ALA Faculty

1st Grade - Mrs. Eddy

I graduated from Weber State University.  I have taught 27 years in the Ogden School District teaching in both 1st and 2nd grades.  I have both reading and gifted and talented endorsements.  I am married to Scott, who is also a teacher in the Ogden School District, and we have 2 daughters, Ashly and Forest, 1 son, Canyon, and 1 son-in-law, Jack. When we add all of our pets together we have a total of 5 dogs, Ace, Hiccup, Zee, Apple and Cin-e-man, and 3 cats, Booker, Little U, and Lou.  I love to go camping, fishing, hiking, and watching wildlife.  I enjoy catching frogs at the lakes and rivers, watching birds and hummingbirds come to our bird feeders.  I love to read and I hope I pass that love of reading and learning to the students I teach.   

3rd Grade - Mr. Bruckman

My name is M. Kevin Bruckman and have had the privilege of teaching the 3rd grade ALA class for the past 3 years. 2020-2021 will be my 14th year teaching in the elementary schools of the Ogden School District. I have taught from 3rd grade to 6th grade and I spent 5 years teaching students Spanish in the DLI program at Bonneville Elementary. My educational background started with my father who taught for many years in Utah and worked in educational media services at the University of Utah. I received my bachelor's degree in Political Science at Weber State University as well as my teaching certificate. My master's degree in educational administration was earned through Western Governors University. For a person who thought he would always teach at the junior high or high school level, I am grateful that I was hired at the elementary level. I love teaching these young, inquisitive minds and love being a kid with them out on the playground. Thank you for helping your child participate in the ALA program at Taylor Canyon Elementary!

5th Grade Mrs. Port

Hello, my name is Melissa Port and I will be teaching 5th grade ALA this year. I am so excited to get to work with all the amazing faculty, staff, and especially students and families. I was born and raised in Northeast Iowa where I grew up with my parents and older brother.  I moved to Utah in 2011 to get married to my amazing husband, Jeremie. Together we have a very handsome dog named Huxley.  I have been teaching for eleven years and LOVE my job. I have taught in two countries and four states. I have taught fifth grade for the last five years, and it has been wonderful. My favorite subject is Math, but I also love to read, write, and do science experiments. I can't wait to meet you all and help you with your academic and social growth!




2nd Grade - Miss Carter

I graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. I have a Master's Degree from Walden University.  I also received my Gifted and Talented Endorsement from Utah State University. 

I come from a large family - I have 6 brothers and 2 sisters.  My twin sister and I are the last of the nine. 

I love to work out and lift weights.  I am alway happy to have a craft day with my friends. I also have one bad habit of buying way too many shoes, 

4th Grade - Mrs. Shirts

My name is Amy Shirts. I am beginning my 25th year teaching in the Ogden School District. I have taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, and love all of them! This is my fourth year teaching in the ALA, and I love it! I received my Bachelors degree from Weber State University, and a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University. I also have an endorsement in both Gifted and Talented Education and Reading. 

My husband and I have three, very busy teenage sons, and a cute little Shih-tzu, named Chloe. We enjoy music, fishing, technology, watching movies, being outside, and love living here in Ogden.

6th Grade - Ms. Robinson

I am a 6th grade teacher with 25 years of experience teaching and coaching educators at the elementary and jr. high school levels. I have a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and certifications in Special Education, Educational Technology, and STEM. My passion is getting kids involved in experiential, hands-on investigations to help students understand the world that surrounds them. 

Enrichment Specialist - Miss Martin

(More information coming soon!)