Teachers of the Year - 2014

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When it comes to helping students become career-and college-ready, Ben Poulsen is a leader of the pack. Through his instruction, his students learn real-world skills, such as how to build…
Some of the words parents use to describe Kristine Larson are "patient," "calm," "humble," and "great," — all adjectives that are appropriate for Altara Elementary's 2014 Teacher of the Year.…
Rebekah Peterson is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and put a little elbow grease into her teaching. In fact, it's not uncommon to find her down on the…
Kim Cope is an accomplished teacher who excels at keeping her students so engaged and on task that they don’t even realize how much they’re learning, one colleague said. But…
As Keith Davis fills his classroom with music every day, he's not just teaching his students at Butler Middle School the proper notes to play. He's giving them a life-long…
When Cannon Anderson instructs the students in his classroom at Canyon View Elementary, he isn't just teaching words and numbers to a blank slate. Anderson is acutely aware of different…
Cory Christianson has high expectations of his students — but he has even higher expectations of himself, his colleagues say. Christianson works extremely hard, and when he meets challenges with…
As a speech and language pathologist, words mean everything to Kathryn Young. She uses her words, through targeted instruction, to help students become successful with their education. But some of…
It's hard to pick where to begin when describing Jessica Pearce's talents as a teacher. There's the overwhelming response she's received as hundreds of students tried out to perform in…
Susan Kennard is such a dedicated teacher that even surgery can't keep her away from the classroom. Last fall, while she recovered from a broken neck and ankle, Kennard continued…
Every student who struggles to get ahead and has a hard time connecting with others should have the chance to have James Bentley as their teacher. Bentley is touted for…
Sharie Johnson's painstaking commitment to vigilantly tracking her students' progress has brought major results to the classroom. Johnson performs standardized testing, then additional, informal testing of her own to determine…
If you're looking for Debbie Delliskave before school, after school or during lunch time, there's a pretty good chance you'll find her in her classroom surrounded by students asking her…
Parents love Arlene Baumgardner for her ability to teach their second-graders how to love school. Baumgardner captivates the minds of her students, so that before they know it, they are…
Maria Soriano's love for math is contagious. In fact, her colleagues say you can't walk by her classroom without hearing her students excitedly discussing real-life examples of mathematic concepts, which…
Whether it is a love for rocks, art, writing, entrepreneurial skills or engineering, Julie Hepworth works hard to make sure her students know they can pursue their interests and begin…
Parents love to know what their child is learning in school, how they are doing, and if they can help. That's why parents love Marsha Wallin at Quail Hollow Elementary.…
Students in Annette Hubley's class at Ridgecrest Elementary at first might be intimidated by their tough-as-nails teacher. But it doesn't take too long for intimidation to turn to respect, or…
There are many reasons Judy Larsen will be remembered by the faculty, staff, parents and students at Sandy Elementary. She was a cherished member of the community. She was active…
One of the things Maria Bailey's kindergartners love most about their teacher is how much she loves them. She is quick to share a smile or a kind word, give…
As a teacher at South Park Academy's men's facility, Paul Braman knows a thing or two about inspiring his students. He understands that helping his students take control of their…
Michele Law truly cares about her students and goes the extra mile to make sure they know it. When she recently had to miss school because of surgery, Law contacted…
When Jody Cheever is faced with a problem, she doesn't shy away — she tackles it head on. Parents and colleagues have noticed Cheever's ability to dig in and find…
For some students at Union Middle School, the chance to go to the media center to see Belann Earley after lunch is the highlight of their day. Earley works hard…
When Kelsey Tew works with students with special needs, she never tells their parents not to expect their children to accomplish their dreams. To the contrary, Tew believes her students…
Ronette Mecham is a big believer in taking weaknesses and turning them into strengths. Mecham's colleagues say she has an unrelenting ability to make an individual plan for every child…