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New Haven School Saratoga Springs Campus

What began as a one-room schoolhouse in 1996 – literally – now contains several classrooms, an art room, library, and computer lab. Classes are run like a traditional school, yet are small enough to allow teachers to focus on the individual needs of each student.

New Haven School is committed to creating an encouraging and challenging learning environment that enables students to become well-rounded, healthy, and productive lifelong learners.

New Haven’s education goal is to get our students back on their grade level and to have them transition back smoothly to another school setting or graduate and move on to college.

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New Haven School Saratoga Springs Staff

Kori Mayeski, MS

Academic Director
Kori Mayeski, MS

Academic Director

Kori earned Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She taught Social Studies in both Middle School and High School before earning her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership/Administration.  At both the University of Tennessee and Georgia Tech, Kori worked with freshman students in their transition to college and taught an introductory Psychology course helping students be successful at the collegiate level.

Kori began her work in residential treatment as the Assistant Education Director at New Haven in 2001. She was drawn to the mission of New Haven and the ability to help young women heal, self-correct and return to their college-bound path.  When the opportunity arose to become an Academic Director in a different residential treatment center, Kori was excited to create her own academic program, accredit the school and integrate academics into the clinical program.   In total, Kori has been the Academic Director of 2 residential treatment center schools and most recently the Academic Director at the Oakley School, a college-prep therapeutic boarding school.  She has also been the consulting Academic Director at 4 other residential treatment center schools.  Kori is so excited to come full circle back to New Haven and work with the talented team to prepare students for success at their next school.

Kori is a history buff and enjoys reading.  She especially enjoys political thrillers set in Washington, D.C. where she grew up.  Kori also enjoys sports.  She particularly loves to follow the college athletics of her alma maters.  There is nothing better than Maryland Basketball and Tennessee Football!  She shares her love of sports with her husband David.  Together they have 3 children – Marlee, Josh and Eddie.

Johnita Morton

Science Teacher
Johnita Morton

Science Teacher

Justin Spitzer

Social Studies Teacher
Justin Spitzer

Social Studies Teacher

Justin grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as an avid hiker, swimmer, and student of history. He earned a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan and a
M.A. in American History from the University of Connecticut. Before coming to New Haven in 2018, he taught at another college prep therapeutic boarding school in Utah from 2007 – 2017.

Justin’s courses highlight the fact that history and government are open to interpretation, not black and white. His students examine various interpretations of why events unfolded the way they did and are encouraged to read, think, and write critically. Ultimately, after studying a variety of different perspectives, students develop and defend their own arguments. To assist in this process, students examine and discuss a wide variety of primary and secondary sources – Justin does not use a textbook in any of his classes. His classes are rigorous yet rewarding. His goal is to prepare students for college and for them to leave his class saying it was one of the most challenging, but also one of the most interesting, classes they’ve ever had.

Justin’s passion for history and teaching is matched only by his love for the outdoors. He has hiked and backpacked extensively throughout the United States, including a thru-hike of the 2,150 mile Appalachian Trail in 2001. When not teaching he can often be found exploring Utah’s many mountains, deserts, and canyons. He is also an avid sports fan, especially college football and basketball.

Bryce Hunt

Math Teacher
Bryce Hunt

Math Teacher

Utah State Teaching License (Endorsement: Mathematics Level 4) Victor “Bryce” Hunt has a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics, from Southern Utah University. Recently, he completed the courses for a full Math major and a post-bachelor’s teaching certificate. As a result, he has a Utah teaching license with a Mathematics Level 4 endorsement. Bryce has a passion for learning new skills, gaining new knowledge, and having new adventures. He believes that a person can do almost anything, if that person is willing to learn and to work. He loves to share his knowledge with others.

When he’s not working, you can find Bryce doing all kinds of things. One day, he might be helping his father on the ranch. The next day, he might be found working on his car. He sometimes can be found contributing bug fixes to open-source computer software. He has even edited and published a book of his mother’s poetry. The activity he enjoys more than any other is spending time with his two children and his wife.

Robyn Jensen

Physical Education Teacher
Robyn Jensen

Physical Education Teacher

Robyn has been a member of our New Haven team for over 10 years working in various positions and several years as a residential supervisor. Robyn graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and we were lucky to have her move over to our Education team. Robyn has a wealth of experience with team sports, especially having been an international and collegiate athlete.

Robyn has an enormous passion for New Haven and through our program she sees miracles do happen and movement can save lives. She loves being able to illustrate the ideas of unity, sportsmanship, character building, and self esteem through Physical Education. She believes in empowering her students through physical wellness and which in turn influences their emotional wellness.

Robyn loves coaching softball at a local high school as well as outdoor activities, especially fishing. She loves music and spending time with her family.

Jill Buckmiller

Art teacher
Jill Buckmiller

Art teacher

Jill Buckmiller originally earned a degree in Graphic Design. Although teaching was something that came naturally to her and gave her great satisfaction, it was not something she initially set out to do. However, when she went back to school at age 40, she chose to major in teaching subjects she was passionate about - art and science. She earned a BFA in Art Teaching with a minor in Chemistry Teaching.

Jill loves the opportunity to work with students in small classes and with individual instruction. She loves seeing the “ah-ha” moments when something clicks in a student's understanding. In addition, she loves working in a therapeutic environment where academic skills develop in tandem with therapeutic, interpersonal and life skills. Once someone asked her why she went from working as a professional artist to teaching. She replied that instead of writing a signature on paintings, she had the privilege of leaving her signature on students!