Shelley Allen, a Midvale Middle School National Board Certified P.E. teacher and International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme coordinator, was spotlighted by the State Board of Education on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, for her achievements and contributions to education.
Shelley is an energetic and bright teacher as well an asset to Midvale Middle School and Canyons School District. Shelley, who is in her sixth year of teaching at Midvale Middle, has taken the lead to bring the prestigious International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme to the school. As Midvale’s IB coordinator, Shelley has been working tirelessly to prepare the school, staff, and faculty to host the academically rigorous program in a community with high numbers of students in poverty and who are English Language Learners. She has headed up staff training initiatives, penned necessary applications and worked closely with IB leaders to establish a firm foundation for the program. The IB Middle Years Programme, in pilot form, will be offered as a magnet program at Midvale beginning next fall. It will be the first of its kind offered in Salt Lake County, and only the fourth in Utah to service middle school students with an eye on a uniquely rigorous academic program and ultimately, an International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Shelley coordinated preparations for Midvale’s IB Middle Years Programme at the same time she earned National Board Certification, and is the first Utah educator to earn National Board Certification in physical education.