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Hillcrest’s Paul Kirby is Named Utah’s Assistant Principal Of The Year

Hillcrest High School Assistant Principal Paul S. Kirby on Wednesday, Jan. 19 was named Assistant Principal of the Year by the Utah Association of Secondary Principals.

“It’s been said that a teacher affects eternity,” Kirby said at the ceremony in Salt Lake City during which he received his award. “Well, the same could be said of assistant principals. ”

Kirby, a Ph.D. candidate at Utah State University, began his career in public education as an advanced placement Spanish teacher in 1992. He also has served as assistant principal at West Jordan High School and Brighton High School before joining the staff at Hillcrest High School in 2010.

Kirby was instrumental in bringing a Chinese language program to Brighton High and in linking his students with students from around the world in Tony Blair’s “Face to Faith” education initiative carried out through EDNET.  

In his short remarks at the ceremony, Kirby, whose award was presented by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry Shumway, said his students have kept him inspired throughout the years.  His colleagues praise his dedication to encouraging students to do their best in school and beyond.

“This is a wonderful acknowledgment of Paul’s dedication to the success of his students, the schools in which he serves, and the community as a whole,” said Canyons Superintendent David S. Doty.  “Paul’s quiet leadership is appreciated and valued. He’s as trustworthy as he is collegial, and we’re proud that he’s part of our high school administrative team.”

Kirby was one of three principals honored for their leadership and dedication at the annual Secondary Principals of the Year awards.  Other winners are Robert Sonju, principal at Fossil Ridge Intermediate School in Washington District, who won Middle School Principal of the Year; and Scott Bushnell, principal of Murray High School, Murray District, who is Principal of the Year.

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If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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