UAESP RURAL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to the Utah Association of Elementary School Principals (UAESP) Rural Principal of the Year, Stacey Peterson! Stacey received this well-deserved award at the Elementary Principal Conference in St. George on Thursday, February 13th.
Stacey is the principal of Moroni Elementary. She has been the principal for nine years, since 2011. She worked as an instructional coach and a media specialist for six years before becoming a principal in North Sanpete School District. Prior to working in North Sanpete, Stacey was a district media specialist in Jordan District and taught third grade at Alta View Elementary.
Creative efforts by Stacey and her team helped to raise achievement levels at Moroni Elementary. With a high economically disadvantaged population and a second language challenge, the school has struggled in the past. This past year, as dual immersion is reaching the upper grades, Moroni Elementary has greatly improved academically, showing double digit growth in academic areas and showing even higher growth with their lowest 25% and English Learner populations. Stacey not only sends her teachers to the best training available in the state and out of state, she also teaches the ESL Endorsement classes at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. She trains paraprofessionals and other classified staff to meet the needs of her students. Stacey was key in expanding the district preschool to serve more economically disadvantaged students. She also applied for and was awarded funding to implement full-day kindergarten, which has netted significant gains in academic performance. She is always willing to do what is needed, even when it is hard. Moroni Elementary is a great school because of Stacey Peterson!