Brad Davies

Assistant Principal

I am excited to be a part of the Mt. Mahogany community next year. I will be starting my 30th year in education. The last 15 years have been as Principal of Orem, Aspen, and Hidden Hollow Elementary schools. My wife (Mary) and I will be married 32 years in June. We have 4 sons (Bryan, Brandon, Michael, and Bryson), two daughters-in-law (Anna and Brooke), and a granddaughter (Abigail) who turned 1 in April. In the past I have enjoyed running. I have run 10 Ragnars (8 with my wife) and I am currently in month 90 (consecutively) of running/walking a race with Brandon. Our goal is to reach 100 consecutive months by next February. I look forward to getting to know you better over the next year.

Gioia Johnson

4th Grade Teacher

Hi, my name is Gioia Johnson. I can’t wait to teach 4th grade this year at Mt. Mahogany. This will be my first year teaching, and I will graduate from UVU with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education in the fall. I live in Pleasant Grove with my husband and 5 year old son. I grew up in San Diego, and now call Utah home. I also have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from BYU. I love to travel and have lived, and taught ESL in Mexico, Spain, and Uruguay. I can’t wait to meet my students and share my love of learning with them! This is going to be a great year.

Amy Widdison


My name is Amy Widdison. I am very excited to be teaching Kindergarten at Mt. Mahogany Elementary this upcoming year of 2019-2020! This will be my fifteenth year teaching. I graduated with a double major in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from BYU many moons ago. I stayed home as mom for 10 years and then started teaching when all my girls were in school. I have taught Early Childhood Special Ed., 5th grade, and Kindergarten. I have 3 girls all in college right now. I’m a super proud mom! I love traveling, reading, hiking, and being with kids! I am looking forward to living in Utah again. I'm excited to meet you all and get to know you better!

Kaitlyn McNeely

2nd Grade Teacher

Hello Mount Mahogany Family!! My name is Kaitlyn McNeely. I am beyond excited to be teaching 2nd Grade at Mount Mahogany this coming year. I am studying elementary education at Utah Valley University and will graduate with my Bachelors Degree in April of 2020. I am getting married this summer, so you will get to know me as Mrs. Young when school starts this year. I grew up in Layton, UT. I play the piano and violin. I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as i can remember and i can't wait for all my dreams to come true! I am excited to get to know all of you soon!

Katy Crossley

1st Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Ekaterina Crossley. I go by Katy though. I was born in Vladivostok Russia, but was adopted by my parents when I was 7 years old. I grew up just up the road in Pleasant Grove. This will by my first year teaching and I cannot express my excitement to be at Mount Mahogany (fun fact, this was my husbands elementary school!), and to be part of this amazing group of teachers and administrators. I have an 6-month son, 2 dogs, and an awesome husband. I love my little family and spending time with them. My hobbies include baking, crocheting, and more baking! I am so excited to have my own classroom and to teach my students. I will always do my best and try my hardest to help these kids learn and grow.

Rachel Ferguson

Special Education

I can’t wait to be part of the Mount Mahogany team!

My husband and I have five boys, five lizards, and one dog.

I love science and math. Whenever we go hiking or on family trips I always make sure to take along supplies to collect samples of things we find. My son told me once that he thinks my “Studio C GoPro” would show kids in lab coats analyzing samples all the time.

I LOVE learning other languages, and at one time or another have been somewhere on the continuum between conversational and fluent in half a dozen or so. Fluency comes and goes with use though, and right now I would really only claim fluency in Russian, with the ability to negotiate my way around in Hungarian and French. I studied Latin and ancient Greek when I was an undergraduate at BYU, and have found that foundation to be invaluable.

I have lived in Lithuana, Lativa, Hungary, and Armenia, and have visited 18 other countries.

I completed my bachelor’s in Elementary Education through WGU in November 2018, and my masters in SPED in June 2019.

Mickelle Bowling

Special Education

Hello! I'm Mrs. Bowling! I grew up in Orem, UT in a family of 3 girls. I graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. I started teaching at Hidden Hollow Elementary after I graduated and have been teaching in a Special Education resource classroom for the past 9 years. I met my husband Paul while we were both at Utah State and have been married for 10 years. We have 3 kids, 2 boys and 1 girl. I enjoy reading, swimming, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends. Luckily most of my family lives in Utah County so we get to see each other often! I am excited to move closer to home and work with the students, parents, and teachers at Mount Mahogany!

Julie Gurr

5th Grade

Hello, Mount Mahogany Elementary! My name is Julie Gurr and I am excited to join the fifth grade team! My husband and I live in Orem. We have 5 children and two young grandchildren. We love hiking and spending time together as a family. I have a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and I have taught various grade levels in Alpine School District for 25 years. For the last five years, I been teaching the 3rd grade Advanced Learning Lab for gifted students at Foothill Elementary School. Although I have thoroughly enjoyed each grade level experience, I love the content and curriculum of fifth grade and I am really looking forward to a great year.

Wendy Taylor

5th Grade

Hello! My name is Wendy Taylor. I am from Orem, UT and am currently still living there. My husband and I have been married for 6 years and have a sweet, curious, and adventurous little boy (almost 2 years old). I graduated from Utah Valley University majoring in Elementary Education after completing a 3rd grade internship at Eagle Valley Elementary. I absolutely love children and enjoy helping them to learn and grow! I am so excited to be a part of the Mount Mahogany community and can’t wait to teach 5th grade!

Hailey Hardman

5th Grade Teacher

Hello Mount Mahogany family! My name is Hailey Hardman and this will be my first year teaching! I graduated from Utah Valley University in December of 2018 with my bachelors in Elementary Education and long term subbed until the end of the 2019 school year. Before that I did my student teaching in Tonga and New Zealand before returning home to finish my student teaching in a 3rd grade class. I played 2 years of college basketball and coached at Wasatch High School for the last three years working with the Freshman and Sophomore teams. I am so excited to be teaching 5th grade and can’t wait for the adventures to begin!