I’m Cathryn Ford and I’m the assistant principal at Hayden Peak. I am usually here Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays I am at Mountain Shadows and Thursdays I help out at Falcon Ridge. This is my third year as an administrator, and I love working with our children, families, teachers, and staff. It’s a privilege to be in our school. On Fridays you will see me alternating my BYU and University of Utah school shirts, and as I walk into the cafeteria kids will tell me, “You can’t do that! You need to choose ONE school!” I tell them I got my teaching degree and BYU and my school leadership degree at the U, so I really can cheer for both! But when BYU plays the U, I admit I still hope for the day when BYU can win again.
I grew up in Virginia, the oldest of seven children, and my dad worked in D.C. It was a great place to be a child, with field trips to museums, plantations, and battle fields. I also lived for 13 years on the west coast, in Oregon, and I will talk forever about the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Luckily, my oldest daughter, her husband and their two children live just 10 minutes from the home she grew up in, and I get to visit often. I have four children in all–the daughter in Oregon, a son and two grandchildren in Texas, a daughter in South Jordan, and a son at BYU.
This is my 18th year in education; I taught fifth grade for five years, sixth grade for five years, and I was an instructional coach for five more. Two adjectives that describe me are passionate and curious. I am continually learning how to be better. I believe in strength-based problem solving; positivity, optimism, gratitude, honesty, forgiveness, and a myriad of other qualities exist abundantly in our school and community, and together we create success and joy in learning, in relationships, and in life. I check my email constantly, and my door is always open. Cheers to a terrific year!