Nebo School District appoints new administrators
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.