Lava Ridge Intermediate principal among 3 honored as Secondary Principal of the Year

Composite image. Inset photo shows Lava Ridge Intermediate Principal Kaylin Gubler with background photo of Lava Ridge Intermediate in Santa Clara, Utah | Photos courtesy of Washington County School District and Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY  The principal of an intermediate school in Santa Clara has received a top honor for overseeing her school’s high achievement.

Lava Ridge Intermediate Principal Kaylin Gubler is one of three principals to have been named 2019 Utah Secondary Principal of the Year by the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals.

“Kalyn is energetic and innovative in her approach to student learning,” Robert Sonju, executive director of learning at Washington School District, said in a press release.

“She has established a tradition of high expectations and outstanding achievement at Lava Ridge Intermediate School,” Sonju said. “Under her leadership the School is consistently recognized as one of our district and the state’s high achieving schools.”

Gubler began her career as a second grade teacher at St. George’s East Elementary. She has also taught at Dixie State College and was named Lava Ridge principal in 2008.

The other two honorees include Ogden High Principal Luke Rasmussen and Shane Jones, assistant principal of Cache Valley School District’s Green Canyon High School.

Rasmussen began his education career as a Youth in Care instructor in the Davis School District. 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.

“Mr. Rasmussen is an exemplary leader who has transformed the operations, expectations, and culture of Ogden High School,” Ogden Superintendent Rich Nye said in the press release. “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 course work and decreases of overall behavior incidents.”

Jones began 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 to the personal attention of Mr. Jones and other school administrators,” Cache School Board Member Teri Rhodes said in the press release. “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’s abilities and his positive cheerful demeanor.”

The three were honored at an event held at the Dixie Center St. George earlier last week.

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