New Faculty at Monticello College

I am super stoked to introduce you to our newest faculty members Amy Choate and Josh Choate.

A perusal of Amy’s kitchen indicates a deep love and respect for the world of plants, medicinal herbs, and spices.

Her passion for natural foods and lifestyle was born out of a debilitating illness in her early adult years.

Finding little help from traditional sources she was eventually led to natural principles and practices, which enabled her recovery.

She was the head chef and recipe developer for the Natural Philosophy Organic Market and Yoga Studio’s café, which featured organic, plant-based foods with an emphasis on raw foods.

She co-authored the cookbook Naked Nutrition: Whole Foods Revealed (Cedar Fort Publishing, 2015). A cookbook explaining her plant based approach to cooking nutritional foods and a primer on utilizing medicinal herbs in the diet.

Amy earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies at Brigham Young University, where she studied piano with Stephan Lindeman and jazz pedagogy and performance with Ray Smith.



Our new Director of Living Campus Operations, Joshua Choate is a Certified Permaculture Design Consultant through the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute.

He mentored under Peter Bane (The Permaculture Handbook, 2012) and Jerome Osentowski (The Forest Garden Greenhouse, 2015). He currently directs permaculture design and implementation on Monticello College’s Living Campus.

Joshua was the founder and CEO of the SD7 Technology Group, an IT firm, which offered Information Technology consulting, design and implementation.

He analyzed and designed systems, networks, websites, applications and security for many companies including multi-billion dollar firms such as Layne Christensen and Baird Capital Partners.

Joshua currently resides on the Monticello College Living Campus with his wife and four children.



Choate Family 2018 – Joshua, Amy, Adam, David, Asher, and Naomi.


  1. Susan
    Mar 6, 2018

    Welcome! What an exciting addition!

    • Shanon Brooks
      Mar 18, 2018


      The Choate’s are a very excited addition to our campus. Thanks.

  2. Melissa
    Mar 7, 2018

    Love these guys! Best wishes to Monticello and the Choates!

    • Shanon Brooks
      Mar 18, 2018


      Thank you so much. The Choate’s are a God sent.

  3. Kristi
    Mar 18, 2018

    Oh my goodness, you 6 are soooooooo amazing! I love you all and I’m so excited for your family. Monticello is so lucky to have you. I hope you will let me stop by and say hello as I travel through your town.

    • Shanon Brooks
      Mar 18, 2018


      We agree that we are lucky to have them.

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