“I love his care for his students. He loves all of us and not only wants us to succeed, but also wants us to stretch in our learning. He shares interesting things I don’t think I would be able to learn anywhere else.”
“He can create the atmosphere to have a deep discussion, while remembering to include hope in the subject, and we have a little fun along the way. He has a Christian character.”
“He relates [school subjects] to our individual missions in life. He relates what we learn to the world today and the gospel and how we can progress in leadership, integrity, and honor. We have real discussions.”
“I love how when we are in a deep discussion he will always pull in historical events or social issues… He really helps me to understand what we are learning in class and helps me to better evaluate what is happening in my life and the world I live in.”
“Mr. Haymond teaches with a real-life perspective and is masterful at getting students to think for themselves. He teaches them to weigh choices and decisions with gospel principles as a foundation… He knows each student and strives to help them rise to their potential.”
Curriculum Highlight — In teaching constitutional law, political economy, economics, literature and debate daily, I am able to match my wits and wits of my students with James Madison and J. Reuben Clark, Edmund Burke with Ezra Benson, and even Marx with Monson; the ability to access and deliver truth, no matter where and from whom it is found, is the highlight of the curriculum I teach.
Education — Bachelors of Arts, Family Science & Spanish, Utah State University; Master of Science, Instructional Technology, Utah State University
Why Teaching? — The teaching profession chose me, and it is what I think about when I have nothing else to think about. My work here is a mission for me.
Why AHS? — It is one of the only schooling environments, outside of the home, where truth can still be taught, debated, and ultimately found frequently, by word and spirit.
Family — I am married to Tresa Haymond and we have seven children: Layna, Ammon, Samuel, Daniel, Grace, Mariah, and Joey. Layna, who is married, has blessed us with beautiful grandchildren.
We have traveled internationally for humanitarian purposes, we consider Panguitch Lake a heavenly destination and we love to be together.
Hobbies — My hobbies consist of praying, repenting, thinking, reading, speaking, playing, traveling to serve, making food, improving my husbandry and fathering, and striving to be a partaker of the “divine nature”.
What have you learned at AHS? — I have learned that the 4Ring methodology (well explained in Moroni 10:3-5) is a recipe for revelation, and that relating part of the process is key to really appreciating what history can teach us. I have learned to love even more the principle of individuality and the balance between justice and mercy.
“My most treasured interactions with students (and I have had many) are when our class experiences help them heal a broken heart or broken relationship at home.”
– Mr. Haymond
An Experience That Prepared Me to Teach at AHS
During the fifth month of my marriage, I was attending Utah State University and while sitting in a calculus class, I sat imagining myself teaching math for a living. You see, my father had been an engineer and his love for mathematics and the hard sciences drew me for moment in that direction as I anxiously sought a more direct route to feel his love and approbation.
Well, halfway through the semester I realized that teaching mathematics daily would not fulfill my own personal mission in life, I wandered home wondering what I would do with my life. My sweet wife, Tresa, sat me down and asked me what I really wanted to do. I thought for a moment and simply responded, “I want to understand law and save the family.” Little did I know how prophetic those desperate words were and the very unorthodox path I would then trod which eventually would lead me to AHS.
For the last ten years, I have been teaching the fundamentals of the “laws of Nature and Nature’s God” all in the pursuit and purpose of preparing my students to protect moms and dads and babies. What a blessing it is to be here.