A simple narrative to help you get to know Todd
Born August 25th, 1978, Todd LeRoy Bauerle was Norman and Linda's first child.
mother was a teacher and father owned a small local car dealership in Adrian , MI. In an effort to seek out better economic conditions and career opportunities, the Bauerle Family moved west in 1982, to Scottsdale , Arizona.
In 1986, the family expanded with the arrival of Todd's younger brother, Evan.
schooling in Scottsdale, Todd
showed great potential in creative and artistic expressions, often being found drawing in class instead of paying attention to lessons.
Early on, Todd
sought refuge in books and demonstrated an early fascination with Star Wars
, constantly immersing himself in every facet of the films.
developed an avid interest in science fiction and movies, which helped exercise his
With a fascination in sci-fi and drawing, Todd
had early ambitions of filmmaking and writing.
With an interest in comics, he
even had several of his
teachers convinced he
would one day become a comic book artist himself.
While attending high school, Todd
musical talents to the stage as lead guitarist and song writer for a local band.
continued pursuing his
interest in movies by taking a job at a local movie theater, where he
took great care to see each and every movie released.
With a great love of movies came a great devotion to his work, and he eventually moved into management the shortly after graduating from Saguaro High School.
parent's divorced, Todd
made a promise to himself to make sure his
future family would be built on a solid foundation.
found that foundation when close friends introduced him to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
immediately gained a testimony of the Church, knowing full well he
would most certainly be baptized.
However, knowing the commitments of the Church, Todd
resisted baptism for a number of years.
Unable to find happiness on his
own after high school, Todd
was finally willing to learn more about the church.
After taking careful consideration of the church and its doctrines, Todd made the commitment to become a member and was baptized in November 1999.
Activity and involvement in the church brought many things into Todd's life, but most important was the focus on family and the happiness and blessings he
felt in many areas of his
Faced with questions of a future career path, Todd
began to exhaust his
options rather quickly.
original dream of combining art and movies in computer animation and visual effects.
Unable to afford the education and out of concern for having to rely upon artistic creativity as a continual source of income, he
focus towards his
Shortly afterwards Todd
future wife, Jenafer, who had just graduated from the Arizona School of Massage Therapy
After establishing a friendship, followed by a short courtship, they married in November 2001.
That following spring, Todd graduated from Mesa Community College , but was still unsure about the direction of his own career.
"It was only a short time before I was married that I wanted music to be my career.
But my musical counterpart was my best friend Chris, and it seemed we were always in opposite places in our lives.
Music never really happened for me after that.
After experiencing general dissatisfaction with the stagnant nature of his
music and songwriting, Todd
put all energy in to a career in the movie theatre industry.
After disappointing employment at a local independent theatre as General Manager, Todd decided to return to school fulltime at the end of 2002.
Todd began attending Arizona State University , his course of study: Psychology.
Early in young adulthood, Todd
took notice of how frequently people would come to him when they had relationship concerns or problems in general.
By listening, analyzing, and intuition, Todd
often was able to give helpful and meaningful advice to others.
After developing that skill over a period of years, and careful deliberation, he
determined a counseling profession would be ideal.
Further basis for counseling aspirations came from the family focus of the LDS Church
"I was immediately frustrated with the focus of the Psychology Department, namely that individuals are broken and often times unfixable due to biology or natural behaviors that cannot be retrained.
People can change.
They don't need to cope with their problems for life," Todd
soon changed his
major to Family Studies and Human Development . This department viewed and taught that families exist systemically, simply meaning the individual is not broken but instead exists in a complex and highly fluid influential environment.
Through this lens, therapy is best if it focuses on the transactions between people within the environment, like communication patterns.
applied himself vigorously to school, graduating Summa cum Laude in December 2004.
After applying to Marriage and Family Therapy graduate programs throughout the country, Todd
had not been accepted for admission in 2005.
"I had felt for a long time that Marriage and Family Therapy was where I was supposed to be.
It came as a devastating blow when I was not accepted."
Nearly by accident, Todd found himself running the operations and promotions end of a small publishing company, Northern Spirit Creative Productions that summer.
began as a freelance web designer and graphic artist for the company and ended up as the VP and Publisher working to promote the company's first book, Aaron's Crossing: A True Ghost Story . When the company succeeded in its goals of having the book get picked up by a national publisher, Todd
felt it was time to return to his
In May 2006, Todd and Jenafer
began to look for work outside of Arizona.
Overnight, their lives were changed when they found an opportunity to work for Utah Youth Village
as group home parents.
Four weeks from applying for the position, Todd and Jenafer
found themselves as Family Teachers working in a group home in the Salt Lake City area.
Using the Teaching Family Model , made famous by Boys Town, Todd
and Jenafer teach social skills to the eight teenage foster boys in the group home.
"Most youth are in the juvenile corrections system, and live in the home for anywhere between one and two years.
Its a great opportunity to help a child in need, and it's exciting to see a youth make a positive change in their lives.
Since their employment began, they have been certified in the Teaching Family Model and have worked with a total of sixteen different youth.
In 2008, Todd
is heading back to school at the University of Phoenix
in Salt Lake City and is seeking a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling.
The program is set to conclude in 2011, at which time Todd
will have graduated as a Certified Professional Counselor Intern (CPCI).
For Todd, future career aspirations include staying at the Village, and completing his schooling while continuing to work as a family teacher.
would then complete the necessary clinical hours to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
Todd lives and works with his
wife Jenafer in Kearns , Utah as family teachers with Utah Youth Village
. While they look after eight teenage foster boys, they do not have any natural children yet.
Their black dog, Indiana, a lab / beagle mix will have to do for now.
interests in music, movies, and books.
has played in several bands, but has taken a leave from lead guitar and shifted to bass guitar, and is looking for musicians to work with.
is also intensely focused writing music on the piano, guitar, and producing electronic music.
Many of Todd's friends and family members have grown to love his
appreciation and opinions on movies, continually asking for suggestions and recommendations.
is also currently developing several ideas for novels, screenplays, and other books as well.
Copyright © 2004-2008 Todd LeRoy Bauerle