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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…
In eight years of teaching at Alta High School, Katie Campbell's classes have brought new insight to what it means to be an art instructor on a high school level.…
Colleagues agree that the energy Leslie Conklin's brings to the classroom each day is contagious. As she pours her heart into creating fast-paced, engaging classes that are part of a…
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…
Heather Pulley is the only kindergarten teacher at Bella Vista Elementary School, but that doesn't stop her from having a positive attitude and a classroom that is a safe environment…
Stephanie Isley won't take no for an answer when students want to give up their schooling. Instead, she works through the Brighton High At-Risk Program to run summer programs, dedicates…
Cathy Andelin is the kind of person who never stops learning, even after 30 years of teaching. Her third-graders benefit from her educational background, which includes a Master of Educational…
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…
Michelle Ritter is the consummate teacher. From her students to her peers, she is a highly effective mentor, academic coach and professional. Her dedication to providing her students with an…
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…
As the fast-paced technological world of graphic design and digital media evolves at the speed of light, Lisa Wadzeck at CTEC always makes it her business to stay a step…
When it comes to determination, Diana Haggerty is a prime example of how hard work translates into success. She tirelessly teaches her first-graders how to read, write and think, and…
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…
There are many reasons a selection panel at East Sandy Elementary nominated Rose Pye to be the 2014 Teacher of the Year. First, there's Pye's positive attitude — colleagues say…
DeAnn Kennedy isn't afraid of getting her hands a little dirty when it comes to teaching her students. She actively participates in lessons teaching her students real-life applications of science…
Lori Salter is such a talented teacher that students keep returning to her classroom to ask her questions long after they leave fourth grade. They know that Salter will always…
As a teacher at Entrada, Elizabeth Vargas' class is comprised of adults learning English as a second language. In many cases, her students also lack the skills to read and…
When Lisa Hekking's colleagues describe her, they use adjectives like, "inspirational," "supportive," "innovative," and "sensational." Of course, she also is kind, caring, respectful and understanding. These qualities make Hekking a…
On a daily basis, the students in RaNae Dalgleish's class receive something special along with an excellent education: the gift of music. As Hillcrest's orchestra and choir teacher, the accomplishments…
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…
Roger Pinnock's skills as a teacher have no bounds. Colleagues know him as a kind and caring professional who is willing to help wherever he is needed, no matter the…
As a speech therapist at Jordan Valley School, Michelle Vance's positive influence is felt far and wide. Vance is a committed educator who spends almost as much time working one-on-one…
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…
Cassie Hill knows how valuable time is, which is why her colleagues say she wastes little in the classroom and teaches with urgency. As a result, Hill's first-graders benefit from…
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…
As a second-grade teacher, Catherine Bruner prides herself on preparing her students for the future. She starts by inspiring students to commit to excellence and teaching them values and vital…
Kindergarten students at Oakdale Elementary are lucky to have Britney Stookey as a teacher. Her dedication to helping her students launch their education on the right foot with a love…
For some students, the transition between kindergarten and first-grade can be daunting. But Vickie Sponbeck's nurturing, kind and patient personality makes all the difference in easing her young students into…
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…