Meet the terrific men, women and youth who will lead the 2020 event.
Diann Jeppson is devoted to creating fulfilling learning experiences for students. Diann’s experience includes 18 years as producer of Simulations Week and 23 years as producer of the Liberty Girls program (history-based experiential learning for children) and 5 years experience teaching and directing American Youth Leadership Institute, a youth civics education organization. Diann has fulfilled numerous speaking engagements at home education conferences and seminars in the US and Canada. She has chaired four non-profit educational organizations and has 10+ years experience as a parliamentary procedure consultant and trainer. Diann enjoyed performing for 8 years in a family bluegrass ensemble called “The Wildflowers” (guitar and vocals). She and her husband Adam live on a 2.5 acre homestead in Mount Pleasant, a small Central-Utah town in a secluded high-mountain desert valley. Adam is the town gunsmith. Adam and Diann have four delightful daughters, four handsome sons-in-law and seven terrific little grandchildren.
Mr. Jensen is a beloved mentor for youth and has taught online history, geography, government and economics course for over 6 years. He is a popular speaker and has logged over 3000 public speaking hours, most in classroom settings across the state as a guest lecturer on the Titanic and U.S. history. He was recognized by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library as a noteworthy Reagan historian and invited to address them in September 2018. He is currently working towards publication of his first book, a history book called “The President’s Pages.” He has published articles in peer reviewed history and academic journals on the RMS Titanic and serves as assistant editor and historical consultant on 3 BYU publications in the “Saints at War” program. He enjoyed serving an LDS mission in Korea and Hong Kong, and as a service volunteer in two orphanages in Thailand. He stays politically active and has taken leadership roles in local politics.
Christopher Jones (alias Mr. C) has for several years taught classes on history, civics, and Defense Against the Dark Arts both on- and off-line as part of the growing private/homeschool movement. This will be his third year teaching full time. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Classics (Roman History) and minors in English and History, and has a lifetime in politics—including running a presidential campaign–to go with acting, singing, and writing. A sought-after speaker on education and history, he is also a working writer, with four published books, dozens of articles and essays, and a long-running popular blog. Mr. C resides in Lehi, UT with his wife Mrs. C, their eight children, two cats, and a growing flock of free-range finches.
Marie Withers is an artist and instructor. Her Education includes a Master of Arts (MA, 2019) in Art Education at Brigham Young University (BYU), a BFA Degree in Art Education from Utah State University (USU, 1988), and a BS Degree in Home Economics Education from the University of Idaho (UI, 1982). She teaches painting and drawing; and is also fluent in graphic design and photography. From 1997 to 2017, she was a graphic designer and eventually a multi-media designer at BYU. Currently, she makes and sells fine art (mostly oil paintings) and prints, in galleries, shows and online. Her work is primarily with the landscape, but she has also created figure and portrait work. She taught high school art and home economics at South Fremont High School in Idaho for two years, prior to becoming a graphic designer. During three different summers, she taught drawing and painting at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan. In 1996 she had the opportunity of being an artist-in-residence for Fox Hollow Elementary School in Idaho Falls. Born in upstate New York, she spent most of her formative years in Moscow, Idaho, eventually making her way to Southeast Idaho and Utah. She now resides in Rexburg, Idaho.
Having had the opportunity of teaching early-morning Seminary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one year, she appreciates how art and Gospel beliefs are so intertwined. Some of her artwork depicts events in Church history. She is passionate about both art and teaching and finds great pleasure in helping students discover things about our world through art.
Joseph Ramirez was born in the right century, because this century has access to all of the other centuries. A self-taught historian, driven novelist, and enthusiastic teacher, Joseph is excited to participate in Simulations Week.
Joseph served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Atlanta, Georgia. For a small-town Idaho boy used to potato fields, mountains, and rural roads, metropolitan Atlanta was about as foreign as it gets. He quickly connected with the South and the many cultures from all over the world, and he still gets caught saying ‘yes ma’am’, ‘yes, sir’, and ‘y’all’.
Joseph worked at a charter school for the past three years. When he’s not teaching, you’ll often find him at the local library, researching and writing his next book. In his off time, he enjoys vintage swing dancing, learning historical skills, shooting firearms, playing his guitar, and making things with his hands.
Joseph resides in Provo, UT, in a cozy apartment filled with bookshelves, art, and a workbench with creative projects in various stages of completion. Accompanying him is his faithful guitar, Petunia, and the friendly garden snails that come out on his walk when it rains.
Eden loves Sim Week so much that this will be her seventh year attending and her second time being on Sim Team. Aside from going to Sim Week, Eden’s other interests include singing, dancing, musical theater, reading, playing the piano, whistling to her sister’s parakeet, and taking the ACT a ridiculous amount of times. Eden will be 17 by Sim Week and therefore very dateable. She is so excited to play the role of a scientist this year and she can’t wait to see you there!
Hello! I’m excited to meet each of this year’s attendees and find out what they love to do. I love doing things outside such as skiing, swimming, climbing, and hiking. I have loved going to past simulations. They always have a great sense of belonging, while teaching great lessons in how to manage things. I am so excited to be part of Sim Team this year because I will be part of planning all of the amazing opportunities that you will participate in!
Hello! I love life and I love to prepare delicious food. I am going to culinary school right now. I love dancing, hiking, skateboarding and sword fighting. I love simulations because you get to make a difference in other people’s lives and learn something new every time. I’m so excited to be on the Sim Team. I am an actor so this is going to be a blast being in a role all week. I also love helping people to figure out complicated problems.
Other Sim Team members to be announced…