Terry honored by UMLA

Red Hills Middle School teacher Selena Terry is recognized in front of her students for earning the Principal of the Year Award from the Utah Middle Level Association. The award was given for Terry’s years of dedication to the school and its students.

Faculty and staff pulled off a surprise for Red Hills Middle School Principal Selena Terry Feb. 5. 

It wasn’t easy gathering 400 students into the school’s gym and keeping them quiet, but they were able to pull it off.

“They got me,” Terry said. 

The assembly was organized so that the students and staff could celebrate Terry earning the Utah Middle Level Association’s Principal of the Year Award.

The award was presented Feb. 1, but teachers wanted to announce it in front of the students, said Kole Krahenbuhl, faculty member.

“She has spent countless hours dedicated to the school and the students,” Krahenbuhl said. 

The award was given in part due to the RHMS’s association with the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades School’s to Watch program. The program was started in 1999, and RHMS began its designation with it in 2017. The effort is designed to encourage middle schools to focus on certain areas to foster an environment where students can thrive — academic excellence, developmental responsiveness and social equitability.

“It’s easy to be Principal of the Year when you have as amazing of students as I have,” Terry said. She also praised the faculty and staff for the care and love they put into their jobs each day.

“This award is well deserved,” said Cade Douglas, superintendent of schools. “Mrs. Terry is one of our veteran principals with experience at the elementary and middle school levels. She is a leader not only among our Sevier School District principals, but with her peers throughout the state and country.”

Douglas said Terry has been specifically innovative in middle school education in the district.

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