Welcome to Hillcrest Elementary School!!

Hillcrest Parents, Students and Teachers,

            Greetings! I am excited to be the new Principal at Hillcrest Elementary School. I know the Hillcrest Elementary has a wonderful tradition of excellent educators and I am proud to be joining their ranks. Additionally as I have been able to rub shoulders with some of the parents and students in the school I have come to find that Hillcrest has wonderful support in the homes of our students and that our students are motivated kids that have a love for learning. To be able to participate in a community with this caliber of individuals is fantastic.

            A little about me as an educator. I began my teaching career during the 2006-2007 year at Woodruff Elementary School after graduating from Utah State University in Elementary Education. I taught at Woodruff for the following 8 years before finishing a masters degree in teacher education and leadership from Utah State University. In the spring of 2014 I was appointed the principal of Woodruff Elementary school where I was until receiving my transfer to Hillcrest Elementary. As a teacher I had a focus on doing what was best for kids, and differentiation of instruction based on student needs. As principal I continued with that vision with my faculty and staff at Woodruff School. As we did this Woodruff was able to attain high levels of academic achievement.  At the end of the 2014-15 school year Woodruff received the Title 1 Priority, Focus, Reward for having students that made better than average growth within the academic year. This recognition was only given to 26 schools in the state of Utah and was a wonderful plaudit for the hard work and dedication we did that year. During the past school year, 2015-2016, Woodruff Elementary was one of on 21 schools to receive a STEM School Designation through the office of STEM Utah and the Utah State Office of Education. While we were one of 21 designations we were in the top six schools and received a gold level designation, one of only four schools to receive this level of recognition. As the school principal I was extremely proud to have worked with our community council, teachers, staff and students to receive this designation. My style of instruction will always focus on what is best for kids and will help them to have the world-class education they need in order to have every doorway of life available to them.

            A little about me on a personal level. I was raised in Bear River City Utah working on my family farm. I learned the value of hard work and of education from my parents, both of whom encouraged learning at an early age and made certain that I would get a higher education in my life. I served as a missionary for my church at the age of 19 in Mexico where I learned to speak, write and read fluently in Spanish. I married a beautiful woman in 2006 and together we have three sensational kids. My oldest is involved in the DLI Spanish program here in Logan District at Bridger Elementary School and we look forward to our other kids being able to be involved in this program as well. When we aren't in school we love to ski at Beaver Mountain in the winters and we play soccer with Aggies FC and rec leagues during the Spring, Summer and Fall. We are campers and hikers as well, and enjoy being outdoors.

            I look forward to getting to know you during my time here at Hillcrest, if you have any questions or concerns about school please don’t hesitate to contact me at spencer.holmgren@loganschools.org.

All the best,

Mr. Holmgren