Christopher Noid has served rural K-6 Howard Elementary for the last 15 years, where his mission has been to “provide each student with the educational foundation on which to build a successful life in a global society.” To realize this vision, Noid has positioned himself first and foremost as an instructional leader, believing it his duty to be the “driving force” to facilitate changes necessary for school improvement. Collaborating with a variety of stakeholders, Noid has facilitated innovations in instruction and professional learning that have led the school to multiple honors, including Blue Ribbon status in 2014. A firm believer in data-driven and technology-supported practices, Noid has led school- and district-level conversations about data-informed instruction and assessment and secured a $26,000 innovation grant for 1:1 technology integration and an in-house Maker Space to prioritize STEAM. He has also established a variety of systems to support targeted interventions, including a dynamic RTI program and before- and after-school tutoring. Prior to becoming principal, Noid spent the first 18 years of his career as a high school teacher (8 yrs.),elementary teacher (10 yrs.) and part-time college-level instructor. He holds a dual B.S. in Political Science & Communications and Social Studies from Weber State University, an Administrative Endorsement from Utah State University, an M.P.A. from the University of Utah, and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota.