New Principal - Sunset Elementary

Julie Smith

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We are pleased to announce the selection of Julie Smith as the new Principal of Sunset Elementary Elementary School.  Julie will replace Anthony Horrocks who is moving to Coral Canyon Elementary as their new Principal on April 1, 2020.  

Julie moved to St. George just before 3rd grade, and is a proud graduate of Sunset Elementary.  She was part of the “Sunset Express” choir and is thrilled to once again be a Sunset Stallion! 

She graduated from Snow Canyon High School, Dixie State College, and SUU, where she majored in Elementary Education.  She also received a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Governor’s University.

Julie began her career in WCSD in 1998 as the Night and Summer School secretary at Millcreek High School.  She worked there for four years while she completed her teaching degree and was then hired to teach 5th grade at Washington Elementary.  Julie taught 5th and 1st grades at Washington Elementary and then transferred to Riverside Elementary where she taught 2nd grade.  After teaching for several years, Julie took a break to stay home with her 3 boys for a few years.  She returned to teaching at Washington Elementary in 2012, where she taught Kindergarten, and was then a Learning Coach for three years.  She is currently in her fifth year as the Title One Site Coordinator at Washington Elementary. 

Her favorite part of being an educator is working with so many amazing people.  She has loved working with the faculty, staff, students and parents at each of the schools that she has been at, and looks forward to working with them at Sunset Elementary. 

Julie and her husband Dan have 3 boys; Treydan, Brecken, and Austin.  She loves to read, travel, spend time outdoors, and loves to watch her boys play ball. 

Please Join with us in congratulating Julie.

New Asst. Principal - Desert Hills High

Terri Howell
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We are pleased to announce the selection of Terri Howell as the new Assistant Principal of Desert Hills High School.  She will replace Kyle Campbell who is transferring to Snow Canyon High School on July 1, 2020.
Terri’s passion for education and learning started years before she received her degree from Utah State University.  She grew up as an Air Force “brat” living and visiting many different countries.  Whether in Germany, Philippines, England, Hong Kong, North Dakota or settling in Florida, it allowed her the opportunity to learn from many types of people.  

 Upon receiving a scholarship to Utah State University, she met her husband, Jonathan Howell, where they both found their love of  history and education. Adding three sons to their family, two daughter in-laws, one soon to be daughter-in law and two grandchildren gave them the ability to share their love of travel, the beach and baseball.  Eating peanuts and cracker jacks at thirteen Major League Baseball Parks (including Fenway Park...Go Red Sox)  with your family is a Homerun!

Terri started her educational career at Dixie High, teaching US History. Her first year of teaching was challenging and exhilarating at the same time.  Her Flyer Family will always have a place in her heart.  After teaching, she received her Media Endorsement and started at Snow Canyon Middle School in the library. She later received her Master in Education Administration.  In 2018, she took a Teacher on Special Assignment position at Desert Hills High and then most recently worked at Desert Hills Middle as their Media Coordinator! After eighteen years in education, Terri is thrilled to stay within the Thunder Family and is looking forward to sharing her passion for learning and athletics with the students, parents and teachers at Desert Hills High!
Please join us in congratulating Terri!

New Principal - Dixie Middle

Paul Hurt
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We are pleased to announce the selection of Paul Hurt as Principal of Dixie Middle School effective July 1, 2020.  Paul will replace Tim Lowe who is retiring. 

Paul graduated from Rifle High School in Rifle, Colorado and enrolled at Ricks College, where he met his future wife Shellie.  He then served a church mission to Puerto Rico.  After returning home, he married Shellie and together they attended Utah State University where he majored in Special Education.  He later earned his Master’s Degree from Southern Utah University.

Paul has spent his career working at Snow Canyon High School where he has been the Assistant Principal for the last 15 years and prior to that taught Special Education for 9 years.

Paul and Shellie have four children, all of whom graduated from Snow Canyon High.  They consider the ten consecutive years of having them at SCHS a wonderful blessing and opportunity.  Outside of school activities, Paul and Shellie enjoy family, friends, and traveling.

Although he feels there is no way to properly share his sentiments, Paul would like to note that his experiences and relationships with his Warrior Family will be valued forever.  He is also excited for new challenges and opportunities as he turns the page to a new chapter as Principal at Dixie Middle School.

Please join us in congratulating Paul!

New Principal - Dixie High

Warren Brooks
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We are pleased to announce the selection of Warren Brooks as the new Principal of Dixie High School.  Warren is the current Principal of Snow Canyon High School and will transfer to Dixie High School when Sharla Campbell retires on July 1, 2020.  
Warren moved to St. George from Blanding, Utah 42 years ago on July 4th when he was a sophomore in high school.  He attended and graduated from Dixie High School when it was the only high school in town.  He received his Associates of Science Degree at Dixie College, his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Math Education at SUU, his Administrative Endorsement from USU.  He began his teaching career at Dixie High School where he taught Math and coached football, track, and soccer for four years.  When Snow Canyon High School opened 26 years ago, he was part of the new staff where he taught math, coached football and soccer, and later became the Vice Principal and then the Principal for last 15 years.

He and his wife, Benita, have five children and 7 grandchildren.  His wife also graduated from Dixie High School and she loves attending all the school events with him.  Warren can often be heard saying, “I love my job!” He will miss Snow Canyon High School and his Warrior Family. When not at school, he loves being with his family and spending time in Pine Valley.
Please join us in welcoming Warren to his new assignment! 

New Asst. Principal - Dixie High

Eric Christensen
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We are pleased to announce the transfer selection of Eric Christensen as the Assistant Principal of Dixie High School.  Eric is the current Assistant Principal of Desert Hills High School and will replace Jason Brooks when he moves to Enterprise Elementary School as their Principal on July 1, 2020.
Eric grew up in St. George graduating from Pine View High School. After serving a mission in Toronto, he attended Brigham Young University, majoring in Print Journalism and minoring in Business and English. He received his Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix and his Administrative Leadership license from Western Governors University.

He has loved his time teaching, coaching and being an administrator with the amazing people at both Dixie High School and Desert Hills High School.

He and his wife Kim have four children: Grace (14), Lucy (12), Maxwell (9), and Hattie Blue (6). Together they enjoy playing sports, traveling and trying to make a difference every day.
Please join us in welcoming Eric to his new assignement!