UASSP Executive Board 2018-2019 Winners



UASSP President Elect (Large Middle School) 



Dixie Garrison
West Jordan Middle School / Jordan

Biographical Sketch:

Dixie Garrison is currently serving as Principal of West Jordan Middle School in the Jordan School District. She has been an educator for the last 18 years, 13 of those years have been spent in administration. She began her career as an AP studio art teacher and quickly progressed into leadership roles. She has masters degrees from both the University of Utah and Southern Utah University. She has served as an assistant principal in economically impacted/diverse schools as well as schools in affluent communities. She comes from a family of educators with her father being a principal and her mother teacher. She is the current UASSP Middle School Principal of the Year, recognized for reversing student fail rate, standards-reference grading, mindful school and trauma informed initiatives.
Statement of Interest:
I am excited to be nominated for President Elect of UASSP! I am eager to serve on the UASSP Board and contribute to this great organization. As secondary school administrators we face the difficult challenge of guiding our students to their graduation and sending them on their way to a productive adult life. This challenge is more great than ever with less support for school attendance, less funding, and all of the distractions our youth face. It will take collective efficacy on our parts to implement the innovations that need to happen and come together with solutions. I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with educators across the state, to listen, collect and assess the needs from you great leaders. I would be honored to represent each of you and promote our cause with communities, USOE and lawmakers.


Large High School Representative 



Carolyn Gough 
Riverton High School / Jordan

Biographical sketch:
  • Attended BYU and University of Maryland
  • Taught English and Psychology at Jordan High School and Provo High School
  • Coached girls' soccer and softball at Provo High School
  • Administrative internship at Bladensburg High School, MD
  • Assistant Principal at Bingham High School
  • Curriculum Administrator for Language Arts and World Languages, Jordan School District
  • Principal at South Hills Middle School
  • Principal at Riverton High School since 2013
I love being in education! I truly appreciate all the things that go into student learning and realize the challenges that educators face every day to move students toward higher levels of learning. There are many issues we face in this profession as well as many decisions and negotiations that daily influence our work. I believe that we can effectively move conversations forward with stakeholders to benefit the work we do in schools. I also believe that nothing we do will be as important as the time we spend with individual students, listening to their concerns, and making them the focus of our daily decision-making. 
Thanks for the opportunity - 


Intermediate High School Representative


David Swenson
Green Canyon High School / Cache County

Dave was born and raised on a dairy farm in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Utah State University in Physical Education and Geography.  He began his teaching career at Box Elder High School in Brigham City, teaching Geography and coaching football and wrestling.  After two years Dave then made the move to Sky View High School, where he spent the next eleven years teaching physical education, social studies, and coaching football and wrestling.   Dave completed his Master’s degree and then his administrative endorsement from Utah State University.  Dave spent five years in the Logan School District as an assistant principal at Logan High School and three years as principal at Mount Logan Middle School.   He then returned to the Cache County School District as principal at Sky View High School for seven years.  He spent last year preparing to open Green Canyon High School in North Logan and is now at the helm in Green Canyon’s inaugural year.  Dave and his wife, Paige, have four children and ten grandchildren. 

I’m a better principal because of the association I’ve had with many of you with in the UASSP over the past 13 years.  I’ve been so impressed with the leadership and countless hours that goes in to creating an environment for principals to better their skills and abilities through the UASSP conferences, networking, and socializing.  I hope that I can use my abilities to serve you and continue to build inclusion, capacity, and an environment for you to flourish as an administrator and as a person. 

Intermediate Middle School Representative

Kim Monkres
Desert Hills Middle School / Washington 

Kim Monkres has a passion for all aspects of education and has had a variety of experiences. After graduating from Weber State University, she began her career as an English teacher and coach at Bonneville High School. She later earned her Master Degree in Education from Southern Utah University. In 2008, she found her way to sunny St. George teaching 7th grade English. Later, she served as an Assistant Principal and Staff Developer at Hurricane High School. From 2010-2014 she was the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Desert Hills High School. In 2014 Kim was hired as an Assistant Director at the Utah High School Activities Association where she loved working with schools from all across the State. She recently moved back to St. George where she served as an Assistant Principal at Pine View Middle School. She is currently the Principal at Desert Hills Middle School.

I have had many wonderful and unique experiences throughout my 17 years in education, and each one has prepared me to be a part of the big picture of education. Whether it is curriculum development, student motivation, leadership, athletics, etc. I have been a part of it, and I LOVE collaborating with colleagues and being involved in organizations that are devoted to professional development. I have had the wonderful pleasure of working with educators from all across the State. I listened to their ideas and did my best to address their concerns and needs. It would be a great honor to serve on the Board of the UASSP and collaborate with the educational leaders of our great State. Working together as small schools and large schools to create premium opportunities for our students is a top priority, and I relish any opportunity I may have to be involved in the process.    


Assistant Principal Middle School Representative 

Sandra LeCheminant
Albion Middle School

Specialty School Representative

Nicole Johnson
JATC / Jordan 

Mother of 5, Educator for 16 years here in Utah and advocate for health and fitness.  Being your non traditional teacher coming out of industry from an accountant to a business teacher, I gained tremendous appreciation for the work that happens each day in our classrooms.  After teaching for 8 years, I worked as a CTE Coordinator, moved to the district office in CTE Curriculum as the Consultant and was then appointed as Principal of Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers - South Campus in spring 2015.  I had the honor of helping to design and remodel JATC South before opening the school as the first principal.

I would be thrilled to serve on the UASSP Board in helping to support our educational leaders state wide in what matters most, the work we do everyday to improve student learning and opportunities.  With my experience for many years in the business world, to now nearly two decades in education, specifically Career and Technical Education,  I believe that I can enhance the board with a diverse view of encompassing all.


Small Middle School Representative


Jeff Bartholomew
Gunnison Middle School / South Sanpete

Biographical Sketch

I have worked for the South Sanpete School District for 19 years.  I graduated from Southern Utah University and received my Masters Degree from Western Governor’s University.  I have worked all 19 years in the middle schools of Ephraim and Gunnison. I spent two years as the Ephraim Middle Alternative School Director.  For the next 17 years I taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.  I was hired as the principal of Gunnison Middle School for this school year.  These experiences have taught me that teaching is more than just passing tests.  It’s about helping kids understand their potential, talents, abilities and successes.  I try to stimulate thinking skills, teach life-long learning, and develop problem solving-strategies.  I hope to instill in all of the students the passion to improve, no matter their level, family circumstances or abilities.  

Service on the UASSP Board

I would like an opportunity to serve on the Board of UASSP to grow upon my personal knowledge, to improve my school, my district, and all of the middle schools in the state.  I think it will be very beneficial and educational to attend board meetings and conferences. The ability to network with others and get feedback from others will also be critical to our schools successes.  I want to always be a part of making efforts to improve our schools, not only our students, but for our teachers and ancillary staff as well. I think it is important that our small communities have a voice and have input.  I would hope this experience would make a difference for all the students, teachers and principals of Utah.