experiencing the great outdoors. Whenever a new challenge arrises, he finds motivation in learning new skills and concepts and applying them in an efficient and meaningful way.
Matt grew up in Draper, Utah and is a senior at BYU studying International Relations. He served an LDS mission in California speaking Hmong, and has since helped conduct ethnographic research on Hmong communities in Vietnam, China, and France. Matt is passionate about data-driven policy and legislation, and is excited to pursue further education in public policy once graduated from BYU. His hobbies outside of school and work include traveling abroad to experience new cultures and throwing on some running shoes for a long run.
Bailey is a senior in the Elementary Education program here at BYU. She served an LDS mission in the Philippines speaking Tagalog and loves finding opportunities to speak it. Newly married to her one true love (who also happens to be a student at the University of Utah), she enjoys music—especially singing, writing, and also dabbles occasionally in various art projects. Bailey is passionate about learning and hopes to continue her education by earning a gifted and talented endorsement after her graduation this coming spring.
Nick Lund is from a small town in Michigan called Sturgis. He enjoys spending time camping, playing soccer, and learnings Jiu-Jitsu. He served a mission in the Mexico City Southeast mission. Nick fell in love with computers and programming in high school and is now studying Information Technology at BYU. He hopes one day to become a Cyber Security Analyst and protect businesses from customer identity theft.