Three principals in the Cache County School District are retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school year. Between the three of them is over 100 years of educational experience: Dee Ashcroft (45 years), Bob Henke (32 years) and Terry Williams (31 years).
Ashcroft has most recently been with Greenville Elementary School and has been with the Cache County School District longer than any other employee. According to the district, Ashcroft spent 15 years as a high school teacher before becoming a principal for the last 30 years. He taught psychology, sociology, parenthood education and served as a student body advisor at Mountain Crest High School before he became a principal at North Park Elementary in 1989. Ashcroft also served as a principal at Greenville Elementary and Sky View High School, before returning to Greenville the second time. Ashcroft claims to have worked with over 16,000 students and hundreds of teachers.
Henke is retiring from Ridgeline High School as its first-ever principal. Henke spent 18 years as a teacher and coach and 14 years in administration. Henke taught physical education, Spanish, English and ESL at both Mountain Crest and Sky View high schools. He also coached cross-country and track at the high school level. Before he became the principal at Mountain Crest, Henke spent some time as an assistant principal at Logan High School. After a decade in Hyrum as the principal at Mountain Crest, Henke was named to be the new principal for Ridgeline. He spent an entire year working with contractors, the district, educators and coaches getting the new high school up and ready. Upon retirement, Henke and his wife Mary Ann will serve as a mission president for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the Mexico Ciudad Juarez mission beginning in July.
Williams is retiring from North Cache Middle School, the same school where he began his educational career as a student teacher. As a teacher, Williams taught social studies for 21 years. He then became an assistant principal at Mountain Crest High School before ultimately moving to North Cache as its principal, where he served for the last four years. According to the district, Williams and his wife plan to travel across the world after retirement. They plan to visit Hawai’i, New Zealand, Australia, Philippines, Vietnam and India.