David Styler, Superintendent of the Millard School District has been named the Utah State Superintendent of the Year for the 2017-18 School Year. The selection was made by Utah’s 41 school superintendents, and he was recognized as such in the September meeting of the Utah School Superintendent’s Association meetings in Salt Lake. The high honor also means Superintendent Styler will be considered for the National School Superintendent of the Year award, which will be announced in February at the American Association of School Superintendents Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
Superintendent Styler has served in the role of superintendent since 2010, and is in his 8th year leading the district. A product of Millard County Schools, his 33-year professional career has been spent entirely in Millard County. After beginning his education career as a teacher of American History at Delta Middle School, his career transitioned when he was asked to serve as an assistant principal, first at Delta Middle, and later at Delta High School. He was then named principal at Delta Middle School where he served for ten years. From that position he was moved to the role of superintendent, where he has treasured the opportunity to serve all of the Millard County education community.
In a time of increasing teacher shortages and staffing challenges, he has worked to elevate the teaching profession. He has implemented new teacher incentives to attract and retain the finest teachers to Millard County, and has worked to boost pay for new teachers to get them to a level that helps them meet the demands of supporting families. During his tenure the district has instigated late career salary steps, 30-year appreciation awards, and a retirement stipend to show appreciation to life-long educators who have contributed to the success of students. He has worked with his Board to facilitate extensive paid professional development time in his district, with all teachers receiving at least 5 days of time. Much of this time has been used to prepare teachers for the district’s personalized learning initiative, which promotes learning anywhere and anytime, with new and innovative technologies and instruction strategies to enhance student achievement. The personalized learning initiative will be critical to the future success of our young people as they prepare to live and compete in our digital world.
As superintendent, he has prioritized efforts to be in classrooms and has spent at least one class period in each of the district’s 165 classrooms each year. He loves to see the wonderful things taking place in the lives of young people, and loves to support all Millard School District students in all their activities and performances. Being in the schools is the highlight of his job.
Superintendent Styler currently serves as the President of the Utah State Superintendent’s Association and loves his opportunity to rub shoulders with and learn from the incredible superintendents that serve in the State. He represents the superintendents on the Governor’s Educational Excellence Commission, where he meets with the governor and other education leaders frequently to discuss education issues in the state. He also serves as the co-chair of the Joint Legislative Committee, made up of all schoolboard members, superintendents, and business administrators from around the State, which determines the legislative and budgetary priorities of those organizations. He is also a member of the Rules Committee of the USSA which meets frequently with the State Superintendency to review State Board Rules and give input into their content.
Superintendent Styler is married to the former Danielle Henrie, also a product of the Millard School District, and they are the parents of five children, Savannah, Russell, Zachary, Kelli, and Madelyn, who have thrived in Millard County Schools.