Garfield School District has worked very hard this summer to recruit highly-experienced, quality teachers and administrators to work in our District. With school starting on August 19th, I wanted to inform the public of the new faculty members who will be in the schools throughout the District. Mr. Robert Steele is the new principal of Escalante High and Escalante Elementary Schools. Mr. Steele comes to us from the Salt Lake School District where he was an administrator at Innovations Early College High School. Mr. Steel has over ten years of administrative experience in the Salt Lake School District. The District is still in the process of hiring a new science teacher at Escalante High School. Elizabeth Julian will be the new head teacher at Boulder Elementary. Nancy Guymon will be the new music teacher at Bryce Valley High, Bryce Valley Elementary, Panguitch Elementary, and Panguitch High Schools. Mrs. Guymon comes to us from Tennessee where she has taught music for several years. She has relocated to her family home in Valley. Mrs. Guymon’s specialty is orchestra and string instruments. Mrs. Guymon was hired with funding from the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Foundation Arts program along with Mrs. Stacy Davis. Mrs. Stacy Davis will also provide two hours of music instruction at Escalante Elementary with the Sorenson funding. Panguitch Elementary welcomes Miss Tasha Barnes and Mrs. Brittney Henrie to their faculty. Miss Barnes previously taught at Panguitch Elementary and is leaving the Duchesne School District to return back to the Garfield School District. Mrs. Brittney Henrie will be a part-time Kindergarten teacher at Panguitch Elementary. Mrs. Henrie has seven years of teaching experience in Washington School District. Ms. Marcy Certonio will be the new mathematics teacher at Panguitch High School. Ms. Certonio has several years of teaching experience in Washington School District. Mr. Chad Reeder will be returning to Panguitch High School as the science teacher. Mr. Reeder has seven years of teaching science, five of which were in the Garfield School District. Mr. Reeder will also teach wood shop at Panguitch High School. I would like to extend a special welcome to the new teachers in the District. I am confident in their abilities to provide high quality academic instruction to our students. If you see these individuals in your communities, please take some time to welcome them to the area. Many times it is difficult for new teachers to relocate their families to a new area; if employees feel welcome in the new communities they will have an increased desire to invest their careers in our schools.
–Superintendent Ben Dalton