Laurel Dexheimer began her career at Alpine Academy in 2014 as an Associate Family Teacher and is now the Primary Family Teacher in the Mountain Birch home. She has earned six certifications in the Teaching-Family Model.
Laurel earned her Bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Utah and her Master’s degree from Utah State University.
Before arriving at Alpine Academy, she was a substitute teacher and that is where she found her love of working with teenagers. While in college she did an internship where she taught teenage girls about body image and courage. While pursuing her Master’s degree, Laurel interned with Tooele County School District and assisted in starting a school social work program at an alternative high school.
Laurel said, “The most important thing I do at Alpine is being a person who is there during a student’s dark moments. I am a person who they can hug and cry on after a hard phone call or family session. I am a person who can hold them accountable and help them know that even though change is scary, it is possible.
Alpine is one of the hardest things I have done. I have sacrificed time with my family. I have sacrificed relationships, sleep, and at times, my own peace of mind. And in return, I have gained patience and learned to see past a person’s behavior to the pain they are feeling. I can look at someone and see their potential. I have a front-row seat to youth deciding they want a better future. I am often in awe of the things I get to be a part of. It is a privilege to be a part of their journey.”