Salem Hills High’s Bart Peery named Utah’s Prin­ci­pal of Year

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Lana Hiskey

Nebo’s own Bart Peery, prin­ci­pal at Salem Hills High School in Salem, was re­cently se­lected as Utah’s Prin­ci­pal of the Year.

“Mr. Peery pos­sesses all of the skills, knowl­edge, val­ues, per­son­al­ity and work ethic found in an ad­min­is­tra­tor wor­thy of this honor,” said Nebo School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Rick Nielsen. “Be­cause of his com­mit­ment to stu­dents and his fo­cus on best prac­tices, Mr. Peery is truly a leader among his peers. He is well-re­spected and loved by his stu­dents, com­mu­nity mem­bers, fel­low staff and dis­trict lead­er­ship. His gen­uine con­cern for oth­ers, in­struc­tional lead­er­ship abil­i­ties, com­mit­ment to build­ing pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships and abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate a vi­sion of suc­cess have en­abled him to be suc­cess­ful in all of his en­deav­ors. Al­most ev­ery stu­dent of his that I ever visit with talks about their grat­i­tude jour­nal, their fo­cus on the pos­i­tive and their ef­forts to lift oth­ers around them.”

Peery fun­da­men­tally be­lieves that happy, pos­i­tive and grate­ful stu­dents and em­ploy­ees are more suc­cess­ful and pro­duc­tive in their cur­rent cir­cum­stances and through­out their lives. This be­lief led him to the re­search of Shawn Achor as sum­ma­rized in the book, “The Hap­pi­ness Ad­van­tage.”

Peery is an ad­min­is­tra­tor who deeply cares for each in­di­vid­ual stu­dent that is un­der his stew­ard­ship. He is con­stantly striv­ing to be out amongst the stu­dents as of­ten as his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties al­low. He makes an ef­fort to get to know each stu­dent and lets each stu­dent know he cares.

Prin­ci­pal Peery has ini­ti­ated a so­cial me­dia blitz that truly en­gages his stu­dents. The stu­dents want to be a part of his pos­i­tive re­flec­tions on Instagram, Face­book and Twit­ter ac­counts. He is known for his hash­tags #shhshero, #chang­ingth­e­world, #GoSky­hawks. When asked about his award, Prin­ci­pal Peery was quick to de­flect the recog­ni­tion and say that the award is truly about the stu­dents and staff

Salem Hills High. He is known to say, “I’m lucky to be a part of a great school!”

“I have known Mr. Peery for the past five years, work­ing closely with him as a teacher and coach at Salem Hills High School,” said SHHS teacher Bart Thomp­son. “Through our pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ship, as well as the friend­ship that has de­vel­oped over this time, I have seen in Mr. Peery a man who cares deeply for the suc­cess of each in­di­vid­ual un­der his charge. He in­spires in his teach­ers and sup­port staff a de­sire to be bet­ter and to care more. He in­spires in his stu­dents a sin­cere striv­ing for ex­cel­lence and car­ing. He is an amaz­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor, ed­u­ca­tor and ad­vo­cate for each in­di­vid­ual at his school.”

Thomp­son con­tin­ued, “Mr. Peery deeply cares about each mem­ber of his school com­mu­nity. Each day as he in­ter­acts with teach­ers be­fore school or through­out the day he asks about our lives; he asks how we’re do­ing, he ex­presses ap­pre­ci­a­tion to us for our ef­forts, he chal­lenges us to make a dif­fer­ence. It is this last item — chal­leng­ing us to make a dif­fer­ence — that I be­lieve sets Mr. Peery apart from other ad­min­is­tra­tors. He truly be­lieves, at his deep­est core, that he can change the world, and he en­cour­ages oth­ers to gain this same vi­sion and act ac­cord­ingly. He in­spires each staff mem­ber on a daily ba­sis to change the world in our own way. Each email, memo, in-ser­vice or fac­ulty meet­ing con­cludes with the words ‘Make a dif­fer­ence in some­one’s life’ or ‘Be a Hero to some­one to­day.’ He truly in­spires the best of his team,” said Thomp­son.

*** Free­dom can be pre­served only if it is treated as a supreme prin­ci­ple which must not be sac­ri­ficed for par­tic­u­lar ad­van­tages. - Friedrich Hayek

Salem Hills High School Prin­ci­pal Bart Peery is con­grat­u­lated by his staff af­ter be­ing named Utah’s Prin­ci­pal of the Year.

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