Meet Alta View's new principal Karen Medlin. Mrs. Medlin was born and raised in Washington State. She came to Utah to attend the University of Utah, because it was the closest school to her home that had a ballet major. Amazingly, she came for school and never left the state. After three years as a ballet major, she decided that she was not interested in being a professional dancer and ended up getting her bachelors in psychology. However, during her time in the ballet department, she had the opportunity to dance with Ballet West as an extra in The Nutcracker.
Her first job out of school was as a classroom assistant. This experience ignites a deep desire to join the education community. It was back to school for her teacher certificate and later for her masters in educational leadership. Both programs were completed at the University of Utah – go Utes!
Mrs. Medlin is a career educator having spent all her professional years in Jordan and Canyons School District. She started out as a teacher at Jordan Valley School and was later appointed the assistant principal at Jordan Valley. Her next appointment was the principal of South Valley School. She was then asked to be a part of the district team and served as an administrator in the Jordan District Department of Special Education. After six years in that role, she found that she truly grieved for that close connection to students and teachers and yearned for a chance to be back in the schools. She applied for an elementary principal position. She was appointed to Park Lane Elementary where she spent 9 years. She now has the great privilege of being the principal of Alta View Elementary and is excited and honored to be a part of this community.
Mrs. Medlin is married to a follow educator and has an adult foster son who is still part of their family. She met her husband in Utah, but he was originally from Texas. As a result, they spend many vacations going to Texas or Washington. She and her husband both enjoy golf, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Medlin has a secret love - pinochle and anytime she can gather four people for the card game, she is in paradise.
One of Mrs. Medlin’s favorite quotes is: “Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.”
– George Evans
Her belief is that education needs to find that day and that way for every single student and bring them all to a place of learning, confidence and success.