Nebo School Dis­trict ap­points new ad­min­is­tra­tors

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Lana Hiskey

The Nebo School Dis­trict Board of Ed­u­ca­tion has ap­pointed Tif­fanie Mi­ley as an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Springville High School, Jesse Soren­son as an as­sis­tant prinic­pal at Payson High School and Ale­sha LeM­mon as an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Payson Ju­nior High School.

Tif­fanie Mi­ley earned her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in English ed­u­ca­tion and a mas­ter’s de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion from Brigham Young Uni­ver­sity as well as an ad­min­is­tra­tion li­cense from South­ern Utah Uni­ver­sity. She taught sev­enth-, eighth- and ninth-grade English for 14 years and jour­nal­ism for six years. She men­tored new teach­ers for 10 years. Mostly re­cently Mi­ley has served as the dean of stu­dents at Springville Ju­nior High School.

SJHS Prin­ci­pal Ken Van Aus­dal said, “Ms. Mi­ley’s vast ex­pe­ri­ence as a men­tor, her un­der­stand­ing of the change process, her nat­u­ral lead­er­ship abil­i­ties, her work ethic and gen­eral schol­ar­ship driven by her love of chil­dren truly set her apart.”

Mi­ley was hon­ored as Springville Ju­nior High Teacher of the Year in 2011 and re­ceived the Springville Ju­nior High PTA Ex­cel­lence in Ser­vice Award in 2006 and 2012.

Mi­ley said, “I have loved work­ing with the stu­dents, par­ents, fac­ulty and staff of Springville Ju­nior High School, and I feel priv­i­leged to con­tinue my as­so­ci­a­tion with the fam­i­lies of Springville. I am so grate­ful for all the men­tors I’ve had over the years — Everett Kele­polo, An­nette Evans and, most re­cently, Ken Van Aus­dal. Their im­pact on me as an ed­u­ca­tor has been pro­found. I have great faith in what we can ac­com­plish as ed­u­ca­tors for the good of our stu­dents.”

Jesse Soren­son earned his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in English ed­u­ca­tion from Utah Val­ley Uni­ver­sity and his mas­ter’s de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion from South­ern Utah Uni­ver­sity.

Soren­son has been the as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Payson Ju­nior High School for the past three years. Prior to that, he was an English teacher and also worked as a English as a Sec­ond Lan­guage mi­grant teacher. Soren­son served as pro­gram direc­tor and on the board of di­rec­tors for an or­phan­age sup­port ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion.

PJHS Prin­ci­pal Carl Swen­son said, “Mr. Soren­son is very ded­i­cated to his work as an ed­u­ca­tor. Jesse’s great­est strengths are his love and re­spect for stu­dents. He is a self-starter and self-mo­ti­vated. Mr. Soren­son speaks flu­ent Span­ish and was in­flu­en­tial in start­ing a Lati­nos in Ac­tion group at Payson Ju­nior High. He has nat­u­ral lead­er­ship skills and a calm­ing in­flu­ence.”

Soren­son was hon­ored with the 2014 Lati­nos in Ac­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Year award and rec­og­nized by Spe­cial­ized Bi­cy­cle as an ed­u­ca­tional con­sul­tant in the launch of The Spe­cial­ized Bi­cy­cle Foun­da­tion. He cur­rently serves on the Payson City Trails Com­mit­tee, Com­mu­ni­ties that Care Board of Di­rec­tors and the Or­phan­age Sup­port Ser­vices Or­ga­ni­za­tion Board of Di­rec­tors.

Soren­son’s motto is: “The stu­dent first and al­ways. Stu­dents must know that we, their teach­ers, be­lieve in them. That the work we are en­gaged in is im­por­tant; that we won’t give up on them even when they give up on them­selves.”

Soren­son said, “For the last 12 years, I have loved work­ing at Payson Ju­nior High. I have cre­ated friend­ships and mem­o­ries that will last a life­time. It will be hard to leave. I am ex­cited to be a part of the ad­min­is­tra­tive team at Payson High School. It will be an honor to con­tinue my work with our great stu­dents at PHS, and I look for­ward to get­ting to know the teach­ers and staff.”

Jesse en­joys moun­tain bike rac­ing, trav­el­ing, back coun­try snow­mo­bil­ing and spend­ing time with fam­ily. He is mar­ried to Patty and they have four chil­dren: Ja­cob, Maya, Leah, and Jenna.

Ale­sha LeM­mon earned her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in his­tory ed­u­ca­tion from Utah Val­ley Uni­ver­sity and her mas­ter’s de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion from South­ern Utah Uni­ver­sity in 2013. LeM­mon is cur­rently the dean of stu­dents at Di­a­mond Fork Ju­nior High School. She has taught U.S. His­tory, World Civ­i­liza­tion, Gov­ern­ment and Cit­i­zen­ship, Lead­er­ship, Busi­ness Man­age­ment and Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment for over five years.

Prin­ci­pal Troy Petersen said, “Ale­sha has be­come the power be­hind our new public re­la­tions com­mit­ment. She has taken upon her­self to keep our web­site up­dated with what is hap­pen­ing at Di­a­mond Fork and posted more sto­ries and pho­tos than we have ever had. Our Face­book and Twit­ter ac­counts are re­vi­tal­ized. She sends out a weekly email to par­ents and is our school com­mu­nity coun­cil fa­cil­i­ta­tor.”

“Ale­sha is an ex­em­plary role model, a woman of char­ac­ter and in­tegrity, a de­voted wife and mother. Ale­sha is one of the most skilled, en­er­getic, or­ga­nized and ded­i­cated in­terns!” stated an­other col­league.

LeM­mon re­ceived the Teacher of the Year award for Land­mark High in 2012. She works with young peo­ple on re­cy­cling ef­forts and build­ing a sus­tain­able fu­ture.

LeM­mon said, “My phi­los­o­phy be­gins by ask­ing the driv­ing ques­tion, ‘Will the ac­tion I take ben­e­fit stu­dents?’ Ev­ery­thing I do as an ed­u­ca­tor must cen­ter on stu­dent suc­cess. Am I cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that fa­cil­i­tates and pro­motes learn­ing? My task is to gen­er­ate a de­sire in stu­dents for life­long learn­ing, a love of knowl­edge and the abil­ity to crit­i­cally an­a­lyze in­for­ma­tion.”

“I per­son­ally have been pos­i­tively in­flu­enced by ev­ery teacher I have had and es­pe­cially one his­tory teacher in high school who helped me to love all as­pects of so­cial stud­ies. It was then I de­cided I wanted to teach. I have never en­joyed work so much as when I have the priv­i­lege of com­ing to school each day,” she said. LeM­mon en­joys gar­den­ing, land­scap­ing, hik­ing, bik­ing and trav­el­ing. She is mar­ried to Steve; they have two chil­dren, Abigail and Avery.

Tif­fanie Mi­ley

Jesse Soren­son

Ale­sha LeM­mon

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