Dear Uintah Parents and Community:
It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of Uintah Elementary. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition that has produced so many outstanding students.
I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 25 years with a specific concentration in science teaching and learning. My most recent administrative experience has been shaped by 13 years of successful leadership as Science Supervisor for the Salt Lake City School District. During this time I was a cofounder of the Salt Lake Center for Science Education a science focused charter school in Rose Park, Utah. I have also served as acting principal at Beacon Heights Elementary. I am elated to bring my skills as an educational leader to Uintah Elementary school and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.
Along with teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established at Uintah by building strong relationships with parents, students, and community partners. We will focus on character education initiatives, academic skills, use of data to inform instruction, consistent implementation of newly adopted, direct instruction strategies to increase students’ achievement as well as student centered, project based learning opportunities. We as a faculty and staff will strive to provide thoughtful and challenging enrichment opportunities for all students. Uintah will continue to be an exciting, and engaging place for student learning.
All of us at Uintah Elementary are eager and excited to begin what promises to be the best year ever. This year is going to be incredible as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant and builds relationships. As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors—teachers, students and parents—are excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellencein a positive, fun and nurturing environment. My door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to stop in, call or email me to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make this the best year yet!
I feel truly blessed and humbled to be the instructional leader of such an awesome school community.
Ken O’Brien, Principal