UASSP Executive Board Final Ballot 2018-2020


UASSP President Elect (Large Middle School) 

 Aaron Barth 
 Willowcreek Middle School / Alpine



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 - 



Dr. Gregory Wilkey 
Davis High School / Davis

Bio-Gregory Wilkey

Gregory Wilkey received a B.A. in German from Weber State University, a B.A. in History from the University of Utah, an M.A. in German Literature and Languages from the University of Utah, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Utah, and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Instructional Leadership from Utah State University.  Greg taught German and History in the Jordan School District before being appointed Assistant Principal at West High School in 1996. Stints as an Assistant Principal at Bountiful High School and Northridge High School followed. After serving as Principal at North Layton Junior High, Gregory Wilkey was appointed Principal at Bountiful High School where he served from 2010 to 2017.  Greg Wilkey is currently the principal at Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah.

Greg was elected as President of the Davis School District Assistant Principals Association in 2006, and served as the Chair of the Davis School District Principals Association and Chair of the Superintendent’s Liaison Committee from 2014-2015.  Dr. Wilkey has twice been a finalist for the UASSP Assistant Principal of the Year award (2003 & 2006), has twice been a finalist for UASSP Principal of the Year (2013 & 2015), and was also a fellow in the Utah Principals Academy (2000-2001). Greg has also serve on the Executive Committee of the Utah High School Activities Association as the Chair from Region 5 and has been a member of UASSP and NASSP for 21 years.  

Why I want to serve on the Executive Board

Within the school building, the principal and/or assistant principals bear the ultimate responsibility for implementing school-wide reforms that will lead to high academic achievement for all students.  In and of itself this is a huge responsibility. School leaders are also expected to be instructional leaders and educational visionaries; assessment experts; have working knowledge of curriculum as it aligns to content standards; disciplinarians; community builders; public relations experts; budget analysts; facility managers; special programs administrators; and guardians of various legal, contractual, and policy mandates and initiatives.  How are we to accomplish all of this successfully? The burden may seem overwhelming. I see the UASSP as the best tool in our tool kit to help us as school leaders prepare for the multiple roles and expectations that are placed upon us. As a member of the UASSP Executive Board I will continue to develop and implement professional development programs that enable principals to be effective instructional leaders and to help prepare all students to meet challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards.  I agree with our UASSP President’s philosophy that we must be an elite educational leader. Through serving and through helping one another, we will only become stronger as leaders. As we strengthen our ranks, we all benefit.  I would be honored and humbled to serve my esteemed colleagues throughout Utah as a member of the UASSP Executive Board. 


Intermediate High School Representative

Luke Rasmussen
Ogden High School / Ogden

Biographical Sketch

Early in life, Luke Rasmussen knew that he wanted to be an educator. After graduating from Weber State University where he attended on football scholarship, Luke wanted to give back and pursued a career in teaching and coaching. His first teaching assignment was teaching troubled youth in Davis School District and coaching football. Luke’s 10 years spent working with troubled youth were some of the most rewarding experiences of his career. During his 10 years working with troubled youth, Luke completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Curriculum followed by a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision. Luke then spent three years as an Assistant Principal at Northridge High School followed by four years as the Principal at Northridge High School. Luke developed lifelong relationships in Davis County and loved his time there. Luke is currently in his second year as the Principal at Ogden High School where he has had the opportunity to work with a diverse student population and to use the skills he has developed to positively impact achievement in Ogden School District.


I am passionate about supporting our organization and helping administrators be the best they can be. As an attendee of our summer and winter conferences over the past 9 years, I have grown to greatly appreciate UASSP and what it stands for; it is a great organization. This organization is our voice as administrators. We need to continue to grow and strengthen our membership. We need to promote the things we believe in. I look forward to helping further UASSP’s mission of recognizing, promoting, and enhancing the leadership of Utah's Secondary School Administrators. It would be an honor to serve as the Intermediate High School Representative of our great organization.




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.    



Selena Terry
Red Hills Middle School / Sevier

SELENA TERRY is the Principal of Red Hills Middle School [RHMS] in the Sevier School District. Prior to her tenure at RHMS she was the principal of Pahvant and Salina Elementary schools.  She has served on a variety of committees and focus groups committed to improving educational outcomes and policy at both the district and the state level. She holds a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.  She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with Mathematics minor and Science emphasis at Utah State Utah University. She holds a Master of Education Degree from Southern Utah University with an emphasis in Administration and is also certified with a K-12 Utah State Administrative/ Supervisory Endorsement.  

I am passionate about middle level education and am dedicated to meeting the needs of all students on academic, social and emotional levels. I have been actively involved in the National Schools-to-Watch initiative dedicated to improving middle level education across the nation.  By being a member of the UASSP Executive Board, I can share my expertise help focus improvement efforts and outcomes for middle schools across the State of Utah.



Assistant Principal Middle School Representative 

Shane Hill 
Frontier Middle School / Alpine


Keeli Expinoza
Mount Ogden Jr. High School / Ogden 

Keeli Espinoza is an Assistant Principal for Ogden City School District. She holds M.A. from Weber State University and Administrative License from Utah State University. She has worked in the same district that she attended as a student and has worked there as an educator, district coach, and administrator for the past 11 years. She is dedicated to continue efforts to improve the educational systems that support her community. During her time as an assistant principal, Keeli has worked with district behavioral specialists to develop and implement a tier III system of supports to improve graduation rates of students most at risk of dropping out. With continuous monitoring and focused professional development, teachers at Mount Ogden Junior High are prepared to tailor instructional strategies to support to each student and their specialized accommodations. This approach to student achievement is individualized and detail-oriented. Keeli attributes the successes with at-risk students to the strong, passionate team she works with every day.

I look forward to having the opportunity to represent my fellow colleagues as the UASSP Assistant Principal Middle School Representative. My goals are to stay well-informed, to listen to and advocate for members when they express concerns about positions or policies, and urge others to get involved to make a difference.


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.

Dan Biolo
Summit High School / Alpine

Small Middle School Representative

Rod Hinck
North Sevier Middle School / Sevier

Biographical Sketch

Rod Hinck is the principal at North Sevier Middle School in Salina, Utah.  Rod grew up in Morgan, Utah.  He and his wife Kristal have 5 kids, 1 granddaughter and live in Richfield, Utah.  He received his Bachelor of Science & Master of Science degrees from Utah State University.  He started his career in 1994 as a Speech-Language Pathologist at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.  He then transferred to Sevier County to work at Sevier Valley Hospital.  Loving the valley, he took a job with Sevier School District in 1999 (when asked to transfer back to the city) as a Speech–Language Pathologist.  In 2007, Rod received his Educational Administrative License from Southern Utah University. He started at NSMS in 2010 and has been there for eight amazing years.  Rod loves working with the parents, students, and staff at this amazing school. NSMS is school of ~240 students and 20 teachers and staff.  It’s great community with unique challenges of a small school.

Statement of why I want to serve on the USSAP Board

When asked to put my name on the ballot as ‘Small Middle School Representative’ I was reluctant simply because I have attended many conferences and presentations that are difficult to apply in a small school setting.  Upon reflection, I appreciated that UASSP had a position that allowed those with these unique challenges to have a voice at the table.  My eight years of experience provides me with certain abilities only a small school principal would understand.  The awesome staff at NSMS has provided a framework and influence on many difficult situations with regards to PLC’s, scheduling, and the number of different classes taught by each teacher in a single day. I look forward to this potential opportunity.


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.