Anya Yeager, M.S., Executive Director
Welcome to GWA! About me: I began my career in Early Childhood Education, teaching for 10 years with Carmel Unified School District in California. After moving to Utah, almost 13 years ago, I held an administrative position with the Utah State Office of Child Care as a Quality Improvement Consultant. My job there was to travel all over the state to various schools and child care centers and offer help in administering best practices. When I heard about George Washington Academy, which had just opened, in 2006, I knew that our own three children “just had to go there,” and have been highly involved in the school ever since. I have undergraduate degrees in Child Development and Social and Behavioral Ed. I also hold a Masters Degree with an Administrative Endorsement in K-12 School Leadership. I feel as if everything I have ever studied or been interested in has led me to this position at GWA and I absolutely love what I do. I am a strong believer in school choice and the idea that parents should be able to be as involved as they can in their children’s education.
I truly believe in our school’s mission and vision of academic rigor and high expectations. Our curriculum, combined with devoted teachers and incredibly supportive families, is enabling students to reach their highest potential. I have been with George Washington Academy for nine of it’s ten years, and am so proud of how far we have come with our school vision, particularly in becoming the only fully accredited elementary school in Washington County and in earning the title of ‘Charter School of the Year’ 2013. I love working at GWA and getting to know all of the children and families. I want each child and parent to feel that they can come to me and that I will do whatever I can to help them with what they may be going through at any point.
I have been married to my husband, Alexander, for 20 years, and we have three wonderful children; Sage, Skyler, and Alexa Rose, all of whom have attended GWA. Please feel free to contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, comments, or concerns.
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.