Allan Whitmore, Counselor
Let me introduce myself, my name is Allan Whitmore, I have been the school counselor at Midway since 2017.
- I started my counseling career 2001, the same year the Olympics came to Utah. At that time, I worked at JR Smith Elementary and Rocky Mountain Middle School.
- Four years later, I was asked to move from RMMS to Heber Valley Elementary and spent four more years jumping back and forth between JR Smith and HVE. During that time, I was able to help introduce Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to all the elementary schools in the Wasatch District as well as RMMS.
- In 2009, I was recruited to join the Curriculum Department in the newly formed Canyons School District. I spent 8 years as a Positive Behavior Support Specialist helping over 40 schools implement behavior support systems to help their students be more successful. One project that I was privileged to be a part of implementing was Playworks, a national non-profit that works to make recess accessible and safe for all students.
- In 2016, Principal Thorne, asked me if I was ready to “come back home”, and bring Playworks along as part of my counseling practice. I asked if he could wait one year, while I finished up my training with Playworks, and took care of finishing up other assignments with Canyons. He was willing, and one year later I made my Wasatch return.
- I grew up in the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon (Sandy, Utah), and graduated from Brighton High School.
- I received my bachelor’s degree from BYU, in Recreational Therapy in 1993, the same year I married my wife, Lynda. I worked as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) at Primary Children’s Hospital in their Residential Treatment Center that specialized in elementary aged children for eight years.
- After my first son was born (I have four sons; Jon, Mark, Jake, and Max), it was time to further my education, and I chose to get a master’s degree in educational counseling. I attended the University of Phoenix in Salt Lake and graduated in 2001. My first interview was with Wasatch School District, and it has been a great fit.
- I live in Francis, Utah. I have the most beautiful, year-round, scenic commute to work as I follow the Provo River into the Heber Valley and onto Midway. Also, I am a proud pug owner, her name is Lucy. She is a distinguished black dame with a white spot on her chest and an illustrious graying face.
Resources for Families
Weekend Food Bags
This program facilitates the distribution of nourishing, shelf-stable food packages to numerous schools in Wasatch County. At the conclusion of each week, a designated staff member at the school will place packs of food into the backpacks of children. Should you wish for your children to take part in this no-cost initiative, kindly get in touch. email@example.com or call 435-654-0472.