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Educational leadership graduate becomes principal

College graduates sometimes do not find work in their chosen field; however, one McKay School student just landed what he considers the perfect job.

Caleb Olson envisioned becoming a school administrator from the time he completed his undergraduate degree from the McKay School in teaching social science. On July 1 Olson began as the new assistant principal of West Hills Middle School in West Jordan, Utah.

“I’ve always thought administration was something I wanted to work my way into doing,” Olson said. “I really love being in the classroom, and I have never really wanted to give that up, but the challenges of the day-to-day activities of administration have always been interesting to me.”

Olson began the Executive School Leadership Track (ExSL) of the Principal Preparation Program in 2011, pursuing a degree in educational leadership. He feels the biggest benefit of the ExSL program was the relationships he formed. “I think the best part of the ExSL program was the individuals I had the chance to work with, from the professors to the members of my cohort,” Olson said. “They each brought their own unique backgrounds and insights to the topics we studied. I can’t imagine trying to do this program without those relationships.”

Olson previously served as a teacher at South Jordan Middle School, teaching three geography courses in the Social Studies Department. As an administrator at West Hills Middle School, he looks forward to applying what he learned as a classroom teacher and a recent graduate of the ExSL program.