Tooele County School District announced Mathew Parker has been hired as the principal of Deseret Peak High School.
Deseret Peak High School is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2025. Tooele County School District said in a press release announcing Parker’s selection that “with an unwavering commitment to student success, Parker brings extensive experience and a strong educational background to guide the new high school.”
Parker has developed a wealth of experience and a deep passion for helping students succeed over his 15-year career in education, according to the TCSD.
Currently serving as the principal of Grantsville Junior High School since July 2019, Parker has overseen notable improvements, including improved Lexile levels, the implementation of a school- wide Multi-Tiered System of Supports, and substantial gains in RISE scores.
Parker has been instrumental in fostering a positive and inclusive school culture, emphasizing the importance of feedback and evaluation.
Before his current role at Grantsville Junior High School, Parker held positions as assistant principal and school counselor at Wendover High School, where he played a crucial role in enhancing school culture, assessments, discipline procedures, and teacher evaluations.
Parker’s diverse experience includes serving as a school guidance counselor at Tooele High School and as dean of students and administrator intern at Ben Lomond High School.
Parker earned a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University and master’s degrees from Utah State University and the University of Phoenix.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mat to Deseret Peak High School as its new principal,” said Mark Ernst, superintendent of schools for Tooele County School District. “His track record of excellence in education and his passion for fostering student success resonate with our unwavering dedication to the future of our students.”
Parker grew up in Clinton, Utah and graduated from Northridge High School in Layton. Today, he and his wife, Kari, reside in Tooele with their four children.
While Parker will begin some responsibilities immediately, he will assume full-time duties in July.