Teachers of the Year - 2012

Teachers of the Year - 2012

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Albion Middle School language arts teacher Connie True Simons breathes life into her lessons. Whether it’s by staying up late to rewrite handouts in a more kid-friendly format, helping struggling…
From producing an award-winning yearbook to training District teachers in pedagogy, Denise Ferguson is an asset to Alta High. "Over the past decade she has elevated the academic programs at…
Michael Armstrong’s students enter his classroom curious learners and leave as young thespians, debate masters, scientists, spelling-bee whizzes and novelists. The veteran educator of nearly 30 years teaches sixth-grade gifted…
It's evident that Joani Richardson has been a teacher for 38 years. It's no surprise to anyone that 100 percent of her class is performing above benchmark levels in several…
Michelle Platt makes kindergarten "a delightful adventure for every one of her students," said one teacher. She's loved by students, praised by parents and respected among colleagues. She instills passion…
Jan Burnside teaches students of various ages and abilities at Bella Vista Elementary, but maintains a single focus: A commitment to excellence for students as learners, and herself as a…
Tim McNeill isn't your typical woodshop instructor. From canoes to grandfather clocks, he guides students to create actual working pieces of furniture, musical instruments, sports equipment and art. The guitar…
Jolie Guevara is known for her calm manner, collaboration, and creativity. The 22-year educator and fifth-grade teacher at Brookwood Elementary teams withcolleagues to write creative units on subjects from U.S.…
Carolee Mackay knows how to make fun and interesting lessons. Her students feel engaged in her class, and if a child is struggling, she takes the time to work with…
In Stephanie Lay’s mathematics class, success is the only option. The teacher and math department chairwoman at Butler Middle School is known in the community for her outstanding teaching practices,…
Karli Hedin pushes her students to excellence. She only accepts the best work from them, guiding them to success. She rewards positive behavior and teaches students to be kind and…
Cody Henrichsen is an innovative instructor and dynamic leader at Canyons Technical Education Center who is constantly investigating ways to make his students' skills relevant in the global marketplace. For…
Hawley Hawkins is an advocate for her Copperview Elementary first graders. Her constant and constructive feedback and formative assessments to students and parents are reflected in test scores. Currently, two-thirds…
In her 37 years as a teacher, Verla Sperry knows recognition can lead to a student's success. She rewards good behavior in class, an action that inspires Crescent Elementary first…
Jim Wilson is not a traditional librarian. In his job as the media specialist for Crescent View Middle, he masterfully utilizes the resources of the modern school library. Wilson gives…
Christine Heywood builds a community in her Draper Elementary classroom. Heywood makes regular contact with her student's parents and works with them to develop appropriate interventions. She's praised forhaving practically…
Marianne Yule is a leader in East Midvale’s diverse community. She's taught for 26 years — and continues to think outside the proverbial box. She's well respected in the community…
Pat Judkins’ students don’t only learn math, science, and language arts — they sing it. Each year, the East Sandy Elementary teacher’s second-graders learn songs and poems and create projects…
Amy Bateman is relentlessly committed to a vision that all students will succeed. The Eastmont Middle School math teacher is described as a gifted educator, leader, and teacher mentor who…
From the first day of school, students know Mike Ballif will create for them a safe learning environment. Mr. B, as he’s affectionately called, uses positive reinforcements to promote respect…
The poet William Butler Yeats once said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Anita Leimbach lights the education "fire" in her Language…
Lee Anne Walker is an innovative and involved school leader and educator. The Granite Elementary second-grade teacher incorporates new ideas, technology and art in her daily instruction. She adapts math…
In his six years at Hillcrest High, Josh Long has turned the theater department into an award-winning powerhouse. His Shakespeare Team has taken first place in the National Shakespeare competition…
Jennine Banks sees an opportunity to enrich a student's life — and she embraces it. With no complaint, Banks takes on additional duties outside the classroom, such as student government…
In his 33 years as an educator, Phil Broadhead has proven he's not afraid of change. As a faculty leader, he is the chairman of the School Technology Committee and…
As the specialist for 18- to 21-year-old students with significant disabilities, Rebecca Anderson has her share of behavioral and academic challenges in the classroom. Yet Anderson's dedication to academics has…
Ninety percent of students reading and doing math problems at grade level is not good enough for Andrea Jacobs. She wants 100 percent. Jacobs pushes every student to reach his…
Steve Davies makes math fun, teachable and understandable at Midvale Elementary. In his role as the math coach, Davies not only tutors students in the math subject but teaches the…
Christiana Forbush prepares her students for the future with an unwavering dedication to the teaching profession. This year's new schedule means Forbush teaches every seventh-grader at Midvale Middle. Though her…
Douglas Rolley is an innovator — from teaching with a Wii remote to regularly updating a classroom blog to sharing a virtual math book to vlogging about difficult topics, Rolley…
Landon Smith can quiet 70 students with a single word, then raise their voices andinstruments in joyful noise with a gesture of the hand. The Mount Jordan Middle School music…
Every student deserves a highly effective teacher. That's the philosophy of Teri Hixson. "She cares deeply about each student and believes all children can learn," said one colleague. Using a…
Patience, kindness, creativity, and collaboration are the strengths Becky Topham brings to her first-grade class and the Oakdale Elementary community. Frequently seen with a guitar in hand, Topham is lauded…
Lindsi Sullivan has no trouble modeling the importance of going to college. The Park Lane Elementary teacher is a graduate student. By sharing her college experiences, she teaches her third-grade…
From a writer's tea where parents hear students read their work to a "Flat Stanley-"inspired project in which students create flat versions of themselves and report on their avatars' adventures,…
Natalie Day is a caring, passionate, and enthusiastic educator concerned about each child’s needs. With a contagious positive attitude, the Quail Hollow Elementary teacher and third-grade team leader creatively approaches…
Susan Halligan is a teacher who touches the lives of students in profound ways. The fifth-grade teacher at Ridgecrest Elementary helps students develop a sense of personal responsibility and self-efficiency,…
Tricia Ellison is known among her fifth-grade students and fellow Sandy Elementaryteachers as a mentor. That's because Ellison goes above and beyond to help and encourage others, inspire academic excellence…
Dee Ann Larsen has taught school 29 years, yet her energy, enthusiasm and love for children have never waned. The Silver Mesa second-grade teacher challenges students to exceed academic standards.…
Moxa Mitton’s classroom and clientele are, in no uncertain terms, unique. Mitton works at South Park Academy in the maximum-security block of the Utah State Prison. There, she offers incarcerated…
Cathy Graham is dedicated to educating students and engaging the community. The kindergarten teacher and Sprucewood Elementary Building Leadership Team member focuses her classroom’s centers and daily activities to enhance…
Michelle Cameron creates the foundation for career- and college-readiness in her kindergarten students. She continually looks for ways to help her Sunrise Elementary students reach their academic goals, and teaches…
Union Middle School Language Arts teacher Bridget Rees works passionately to engage and assist all students, particularly students who struggle. She deploys a variety of strategies to help teens learn,…
Amy Hilton has an absolute belief that all students can learn. She is known for balancing high expectations with accommodations for students who need additional support, and continually assesses students…
A champion of student learning and data-driven instruction, Amy Hansen knows her work each day makes a difference in the lives of her first-grade students. The eight-year teaching veteran designs learning…