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Teachers of the Year - 2013

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Albion Middle’s Jennifer Perkins brings new meaning to the phrase "going above and beyond." In addition to her classes, Perkins stays after school to conduct the Canyons Youth Symphony, leads…
When it comes to keeping students engaged, Alta High’s Ron Strohm doesn't have a limit. From teaching his students how to build a Frisbee-throwing robot to spearheading after-school programs.  Strohm…
Karen Russell has filled Alta View Elementary with song. The first-grade teacher goes the extra mile for her students in the classroom, where she takes the time to get to…
After teaching at Altara Elementary School for 33 years, Kim Mackay has become an integral member of her education team. Mackay collaborates with her fellow teachers to analyze student data…
As a teacher at Bell View Elementary, Jeny Wariner is the epitome of professionalism. Her 17 years of experience have helped her become an outstanding educator who delivers excellent instruction…
No question Diane Shenosky is devoted to preparing all students for college and careers. The Bella Vista Elementary teacher has developed a rigorous, sixth-grade curriculum to prepare her students for…
Cher McDonald is the kind of teacher that any principal would be happy to have. For the last six years, she has dedicated her time at Brighton High to helping…
Monica Rotermund is known for her caring nature, warm laugh, and expertise in math education. She is a sixth-grade teacher and math team lead at Brookwood Elementary, where her students…
Ann Marie Sulzen is known for going the extra mile for students and the Butler Elementary School community. She is meticulous in her feedback to help students improve their skills,…
Dave Olsen is an exceptional science teacher – with a heart of gold. He upholds high expectations for all students, maintains positive relationships of mutual respect, and delivers high-quality, best-practice…
As a kindergarten teacher at Canyon View Elementary, Joyce Waddoups has the opportunity to plant the seeds of college- and career-readiness in her students at a young age. She also…
Through Matt Shaw's instruction at the Canyons Technical Education Center, students learn practical skills that translate into jobs. For more than three years, Matt has taught students how to trim,…
When life gives Kathy Kreutzer lemons, she makes lemonade. Her ability to turn negative situations into positive learning opportunities are qualities that make it a privilege to work with her,…
Michelle Matthews is one of Crescent Elementary School's most prized teachers. As a special education teacher, Matthews tackles difficult situations with understanding and optimism. She knows each of her students…
Janet Gustavson is both a humble reading teacher and a stickler for student achievement. She is expert at setting reasonable goals for her Crescent View Middle School students, and precisely…
Kami Abercrombie loves helping her students, whether they seek to mummify a chicken or learn a Shakespearean play. The sixth-grade teacher builds a community in her Draper Elementary classroom by…
Anna Alger makes teaching reading, math and writing look easy, but where she really excels are the life skills she teaches at East Midvale Elementary. She’s known for inspiring her…
Suzanna Briggs has developed the skills needed to meet the needs of East Sandy Elementary’s diverse student population. The longtime faculty member is able to focus on the needs of…
Eastmont Middle School instructor Russell Fullmer has been teaching for 24 years, but he still works hard to keep improving.  Fullmer’s willingness to adapt new approaches to teaching strategies and…
Edgemont Elementary’s Patricia Jones is the kind of teacher who brings out the best in each of her students. Jones uses data to adjust her instruction to better address her…
As a counselor at Entrada for eight years, Jane Ellen Solomon has helped many adults navigate the path between education and employment — and changed their lives. Solomon has consistently…
Whether through inspiring performances at the school’s Shakespeare Festival or by teaching students to assess and evaluate their own learning, Heather Reavy engages her sixth-grade students. “Her classroom is a…
Mark Rasmussen's love of history is contagious. Just ask one of the many students from his last 39 years of teaching.  Rasmussen teaches AP U.S. History and International Baccalaureate History…
Indian Hills Middle School teacher Mary Mikel's motto for her classroom is "Everyone does everything." The motto works well for her students, but it also easily could be used to…
As a humanities and Spanish teacher at Jordan High School, Rachel Hardy goes above and beyond to make sure her students are college- and career-ready. The 11-year teacher’s concurrent humanities…
Jordan Valley teacher Millie Rogers celebrates the little things every day, like when her students arrive at school and independently get off of the bus and walk to class. In…
Ann-Marie Sherman's impact on her students at Lone Peak Elementary can be seen not just in their attitudes about homework, but in their test scores.  Through her hard work, Sherman…
Kimi Gunderson is the kind of teacher whose influence on her fifth-grade students will be felt for years into the future. Gunderson — or “Ms. G., ” as she’s affectionately known…
Midvale Middle’s Rebecca Cowden works hard to help her students understand important academic concepts, but she also teaches them the power of service. Her class is actively involved in a…
Tommie Leydsman has a well-earned reputation in the Midvalley school community as a teacher who cares deeply about the success of her students.  The 30-year teaching veteran’s bag of tricks…
When Stacey Nofsinger sees a need among her special education students at Mount Jordan Middle School, she does whatever it takes to help them succeed, even if it means she…
Sarah Smith an innovative educator committed to lifting student achievement  to new heights. She secured a grant to put iPads into the hands of each of her third-grade students. She…
After 30 years of teaching, Carol Stuhff can plan a clear path to help her students thrive. As she rewards her third-grade students at Oakdale Elementary for consistent homework completion,…
Diane Nahalewski is well known for the sensitivity and compassion she shows to both students and parents.  She shows care and respect as she strives to make sure families in…
Jackie Sudbury has taught advanced learning classes at Peruvian Park Elementary for decades, but her influence permeates throughout the school. Her professionalism and experience makes her a natural role model…
When it comes to excellent teachers, Quail Hollow Elementary’s community and staff are on the same page: Patricia Boswell is one of the best. The fourth-grade teacher is noted for…
Ridgecrest Elementary’s Eileen Stayner exemplifies what it means to be a teacher. The first-grade teacher cares for each child, and goes to great lengths to use data and create interventions…
Richard Tresise's students may only be in third grade, but that doesn't stop him from doing everything he can to make sure he has prepared them for college. From using…
Paula Miller plans to teach as long as she feels she is making a difference in the lives of her students. After 42 years, the speech-language pathologist and special educator…
Jerry Cunliffe's success as a teacher at South Park Academy can be measured in how his students have improved under his instruction. In 12 years of teaching, Cunliffe has helped…
If you’ve ever been a student of Kathleen Wilkins, you probably can recall the “Chicken Soup with Rice” song, fondly remember the Leprechaun Ladder and green butter, and may still…
Sunrise Elementary’s Karen Davis is not only a great educator, but a respected community member and partner in education. Davis is known for caring for the academic and emotional needs…
Melissa Crandall specializes in ensuring students have a critical foundation in literacy -- and in life. The Union Middle School reading teacher uses student data and research-based strategies to make…
After 17 years of teaching, Willow Canyon’s Trish Morrison is still finding exciting ways to help her students learn. From involving all of her students in classroom discussions to keeping…
Lyn Wright’s teaching is a work of art. The Willow Springs Elementary fifth-grade teacher continually pushes herself professionally to innovatively infuse the arts into her instruction. She is a staunch…