Provo High School Principal Karen Brown has announced her retirement, reading the following statement to the Provo High faculty today:

In 1983 I was hired right out of college to teach English at Provo High School, and I have been a proud Bulldog ever since. The school, its students, the faculty and staff, and the Provo High community have all become part of who I am. From these incredible people I have learned how to work hard, laugh when I fall (sometimes quite literally), and serve with all my heart.

After 34 years of loving what I get paid to do, I have decided that it’s time for me to learn a new dance. I will be retiring at the end of June so that I can spend more time with family and pursue some new adventures. This has been a very difficult decision for me to make—one that I’ve been considering for some time. It’s difficult to think of leaving the people and the place that make my life so full, but I know that this is the right decision and the right time.

I am so grateful for the many mentors I’ve had through the years—district personnel, past and fellow principals, the teachers and staff I have worked with, and the students themselves. Thanks to all of you for supporting me and for helping me to live out my dream and my passion. I know from my experiences as a principal and teacher that the world is in good hands. And so I’ll leave it there.

The district will immediately begin the process to hire a new principal for Provo High School.