LOGAN — Not everyone is excited for the last day of school. For Woodruff Elementary Principal Daryl Guymon, it’s full of mixed emotions as he leaves to begin working in the Logan City School District’s administration office.
Guymon has accepted a position as the new teaching, learning and assessment director for the district. He replaces Robin Williams, who earlier this year was hired as the new principal of Trailside Elementary in Park City.
Earlier this week, Guymon said it’s going to be hard for him to leave Woodruff.
“It is with sadness but excitement,” said Guymon. “I look forward to having the same kind of relationships as I’ve had here but maybe not at the same level but with more people. I look forward to getting to know the high school and middle school. I know the other elementaries a little bit but it will be nice to get to know them a little better, in particular the high school and the middle school.”
“I’ll still be excited to come back,” Guymon said. “That is a big part of why I think we have had success, because we get to know what is happening in classrooms. It is going to be very hard to leave.”
Guymon has worked for the school district for 19 years. He has led Woodruff Elementary as principal for nine years and before that was a fourth-grade teacher.
During his time as principal, Guymon has overseen the school’s remodel as it has become the largest elementary school in the district.
One of the traditions Guymon started at the school is the yearly “Wildcat Run.” During the last week of school, the first through fifth graders compete in a one-mile run. The kindergarteners also run a quarter-of-a-mile. Every year, Guymon has made it a point to run with each grade and said it’s something he has loved watching the students do.
“I started this as a fourth-grade teacher with my own kids, I don’t know probably 12 years ago,” said Guymon. “Then our fourth-grade joined in and then we started it.”
“It is just fun to watch these kids, they work at something so hard and then they do it,” said Guymon. “It is a symbol or analogy to everything else we do. Kids, they put in the effort and if they put in that effort they can accomplish some great things.”
Even though Guymon runs the five-plus-miles each year, he had never crossed the finish line, always letting the students take the spotlight.
During Tuesday’s “Wildcat Run,” as Guymon was running with the last students of the fifth-grade, he crossed the finish line for the first time. Later that day during an award’s ceremony, he was presented with a quilt that had been signed by the students and faculty.
Guymon will be replaced by Spencer Holmgren who currently teaches third-grade and has worked for the district since graduating from Utah State University in 2006.