I was born and
raised in Hamilton, Montana. I moved to Helena, Montana between my
sophomore and junior year in High School and graduated from Capital High
School in 1984. I attended the University of Montana for Business
Administration for three years before going to Western Montana College
for a degree in elementary education. I returned to the University of
Montana for a Masterís degree in Education Administration.
I began my career in Victor, Montana teaching 6th grade for two years
and 4th grade for three years. My next job was K-6 principal/ K-8
physical education teacher in Philipsburg, Montana. Other jobs include
K-3 principal in Red Lodge, K-5 Principal in Deer Lodge and Director of
Education and Habilitative Services at Montana State Prison. I came to
the Shields Valley Schools in 2008 as the Superintendent.
Iíve been married to my wife Tanya for the past 23 years. I have a son,
Dustin, who is currently serving in Kuwait as a company commander and is
married to Heather. I have a daughter, AshLee, who is married to Brandon
and has two children. And I have another daughter, Abigail, who is
currently a junior, about to be a senior at Shields Valley High School.
We enjoy rodeo, fishing, hunting, and grandchildren.
Junior High/High School Principal
My name is Alexander Ator, I graduated from
Plentywood High School,
Plentywood, Montana in 2003. During High School I was active in
basketball, track, baseball, FFA, student council, National Honor
and various other activities. After High School I attended MSU-Bozeman
graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics with an Education
Endorsement the summer of 2008.
I began my teaching career in Froid, Montana the fall of 2008. In Froid,
was the 7-12 mathematics teacher and coached various activities. I was
active in helping out around the school and community. I did everything
cooking for fundraisers to driving the ambulance. While in Froid, I
taking classes through MSU-Bozeman for my Masters Degree in Education
The fall of 2011, I was hired as the High School and Middle School
for Shields Valley Schools. At Shields I have kept myself busy by
advanced math classes (statistics, calculus, pre-calculus), coaching
high football, chaperoning students on trips and in 2012 I became the
schools Activity Director. I also completed my Masters Degree in
Leadership through MSU-Bozeman summer of 2012.
During my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife Morgan, hiking,
on the water, attending Cat's games and working outdoors. I also enjoy
talking and getting to know the many great people who live in this
valley. I hope to continue to better myself and in turn assist in
the Shields Valley High School tradition of producing successful
grew up in Gardiner and graduated from Gardiner High School. I
spent the next year going to the May School of Broadcasting where I
received my radio broadcasting license. From there, I went to
Montana State University and graduated with an elementary education
degree and a math option. My first teaching job was right here in
the Shields Valley where I taught 5th and 6th grades from 1991-1996.
In July of 1996, I was hired as elementary principal. I went on to
get my master's degree in schools administration from Montana State.
I have been the elementary principal for the past fifteen years and have
had many coaching positions during my twenty-year tenure.
I am married to Leslie, my wife of twenty years, and we have two
children: Brianne (9th grade) and Brock (7th grade). As a
family was have many interests, but our passion is traveling and seeing
different places. We attend as many Bobcat, Seahawk and mariner
games as possible, but still make sure we support the REBELS and all of