Shep­herd ap­pointed as Payson High prin­ci­pal

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Lana Hiskey

With the re­cent ad­min­is­tra­tive move of Payson High School Prin­ci­pal Ben Ford to be­come the PEAK Cen­ter ad­min­is­tra­tor, the Nebo School Dis­trict Board of Ed­u­ca­tion has ap­pointed RaShel An­der­son Shep­herd as the new prin­ci­pal of Payson High School.

Dr. Shep­herd grad­u­ated from Brigham Young Univer­sity with a bach­e­lor of arts de­gree in math­e­mat­ics ed­u­ca­tion. She ob­tained her mas­ter of arts de­gree from the Univer­sity of Phoenix in ed­u­ca­tional coun­sel­ing and her doc­tor­ate de­gree in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship from BYU.

Dr. Shep­herd has served as prin­ci­pal at Maple­ton Ju­nior High School for the past five years. She also worked as as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Maple Moun­tain High School for over three years and prin­ci­pal at Span­ish Oaks Ele­men­tary School for eight years. She started her teach­ing ca­reer in math­e­mat­ics at Span­ish Fork Ju­nior High School, teach­ing for one year there and then teach­ing at Span­ish Fork High School for four years. Dr. Shep­herd then be­came a coun­selor for Brock­bank, Bar­nett and Park View ele­men­tary schools as well as Springville High School. She has worked in ed­u­ca­tion for 26 years.

Dr. Shep­herd was hon­ored as In­struc­tional Leader of the Year in 2007 by the Utah As­so­ci­a­tion of Ele­men­tary School Prin­ci­pals. In 1999, Springville’s PTA named her Coun­selor of the Year. Stu­dents at Span­ish Fork High se­lected Dr. An­der­son as Teacher of the Year in 1994.

“I want to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank the school board and am ex­cited for this op­por­tu­nity to go to an awe­some school with strong tra­di­tions and aca­demic spirit,” Dr. Shep­herd said. “I hope to learn from Mr. Ford on this ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney. I have loved Maple­ton Ju­nior and learned amaz­ing things. I’m grate­ful to do some­thing so mean­ing­ful and re­ward­ing to change the world.”

Dr. Shep­herd said she be­lieves, “Kind­ness is one of the most pow­er­ful char­ac­ter­is­tics one can pos­sess: it has the power to change the world,” and, “Stu­dents may for­get what you said, but they will never for­get how you made them feel.”

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