New Administrative Appointments

The Board of Education and Cabinet announce the following new administrative assignments:

Tim Pead – Ridgeline Elementary School


The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Tim Pead as principal at Ridgeline Elementary School, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Pead has been serving as an assistant principal at Lone Peak High School for the last two years and a TAA (Teacher on Administrative Assignment) for one year. Mr. Pead began his teaching profession as an intern and nine additional years as a teacher in Life Skills classrooms. During his administrative training, Mr. Pead spent time as an intern at Alpine Elementary where he first began his love for the elementary school level.

Mr. Pead received his bachelor’s degree in special education from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in special education from Utah State University, including an administrative endorsement, from Utah State University.

Elementary Administrator of Schools, Elizabeth Wilson, said, “We are so excited to have Mr. Pead join our elementary ranks.   His love for students, ability to connect to faculty and staff, and his community relations, make him a perfect fit for elementary principal.  His ability to develop leadership in others and build capacity will ensure his faculty and staff will be well served. Welcome to the team Mr. Pead!”


Mickelle Bos – Westlake High School

Congratulations to Mickelle Bos on her new assignment as assistant principal at Westlake High School. Currently, Mickelle is a TAA (Teacher on Administrative Assignment) at Westlake High School.

 

 

 

 


Jennifer Bitton – Westlake High School

Congratulations to Jennifer Bitton on her new assignment as assistant principal at Westlake High School. Currently, Jennifer Bitton serves as an assistant principal at Mountain Ridge Junior High School.

 

 

 

 


Shane Hill – Lone Peak High School


Congratulations to Shane Hill on his new assignment as assistant principal at Lone Peak High School. Currently, Shane is an assistant principal at Frontier Middle School.

 

 

 


Daniel Melville – Lone Peak High School

Congratulations to Daniel Melville on his new assignment as assistant principal at Lone Peak High School. Currently, Daniel is a teacher at Riverton High School.

 

 

 

 


Scott Mansfield – Cedar Valley High School

Congratulations to Scott Mansfield on his new assignment as an assistant principal at the new Cedar Valley High School in Eagle Mountain. Currently, Scott is an assistant principal at Westlake High School.

 

 

 

 


Matt Rowe – Orem High School

Congratulations to Matt Rowe on his new assignment as assistant principal at Orem High School. Currently, Matt is an assistant principal at Vista Heights Middle School.

 

 

 

 


Eric Loftin – Lehi High School

Congratulations to Eric Loftin on his new assignment as assistant principal at Lehi High School. Currently, Eric is an assistant principal at Orem High School.

 

 

 

 


Rod Campbell – Timpanogos High School

Congratulations to Rod Campbell on his new assignment as assistant principal at Timpanogos High School. Currently, Rod is a counselor at Lone Peak High School.

 

 

 

 


Justin Keetch – Mountain View High School

Congratulations to Justin Keetch on his new assignment as assistant principal at Mountain View High School. Currently, Justin is an assistant principal at Polaris High School.

 

 

 

 


Zack Nelson – Frontier Middle School

Congratulations to Zack Nelson on his new assignment as assistant principal at Frontier Middle School. Currently, Zack is a TAA (Teacher on Administrative Assignment) at Cedar Ridge Elementary School.

 

 

 

 


Deon Leavy – Frontier Middle School

Congratulations to Deon Leavy on her new assignment as assistant principal at Frontier Middle School. Currently, Deon is a school psychologist at Riverton High School.

 

 

 

 


Matthew Peterson – Willowcreek Middle School

Congratulations to Matthew Peterson on his new assignment as assistant principal at Willowcreek Middle School. Currently, Matthew is a TAA (Teacher on Administrative Assignment) at Lehi High School.

 

 

 

 


Jacob Perazzo – Oak Canyon Junior High School

Congratulations to Jacob Perazzo on his new assignment as assistant principal at Oak Canyon Junior High School. Currently, Jacob is a TAA (Teacher on Administrative Assignment) at Oak Canyon Junior High School.

 

 

 

 


Lisa Twitchell – Lehi Junior High School

Congratulations to Lisa Twitchell on her new assignment as assistant principal at Lehi Junior High School. Currently, Lisa is an assistant principal at Provo Peaks Elementary School in Provo.

 

 

 

 


Ryan Rocque – Lakeridge Junior High School

Congratulations to Ryan Rocque on his new assignment as assistant principal at Lakeridge Junior High School. Currently, Ryan is a French teacher at Lakeridge Junior High School.

 

 

 

 


Kimberly Moore – American Fork Junior High School

Congratulations to Kimberly Moore on her new assignment as assistant principal at American Fork Junior High School. Currently, Kimberly is a teacher at Frontier Middle School.

 

 

 

 


Derek Elison – Mountain Ridge Junior High School

Congratulations to Derek Elison on his new assignment as assistant principal at Mountain Ridge Junior High School. Currently, Derek is an assistant principal at Mountain View High School.

 

 

 

 


Amie Sisam – Vista Heights Middle School

Congratulations to Amie Sisam on her new assignment as assistant principal at Vista Heights Middle School. Currently, Amie is an assistant principal at Vineyard Elementary School.

 

 

 

 


Alex Chappell – Cedar Ridge Elementary School

Congratulations to Alex Chappell on his new assignment as assistant principal at Cedar Ridge Elementary School. Currently, Alex is a teacher at Pleasant Grove Junior High.

 

 

 

 


Melissa Allmon – Ridgeline Elementary School

Congratulations to Melissa Allmon on her new assignment as assistant principal of Ridgeline Elementary School. Currently, Melissa is a partnership facilitator at Valley View Elementary.

 

 

 

 


Misty Rocha – Belmont Elementary School

Congratulations to Misty Rocha on her new assignment as assistant principal at the new Belmont Elementary School in Lehi. Currently, Misty is the district math specialist in Wasatch School District.

 

 

 

 



On March 14, 2018, the Alpine School District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of six new elementary school assistant principals, effective July 1, 2018. Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their appointments.

 

Brittany Cochrane – Pony Express Elementary


Congratulations to Brittany Cochrane on her new assignment as elementary school assistant principal at Pony Express Elementary School. Previously, Brittany has served as the Partnership Facilitator at Orchard Elementary School.

 

 

 

 

Cynthia Cardenas – Sage Hills Elementary


Congratulations to Cynthia Cardenas on her new assignment as elementary school assistant principal at Sage Hills Elementary School. Previously, Cynthia has served as the Partnership Facilitator at Sage Hills Elementary School.

 

 

 

 

Karie Cooper – Dry Creek Elementary


Congratulations to Karie Cooper on her new assignment as elementary school assistant principal at Dry Creek Elementary School. Previously, Karie has served as a 6th grade teacher at Manila Elementary School and is currently in the Leaders Preparation Program (LPP) at BYU.

 

 

 

 

John Truesdell – Hidden Hollow Elementary


Congratulations to John Truesdell on his new assignment as elementary school assistant principal at Hidden Hollow Elementary School. Previously, John has served as Title I Teacher on Special Assignment (TSA) at Geneva Elementary School.

 

 

 

 

Helena Mueller – Riverview Elementary


Congratulations to Helena Mueller on her new assignment as elementary school assistant principal at Riverview Elementary School. Previously, Helena has served as a 4th grade teacher at Saratoga Shores Elementary School.

 

 

 

 

Joshua Yoder – Vineyard Elementary


Congratulations to Joshua Yoder on his new assignment as elementary school assistant principal at Vineyard Elementary School. Previously, Joshua has served as the Partnership Facilitator at Deerfield Elementary School.

 

 

 

 

Cameron Dickson – Highland Elementary


Congratulations to Cameron Dickson on his new assignment as elementary school assistant principal at Highland Elementary School. Previously, Cameron has served as the Teacher on Administrative Assignment (TAA) at Highland Elementary School.

Previous Administrative Appointments

Jack Kingsford  – Eagle Valley Elementary

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Jack Kingsford as principal of Eagle Valley Elementary, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Kingsford has been serving as a principal in Elim, Alaska since 2015. Before becoming a principal, Mr. Kingsford was an elementary teacher in 1st grade, 4th grade, art specialty, and Reading Recovery in Alpine School District.

Mr. Kingsford stated, “I am very excited to be returning to Alpine School District where my professional educational career began.”

Mr. Kingsford received his master’s degree in educational leadership from Brigham Young University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education K-8 from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Dr. Mark Pew, Elementary Administrator of Schools, said, “We are fortunate to be bringing a former employee back to the district as an administrator. Mr. Kingsford’s diverse background makes him an exceptional person for the principalship.  His knowledge of curriculum, his innovative approach to collaboration, and his love of students will serve Alpine School District well.  Welcome back, Mr. Kingsford!”


Jeff Shirley  – Mount Mahogany Elementary

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Jeff Shirley as principal of Mt. Mahogany Elementary, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Shirley has been serving as an assistant principal at Pony Express Elementary School for the last year.  Prior to this assignment, he was a partnership facilitator at Orchard Elementary School for three years.

Upon acceptance of his new assignment, Mr. Shirley said, “I am deeply honored and humbled to be appointed to serve the Mt. Mahogany community. It is an unbelievable opportunity to join and partner with an established learning community containing great core values, amazing students and staff, and incredible parent support. I look forward to teaming with our staff to make the coming years engaging, beneficial, and memorable to all members of our school community. I am elated for the exciting experiences that lie ahead, and will work tirelessly to ensure that students are safe and happy at school and have every opportunity to learn and excel. I hope the school is a place where students feel a great sense of responsibility to reach their full potential, and become the leaders of tomorrow. Go Rams!”

Mr. Shirley received a master’s degree in educational leadership from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Utah, and his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Utah Valley University.

Elementary Administrator of Schools, Dr. Vicki Carter, said, “Mr. Shirley has been a tremendous asset to the community and staff at Pony Express Elementary.  His data-driven approach to learning is a perfect match for Mt. Mahogany as they continue their upward trajectory in student growth. Mr. Shirley replaces Megan Miller who decided to pursue a new position as an instructional coach. We are sad to see Ms. Miller leave Mt. Mahogany, but are supportive of her decision and know she will be a great addition to a school team. Mr. Shirley advocates for students and is a strong believer in utilizing the PTA and School Community Council. He is fantastic at building the capacity of all those with whom he works.  He will be missed at Pony Express Elementary, but we are excited to have him at Mt. Mahogany.  Welcome aboard, Mr. Shirley!”


Christian Smith – Polaris High School

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Christian Smith as Principal of Polaris High School, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Smith has served as an assistant principal of Lone Peak High School for the last four years. Prior to that, he was an assistant principal at Lehi High School. Mr. Smith was an English teacher prior to pursuing administration. His first three years in education were spent in Louisville, KY teaching 9th grade English.

Following his acceptance of his new position, Mr. Smith said, “My family and I are excited to be a part of Polaris and grateful for the opportunity. I am really looking forward to working with the students, faculty and staff.”

Mr. Smith earned an MAT from the University of Louisville and an M.Ed from the University of Utah. His bachelor’s degree in English is also from the University of Utah.

Secondary Supervisor, Rhonda Bromley said, “Christian has the leadership skills needed to work with the amazing faculty and staff at this important alternative school in our district. He will be joining a great team that is already in place. His focus on student success and his ability to connect with students will be a great resource in his new role.”


Daniel Biolo – Summit High School

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Daniel Biolo as Principal of Summit, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Biolo has served as an assistant principal of Lone Peak High School for the last four years. Prior to that, he was an assistant principal at American Fork High School for four years and a TAA (teacher on administrative assignment) for three years.

Following his acceptance of his new assignment, Mr. Biolo stated, “My teaching career began at Summit so I understand the type of positive culture that exists in the school.  I am beyond excited to return and continue building such an amazing school.”

Mr. Biolo earned a master’s degree in education from Grand Canyon University and his bachelor’s degree in history from Brigham Young University.

Secondary Supervisor, Rhonda Bromley said, “I am excited to have Dan Biolo return to Summit as the principal. His 11 years of experience as both a teacher and an administrator at Summit will be a valuable resource. He also brings experience from two traditional high schools. I am confident that Dan will be an excellent leader at Summit.”


David Lund – Lakeridge Junior High

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of David Lund as Principal of Lakeridge Junior High, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Lund has served as an assistant principal of Lakeridge for the last ten years. Prior to administration, he was a school counselor at Lakeridge.

Following his appointment, Mr. Lund said, “I am excited to be appointed as the principal at Lakeridge Junior High.  I have grown to love the Lakeridge community over the years and feel privileged to continue working with such a great faculty, staff, students and parents.  I look forward to all we can achieve together as we strive for excellence in learning and student success.”

Mr. Lund earned a master of psychology and school counseling degree from Utah State University. He earned an administrative endorsement through Southern Utah University. He has a bachelor’s degree in human development with a minor in Spanish from Utah State University.

Secondary Administrator, Dr. Shane Farnsworth, said, “David Lund has been well prepared for his appointment as principal of Lakeridge Junior High having been a counselor and an assistant principal at the school. He is a student-centered leader who knows Lakeridge well and has earned the trust of the school’s students, staff and patrons.”


John Hanks – Mountain Ridge Junior High

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of John Hanks as principal of Mountain Ridge Junior High, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Hanks has served as an assistant principal of Lehi High School for the last six years. Before school administration, John was a math specialist at the district office after a successful ten years as a math teacher at American Fork High School.

Upon acceptance of his new appointment, Mr. Hanks said, “I am excited and humbled for the assignment and opportunity to serve as the principal of Mountain Ridge Junior High. I look forward with great anticipation to working side by side with teachers, students, parents and the community to continue a strong tradition of excellence. Go Huskies!!”

Mr. Hanks earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Brigham Young University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in math education, also from Brigham Young University.

Secondary Administrator, Dr. Shane Farnsworth said, “John Hanks is a great fit for Mountain Ridge Junior High. He exudes a calm, positive and thoughtful leadership approach built on the foundation of meaningful relationships with students, staff and patrons.”


Kris Packer – Polaris High School

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Kris Packer as an assistant principal of Polaris, effective July 1, 2018. The following year, Mr. Packer will be the principal of the new Polaris West High School. Mr. Packer has served as an assistant principal at Westlake High School for the last nine years. He was an assistant principal at Lehi High for one year prior to that.

Upon his assignment acceptance, Mr. Packer said, “I am excited and honored to be a part of the Polaris community. Each student has needs and the desire to succeed. My goal is for students to feel I care and will help them reach their full potential. I look forward to working with all Alpine students to prepare them for college and/or a career.”

Mr. Packer earned a M.Ed in educational leadership from the University of Utah and a BFA from Brigham Young University. He also has a gifted/talented endorsement from Utah State University.

Secondary Administrator, Rhonda Bromley said, “Kris will be an important part of the creation of the new Polaris West High School that will be opening in the fall of 2019. He has a gift when it comes to working with students and helping them feel confident in themselves so that they can be successful. He is an excellent leader.”


Kirk Johnson – East Shore Online

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Kirk Johnson as a principal of East Shore Online, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Johnson has served as an assistant principal of American Fork Junior High for the last six years with an additional two years there as a TAA (teacher on administrative assignment). Mr. Johnson will supervise new services; while Carolyn Merrill will continue as principal of existing East Shore Online programs.

Upon accepting his new assignment, Mr. Johnson said, “I am excited and honored to be appointed as a new principal of East Shore.  I have loved my time at American Fork Junior High and will miss working there with so many great students and adults.  I look forward to being a part of the expanded services that East Shore will offer the students of Alpine School District.”

Mr. Johnson earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern Utah University and his bachelor’s degree in French from Brigham Young University.

Secondary Administrator, Dr.  Shane Farnsworth, said, “Kirk Johnson will be a great asset to our secondary schools as a principal of East Shore. We look forward to the innovative work he will do. He has a strong skill set for creative problem solving and innovation.”


Asa Nielson – American Fork High School

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Asa Nielson as an assistant principal of American Fork High School, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Nielson has served as an assistant principal of Lehi Junior High for the last 14 years. He also taught Spanish and ESL at Lakeridge Junior High for seven years.

Mr. Nielson earned a master’s degree in education from Brigham Young University and his bachelor’s degree with certifications in Spanish, history, PE, coaching, and ESL.  

Secondary Administrator, Theron Murphy said, “Asa Nielson is a seasoned administrator who will bring many talents and strengths to American Fork High School. He is beloved by the Lehi Junior High School community. I am excited for the leadership strengths he will add to the AFHS administrative team.”

 


Ryan Nield – Lone Peak High School

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Ryan Nield as an assistant principal of Lone Peak High School, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Nield has served as an assistant principal of American Fork High School for the last seven years and one year as a TAA (teacher on administrative assignment) at Lehi High School.

After accepting his new assignment, Mr. Nield said, “I’m excited for this new opportunity to work at Lone Peak High School. I grew up in Alpine and currently live in Cedar Hills with my wonderful family. I look forward to serving the school and being a more integral part of the community.”

Mr. Nield earned a master’s degree in counseling and administration from the University of Phoenix and his bachelor’s degree in technology education from Brigham Young University.

Secondary Administrator, Rhonda Bromley said, “Ryan Nield will be a great addition to the Lone Peak team. He is an important and respected member of the community. He grew up in the area and already has a love for the people and students he will be serving. Ryan will be a great Lone Peak Knight!”


Paul Barth – Pleasant Grove Junior High School

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Paul Barth as an assistant principal of Pleasant Grove Junior High, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Barth has been an assistant principal at Timpanogos High School for the last two years and one year as a TAA (teacher on administrative assignment).

Upon acceptance of his new assignment, Mr. Barth stated, “I am excited for this new opportunity! I look forward to working with the teachers, students, and parents of the Pleasant Grove Junior community and continuing to build and improve the learning opportunities for all students.”

Mr. Barth received a bachelor of science from Brigham Young University, a mild/moderate endorsement in special education from Weber State University, and a master of education in educational leadership from Brigham Young University.

Secondary Administrator, Dr. Shane Farnsworth, said, “Paul will be a great addition to the junior high schools and Pleasant Grove Junior High. He has great experience as a leader of learning and culture builder. The school community of Pleasant Grove is fortunate to have him on the administrative team.”


Heather Jensen – Black Ridge Elementary

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Heather Jensen as principal of Black Ridge Elementary, effective July 1, 2018. Mrs. Jensen has been an assistant principal at Thunder Ridge Elementary School for the last year and previously as the partnership facilitator.

Upon accepting the new assignment, Mrs. Jensen stated, “It is an amazing time to be an educator in Alpine School District!  In the 20 years that I have worked in the district, I have been privileged to work with some of the most talented and selfless teachers and administrators the state of Utah has to offer. I know that typifies the faculty and staff of Black Ridge Elementary, and I couldn’t be more excited to join them in educating and nurturing the children who attend that school.”  

Mrs. Jensen earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from Brigham Young University and her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University.

Elementary Administrator, Mark Pew said, “I am excited about Mrs. Jensen’s appointment to Black Ridge Elementary.  Having her instructional coaching background, together with her administrative experience at Thunder Ridge Elementary, makes her a wonderful addition to the Black Ridge family. She is a consummate teammate and is so professional in everything she does.  Welcome aboard, Mrs. Jensen!”


Lewis Young – New Elementary in Eagle Mountain

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Lewis Young as an assistant principal of the new elementary in Eagle Mountain, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Young has been serving as assistant principal at Traverse Mountain Elementary. Prior to that assignment, he served as a teacher on administrative assignment (TAA) and partnership facilitator at Sharon Elementary.

After accepting his new position Mr. Young said, “I am so excited to get to work with Mr. Rowley at the new school in Eagle Mountain. I was lucky enough to be part of opening Riverview, and am thrilled with the opportunity to be part of building another all-new school!”

Mr. Young earned his BA at Brigham Young University in elementary education. He then earned an MA at Brigham Young University in teacher education with an emphasis in STEM. Later he returned to BYU to get his administrative licensure.

Elementary Administrator, Dr. Mark Pew said, “Mr. Young brings to this position the experience of helping open Riverview Elementary School a few years ago. He is enthusiastic and has a love of learning that will inspire students at the new elementary school. ”

Geovanni Guzman – Principal of Suncrest Elementary

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Geovanni Guzman as the principal of Suncrest Elementary school in Orem, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Guzman has been serving as the principal of Provo Peaks Elementary in Provo School District for the last four years. Mr. Guzman’s educational background includes teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade mathematics, English, geography, U.S. history, Utah history and also experienced at the elementary level in special education, coordinating academic and behavioral interventions.

Mr. Guzman received his master’s degree in Educational Leadership and his bachelor’s degree in Combined Special Education/TESOL K-12 both from Brigham Young University. He is currently working on a Doctorate in STEM Education.

Upon receiving the call for appointment, Mr. Guzman said, “I am excited to work side by side with students, teachers, staff members, and community to create a collaborative culture and system that allows us to become a very successful school through the Professional Learning Community (PLC) process. I am passionate about helping students not only master essential academic concepts but also helping them acquire skills and dispositions required to succeed in the 21st century.  I am excited to be a part of the culture of Alpine School district and collaborate with the amazing leadership in the district.”

Barry Beckstrand, Elementary Administrator of Schools said, “We are fortunate to add Mr. Guzman to our Alpine team of administrators. His experience and ideas will enhance our efforts to guarantee learning for all students. He is positive, personable, and collaborative. He brings a unique set of skills that will help execute our district’s Vision for Learning. I can’t wait to collaborate and work with Mr. Guzman.”

(February 14, 2018)

Heather Slaymaker – Principal of Cherry Hill Elementary

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Heather Slaymaker as the principal of Cherry Hill Elementary School in Orem, effective July 1, 2018. Mrs. Slaymaker is in her 20th year as an educator with vast experiences ranging from K-12 social work for thirteen years and as a high school assistant principal for three years. Most recently, Mrs. Slaymaker has been an elementary assistant principal at Ridgeline Elementary.

Mrs. Slaymaker received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Weber State University and her master’s degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University. Heather earned a second master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Utah.

Mrs. Slaymaker said, “I feel privileged to work in a position to partner each day with educators, students, parents and the community for the success of students. I have a strong passion for education and truly love what I get to do every day.”

Elementary Administrator of Schools, Barry Beckstrand, remarked, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Mrs. Slaymaker join our Cherry Hill community. Her experience in the Provo and Alpine districts broadens her perspective and capacity to lead. One can feel her passion and excitement for education. I can’t wait to work with Mrs. Slaymaker, as she builds upon the amazing traditions and legacy of Cherry Hill Elementary.”

(February 14, 2018)

Aaron Stevenson – Principal of Pony Express Elementary

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Aaron Stevenson as the principal of Pony Express Elementary School in Eagle Mountain, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Stevenson has been serving as the principal of Orchard Elementary in Orem for the last 8 years. Mr. Stevenson’s educational background includes teaching at Bonneville Elementary and North Point Elementary before becoming an assistant principal at Northpoint Elementary and Freedom Elementary.

Mr. Stevenson earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership and his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, both from Brigham Young University.

Following an acceptance of his new position, Mr. Stevenson stated, “I am honored to be appointed as the principal at Pony Express. I am looking forward to partnering with parents, teachers, and students to continue the tremendous work that has occurred there and to build on the already wonderful things that are happening. I can’t wait to meet you and be a part of the community. Go Riders!”

Elementary Administrator of Schools, Dr. Mark Pew said, “We are thrilled for this opportunity to have Mr. Stevenson come to Pony Express Elementary.  Mr. Stevenson brings a wealth of experience and a love for students.  Mr. Stevenson has been a strong leader in the Orem schools as they implemented our Alpine Vision for Learning.”

(February 14, 2018)

Alisa Hart – Principal of Meadow Elementary

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Alisa Hart as the principal of Meadow Elementary school in Lehi, effective July 1, 2018. She has been serving as the principal of Cherry Hill  Elementary in Orem for the last 11 years. Prior to administration, Mrs. Hart taught one year prior to coming to Alpine School District in 1992.  She taught at Sharon Elementary for two years then transferred to Hillcrest Elementary and taught for five years before moving to Snow Springs Elementary as a TSA (teacher on special assignment).

Mrs. Hart received her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, both from Brigham Young University.

Elementary Administrator of Schools, Eric Woodhouse said, “I am thrilled to be able to team with Mrs. Hart again, and be a part of the great energy and vision she brings to education.  She has been such an important member of the Orem community during her service to Cherry Hill Elementary.  She knows how to bring people together in pursuit of excellence, and is a great example of service leadership.  She inspires confidence in her faculty and staff, and loves the students she works with.  Meadow Elementary is a perfect fit for her talents.  Welcome aboard, Alisa!”

(February 14, 2018)

Jennifer Moore – Principal of Windsor Elementary

The Alpine School Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Jennifer Moore as the principal of Windsor Elementary in Orem, effective July 1, 2018. She will be replacing Lani Sitake, who recently announced her retirement. Mrs. Moore is in her second year of service as the assistant principal at Riverview Elementary.  Prior to that assignment, she was a TSA (teacher on special assignment) partnership facilitator at Geneva Elementary and taught 10 years at Sego Lily Elementary.

Mrs. Moore stated, “This appointment is overwhelming, frightening and amazing, all at the same time.  This position comes with great responsibility to the community, the teachers and most of all, the students.  I have a desire to work with a team that is continually looking for ways to learn from others, improve their practice, and are dedicated to what is best for kids-even when it is hard for adults. This is such a great opportunity to stretch my own abilities and hopefully make an impact on the abilities of others.”

Mrs. Moore received her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University, and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University.

Elementary Administrator of Schools, Barry Beckstrand said, “We couldn’t be more excited to have Mrs. Moore as our principal at Windsor.  With her experience at Riverview in Visible Learning, as well as her understanding of professional learning communities, Windsor will be well taken care of. Relationships are very important to Mrs. Moore, and she is exceptional at working with students and families.  She is an advocate for students and works hard to create a safe learning environment for students and teachers.”

(February 14, 2018)

Kerry Milner – Principal of Orchard Elementary

The Alpine School Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Kerry Milner as the principal of Orchard Elementary in Orem, effective July 1, 2018. She will be replacing Aaron Stevenson, who was recently appointed as the principal of Pony Express Elementary in Eagle Mountain, Utah. Mrs. Milner is in her first year of service as the assistant principal at Fox Hollow Elementary.  Previously, she was a TSA (teacher on special assignments) partnership facilitator at Manila Elementary.  Mrs. Milner also taught kindergarten at Manila Elementary.

Mrs. Milner received her master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix and her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Weber State University.

Mrs. Milner stated, “I feel very grateful to be given the opportunity to serve as a school leader.  It’s a beautiful thing when career and passion come together.  I feel very lucky to do what I love everyday.  I am passionate about education and have a great desire to move this work forward with our wonderful teachers, students and community.   I love Alpine School District’s Vision for Learning and I want to continue to collaborate with teachers and leaders to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions that they need to be successful in life.   My career as an educator has been exceedingly rewarding. Working together with wonderful colleagues I know we can change the world every day for our students.   I feel very honored to work along the wonderful leaders, teachers and students of Alpine School District.  I am excited about taking the next step forward.

Elementary Administrator of Schools, Barry Beckstrand said, “Kerry is a wonderful leader and advocate for students.  Her experience at Manila and Fox Hollow has proven to make her an exceptional communicator and problem-solver.  She is a perfect balance of being relationship-driven and detail-oriented.  Her love of teaching and understanding of pedagogy will make her a great fit for Orchard’s tradition and focus on deeper learning.  We are so excited to have Kerry join our team at Orchard!”

(February 14, 2018)

Patrice Dietz – Principal of Dry Creek Elementary

The Alpine School Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Patrice Dietz as the principal of Dry Creek Elementary in Lehi, effective July 1, 2018. She will be replacing Sam Rencher, who was recently appointed to a position in the district curriculum office. Mrs. Dietz is in her first year of service as the assistant principal at Dry Creek Elementary.  Previously, she was the assistant principal at Harvest Elementary for one year.  Prior to administration, Mrs. Dietz was a TAA (teacher on administrative assignment) and taught third grade at Harvest Elementary.

Mrs. Dietz received her master’s degree in Education Administration from Utah State University and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Utah Valley University.

Mrs. Dietz stated, “I am honored to be appointed as principal of Dry Creek Elementary. I am excited to have the opportunity to take what I have learned as a vice principal and apply it as well as accept new responsibilities that cultivate student learning within the culture of a school. I would like to help facilitate a leadership team that supports knowledge and student success. I want to advocate authentic learning for students to prepare them for the real world that they will face in the future.”

Elementary Administrator of Schools, Eric Woodhouse, said, “Mrs. Dietz has been such an asset to Dry Creek elementary this past year.  She has worked closely with Mr. Rencher and established critical relationships with the faculty, staff and parents.  Her understanding of Professional Learning Communities and our district vision for learning will help Dry Creek continue their trajectory towards deeper, authentic learning for all students.  I am thrilled for Mrs. Dietz, for the students and staff, and the Dry Creek community.  Welcome aboard Mrs. Dietz!”

(February 14, 2018)

Lynn Gerratt – Principal of Orem High School

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Lynn Gerratt as the principal of Orem High School, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Gerratt has served as the principal of Summit High school for the last eight years. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Principal at American Fork High for 8 years.

Mr. Gerratt earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy and his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Utah.

Secondary Administrator, Theron Murphy, said, “Lynn is a servant leader; his heart and vision will add to Orem High’s legacy of EXCELLENCE. We are thrilled for Principal Gerratt and the Orem High School Community.”

(February 14, 2018)

Mark Whitaker – Principal of New Middle School in Saratoga Springs

The Alpine District Board of Education announce the appointment of Mark Whitaker as principal of the new middle school in Saratoga Springs. He will be at Vista Heights Middle School effective July 1, 2018 and reassigned in January 2019 to open the new school.  Mr. Whitaker has served as principal of Mountain Ridge Junior High School for the past eight years. He was named 2016 Utah Secondary Principal of the Year by the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals.

Secondary Administrator, Dr. Shane Farnsworth, said, “Mark is an outstanding administrator admired by his students, patrons and staff. He exercises great judgment and develops strong relationships with students. I could not be more pleased to have Mark open our newest middle school. He will do an outstanding job. The Saratoga Springs community is fortunate to have him as their middle school principal.”

(February 14, 2018)

Mike Browning – Director of Operations, District Office

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Mike Browning as a Director of Operations, effective July 1, 2018. He has been serving as the principal of Orem High School for the last seven years. Other leadership experience includes Principal of Willowcreek Middle School for  three years and assistant principal at Timpanogos High and Mountain Ridge Junior High. Mike also served at the district office as an administrator in special education where he coordinated academic and behavioral interventions.

Mr. Browning received his master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Foundations and his bachelor’s degree in Special Education Mild/Moderate, both from Brigham Young University.

Mr. Browning stated, “I think this is going to be a great opportunity to serve ASD, but I’m going to miss the heck out of Orem High School. Not interacting with the students and teachers everyday is going to take some getting use to. I love the Orem community and I consider my time as a Tiger as some of the most cherished years of my career. I look forward to a new challenge and appreciate the confidence the district has in me.”

Administrator of Operations, Jess Christen, said, “Mike is a great leader who brings a wealth of educational experience to this position.  His knowledge of the day-to-day operations of schools will benefit all students in ASD.”

(February 14, 2018)

Sam Rencher – Director of Curriculum, District Office

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Sam Rencher as a Director of Curriculum, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Rencher has been serving as the principal of Dry Creek Elementary School in Lehi for the last four years. Mr. Rencher’s educational background includes Principal of Forbes Elementary for 5 years and teaching within Alpine School District since 1999.

Mr. Rencher received his master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Phoenix and his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Utah Valley University.

Administrator of Educational Services, Garrick Peterson, said, “Sam has done an outstanding job as a principal throughout his career.  I have always been impressed with his sound understanding of the Professional Learning Community process and I am excited to have that understanding be a part of the district office team. I am confident that Sam will have a positive influence with all those with whom he works.”

(February 14, 2018)

Lori Thorn – Assistant Director of Student Services, District Office

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Lori Thorn as an Assistant Director of Student Services, effective July 1, 2018. Mrs. Thorn has been serving as the principal of Polaris High School in Orem for the last 6 years. Mrs. Thorn’s educational background includes assistant principal East Shore High and also twelve years teaching at Lehi Junior High.

Mrs. Thorn received her master’s degree in Education Administration and her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Brigham Young University.

Dr. Chip Koop, Director of Student Services remarked, “We are excited to have Lori’s experience, strengths, and skills join the efforts of the Student Services Department. Her background in working with at-risks students will be an asset for all ASD schools.”

(February 14, 2018)

Kari Shirk – Director of Curriculum, District Office

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Kari Shirk as Director of Curriculum, effective July 1, 2018. Mrs. Shirk has been serving as the Convergent Assessment Coordinator for the Curriculum Department of Alpine School District. Prior to that she was the PLC Coordinator at Skyridge High School. She taught mathematics at Lehi Junior High School for two years and at Lakeridge Junior High School for 12 years.

Mrs. Shirk received her bachelor’s degree in Math Education from Brigham Young University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Curriculum and Instruction and also earned an administrative certification from Utah State University.

Administrator of Educational Services, Dr. Garrick Peterson, said, “Kari has gained a unique skill set as an educator.  As a teacher she became an expert in the Professional Learning Community process. As a PLC coordinator she showed an ability to coach teams in the PLC process. This past year she has done an amazing job in developing the capacity of other PLC coordinators. We are excited to have her continue to train and coach others in the PLC process.”

(February 14, 2018)

Jess Carter – Assistant Director of CTE, District Office

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Jess Carter as an Assistant Director of CTE, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Carter has been serving as an assistant principal at Pleasant Grove Junior High School for the last two years and one additional year as a TAA at American Fork Junior High School. Mr. Carter’s educational background includes teaching Career and Technical Education at American Fork Junior High School.

Mr. Carter  received his master’s degree in Education from Southern Utah University and his bachelor’s degree in Technology and Engineering from Brigham Young University.

Director of CTE, Michelle Price, said, “We are so excited to welcome Jess to our team. He is passionate about building high quality CTE programs. We look forward to many positive experiences for students as a result of Jess’ vision for the future of CTE in ASD.

(February 14, 2018)

Sandra Akagi – Principal of the New Elementary in North Lehi

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Sandra Akagi as the principal of the new elementary in north Lehi. Mrs. Akagi has served as Director of Curriculum for the district for the last five years focused on mathematics and literacy curriculum and instruction. Prior to her work in the district office, she was the former principal of Fox Hollow Elementary school in Lehi for four years, and has served in the district for the past 20 years.

Mrs. Akagi stated, “I am thrilled at the opportunity to get back into the school.  I came into education to work with children and teachers, and I can’t wait to get back to it.  I’m so excited for this new adventure, and look forward to building something special with the new community.”

Mrs. Akagi received both her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Utah. She has received many awards as a teacher and has been through the BYU Associates program.

Elementary Administrator of Schools, Elizabeth Wilson, said, “Sandi is a dynamic leader who brings a wealth of experience with her. She has an extensive knowledge of curriculum, innovation and broad elementary education experience. I first met Sandi when she was my youngest daughter’s 5th grade teacher. My daughter loved her and I was thrilled as a parent at the education my daughter was receiving. I am excited to work with her now as a returning principal, and think her passion and expertise is a perfect fit for this new school community.”

(January 24, 2018)

Brady Rowley – Principal of the New Elementary in Eagle Mountain

The Alpine District Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of Brady Rowley as the principal of the new elementary school in Eagle Mountain. Mr. Rowley has been serving as the principal of Sage Hills Elementary, in Saratoga Springs. Prior to his experience as an elementary principal, Mr. Rowley served for four years as an assistant principal at Lehi Junior High.

Mr. Rowley commented, “I am excited and honored to be named the principal of the new elementary school in Eagle Mountain! This opportunity to bring together these amazing communities to create a new school with a culture of learning and a vision focused on student achievement will be a wonderful experience!”

Mr. Rowley received both his master’s degree, in Educational Leadership and Foundation, and his bachelor’s degree, in Secondary Education, from Southern Utah University.

Elementary Administrator of Schools, Dr. Mark Pew, said, “Brady is an exceptional leader. He understands school and community cultures and is driven to see every student succeed. We are confident that he will bring all the communities of the new school together and form an exciting school environment, rich in innovation and learning, with his new staff and the parents and students they serve.”

(January 24, 2018)

John Emett – Principal of Sage Hills Elementary

The Alpine School Board of Education and Cabinet announce the appointment of John Emett as the principal of Sage Hills Elementary in Saratoga Springs. John will be replacing Brady Rowley, who was recently appointed to open the new elementary school in Eagle Mountain. Mr. Emett is in his third year of service as the assistant principal at Sage Hills Elementary.  Prior to administration, Mr. Emett was a sixth-grade teacher at Saratoga Shores Elementary and also in Jordan and Canyons school districts.

Mr. Emett stated, “I am thrilled to continue in the direction and tradition we have at Sage Hills! The focus on student learning and building strong partnerships with the community will continue to be a hallmark of our school! I look forward to working with the teachers, staff, parents, and students to continue the vision of success so many have helped to establish. Go Thunderhawks!”

Mr. Emett received his master’s degree in Teacher Leadership at the University of Utah and his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University. He has an administrator’s license from the University of Utah.

Elementary Administrator of Schools, Dr. Mark Pew, said, “John knows the Sage Hills community very well. He has a strong curricular background and has a special ability to see the big picture in best instructional practices. John is good with people and has a kind heart. He is excited to continue on the path to move Sage Hills students, families and staff forward.”

(January 24, 2018)