After 16 years with Fredonia-Moccasin Unified School District (FMUSD), Superintendent Joe B. Wright is embarking on a new adventure as a director with the Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC) in Cedar City, Utah. The SEDC is a cooperative for local school districts, and provides a variety of services to member schools to help better serve the students of southern Utah.

Wright began his career at FMUSD in 2002 teaching middle school Social Studies to seventh and eight grade students. In addition to social studies, Wright taught a variety of subjects during his five years as a middle school teacher.

Wright then moved to the high school for three years where he taught social studies, PE, and leadership classes. He was the advisor for student government, the athletic director, assistant football coach, and head softball coach. With eight years of teaching and many other accomplishments under his belt, Wright was hired as the elementary principal for three years, and then as elementary principal and FMUSD superintendent for five years.

Wright said he has many fond memories of his time with FMUSD, but “one of the fun things here has been to work with the second generation of students – to have students of students that I taught in the high school. The oldest second-generation student I have is in third grade.”

Wright feels one item of note that has been accomplished during his time at the elementary is bringing the school’s letter grade issued by the state up from a ‘D,’ to a ‘B.’ Wright says, “The year before I became principal, we were graded as a ‘D’ school. We came together as a faculty and asked ourselves what we needed to do to improve. Within a year or two, we were up to a ‘B’ school, and we’ve been able to maintain that grade. We’ve never dropped below a ‘B’ during my time here. The staff accomplished this as a team. They came together and made us what we are now.”

Wright said, “I feel like I have had every possible opportunity. Fredonia has given me the opportunity to learn and grow. I started out as teacher, and I’ve been able to teach and coach, and be interactive with students in and out of the classroom. I feel very blessed to have had all the experiences I’ve had during my 16 years here in Fredonia.”

Thank you, Joe B. Wright, for your years of service, and good luck with all your future endeavors!