Ask anyone at Butler Elementary what makes Parys Lightel shine and you might hear how she uses music and performance to teach her fourth-graders about Utah history. You might hear that she taught her students how to square dance, or that she organized the WatchDOG Dads program at the school, and coordinated all of the volunteers to make it work. She runs the Techniteers program after school and found a way to reward good behavior in her class with a Camp Out day — complete with sleeping bags, camp fires and actual S’mores. But the best evidence of Lightel’s brightness comes from how much she is loved by her students. It is with that love that Butler Elementary has chosen Lightel as the 2018 Teacher of the Year.