Main Edmistons: Tying It All Together
PARK CITY, Utah – Walking the halls or outside the school building with Bob Edmiston, also known as Mr. Ed and Bob E., you might have a hard time keeping up with him. But, on top of that, you might find yourself tripped up when its over six-foot-tall frame abruptly stops to pick up a pencil, wrapper, or other misplaced object at McPolin Elementary, in the heart of Park City. Determined to leave school and the community better than when he found her, Principal Edmiston leads by example. He encourages students, staff and the community to do the right thing.
After meeting on Park City’s historic Main Street, Bob and Dana Edmiston knew they had to settle down and raise their family in the Wasatch Back, near the mountains. The Kamas Valley has been home to the Edmistons for 26 years.
The Edmiston family is a cornerstone of the Park City community because of their commitment to making it better. Bob is entering his 34th year in public education. With the exception of three years in administration at Park City High School from 2011 to 2014, Bob and the heart of his servant were the face of McPolin Elementary School, a Title I school, within of Park City proper.
Dana started out in the medical field and worked at the University of Utah as part of the cardiac rehabilitation program. However, with two young children, Dana made a career change to work as a financial manager for Black Diamond, while their daughter, Molly, did gymnastics. Now, Dana spends her working hours managing an Edward Jones office.
âDana is a good skier, a great mom, an adventurous and loving wife to Bob, fun to be around, but most of all, a woman we can all be proud of. She represents us well, ânoted neighbor and friend Cami Richardson.
Their son, Max, a wild cat, graduated from South Summit High School and recently married Cassie. Living up to his parents’ energy and compassion, Max pursued nursing studies.
Molly graduated from Park City High School in 2011, before Bob joined the PCHS administration team. Like her parents and Max, Molly has a servant’s heart. Currently, Molly works in an assisted living facility in Scottsdale. It helps patients make the transition to home care or less comprehensive care. Molly’s patients include people with traumatic brain injuries and strokes.
Mountains, skiing and hiking are still an integral part of Edmiston’s family life. As a family, the Edmistons organize their annual Ski Challenge. The teams split with Bob and Molly against Dana and Max. They ski all the lifts of what used to be Park City Mountain Resort or Canyons (all Vail now). Bob and Molly claim victory in the 20-21 ski season. However, the tally of victories is contested and leads to counter-challenges.
Bob’s career in education began as a teacher. Having taught elementary and high school, Bob brings a unique perspective to his leadership. In 2006, Mr. Ed moved to the Park City School District to serve as Principal of McPolin Elementary School.
Local mom and education champion Shannon Schemmer said, âBob works really hard. He would never ask anyone to do anything he wouldn’t – pick up trash, stack tables and chairs, and more. He set high expectations and standards for testing, and our students rose to the challenge.
Bob’s attitude towards school is family-oriented. He shared, “We do our best to handle every situation from a parent or guardian’s perspective.” This focus on the family has helped create a safe place for students, families and staff. Bob is a role model by treating all people with respect and believing that good things will follow that respect.
Even though teachers, parents and students notice and celebrate Bob’s commitment to education, teaching and community, Bob will not take the credit for it. With Bob, it’s a team effort. He noted, âAt the end of the day, we love what we do. Those of us who have chosen to be a part of McPolin Elementary School do so out of choice and out of a desire to do difficult things. In such an environment, you are challenged daily and motivated to follow everyone so you don’t let the team down.
PCHS Class 2021 graduate Slade Schemmer recalls, âMr. Ed has always had an upbeat attitude and tried to make the learning environment a fun and welcoming place. Every time he walked into my classroom he had the biggest smile and the smartest tie in school. How do you beat a SpongeBob tie? “
This optimistic attitude and love of learning continued while Bob was in high school. English teacher Matthew Nagel recalled a visit to Ogden schools where Park City teachers observed classrooms and teaching models. It is always embarrassing to see a crowd of adults walking into a classroom and âwatchingâ. Nagel said: âInstead of letting things be awkward, Bob walked straight to the front of the room, collapsed into a seat with his legs crossed on the floor, squeezed between two children and whispered: “what are we learning? now?'”
Living in a small town allows administrators, teachers, parents, students and families to get to know each other. As a parent, Matthew Nagel sees Bob directing traffic after school and noted, âThis is just another example of how there is no too little work in school for Bob. . “
Committed to his family, including his own; his school; and his city, Bob Edmiston is leading by example. Superintendent Jill Gildea said, âBob is a passionate and dedicated school principal whose leadership creates a school culture focused on student achievement. He is community driven, knows his students by name and strength, and keeps families in the communication loop.
When asked for advice for students in Summit County, Bob replied, âTake full advantage of all the offers in our area and community. The opportunities are limitless, so go for it. The Edmistons model coming out.
Bob’s last tip is “Leave the place better than you found it.” My parents taught me well that with all the blessings and opportunities that most of us appreciate, be sure to use your talents to make the place better than when you found it.
At the end of the day, strive to be like Bob, Dana, Max, and Molly. Go outside. Get on your bike. Put on your skis. To take a walk. Go camping. And, leave this place better than you found it.