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School district shuffles principals after 2 resign for other positions

Ryan Maughan
Melissa Hamilton
Greg Stanfield

Sun Advocate reporter

The deck of cards for Carbon School District is undergoing a bit of reshuffling with principals leaving, others switching to other schools in the area and a new principal being named all within the last week.

Last week, Carbon School District announced that Ryan Maughan was chosen as the principal for Sally Mauro Elementary. Maughan is replacing Seth Allred, who left his position at Sally Mauro for the same position at Wellington Elementary.

Allred switched schools after Melissa Hamilton resigned from her position at Wellington Elementary to take a job as principal at Spring Creek Elementary in the Provo School District. It will be the third move for Hamilton in the past year as she started the school year with Bruin Point Elementary before leaving during the middle of the school year for the position at Wellington Elementary when the school's previous principal, Kelly Martinez, left to take a job in Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nev.

Another vacancy in the school district is now at Carbon High School. Greg Stanfield, who has served as principal since 2007, announced on Friday he was resigning from his position. Stanfield will be taking a new job as Dean of Education at Stevens-Henager College in St. George.

Carbon School District representatives said the district is accepting applications from administrators within the school district and will be looking to name a new principal by Wednesday at the earliest.

Maughan is coming to the school district after working for Canyon View Middle School in Cedar City, where he taught severe/profound students with disabilities. He has also served as a boys assistant basketball varsity basketball coach for Parowan High School. In the past he has also worked as a youth counselor for Youth Health Associates and he also worked with Union Pacific Railroad as a train conductor.

The 31-year old Maughan received his Bachelors degree from Southern Utah University has two Masters degrees from the University of Utah including a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision and also in Special Education.

Maughan, who has been working as a teacher for five years, said he was very surprised after hearing of his name being chosen for the position at Sally Mauro Elementary.

"Wow," said Maughan of his first reaction to being named principal. "Afterward my mind just starting turning and everything about the job and moving to a new place just came flooding in."

"I've always liked working with the youth," Maughan said noting that he always envisioned becoming a teacher in life.

Throughout the interview process to being named principal of Sally Mauro, Maughan said the school district and the community have been very welcoming to him and his family, he said.

"They have been very supportive throughout the whole process," he said.

Maughan said one thing he hopes to improve at the school is getting teachers to teach with emotion.

"Teachers that teach with emotion help create enthusiasm, get students more engaged and it helps get students on the right path for a great education," he explained.

Maughan will be moving to the area along with his wife, Cheryl, and their 3-year-old daughter, Kenadie. While Maughan himself may not be entirely familiar with living in Carbon County, his wife Cheryl knows the area well as she attended college at USU Eastern.

Maughan should fit right in outside of his duties as principal as Carbon County provides hobbies of his including fishing, golfing and spending time in the outdoors.

One of the key traits Maughan said he will be carrying into his new position is patience. While he said he expects to be ready for the first day of school, Maughan may be just like every other student at Sally Mauro Elementary.

"I'm a little nervous waiting for the first day of school but I'm very excited about the opportunity to work with the students and staff at Sally Mauro," he said.

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