David Styler, Superintendent, Millard County School District, Delta, Utah, and Lance Hatch, Superintendent, Carbon County School District, Price, Utah
Utah: Leaders Matter
Nominated By: Terry E. Shoemaker, Executive Director, Utah School Superintendents Association
David Styler, Superintendent, Millard County School District, Delta, Utah
David Styler has been serving as superintendent for nine years in the Millard County School District. Much of his efforts as superintendent have been to elevate the teaching profession as he has implemented teaching incentives to attract and retain the finest teachers to Millard County. He has diligently worked to boost pay for new teachers. He implemented late career salary steps, 30-year appreciation awards, and a retirement stipend to show appreciation for the work of retiring educators. He has worked to extend paid professional development time. The Millard School District was awarded an extensive grant being promoted at the Consortium of School Networking from VMWARE to enhance technology services for students and teachers. Now, students and teachers in this very rural county have technology solutions that allow for learning anytime and anywhere. Styler is the past president of the Utah School Superintendents Association
Exemplars of Leadership:
- Sustained commitment to elevating the teaching profession through innovative compensation plans, professional development, and award-winning use of technology.
- Recognized leadership among superintendents with a particular emphasis on use of technology in rural settings.
Lance Hatch, Superintendent, Carbon County School District, Price, Utah
Lance Hatch is in his second year as superintendent in the rural Carbon County School District. He is being nominated for his work on improving academic achievement in his schools. In one case, Mont Harmon Middle School, the school has improved from receiving a D in Utah’s Accountability model to an A.
Hatch spends a great deal of time developing and teaching what he calls the Carbon Growth Cycle. In this professional development model that he personally teaches to administrators and teachers, he insists that each school focus on academics, behavior, attendance and instruction. He teaches them how to correctly analyze school data, how to identify specific areas where improvement is needed and how to set the right school-wide SMART goals. He provides a timeline for accomplishing these things and he teaches each school the specifics of how to succeed in their growth models.
He holds regular accountability inventories with school administrators to monitor progress. This singing cowboy-raised leader inspires kids and teachers with his intellect, wisdom, and talent.
Exemplars of Leadership:
- Addressed legacy of assessed underachievement of students through focus on staff development resulting in significant turnaround in very brief time period.
- Focused schools on academics, behavior, attendance, and instruction.
- Implemented accountability inventories designed to promote growth models.
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