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Heidi Bauerle is married to Justin Bauerle and together they are the parents of three healthy, active children. Heidi was born and raised in Weber County and graduated from Weber High School. She then went on to Southern Utah University where she played fast-pitch softball for the T-Birds and majored in Chemistry. She originally wanted to become a pharmacist; however, after marriage and children she became a school teacher. She received her Bachelors of Integrated Studies degree from Weber State University and went on to receive her Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Grand Canyon University. Heidi has been a part of LLA from the very beginning and served as a board member for the initial first years before being chosen and hired as the administrator. Heidi has a strong background in Special Education and has worked extensively both in schools as a Special Education Teacher and at the USOE as a Special Education Specialist. In her free time, Heidi and her family spend most of their time at the ballpark or gym. Heidi believes in ALL children and is committed to offering students the best possible education. Go Flyers!
I am Mr. Buckley, and I am honored to introduce myself to you as the Campus Director of Leadership Learning Academy Ogden. I am so thrilled for the upcoming school year and the many adventures we will share with each other. This will be my 7th year at LLA and I have developed a love for our school and the culture we share.
I would like to take a moment to tell you about myself. I am married and have two beautiful children. I have a daughter who is turning 6 in the fall and will be starting kindergarten. My son is 2 years old and so full of energy and excitement about trucks, cars, and baseball. My wife and I have been married for 10 amazing years. My wife is a 5th-grade teacher and we both believe that our children’s future starts in the classroom. I love sports of all kind especially baseball, and when I am not at school, I am most likely playing or coaching some kind of sport. I also love camping with my family. During the summer months, we enjoy traveling in our trailer, enjoying the outdoors, and creating memories together.
My path into education started with a desire to help every individual succeed. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Weber State in Special Education. After teaching as a special education teacher, I decided to further my education and went on and received my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
I can’t wait to get to know each of you and start building relationships with my LLA Ogden family. Together we can build a strong community that will help our children grow as leaders and become the best they possibly can be.
Melissa Macchia moved to Utah from Alabama in 2014 after residing in Alabama for the previous 25 years. Her career as an educator began in 1992 after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Auburn University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She would go on to teach various grades at the elementary level for the next twenty-one years. During that time she was awarded the Sallie Mae First Class Teacher award for the state of Alabama. This honor was awarded at our nation’s capital and was bestowed upon Mrs. Macchia from the Secretary of Education at the time, Richard Riley. Another highlight of her teaching career came in 2011 when she was chosen to create and teach the first full-day academic Pre-Kindergarten program at a local parochial school. The developmentally appropriate program was a great success and fulfilled one of Mrs. Macchia’s personal goals; to provide a positive and productive educational experience for our youngest learners. Mrs. Macchia relocated to Layton, Utah in July 2013 and found a position at Leadership Learning Academy, teaching writing in the primary grades. She embraced the Project CHILD education model, as it so closely mirrored her own philosophy regarding the education of young children. She firmly believes that children must be actively engaged in learning, and that a hands-on approach is the most effective way for young students to learn. She accepted the position of assistant principal/instructional coach to begin the 2015-2016 school year, and has thus far enjoyed this new step in her career. Mrs. Macchia is married to Peter Macchia and is the mother of four children. In her free time she enjoys running, reading, hiking, and knitting. She also enjoys keeping up with the 600+ students she has had the joy to teach over the years.