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Hillcrest Teacher Wins Prestigious Sorenson Arts Award

Hillcrest High School Theater teacher Joshua Long has received a prestigious 2015 Beverley Taylor Sorenson Legacy Award for Excellence in Arts Education, an honor comes with a $2,500 cash award for Long and another $2,500 to promote the arts at Hillcrest.

The Sorenson Legacy Awards for Excellence in Arts Education recognize distinguished public school educators who embrace the arts with excellence in their classrooms, and the positive impact their work has had on Utah schoolchildren.

Long led the Hillcrest thespians to capture the 2015 5A State Theatre Championship — and the first perfect scores ever to be earned in the competition’s history. His students also have won consecutive national sweepstakes awards for their Shakespearean plays, as well as the 2012 4A State Theatre title. Long received the Utah High School Activities Association Distinguished Service Award for Theatre Teacher of the Year in 2012.

Long is among 10 Utah recipients of the 2015 Sorenson Legacy Awards. He and other honorees will be recognized Saturday, May 2, at a dinner at the University of Utah. The event is hosted by the Utah State Office of Education, with support from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation.
This is the third Sorenson award to be bestowed upon Canyons District educators. Corner Canyon High School band and orchestra teacher Randal Clark and Butler Middle School dance teacher Rebecca Crowley received the awards in 2014.

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Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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