Principal Spotlight: Brian Dawes, Ferron Elementary School


By Julie Johansen

Principal Dawes began his career in the Emery School District in 1985 as a teacher at Emery High School. He taught various subjects including history, health, sociology and AP Economics. After teaching at Emery High for 6 years, Brian went back to USU to obtain his masters and administration certificate. He then taught at San Rafael Jr. High for a year, before being hired as the Principal of Ferron Elementary in 2002.

In 2016 he received his Doctorate in Advanced Educational Leadership with a focus on communication between school leaders and teachers when implementing school reform.

One of his favorite things about being a principal is being with fun and happy children. He feels that his faculty is hard working and dedicated.

He feels privileged to be working with such professionals.

During his principalship Ferron Elementary has been recognized as one of two schools in the state of Utah as a Distinguished Title 1 School. The school also continues to lead the region in high test scores. The school frequently exceeds the state averages. He feels the teachers and assistants are amazing.

Mr. Dawes was the past President of the Utah Association of Elementary School Principals (UAESP). During this time he lobbied national as state legislation on behalf of the elementary principals on educational issues.

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