A six-member Governing Board oversees both schools. Members of this board, who serve three-year terms, are either elected or appointed, and can be parents, grandparents, guardians or community members. The Board meets monthly to discuss issues and make decisions regarding the schools. Board meetings are public and follow Utah Open Meetings laws.
Board Meeting Schedule The board meets the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. From January through June at Thomas Edison South. From July through December at Thomas Edison North.
Tirzah Anderson, President, Policy (2011-2014)
- Six years in the program with four children currently attending.
- Stay-at-home mother
- Bachelor’s in Social Work; Utah State University
“I am passionate about quality education. Thomas Edison Charter School is an excellent choice because of the demanding, research-based curriculum combined with high expectations in a warm, supportive environment. The systemic nature of the curriculum ensures that students are continually building on a strong foundation of knowledge. Our teachers and aides are highly trained in excellent teaching methods and classroom management skills, which are enhanced by ongoing analysis and mentoring by our administrators. I appreciate that instruction time is maximized as distractions are minimized, and even small details such as classroom set-up and dress code promote our guiding philosophy. TECS recognizes the benefits of art, music and physical education in enhancing education, and provides superb instruction in those areas as well. As a parent, I am grateful my students are having positive educational experiences that teach them to work hard and constantly strive for excellence, ultimately helping them be a force for good in their families, school, community and nation.”
KARA SWENSEN; Finance, South PO Liaison (2012-2015)
- Nine years in program with three children currently attending
- Stay-at-home mother
- Bachelor’s in Art Education; Utah State University
“I put my children in at Thomas Edison because I felt they weren't being challenged, and I wanted to make sure they got the best education I could find for them. I found that with TECS. Some days are more challenging than others, but I feel that my children are excelling. They aren't bored, and they are learning things that I never even learned in high school or college. I have also learned a lot because of what they have to learn. I feel that my son who is now entering the 10th grade is more ready to take on hard classes with ease because of what he has learned at TECS.”
SHANE TOPHAM; Legal (2012-2015)
- Seven years in program with five children currently attending
- Electrical Engineer at Space Dynamics Laboratory
- Master’s in Engineering; Utah State University (2004)
“This program has been the best thing that happened to my kids’ education. We tend to push our kids harder than average parents, and I appreciate a school environment where they are pushed as well. They are challenged at every level and thriving. They are given many opportunities to develop talents and learn extra subjects that are outside of the regular public schools’ curriculum. But these opportunities make them much more effective and interesting people. That, in my opinion, is what makes TECS unique. The crossover between parent and teacher. Traditional roles are parents with responsibility for raising the children and teachers responsible for pouring in knowledge. Teachers at TECS are interested in helping their students to be successful in life beyond the subjects they teach or the curriculum they are prescribed. And parents are encouraged and pushed to take an active role in the learning process by volunteering at the school and helping with homework and field trips. It is a great recipe for success.”
ADAM BURRIS; Facilities (2013-2015)
- Three years in program with two children currently attending
- Associate's Degree; Utah State University
- Certified Real Estate Appraiser
When our first child started school, my wife and I spent several weeks searching for the best school in the valley. As we sat through classes at Thomas Edison Charter School, we quickly realized the superiority of this school and made the decision to place our children in it. We were and continue to be impressed with the quality instructors. We were also impressed with the environment in the school and the expectations that were placed upon the students. The parent involvement is another key aspect of this system and only enhances the learning process of the children, which is something that we greatly admired and respected. It has been a pleasure for our children to attend Thomas Edison Charter School.
HOLLY GUNTHER; Curriculum, Edison North PO Liaison (2013-2016)
- Four years in the program with five children currently attending
- Stay-At-Home Mother
- Bachelor's Degree, Brigham Young University
I send my children to TECS, for two main reasons: The first is the quality of the curriculum. It challenges students, and it doesn’t change according to any whims of popular educational philosophies. The second thing I tell people about TECS is the atmosphere that has been established there. The school policy emphasizing the “dignity of children” and adults being “models of civility” are not just idle words in the school charter, but I see that faculty and staff actually practice these virtues. As a result, the children respond in a positive way and the quality of the education goes way up.
Finance, Facilities and Legal Committee
- Kara Swensen: Finance, South PO liaison
- Adam Burris: Facilities
- Shane Topham: Legal
Curriculum, Personnel and Policy Committee
- Tirzah Anderson: President, Policy
- Holly Gunther: Curriculum, North PO liaison