UACTE Awards

JJ Esplin & Anne Sanders

We've had lots of great recognitions this year, and heading into spring break we wanted to share two more. The Utah Assocation for Career and Technical Education has selected two of our counselors as the best in the State! JJ Esplin was chosen as the School Counselor of the Year, and Anne Sanders was selected as the Work-Based Learning Counselor of the Year for the entire State of Utah. We have some of the best staff in the State and it shows! Congratulations JJ and Anne! #Washk12Difference #TeachAndLive

New Principal Appointments

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Washington County School District is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments.
 
Gabbi Young, currently a Digital Learning Coach in our Technology Department, has been appointed as the new principal of LaVerkin Elementary School, replacing Steven Leavenworth who has taken the position of Principal at Riverside Elementary School, replacing Burke Staheli, who is retiring.
Mandi Luce, currently the assistant principal of Tonaquint Intermediate School, has been selected as the new principal of Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School, replacing Sandy Ferrell who is retiring.
 
Jerrod Dastrup, currently the principal of Uinta Meadows Elementary School in Evanston, Wyoming, has been selected as the new principal of Snow Canyon Middle School, replacing Brad Bench, who was previously selected as the new assistant principal of Career Tech High School.
Shaun Jaggi, currently the assistant principal of Hurricane Middle School, has been appointed as the principal of Hurricane Middle School, replacing Chris Homer, who was previously selected as the new principal of Career Tech High School.
Please join us in congratulating these new appointees. Additional administrative approvals will be announced in the coming weeks.
 

New Principal Appointments

Chris, Brad, Steve

Washington County School District is happy to announce the transition of two of our administrators to retired life. Burke Staheli, current principal of Riverside Elementary, and Sandy Ferrell, current principal of Sunrise Ridge Intermediate have announced their retirement at the end of this current school year.

In preparation for these retirements, and the 2023 opening of Career Tech High School, the District is excited to announce the following changes for the 2022-23 school year. Chris Homer, the current principal of Hurricane Middle School, has been selected as the new principal of Career Tech High School, which is slated to open in the fall of 2023. Brad Bench, the current principal of Snow Canyon Middle School, has been selected as the assistant principal of Career Tech High School.

These two administrators will assume their duties and begin preparations for opening the new school at the completion of this school year. We are happy to announce that Steven Leavenworth, the current principal of LaVerkin Elementary School, has accepted the position of principal of Riverside Elementary School. Steve will also begin his new duties at the end of this current school year. Watch for additional announcements in the coming weeks.

USBE Spotlight

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The Utah State Board of Education is spotlighting Kristen Reynolds & Alison Renstrom for their amazing efforts as physical education teachers in the state. Kristen & Alison both teach at Snow Canyon Middle School & are amazing examples of their love for teaching.

Computer Science Success Story

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Washington County School District, located in St. George, Utah, built and rolled out a full 6-12th grade computer science pathway in just one year! Before becoming an admin, Linda Brown was a Computer Science teacher and the sole user of CodeHS in Washington County from 2015 to 2019. With the support from passionate teachers and district administrators, Linda was able to expand CodeHS throughout the district and bring coding to 15 schools, 52 additional teachers, and thousands of students across the district.

  • 1 District
  • 15 Schools
  • 52 CS Teachers
  • 16 CS Courses Offered
  • 3965 Students Enrolled in 21-22

Big shoutout to Washington County School District's Computer Science Coordinator, Linda Brown; CCA/Computer Science Specialist, Helene Morse; CTE Director, David Gardner; and Computer Science Teachers, Anthony Vick and Tami Salmon!