Meet Your High School Leaders

Jed Johansen, Principal

I was raised in Centerville, Utah and was the third of six children. I attended Viewmont High School in Bountiful, Utah and then Weber State University while participating in track and cross country. I still enjoy running. After graduation, I taught English at Davis High School. I continued my education by attending Utah State University where I earned a master’s degree and an administrative certificate. I have been a school administrator for 12 years. I will be celebrating my 20th anniversary this year with my lovely wife, Sara. I have four beautiful and talented daughters. I enjoy reading, fishing, hiking, theater, and sporting events.

I LOVE Syracuse High School and I’m proud to be a TITAN!

James Hansen,  Assistant Principal

From an early age I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I graduated from UVU (UVSC back then) with a B.S. in Secondary Ed. Biology in 2004. I was hired at West Point Junior High teaching 7th grade science. For the next 12 years I taught various science grades and classes. In 2016 I earned an M.S. in Leadership from Western Governors University. I was able to move from the classroom into the office as an administrator at WPJH. I spent two years there and moved up to the high school this year. I am SUPER excited to be at Syracuse High School and am glad I get to be with many of the kids I know.

I have a beautiful wife Tamra, two wonderful daughters, Olivia and Alexa, and three awesome boys, TJ, Max and Chad. I love sports, especially golf. I do a bit of woodworking. I also enjoy serving in my church.

Mark Pendleton, Assistant Principal

I began my career 25 years ago at Northridge High School teaching English. I enjoyed every minute of it. Getting kids to enjoy literature and write well is one of the best things I’ve done. I’ve been a high school administrator now for 16 years and get to help kids enjoy school as a whole. I live in Layton and my wife, Jana, and I have nine children. I attended Bountiful High and then went on to the University of Utah for my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I enjoy hanging out with my family, camping, hiking, climbing, skiing, and reading.

Mark Jolley, Assistant Principal

I grew up in Salt Lake City and attended Cottonwood High School. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Weber State University.

I began my career in 2000, teaching Special Education at Sunset Junior High School. After one year, I moved from Special Ed to teaching Spanish and began coaching the track team. Several years later I decided to jump to the high school. I spent the next six years at Northridge High teaching Spanish, health, Driver’s Ed, P.E. and coaching the track and cross-country teams.

I decided to continue my education and received my master’s degree in school administration from Utah State University. I was hired as an intern at Woods Cross High School, and then received a job as an assistant principal at Clearfield High School. I worked at Clearfield for seven years before coming to Syracuse High. I am in my second year at Syracuse and I love working with the students in this community.

I enjoy running, playing sports, reading a good book, and spending time with my four children.

Stacey Jackson, Administrative Intern

I grew up in Davis County and graduated Davis High in 1990. You will often see me dressed in Utah State Aggie gear, as I am a di- hard USU fan. I have been married for 22 years and have two sons, three horses, and a bulldog. One of my favorite pastimes is skiing—snow in the winter and water in the summer. I love watching football, wrestling, and pole vaulting and am excited to be a Titan.

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