Principal Message

Doug Forsgren

I am so excited to have the opportunity to be the principal of Snow Horse Elementary. I recognize it will be a big task to continue and improve on the success this school as seen in the past. I'm up to the challenge and look forward to working  with faculty, staff and parents to make this the best school for our students.

Teaching is my passion! My career began in Provo School District as a 1st grade teacher. I ended up only teaching 1st grade and I loved it! My experience in the lower grades solidified that the elementary level is where I belong. After teaching for several years, an opportunity to enter into administration and I took it. I'm now entering into my 11th year as a principal and trying to stay on the path of continuous improvement.

Education has cliches', but most of them are true. The most important of these is, "We are in it for the kids."  Anyone who enters into the education profession does it because they want to help students. If we keep students at the center of every decision we make, we will do great things. 

I am a believer in power of a good teacher. They can make a difference. My job is to give them the best tools and to make sure they are using them appropriately.  Administration and other staff members are vital for the success of a school. They help make sure the teachers can focus on the primary instruction of our students.  Together we can provide a safe, caring learning environment where the sky is the limit. 

Every school community wants their students to show a high level of proficiency. I do too. However, a focus on growth ensures that all students move towards their highest potential. You will hear me talk about growth more than anything. We can control growth regardless of where a student achieves when they enter Snow Horse.  Quality Tier 1 instruction is the key to growth. It moves the masses, allowing us to lend extra support to those who need more targeted support. 

I invite you to come and join us. We are accountable to you for the learning experience your child receives here. There is not better way for parents to get a gauge on the direction of the school than by being involved  and being in the school to volunteer.  As you do, I look forward to getting to know so many of you better and getting feedback from you on how we can improve our school. 

Thank you for all you have done and are going to do to help make our school the best it can be. We need you. I look forward to making this journey together.