SALT LAKE CITY — The principals of Ogden High School and Washington School District’s Lava Ridge Intermediate School, as well as the assistant principal of Cache School District's Green Canyon High School, have been named 2019 Utah Secondary Principals of the Year.
The honor is bestowed by the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals.
The association's executive board will interview Ogden High Principal Luke Rasmussen and Lava Ridge Intermediate Principal Kaylyn Gubler to determine who will represent Utah in the National Principal of the Year competition.
Green Canyon Assistant Principal Shane Jones will represent Utah in the assistant principal of the year competition.
Rasmussen began his education career in the Davis School District as a youth in care instructor. He worked as both a physical education teacher and an administrator at Northridge High School in Layton before being named principal at Ogden High in 2016.
Ogden School District Superintendent Rich Nye describes Rasmussen as "an exemplary leader" who has transformed the operations, expectations and culture of Ogden High School.
"The outcomes under his leadership have resulted in nearly double-digit increases in graduation rates, more students across all demographics participating and succeeding in advanced coursework, and decreases of overall behavior incidents," Nye said.
Gubler began her career as a second-grade teacher at St. George's East Elementary. She has also taught at Dixie State College. She was named Lava Ridge principal in 2008.
"Kalyn is energetic and innovative in her approach to student learning," said Robert Sonju, executive director of learning at Washington School District.
"She has established a tradition of high expectations and outstanding achievement at Lava Ridge Intermediate School. Under her leadership the school is consistently recognized as one of our district and the state's high achieving schools," he said.
Jones launched his education career as a counselor at Kimberly High School in Idaho. He has also worked as a teacher, coach, athletic director and assistant principal at Skyview High School before becoming assistant principal at Green Canyon.
"It is hard for a student to fall through the cracks at Green Canyon High School, in part due to the personal attention of Mr. Jones and other school administrators," said Cache school board member Teri Rhodes.
"As a school board member who believes that all children can learn and be successful at school, if given the chance, the right tools and time, I appreciate Mr. Jones' abilities and his positive cheerful demeanor," she said.