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Atwood to lead elementary education

Joan Atwood, here helping students at Creekview with reading, continues to put the needs of students above all else. The breadth of her experience in teaching and administration impressed interviewers.

Creekview Elementary School Principal Joan Atwood has been named Supervisor of Elementary Education for the Carbon School District.

The school board approved her appointment Tuesday. She replaces Michael O'Shea, who retired at the end of this school year.

Ms. Atwood began her career in the Carbon District as a Kindergarten teacher at Sally Mauro Elementary in Helper. In 1984, she transferred to Creekview to teach fourth and fifth grades until 1998. She coordinated the gifted and talented progam for the district from 1998 through 2003.

She became principal at Creekview in 2004, where she has served until this year.

As principal, she made it a point to take advantage of expertise in the community to offer specialty classes. She also wrote and won several grants.

District Superintendent George Park said he and the board have complete confidence in her proven abilities. "Joan's years teaching, her experience as principal, her intelligence, and her strong voice advocating for children will serve her well," he said.

Ms. Atwood's educational background includes a Master of Science with emphasis on Gifted and Talented from Utah State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from USU and an Associate's degree from the College of Eastern Utah.

She has also served on many district committees and has been a presenter on the topics of gifted and talented and fine arts.

The selection committee which recommended her to the board was made up of community volunteers and professional staff. They included Judy Mainord, Secondary Education Supervisor; Debi Blackburn, school board member; Annie Sorenson, Fourth Grade teacher at Creekview; Nicole Steele, Workforce Services; Stacy Armstrong, Helper parent; Brenna Penry, Kindergarten teacher at Wellington Elementary; Tisa Manus, reading coach at Bruin Point Elementary; and Robert Cox, director of special education.

In making the recommendation to the board, Judy Mainord said that district would have been served well by any of the three candidates, but Ms. Atwood's breadth of experienced clinched the decision.

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