Meet Mr. Brunner


I am the Principal at Foothill Elementary School. I was born in Provo, Utah but grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. I come from a long line of educators: My grandfather was an elementary school principal, my grandmother was an elementary school librarian, my mother is a retired school librarian, and my father taught First Grade and Kindergarten.

When I first attended Brigham Young University, I intended on getting a degree in Computer Science. After studying computer programming for a year, I spent two years performing service in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While in Argentina, I came to the realization that I did not want to sit in front of a computer for the rest of my life, and I reflected on the other skills, talents, and interests I had.

I remembered instances in my childhood where I organized fun activities for my many cousins or thought concepts to classmates in school. I realized that I like working computers but that I loved working with children. Upon returning to BYU I switched my major and began taking classes in Elementary Education.

I graduated 3 years later and began working as a 4th Grade teacher at the old Vineyard Elementary School. I taught there and at Pony Express Elementary School before becoming an assistant principal. I assisted the principals at Pony Express Elementary, Central Elementary, Harvest Elementary, and Cedar Ridge Elementary. I was the principal at Cedar Ridge Elementary School for 7 years before starting at Foothill Elementary.

I love teaching children and see education as the key for opening up a world of opportunities for them. I went into administration because I believe that as a principal I will be able to have a great impact on the lives of many children. I love working with parents who are involved in their children’s education and are committed to building and maintaining positive communication between the school and the surrounding community.

I am married and have four children. My wife, Robin, teaches students Educational Technology at Springside Elementary School. When I am not busy with school things, I enjoy coding, 3d printing, geocaching, digging up geodes in the west desert, and playing with my children.

I am very excited to be working at Foothill Elementary. Our focus of preparing students for the 21st Century is something that I’m very passionate about. I look forward to working with teachers, parents, and community leaders to continue to lead the way with innovative learning.