Elementary school teacher Ryan Radebaugh moved to Orem when he was in second grade. After graduating from Orem High School, he took a short venture down south to BYU to get his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s in educational leadership, but his love for Orem didn’t keep him away for long.
He has since returned to Alpine School District where he has spent the past 16 years teaching and raising his four kids in the same schools and community that he and his wife, Lindsay, both grew up in, even having the opportunity to teach two of his kids himself.
He took his love of teaching to the stage when he pioneered the youth acting program at Hale Center Theater Orem, which was opened by his grandparents Ruth and Nathan Hale in the ’90s.
“It’s a great legacy to be a part of,” he says. “They’re known for wholesome family entertainment, and it’s awesome to carry that on and be a teacher of youth in that field.”
Break a leg
“The Hale Center Theater Orem offers great quality live theater for adults as well as children. Seeing something in a live setting gives you a very different feel in the audience — it offers a unique spin on entertainment.”
A very spicy Christmas
“My family has a tradition every Christmas to do a ‘Lord of the Rings’ marathon, and we always order Kohinoor Indian food takeout. The hotter the better!”
“Harmons has a great produce section and a fantastic bakery. One of my favorite things is that they’ve got a good selection of dark chocolates, and many of them are locally made.”
“Orem is definitely expanding, but it still feels like the Orem that I grew up in 30 years ago. It feels like a place where people recognize and know each other.”
Peanuts and crackerjacks
“To me there’s nothing more American than going to a baseball game on summer nights. The Orem Owlz at Brent Brown Ballpark has a lot of nights that are geared directly toward families.”
“Just being at the foot of Mount Timpanogos and Cascade Mountain is awe-inspiring because of their size and beauty, especially when they’re covered with snow.”
Pizza with a slice of art
“One of the things I love about Pizzeria 712 is that the menu changes with the season. Also, it’s beautiful inside. Local artists display their work, and then patrons not only get great food but they can also buy art that fall in love with while they eat.”
Orem goes by the moniker “Family City USA,” but it isn’t just known for full-size families. A recent Rent.com list ranked Orem as the No. 2 best city for newlyweds in the United States.