Principal Message

melissa pendergast

Hello Layton Families.

My name is Melissa Pendergast and I’m excited to be at Layton Elementary and to serve as your principal. This is my eighth year as an educator in the Davis School District. I’ve had the privilege of serving as an administrator at Cook Elementary in Syracuse and Holt Elementary in Clearfield. Prior to that, I was a teacher in the Weber School District for six years.

My husband, David Pendergast, is also an administrator. He is starting his fourteenth year as an Elementary Principal and will be at Ellison Park Elementary next year. Last year he was awarded Utah’s Principal of the Year and we were able to represent our great state, and the Davis School District, in Washington DC alongside other Principals from across the nation.

Our oldest son will begin his teaching career this fall as an English teacher at Layton High School. He will also serve as the school’s first boy's Lacrosse Coach. Our second oldest son is a baker and loves making bread and cookies. Our daughter works at Kay’s Creek Elementary as a classroom aide and is working on her degree in education. Our youngest son is working on the Mow Crew for the Davis School District this summer and will continue his education in the fall.

In addition to our four children, we have two daughters-in-law, one granddaughter, and this September, we are excitedly anticipating our second granddaughter. We love spending time together - mostly cooking, playing games, and watching Survivor. My husband and I also like to golf. Golfing is new to me and I’m not great, but I keep working on it. I also love reading (faves include Walk Two Moons and Essentialism), listening to podcasts, traveling, and crafty things.

As we head into the future, Layton’s amazing staff and I will continue focusing on personalized learning and growth, safety, and the social and emotional needs of our students. Based on health conditions and Covid19, things at school may look a little different as we begin our school year but our focus will not change.

Enjoy your summer and I look forward to meeting everyone soon. Look for more information from the school as we get closer to the start of the year. If you have questions, my door is open.


All the Best,
Mrs. Pendergast