Our wonderful Principal Mrs. Bobby Garrett has just been selected as Administrator Of The Year at the 2013-14 UMLA Conference March 1st-2nd 2014.
Outstanding Middle Level Administrator Award: Barbara Garrett
Tonaquint Intermediate School, Washing County School District
Barbara “Bobby” Garrett has been in education for 33 years. She started teaching in Provo School District as a elementary teacher. For the last 19 years she has been as administrator in the Washington County School District. As a testament to her abilities, she was selected to open not one school, but two: Desert Hills Intermediate in 2000 and Tonaquint Intermediate in 2007. In both assignments, she brought together exemplary teachers who would catch her vision for excellence.
Bobby’s mantra is “We will never arrive,” meaning that improvement is a continuous process. She expects the adults to be continuous learners themselves and to use data to revise and revamp what is done to seek better results. To this end, the school created schools within the school and and have a radical schedule that provides the means for all students to master core subjects. Tonaquint was the only middle level school listed in the top 10 based on the State Report Card. See attached link
Tonaquint not only emphasizes academics it is also dedicated to the well being of young adolescents. The school mission statement is “A Community Empowering Students To Be Their Best!” and Bobby is given credit by staff, parents, and community members for having the leadership skills to make it so. As Lani Harward, a teacher at Tonaquint said in her letter;
“We recognize we are needed, and wanted. There are never job openings, because as teachers we don’t want to leave! What is best for students also ends up being what is best for teachers. When we put students first, we don’t have as many behavior problems, parent problems, failing students, and as teacher we feel more successful.”