Group names Utah principals of the year

By lisa schencker

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: January 8, 2014 01:18PM
Updated: January 9, 2014 11:39AM

Three principals — from the Jordan, Alpine and Canyons districts — have been named Utah’s principals of the year.

Herriman High’s James O. Birch, Joseph Jensen of Orem Junior High, and Union Middle Assistant Principal Douglas C. Hallenbeck will represent the state in the MetLife Principal of the Year competition. The Utah Association of Secondary School Principals named the three as winners.

Birch is the first principal of Herriman High, which opened in 2010, and created the Herriman Institute for Teachers to help mentor new educators.

Jensen has led Orem Junior High since 2009 and has worked to create professional learning communities of teachers and make sure data is used to drive instruction.

And Hallenbeck, as principal of Sandy’s Union Middle School, has expanded the use of technology in classrooms.

Lisa Schencker