Secondary Vice Principal
801-794-2226 ext. 300
About Mr. Ashby
Paul Ashby has 19 years of experience in education. He graduated from Southern Utah University in 2000 with his degree in Elementary Education (K-8) and Special Education (K-12). He began teaching at Snake River Jr. High School in Blackfoot, Idaho, where he taught mild/moderate Special Education for 3 years. He also coached the 7th grade boys and girls basketball, track, and was the ski club advisor. In 2003, he and his young family moved to Cedar City, Utah where he taught Special Education at Cross Hollows Intermediate School in the Iron County School District. In 2006, Paul received a Master of Education degree with an Administrative Endorsement for grades K-12 from Southern Utah University.
From 2006-2010, Paul had the opportunity to work for the Southwest Educational Development Center, where he provided professional development in assessment, data, and technology to educators at all levels; from teachers to administrators, in the Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane, Millard, and Washington County school districts. In 2010, Paul returned to the classroom and taught Special Education in grades 3-5 at Fiddlers Canyon Elementary school in the Iron County school district. In January 2013, Paul was hired to work at the Utah State Office of Education, in Salt Lake City. His primary responsibilities were with policy, accommodations in assessments, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and various other state, and multistate, projects in the Special Education and Assessment departments. During this time he collaborated directly with Special Education and Assessment directors, in addition to teachers and other educators in district and charter schools throughout Utah.
In June 2016, Paul was given the wonderful opportunity to become an Assistant Principal at the secondary level at ALA. He has now begun his 4th year in that position, with the responsibility being redirected to “Dean of Students”, which although as cliche as it sounds, is the main reason that he loves being an educator. He looks forward to more years of fun, excitement, learning, etc here at the American Leadership Academy.
Paul currently lives in Salem with his wife, Gena, and 2 of their 4 children still at home; Their oldest son, Tanner (22) is a return missionary, having served in the Tallahassee Florida Mission, He is now driving for the Alaska Charter Bus Company in Skagway, Alaska. His second son Evan (19) has just begun his LDS mission serving in the Kennewick, Washington mission. Reece (16) is a Junior at Salem Hills High School, and Lily (13) is attending school at Salem Jr. High School. Their children are involved in many activities ranging from football, baseball, swimming, and various musical instruments. Paul and his wife try to spend as much time as they can with their children and their activities, and still try to not feel like their lives are passing right before their eyes.