Utah Connections Academy Leadership

Brandy Samuell

Manager of Special Education

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I became an educator in 1991 after working as a substitute teacher. I am beginning my 27th year as an educator! This will be my first year working with Utah Connections Academy (UCA). However, I bring many years of experience to UCA as a general educator, counselor, diagnostician, and special education administrator.

In my short time with UCA, I have enjoyed watching students and families create flexible schedules while attending a public school! I believe UCA creates an atmosphere that is welcoming and inclusive, and these attitudes are shared during welcome calls and LiveLessons.

While I have only been working with UCA for a few months, I really enjoy the processes that are in place for collaboration with students, families, and staff. As a special educator, I believe it is this collaboration that allows us to individualize our instruction for each student.

As I am learning that online school must be highly systems driven in order to create strong systems of communication and trust among all stakeholder. This is often missing in brick and mortar schools!

"Utah Connections Academy prepares students for postsecondary readiness and success through standards based instruction as well as creating strong habits related to self-motivation and self-starting!"


  • Texas Tech University, BBA, Marketing, 1989
  • Texas Christian University, M.Ed., School Counseling, 2002
  • University of the Southwest, Educational Diagnostics, 2011
  • University of the Southwest, Educational Administration, 2012