It could be said that Brett Jewkes’ favorite place in his classroom is on the floor. He’s often seen down on the carpet with his students, working on a difficult skill or new concept. But his concern for his kids goes beyond the walls of his room. Jewkes saw a safety issue with the way Oakdale students leave school, so he created a drop-off and pick-up system to help parents come and go. He runs the school’s Tech Troupe, hosts parent information meetings to teach them how to log on to the school’s systems, is the Canyons Education Association representative and report card representative, and is generally known as Oakdale’s best team player. For these reasons, he is Oakdale’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.