Leslie Crafton is the proud wife of Bryan Crafton. They have 6 children and 5 grandchildren
(and 2 on the way). She is the daughter of Ed and Martha Bench of Oakley Idaho. She is the
third child of thirteen children. Leslie's parents were very positive and wonderful parents. They encouraged her to reach out and pursue any dream. Leslie has always been surrounded with
music which inspired her to use it as her second profession. Her first being a wife and mother.
She has had many wonderful teachers who have guided her through her teaching career. Dr.
Mei Zhong of Ball State University in Indiana, who is her present teacher, has inspired her to
pursue her latest dreams, which are starting a music camp, writing a book and opening a web
page. It's been very exciting and wonderful to see these dreams coming true. I have such a
great love for music and what it can do for the souls of men. I live for the success of my family,
students and friends. Leslie has extensive education and experience in music pedagogy and will
be an excellent addition to the faculty of American Heritage Academy.
Stephanie Jeffs: Irish Dance, Bagpipe Band
Stephanie Jeffs was raised in Washington state and moved to Orem, Utah where she graduated
from high school. She then attended and graduated from Utah State University with a degree in
music. She is a professional violin performer. Following her graduation she became interested
in Irish music and dance. She plays five different instruments: Irish bagpipe, Irish whistle,
fiddle, concertina, bodhran, and sings. She was taught Irish step by a certified teacher in Idaho
Falls. She continues to study with teachers from Portland who come in to Boise. She has
competed and won many awards including first place award in Irish traditional music. She has
taught children and adults of every age and believes anyone can learn Irish step. She is also an
artisan and sews authentic Irish costumes. Stephanie is excited to bring the strength, sound and
beauty of Irish Step to American Heritage students in Burley! She is married, has two children
and resides in Murtaugh.
Mrs. LuAnn Young took piano lessons from Don Royster for fourteen years. At nine years of age
she was the organist at church. In her college years she performed for the governor of Utah.
Majoring in business, she attended both Steven Henagar College and Weber State College. She
has taught private lessons in both guitar and piano for the past sixteen years. She is married to
Troy Young and they have two children. Her oldest plays both the piano and guitar and sings.
He is leaving for BYU-I this fall. Their daughter is seven. They have had many foster children
through the years, several with special needs.