My name is Mistalyn Leis. I have been an educator in Utah, serving students, teachers, and communities for 22 years. I have worked in the capacity of a school counselor, program coordinator, assistant principal, and am currently entering my ninth year as the principal at Vernal Middle School. I have a Master's degree in School Counseling and Administration, and a PhD. in Family Psychology. I am energetic, outspoken, and organized. I have been a member of the Utah Middle Level Association, UMLA, for nine years and received the Outstanding Middle Level Administrator award in 2017. I am an advocate for middle-level education and believe there are unique challenges and opportunities at the middle level. I am a mother of five children, ranging in age from 22 to 9. I enjoy reading a good book in the sunshine, listening to the rain, baking, and eating a well-done hamburger straight off the grill.