Blake Clark, M.Ed., Executive Director
After graduating from Southern Utah University, I began my career in Cedar City, Utah, teaching
4th Grade at Three Peaks Elementary. Throughout my time in the classroom, I gained a passion
for watching understanding take place in the minds of my students. I loved to see students push
through challenges and gain confidence in themselves. I worked towards endorsements in STEM,
Reading, and ESL as I taught. I also obtained a Master’s Degree in Education with a K-12
Administrative License. Following three years of teaching, I became the Instructional Coach and was
able to coach teachers and train them on how to more effectively teach not only CKLA, but all
content areas. Throughout my time as an Instructional Coach, I learned the value of teachers
having a growth mindset, along with their students.
I am passionate about Core Knowledge and have presented at multiple conferences with Amplify
and the Core Knowledge Foundation. I recently co-authored an article for SmartBrief and Amplify
on the benefits of content-rich text complexity in K-12 classrooms. I am excited to be a part of the
most current research-based practices here at GWA! I know we have an incredible curriculum and
the best teachers to teach it!
My wife, Madison, and I have two children. We love spending time outdoors in the heat of St.
George. We are passionate bakers, foodies, and travelers.
I know that I can contribute to the incredible legacy of GWA, and I look forward to getting to know
all of the faculty, families, and community that make this school the best in the state. I am
excited to gain relationships within the GWA community. We will all work together and in the end,
make GWA the best it can be!
Steven Erickson, M.Ed, Assistant Director: Dean of Students, Safety, and Technology
Prior to accepting the position of Assistant Director I was a teacher here at George Washington Academy. I have taught 5th and 6th grades for 9 years, eight of which were here at GWA. I started my teaching career as a 5th grade math teacher in Houston, Texas. Originally from Cache Valley Utah, my family and I were far from family, so we decided to turn in my resume and have since been with GWA. I have been at this school since its inception in 2006. I was excited about the idea behind the school and the curriculum. I have enjoyed teaching every year I have been here. I received my Bachelors in Elementary Education from Utah State University in 2005. I decided to continue my education and pursue a Masters degree in Administration and Supervision. I completed my Masters through the University of Phoenix in 2010.
My wife, Heather, and I are proud parents of 4 wonderful children. Heather is currently working here at GWA and will be a fourth grade teacher this year. My two oldest children have graduated from high school as well as achieved an Associate’s degree from Dixie State University. My two younger children will be following in their footsteps in the next few years.
In my free time, I like to spend time with my family, playing any kind of sport (especially basketball), playing games, hiking, camping, watching movies, and being outside as much as possible. We enjoy living here in Saint George and don’t mind the hot weather.
I really enjoy being a part of this school, as well as, contributing to the educational needs of these students. I look forward to this new path here at GWA and instead of only getting to know a classroom of 25 students; I will have the opportunity to get to know a school of over 1000 students.
Glenda Wilson Raschke, Administrative Services Director
and US Dept of Justice Civil Rights Title 9 Coordinator
I am thrilled to be a part of the Administrative Team here at George Washington Academy and look forward to my 4th school year at GWA. I grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from Olympus High School. In 1996 we moved from Sandy, Utah to Portland, Maine, where we bought an Antiquarian and Scholarly Bookstore on Congress Street. Have you been there? I only ask because I still run into people who have traveled to Portland and have actually visited that wonderful bookstore! While in Portland, I attended the University of Southern Maine where I completed the Human Resource Management program. In 2006, I realized it was time to return back to the West, back to Utah, but not back to the cold and snow of Salt Lake. Instead, my focus was on St. George where my oldest son had moved and was starting his family. My youngest son was also ready to move back home to Utah so in February of 2007 we arrived here in beautiful St. George. My life here is very family centric, enjoying life with my husband, our sons and their families. My focus as the Administrative Services Manager is compliance and reporting data requirements to the Utah State Office of Education, providing Human Resources support for our staff, and oversight of the administrative office staff. It’s an honor to be a part of a school as respected and appreciated by the community as George Washington Academy, and to be able to greet your children in the mornings as they come through the front doors on their way to class.