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Sarah Oyler

Administrator / 5th-6th Teacher

Sarah Oyler is an Administrator and Teacher at Garfield Online. She has 16 years of teaching experience in grades Pre-K through 6th. She believes that Online School is an option to offer children another way to succeed. Instead of thinking outside the box, we can help students create the box.
Sarah lives in a peaceful Utah town with her husband and two children. Her son would like to be a Pilot and her daughter a Chef. She looks forward to a future of flying around the world and eating delicious food. When she is not teaching, or working on the farm, she enjoys reading a good book.

Brittney Dodds

Kindergarten Teacher

Hello! I'm Mrs. Brittney Dodds, and I'm excited to be a part of your child's educational journey. I was born and raised, and now reside in the same small town in Southern Utah. Growing up in this close-knit community instilled in me the values of warmth, community, and a deep appreciation for education.
I attended Southern Utah University, where I obtained a degree in Elementary Education. I then embarked on a fulfilling teaching career. This marks my eighth year in education, with most of that time dedicated to teaching kindergarten—a truly magical age where curiosity and wonder are boundless.
In addition to my classroom experience, I spent four years teaching English online, connecting with students from around the globe. This unique experience allowed me to adapt and refine my teaching methods to cater to diverse learning styles and needs.
My family is my world. I am a wife and mother of a supportive husband and three children--an 11-year-old girl, an 8-year-old boy, and a 6-year-old girl. As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, and food!
Outside the classroom, I am an avid lover of sunshine, traveling, reading, baking, chocolate, and Diet Coke.

Diona Jones

4th Teacher/Sped Support

Hello, my name is Ms. Diona Jones, and I am so thrilled to be your teacher this year. I have my Master’s in Teaching with an emphasis in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I have had the opportunity to teach for 8 years with experience both in the classroom and online. Although I have lived in other states across the west coast, southern Utah is by far my favorite place, and will be my forever home. When I am not teaching, I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my 3 dogs. My favorite activities are paddle boarding, hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Being a teacher is one of the most fulfilling parts of my life because I get to help students grow and develop academically. I am looking forward to meeting you. We are going to have a fantastic year!

Danette Verde


This is Danette's second school year being part of the Garfield Online team. Prior to serving as the Garfield Online Secretary, she spent several years in the classroom as a paraprofessional teaching computer science to K - 6 grades.
She & her family enjoy being able to live in beautiful Garfield County, where outdoor adventures abound. In her spare time, you can find her playing with her kiddos & hubby in their mountain backyard, snuggling with her 2 pet Holland Lop bunnies, or eating chocolate.

Taylor Steed

1st/2nd Teacher

Hi I'm Mrs. Taylor Steed. I was raised in a small town in Southern Utah. Growing up in a small loving community I was taught from a very young age the importance of education and the roles that it can play in our lives.
I graduated from Southern Utah University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I have 2 years of experience in the classroom teaching 2nd grade. Watching students learn and grow is one of the best parts of being a teacher. I have loved creating friendships with them and their families.
My family is my world. My husband is currently continuing his education while attending medical school in St. George Utah. We have a beautiful, sassy, energetic 1 year old who we adore. As a family we love to bake, play board games, watch movies, and do all things sports and outdoors.

Hillary Bonner

Special Education Teacher

Mrs. Hillary Bonner began teaching in 1994 as a Special Education teacher in Kanab, Utah. She and her husband then moved to St George and Hillary became the beginning reading specialist for a private academy for 3 years. While she had her first two sons she was a stay-at-home mother and ran a preschool in her home. When her children started to attend school, Hillary went back with them and taught Kindergarten for many years. During these years they adopted two beautiful children, a baby girl and then their baby boy. Hillary also taught fourth grade for several years. They made a move as a family to beautiful Garfield County where Hillary's family goes back 7 generations. They bought a little farm and began rescuing horses and other animals. In 2017 she was in a head on collision with a driver that was under the influence of drugs. After 4 surgeries and a year in a hospital bed she began teaching Kindergarten again. Also, during the pandemic, she took her Kindergarten online so her class could still receive instruction. When Garfield Online became available, she knew this would be right up her alley. Mrs. Bonner loves teaching in such a one-on-one setting. She loves spending time up in the tall pines smelling the clean air and spending quality time with her children and grandchildren.

Kimberly Blood

3rd Teacher

Hi! I’m Mrs. Kimberly Blood and I am so excited to be here with you. I attended Southern Utah University where I received a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. I have had the opportunity to work with students Pre-K through 12th grade. I have always had a passion for teaching. I love watching student’s learn and grow and being their biggest cheerleader. I married my high school sweetheart two years ago and we recently became parents to a beautiful baby girl. In our free time we love to be with our families, go on the mountain, bake and watch movies.

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