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Superintendent names new principals and directors for 2019-20

“We appreciate and welcome our new and returning administrators,” said Dr. Scott Rogers, TCSD superintendent. “Quality teachers, support professionals and effective principals are essential to the vision and mission of our district. Leadership matters!”

DIRECTORS

Bryce Eardley - Director of Information and Educational Technology

Before accepting this new position, Bryce Eardley was serving as the Tooele Area director. He has worked in education for 18 years, 11 of which have been in Tooele County. He has been a school administrator at the elementary, middle and high-school level.

“I’ve always been impressed with the hard work the entire technology department puts in every day to ensure students and staff have the technology they need to enhance the learning process. To now have an opportunity to work with this group is awesome,” said Eardley.

 

Jeff Hamm - Tooele Area Director

Jeff Hamm has worked in the education field for 28 years, 25 of which in TCSD. He has taught French, English, health and math classes as well as coached several different sports teams, including a basketball team that won a state championship. He has served in a variety of director and principal positions but most recently was the principal of Tooele High School. In his new role, he looks forward to the opportunity to mentor principals and work on behalf of all students, teachers and staff in the Tooele area, across both elementary and secondary levels.

 

Jim Langston – Blue Peak Online/My Tech High Assistant Director

Jim Langston has been an educator for 25 years. He taught first, fifth and sixth-grade, special education and most recently served as the TCSD Director of Information Technology. 

“I am excited about our future and can’t wait to work with students and staff in the online learning/virtual high school arena. We’re entering an era where we will see many changes in how students receive their instruction. I hope to positively influence how students in our district learn through the use of technology,” said Langston.

 

Renee Milne – Curriculum Director over Dual Language Immersion, Fine Arts, and Gifted and Talented Programs

After working 10 years as a teacher and 11 years in school administration, most recently as the principal of Northlake Elementary, Renee Milne said she is excited for her new role.

“My experience as a Fine Arts teacher and a Dual Language Immersion principal has created a passion for the arts, languages, and cultures. What could be better than continuing to learn about what I love and collaborating with even more colleagues?” she said.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Odila Flores Conica – Wendover High School Assistant Principal/Anna Smith and Ibapah Elementary Schools Interim Principal

Odila Flores Conica has been working in education for 16 years and has earned two master’s degrees. She was the first principal in Idaho to have been born in Mexico. Most recently she was the English Language Coordinator for secondary schools. She has worked as an assistant principal, principal at the elementary, junior and high-school level. She has also taught social studies and bilingual English classes.

“I’m so excited to work with the Latino population in Wendover. Small, rural schools are my favorite,” said Conica. “There is no greater joy than to see your hand as an educator still positively influencing a student’s life,” she added.

Donna Goss - Middle Canyon Elementary Principal

Most recently, Donna Goss was an assistant principal at Tooele High School. She has been in the education field for 25 years working in different positions such as teacher, counselor and administrator. 

I am so excited for the opportunity to be principal at Middle Canyon Elementary School. I look forward to working with young children as they begin their formal education. I am also excited to be part of the Spanish DLI program that the district offers,” she said.  

 

Candy Raleigh – Grantsville Elementary Administrative Intern

Because of her husband’s military career and the frequent moves associated with being in the military, Candy Raleigh has had the opportunity to teach in several different states across the U.S. for the past 14 years. Most recently she taught second-grade at Grantsville Elementary School.

“I am excited for this new position at GES because I have a passion for education and love helping students learn to their fullest potential,” said Raleigh.“The staff and students at GES are amazing and make coming to work every day enjoyable!”

 

Jason Sarri - Northlake Elementary Principal

Jason Sarri has been working in the education field for 18 years, eight of which have been in TCSD. Most recently he worked as a District Teacher mentor.

“I’m looking forward to all the diverse experiences. This will be my first time working in an elementary, and I’m looking forward to assisting in building a solid foundation of learning for each of the students,” said Sarri.

 

Thomas Trotter - Overlake Elementary Principal

Most recently Thomas Trotter served as an administrative intern at Grantsville Elementary School. He has been working in the education system for seven years.

I am excited to serve, teach, and learn with the students, teachers, and staff at Overlake Elementary School. I am eager to be stretched and to grow from the new experience of being a school principal,” said Trotter. “I have had so many people reach out to me and tell me what a great place Overlake is, and how I can look forward to the fantastic teachers, the helpful and supportive parents, and the brilliant students. I am excited to be a part of this new family and to join with the great teachers and parents in helping each student succeed.

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Andy Carlsen, Tooele High School Principal

For the past two years, Andy Carlsen served as principal of Clarke N. Johnsen Junior High. He has worked in the education field for a decade in positions such as fifth-grade teacher, counselor and administrator. This will be his eighth year working for TCSD. He loves the amount of activities there are at the high-school level and looks forward to being involved with many of the traditions of THS. He appreciates student’s drive to prosper.

“I admire their willingness to put themselves out there to learn. It’s fun to watch them grow and succeed,” he said.

Letitia Casper – Grantsville Junior High Administrative Intern

Letitia Casper has been working in the education system for 14 years. Most recently she taught seventh and eighth-grade math at GJHS. She is currently working on her administrative endorsement through Southern Utah University.

“I am so excited for my new position at Grantsville Junior High. This is going to be a new experience, but I am ready and excited for this opportunity. I am excited to work with Mr. Parker while I learn the ins and outs of school administration,” said Casper.

Shane Heath - Clarke N. Johnsen Junior High Assistant Principal

Shane Heath has been working in education for 16 years. Last year, he was the Grantsville High School assistant principal and prior to that served as their athletic director.

“I look forward to a new adventure and a new challenge. I am anxious to work at the junior-high level to learn new things and build new relationships. I am excited to meet and work with the faculty and staff at CNJJHS and look forward to the upcoming school year,” said Heath.

Charles Mohler - Blue Peak Assistant Principal

Charles Mohler has been working in the education field for 27 years. He has taught social studies, math, physical education, health and computer technology as well as coached football, basketball, baseball, track and golf. In addition, he has served as an assistant principal at two schools and most recently as the principal of Grantsville Junior High School. He said Blue Peak High is a great place to work.

“I enjoy being here every day. The teachers and staff are great professional educators.”

 

Matthew Parker - Grantsville Junior High School Principal

Most recently, Matthew Parker was a counselor and assistant principal at Wendover High School. He has worked in education for a decade, seven years of which were in the Ogden School District.

“I am excited to work for the students, parents and teachers at GJHS. I look forward to challenging the students to improve their learning and behavior. I am excited to be a part of the amazing culture,” said Parker. “I love helping students through difficult times. I want to help students care about education and to prepare them for challenges in life and school.”

 

Garrett Rose - Tooele High School Assistant Principal

Prior to taking his new role at THS, Garrett Rose had been the Secondary English/Language Arts and Early College specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. This will be his tenth year as an educator.

“I am thrilled to be working in the Tooele County School District. We have lived here for three years and I have served on the School Community Council for Overlake Elementary. I couldn’t wait to get my foot in the door and work with the students again! I was on the accreditation team for Tooele High School in 2017, and immediately fell in love with the culture. This was the opportunity of a lifetime. I love all things sports, all things literature, and will soon complete my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on secondary literacy in the fall,” said Rose.

Krista Sparks - Clarke N. Johnsen Junior High Principal

For the past two years, Krista Sparks has been the assistant principal at Clarke N. Johnsen Junior High. Prior to that, she was a special education teacher at Grantville High School. She has been working for TCSD for 15 years.

“I am thrilled to stay at CNJJHS and continue to work with the staff and students that I know and love,” said Sparks. “I am passionate about our community. I love serving the future leaders and helping them reach their potential.”

Luke Thomas - Grantsville High School Assistant Principal

Last year, Luke Thomas served as the Grantsville High School Athletic director. Prior to that, he worked for 12 years in the Tintic School District in a variety of roles such as social studies/financial literacy teacher and athletic administrator at the high school and district level.

“The positive impact that you can make in students’ lives is why I love working in education...I strive to do what is best for students to help them be successful in school and in life,” said Thomas.“The staff at GHS are amazing, it is a privilege to get to work with them on a daily basis. I am excited for this new opportunity.”