We are pleased to announce the appointment of Lawrence Esplin as the Washington County School District Technology Director. Lawrence will replace Charlie Roberts who will retire at the end of this contract year.
Lawrence Esplin began his teaching career at Dixie High School in the fall of 1981 after graduating from SUSC, now Southern Utah University. He taught World and US History, Psychology, Sociology, Consumer Math and computer classes. He coached sophomore football and worked with the Academic Decathlon team. He also worked as a school counselor at DHS.
At Pine View Middle School Lawrence taught an introduction to computers and technology to 8th and 9th grade students. In the middle of his PVMS tenure he spent a year as a teacher on special assignment implementing computer labs in the elementary schools.
When Snow Canyon Middle School opened, Lawrence continued to teach Computers, Technology and coach football. His interest in technology eventually led to working as Secondary Schools Technology Coordinator in the beautiful bungalow called the Tech Coop, behind what is now Southwest High. Y2K fears prompted the district to adopt a new Student Information System and PowerSchool became his focus. Lawrence continued to serve as a technology coordinator with Charlie Roberts leading Technology as an independent district department.
Lawrence reports, “The best thing about working in the school district is the diligent and dedicated people. What was the least favorite thing? In my early days of teaching at Dixie High School, I often became a target at pep rallies for pie throwing. I was a Cedar High graduate and at that time Cedar was the rival. Things have changed and cross town rivals have replaced DHS vs CHS.”
Lawrence married Elaine Matheson while attending SUSC. They are the parents of two boys and three girls, all attended and graduated from WCSD schools. His favorite hobby is being grandpa to 14 amazing students and prospective students. Other interests including: reading, writing, technology, biking and hiking in the red rocks of southern Utah.
Please join with us in welcoming Lawrence to his new responsibility as the new Director of Technology.