Providence Innovation Academy Staff


The teachers, educators and staff we select are morally upstanding individuals who each have strong  values and  a religious background. They are dedicated to teaching, using correct principles, and have a love of God and children.

Katrina Jones
Katrina Jones
Intermediate English
Katrina has always been a voracious reader and she started writing seriously in the second grade. By the time she got to college she knew an English degree was in her future, and a music scholarship made that possible. In 2005 she graduated with a teaching degree in English and Spanish from Utah State University. She has taught English to Spanish-speaking adults, as well as numerous other things (particularly to children) over the past 10 years, and is excited to once again be teaching English to middle school age students.
She is passionate about all things related to Language Arts and is delighted with the possibilities Providence Innovation Academy offers. Katrina’s husband, Kirk, is also a teacher, and they are the parents of four children.
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Kyson is currently studying composite Physical Sciences in teaching at Dixie State University; including math, chemistry, and geology.
Learning is his passion, as is helping others to learn and grow. Kyson believes that the sky is the limit and with hard work and determination; students can be or do anything!
Kyson served an LDS mission in Germany, loves sports, the outdoors, food, and spending lots of time with his family.
Kyson is honored to be a part of the Providence Innovation Academy Staff.
Adriane Frehner
Elementary Class
Seeing a need for early childhood education in ST George UT, Adriane Frehner and her business partner Kami Savage founded Kiddie Garden Preschool in 1999. Beginning with 8 students in Adrianes basement, the school quickly grew to over 80 students attending 4 preschool classes each day. In 2012, after having the privilege of educating over 800 students Kiddie Garden Preschool said goodbye to their last class as Adriane pursued her dream of travel and Ultra Trail running.

Adriane and her husband, Jeremy, are the proud parents of 4 beautiful children. Adriane is excited to be back teaching once again in the community she loves. She will be bringing her love of learning and passion for life to the children of Providence Academy.

Scott Smith
Junior Class
Mr.Scott Smith graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and has been an educator in Utah schools for 15 years. He believes that every child has the ability to learn and works hard to help each student succeed. He has a great love for technology and enjoys creating innovative ways to help students learn inside and outside the classroom. Smith uses humor to connect with his students and has been commended for his ability to communicate well with students, parents and co-workers. He is happy to be a part of the staff at Providence Innovation Academy.
Geoffrey Myers
Senior English
Geoffrey has enjoyed a prolific career as a music teacher from elementary to college students. Geoffrey received asn A.A. in Church Music from BYU in 1980. He continued his music education at BYU, the University of Notre Dame and Stanford University, where he earned 3 Doctorate Degrees.
Following six years teaching organ and piano at Southern Utah University, Geoffrey chose to teach K through 8th grade at Trinity Lutheran School in St. George, Utah for nearly a decade, where he was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2001. In 2007, he began splitting his teaching duties between Trinity Lutheran and Dixie State University. In 2006 he shifted attention to Diamond Ranch Academy and Dixie State, where he taught Organ and First Year Studies.
When Geoffrey became aware of the formation of Providence Academy in St. George, he was eager to become involved. Geoffrey is fluent in French and has a reading knowledge of German and Italian.