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Jerrod Dastrup : Principal

Jerrod Dastrup | Principal

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The most important thing I can do as your Principal is to ensure every student feels safe, loved and cared for. I love kids. I love seeing them accomplish things they never thought they could do. I love seeing them work together as they strive for greatness. I love seeing them get up after they fall. I love supporting them as they compete! You’ve all heard the saying “Tough love.” I believe that’s true. But I believe love comes first. “Love tough” is my motto. If kids know how much we love them, then we can have the tough, courageous, conversations that will inspire them to be great Warriors! I will strive for excellence in academics, activities, athletics and everything that we do here at SCMS. But we can’t sustain excellence if students don’t feel the love we have for them. I can assure you that I will love and care about your kids. 

My wife is Nicole and she’s amazing! She has K-6th General Education and K-12 Special Education teaching degrees. Right now her full-time job is corralling our kids. We have been blessed with four young children. Skye and Reese are our spunky six year old twin girls, Que (like the letter ‘Q’) is our four year old little dude, and Jovi is our five month old baby girl.

I was born in Los Angeles, CA, but moved to Grants Pass, OR with my mom, dad and two younger brothers when I was six years old. That’s where I was raised. After high school I served a church mission in Tucson, AZ from 2002-2004. I played collegiate basketball at SW Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, OR, then transferred to Utah Valley University in Orem, UT. I finished my collegiate basketball career and Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, in Odessa, TX.  After graduating college I returned to Grants Pass, Oregon to teach Elementary P.E., coach basketball, track, and earn my Master’s Degree. Most importantly that’s when I met my wife. 

Nicole is from Southern Idaho and played collegiate basketball at College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, ID. She then transferred to Dixie State University and played one more year. We were married in Saint George but immediately moved to Malta, ID where I was an Elementary Principal for two years from 2012-2014. We then spent one year in Rawlins, WY where I was the Principal at Rawlins Middle School from 2014-2015. With a desire to live closer to family we moved to Evanston, WY where I have been the Principal at Uinta Meadows Elementary for the past seven years from 2015-2022. 

We truly couldn’t be more excited about raising our family in Saint George! We look forward to getting to know the students, families, staff and members of the community as we get involved in the rich traditions of Santa Clara and Snow Canyon! We are thrilled to be a part of Warrior Nation! 


Jerrod Dastrup, Principal

Andy Carlsen : Assistant Principal

Andy Carlsen | Assistant Principal

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I have been an administrator for the past 9 years in Tooele County School District as well as Granite School District in the Salt Lake Valley. I have been a principal for 4 years and an assistant for 5. I spent 3 years as a high school and elementary school counselor and started my educational career as a 5th grade teacher. I grew up in Bear Lake, Idaho. In the 8th grade I moved to Coalville, Utah and attended North Summit High School.  From there I served an LDS mission in Argentina where I learned to speak fluent Spanish. After my mission I attended Utah State where I was offered a scholarship to play football. I received my bachelors, masters, and administrative certificate from Utah State University. Go Aggies!!!! My wife just finished graduate school at the University of Utah and will be working in Washington County School District as a school psychologist. We have 4 boys: Christian 14, Jax 12, Keller 10, and Oakland 8. We love sports and being outdoors while hiking, riding motorcycles and 4-wheelers, fishing, hunting, and everything to do with being outside. We also love watching movies and going to the theater. We are excited to move to Washington County and get away from all of this snow in the Salt Lake area. We are DIE HARD Raiders fans and are excited to be close to Las Vegas to cheer on our team!!!
I am very excited to be a Warrior and to join the Warrior community in helping students and parents through the education journey. I am excited to get to know the students, staff and families of Snow Canyon! My family and I are very grateful to Mr. Dastrup and the faculty of Snow Canyon for this amazing opportunity.
We are ecstatic to become Snow Canyon Warriors!