Carr, Uinta 4 High School Principal honored with prestigious WASSP award

MVHS Principal Ben Carr Wyoming State Secondary Principal of the Year by the Wyoming Association of Secondary School Principals. COURTESY PHOTO

MOUNTAIN VIEW — MVHS Principal Ben Carr was named the 2023 Wyoming State Secondary Principal of the Year by the Wyoming Association of Secondary School Principals (WASSP).

Unaware of the award, Carr was surprised at MVHS’ recent senior award night in which Superintendent Jeff Newton made the announcement. Ben's Mother flew in from California to present the POY plaque. He also received a ‘Pair of Coveted WASSP Socks.’

The award recognizes the winners dedication and leadership based on student centered results and orientations. The award also recognizes the work Carr has done for Uinta 4 during his tenure.

Carr will join his fellow state principals of the year from across the country in October for consideration as 2023 National Principal of the Year, conducted by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The NASSP National Principal of the Year program convenes the year’s top principal from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools at a four-day institute, taking place this fall. The 2023 NASSP National Principal of the Year will be announced at the winner’s school during National Principals Month in October.

Carr has been principal at Mountain View High School for the last 14 years. Over the course of the years, Carr has been affectionately called Chief Buffalo by the high school students.

This is Carr’s 27th year in education, and he took a circuitous path to being MVHS’s principal. Hailing from Alaska, Carr has claimed Wyoming as his home for the last 20 years.

After graduating from the University of Idaho with his teaching endorsement in English he spent eight years as a high school English teacher and high school and middle school sports coach in Idaho and Oregon. After receiving his Master's degree in Educational Administration, Carr was an assistant principal at Baker High School in Baker City, Oregon, under the tutelage of longtime high school principal Jerry Peacock and also worked one year as an elementary principal at North Baker Elementary School also in Baker City, Oregon.

It was also reported Carr is “proud of the hard work the staff at MVHS does every day to serve the students and community of Mountain View, and he is especially proud of the students who represent MVHS and the community of Mountain View so well when they are on the road for sporting events or hosting schools from across the state at home events.

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