Desirae Roden loves being the principal of Tonaquint Intermediate School in St. George, Utah. She is moving into her third year in this role, but spent 10 wonderful years as an Assistant Principal at Sunrise Ridge Intermediate in St. George. As a teacher, she taught High School FACS and believes in integrating cross-curricular standards into teaching to best help all students learn and understand the purpose behind their learning. She loves reading and learning about the latest research to help increase achievement in schools and is currently on a mission to help struggling students read in the middle levels, bring more awareness to the social and emotional needs of kids, and help teachers focus on more positive methods to improve behavior in students. Her favorite quotes include: “Discipline yourself, and others won’t need to.” by the great John Wooden and "Do what is right, not what is convenient" by Dbasish Mridha and guides others on their educational quests through these ideas.