Meet the Counseling Crew

Chris Wright
Counselor & Special Education Director 

Chris Wright is excited to transition into this position in the SLSPA community as the new School Counselor! His role at SPA combines multiple passions of his: working in education; helping performers find and trust their voice, and facilitating a culture of collaboration and creativity. Chris was drawn to SLSPA not just for its unique program, but also because of its stellar reputation in the state as a public charter school.

 

Graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008 with a B.S. in Psychology, he became a Special Education Teacher in Salt Lake City. He has been working with students ever since. After relocating to California, He worked with at-risk youth at non-public schools in San Francisco, creating a music program in a day-treatment facility and helping students write and record their original music. In 2012, he returned to Utah and served as a teacher and program director for the theater department in Box Elder and Ogden School District where he produced and directed numerous plays and musicals. In 2015, he returned to Salt Lake City and special education, but always found ways to incorporate film, music, and theatre into his teaching. With over ten years of experience in education, Chris has worked with students in elementary, middle, and high school settings in various capacities, before coming to SLSPA, he was most recently as Vice-Principal of a Junior High in West Jordan, but 

 

Chris and his wife live in Sugarhouse with their hyperactive border collies, Porter & Rosie. In his free time, he loves writing, producing, and recording music, attending concerts & films, hiking, traveling, and finding the best cup of coffee or sandwich in his current location.

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Meet Our Counseling Crew

Iris Gonzales

Odessey House School Therapist 

Iris Gonzales, CSW is our School Therapist at SPA. She is passionate about supporting and encouraging others to achieve their goals and overcome life’s obstacles. She loves enhancing the positive strengths and values in everyone through different modalities using evidence-based approach.

Iris is a graduate of the University of Utah, where she earned her degree in Master of Social Work. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and working towards getting fully certified. She also holds a Crisis Worker Certification through the State of Utah. Iris has worked at the Utah State Prison, UNI Crisis and is currently with Odyssey House of Utah.

Lexie Hall

Counseling Secretary/Registrar

Lexie Hall is our Registrar and Counseling Secretary at SPA, as well as one of our Hope Squad Advisors. Having been involved with the Hope Squad program for ten years now, both as a student participant and now an advisor, she has dedicated her time to raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention by helping to educate students on the importance of mental health awareness.

Lexie is currently working towards obtaining her School Counseling license and is loving every minute of it.

Linda Gunderson

Recruitment and Retention Specialist

Linda Gunderson, our Recruitment and Retention Specialist, is our point of contact for all of our new and incoming students. She is always ready to welcome anyone into our school with open arms and prepared to answer any questions with a smile!

Linda has been a substitute teacher at our school for 7 years and still steps into the classroom on occasion. 

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