Ross Franks

Academic Director

Ross was born in Utah, and has also lived in California, Texas, and Canada. Ross was raised in a small mountain town not far from the location of Sorenson's Ranch. He has always been physically active and participated in most sports during the high school years while spending any available free time in the outdoors. Ross has enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating, and riding motorcycles and horses for most of his life and still continues to enjoy these hobbies today. Many of these hobbies have worked well to prepare Ross to be effective in helping our students to be able to participate in recreational activities during their time in the program.

Ross completed his coursework for a Bachelor's Degree and Teaching License while working as a case manager and activity supervisor at Sorenson's Ranch, and has now taught here in our accredited high school for over 20 years. He also served as an Academic Counselor and as Registrar for a time. Ross enjoys the opportunity to research each student's academic past and the challenge of taking that information and formulating a plan for a successful future. Ross knows each student in our program and works with both the students and their treatment team during their stay with us. Ross has continued his educational pursuits by completing a Master's degree and an educational Supervision License allowing him to be in his current role as the Principal of the school.

Ross lives here in Koosharem because he enjoys the majesty of the surrounding mountains and the peace that this location affords. Ross is involved in the community in various positions and is also busy with a couple of other part-time jobs. Ross feels that his greatest achievement is that he is the father of four fantastic children who are also very active and share many of the same hobbies. He also now has 4 amazing grandchildren.

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