Congratulations to Braxton Bateman for being recognized as Principal of the Year 2016 by the Utah Rural Schools Association (URSA). The URSA is governed by a board of directors consisting of representatives from rural Utah; district superintendents, elementary classroom teachers, principals, secondary teachers, and school board members.

Bateman was born in Salt Lake City and lived in Sandy, until he was 15. His family then moved to Ephraim, where he attended Manti High School as a Templar, and gained a love of small town life. Braxton has been known to call himself a BYU Cougar fan, even though his father, a former NFL football star, played at the rival “U.”

After high school, Bateman took a break from his freshman year at Snow College to serve an LDS mission in Oregon. He then returned to Ephraim where he completed his associate’s degree at Snow and met and married his wife, Nicole, a basketball star and Snow College Athlete of the Year! He spent the next few years in Cedar City attending Southern Utah University where he received his bachelor’s and masters degrees in Elementary Education, along with Administrative, Reading and Technology Endorsements.

After SUU, he was lured by warmer temperatures to Washington County to teach at Washington Elementary School where he spent eight years with a wonderful staff. Six of those years he taught third and fifth grades, and two final he years served as the Title-I Site Coordinator/Vice Principal. Bateman loves technology and was awarded the Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award.

Some of his other responsibilities have included a data coach, a district technology trainer, a literacy implementation coach, and a site technology specialist.

He and his wife Nicole are proud parents of five beautiful children. When people discuss Mr. Bateman, we typically hear, “He is awesome!” Yes, Mr. Bateman, you are an awesome principal and deserve the honor of being recognized as Principal of the Year 2016 from the Utah Rural Schools Association! We are proud you are a Kanab Elementary Buckaroo in the Kane School District. Congratulations!