New Administrator and New Programs for Uintah Basin Christian Academy

Students filled the halls of the Uintah Basin Christian Academy on Monday for the first day of their new school year. Along with the old and familiar aspects, the Christian Academy has a few new things for students this year. First is the welcoming of the new administrator Torrey Pitchford and his family. The Pitchfords moved to Vernal from Minnesota where Mr. Pitchford had been a special education teacher. His wife, Vonna Pitchford, has also become part of the Uintah Basin Christian Academy family as the office manager. A second change this school year is the addition of STEAM curriculum to the lower grades. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. “It is hard to be good in science and technology if you are not creative,” shares Mr. Pitchford. “Bringing in the arts is the creative aspect that helps tie everything together so students can see the connections.” The STEAM curriculum will be used this year with just the preschool and kindergarten students. View website here:

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