Teachers of the Year - 2017

Clothing from the 1970s, Trans Ams, and rock and roll – Lacee Larson’s love of these pieces of 1970’s culture make her one of a kind.  Beyond her fascination with…
When the Canyons Board of Education gave the go-ahead for Alta High to form the District’s only marching band, they didn’t know it would immediately become one of the best…
Raul Martin’s teaching skills are of such high quality that they have caught the eye of Dual-Language Immersion educators from across the country.  The educators come to Alta View Elementary…
One of the favorite things Lorie Easter’s students learn is how to rebel. Don’t get us wrong, they’d never rebel against their teacher, but under her tutelage at Altara Elementary,…
Bell View Elementary students have a special insight into why their teacher, Stacy Packard, should be the school’s Teacher of the Year. “She inspires me to keep going, and gives…
As a special education teacher, Stephanie Lassig has the added challenge of teaching her students how to modify their behaviors, as well as read, write, and complete mathematics. Luckily, Stephanie…
Who’s afraid of a little rain?  Not Janice Spencer-Wise.  If the Brighton High physics teacher has a rocket launch planned, neither rain nor storm can stop her. She teaches physics…
Tracie Duncan has a down-to-earth style that keeps her fifth-grade team grounded, yet her students know that her classroom is fun, exciting, and safe. This veteran teacher demands the most,…
Pam York sets the bar high for her students. With relentless belief in the capacity of her students, coupled with the unlimited amounts of caring and study of achievement data,…
Like the alchemy of dissolving a students’ dislike of science, Dave Olsen always brings magic to his eighth-grade classroom. He is fun, funny, and his classroom management style has won…
As Lisa Joko covers the necessities of reading, writing and arithmetic in her classroom, she also teaches her students about loving themselves. They learn about the world — and their…
As a teacher at Canyons Technical Education Center, Todd Butler is always looking for ways to engage his students in his medical assisting class. He left his nursing career to…
You could say that Sam Richins is like Canyons Virtual High School’s superhero. By day, he teaches at Hillcrest — but by night he educates students through Canyons’ online high…
It’s not unusual for Michele Brees to purchase school supplies she knows her students need to succeed. Usually, it’s pencils and notebooks that are at the top of her list.…
“To be or not to be,” that is the question Mark Oram asks his drama students as he prepares them to participate in the world. As Corner Canyon High’s resident…
At Crescent Elementary, Ann Hogan is known as a warm, happy teacher who believes that all students can learn. She collaborates with her peers and members of the community to…
In Wendy Quigley’s Personal Finance class at Diamond Ridge, she teaches students how to live an adult financial life by celebrating throughout the year. In September, the class has a…
Ashley Lennox’s classroom is filled with yoga balls, class pets and technology that proves that the Draper Elementary teacher is willing to go to any lengths necessary to provide meaningful…
Coworkers describe Christina Stenten as an extraordinary person who has enriched the lives of teachers, parents, and students at Draper Park Middle.  Her skillful instruction helped 86 percent of her…
Leslie Rodriguez is the glue that holds the kindergarten team at East Midvale together. She looks for ways to support her coworkers and takes extra time to make sure her…
It is no surprise that teachers from other schools request to come observe Stephanie Cobabe’s kindergarten classroom. As the only kindergarten teacher at East Sandy, Stephanie has almost 30 students…
When students struggle with a traditional classroom structure, Daren Wagner’s class can sometimes be the highlight of the day. The physical education instructor teaches basic tenets of physical fitness and…
Barbara Gondor knows how to create a happy class with little drama. First of all, she never yells. She has a calm, happy demeanor; she is skilled at conflict resolution…
When talking about the influence Anita Leimbach has had on Entrada, colleagues plead, “Please, Anita, never leave us.” This teacher has been instrumental in starting the CNA program at Canyons’…
One thing Staci Genesi has learned as Granite Elementary’s kindergarten teacher is that children hate to be rushed. Also, kindergarten is busy, so Staci always plans ahead. She begins her…
Coworkers say Shelly Edmonds is the epitome of a great teacher. She cares about her students’ success and she helps them meet her high standards and expectations. Her learning environment…
From the time Jaqueline Oglesby sat down with Indian Hills Principal Doug Graham in a screening interview, she proved she was a force to be reckoned with. Her first words…
Mary Kay Fortie has dedicated her entire life to teaching students with special needs, both in Alaska and at Jordan High. She genuinely cares about her students and she knows…
With a class of 10 students who have severe disabilities and range in age from seven to 17, Jordan Valley teacher Jana Wright has learned how to put the needs…
Patty Chung’s fourth-grade class at Lone Peak excels in science. In fact, last year her students reached 90 percent proficiency on the science portion of the SAGE end-of-year exams. That…
When there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to give students individual attention, plan math and reading interventions, and inspire her fellow teachers, Teresa Smith somehow still…
As a teacher who grew up in the community in which she now teaches, Stephanie Monroe represents the essence of Midvale Middle. She has a unique insight into the challenges…
When Brent Shaw comes to work at Midvalley Elementary, he is not just coming to his classroom, he’s coming to a community. This year, when he heard about one family…
If there’s one thing teenagers usually hate, it’s getting up early — but not in Ben Simmons’ orchestra class at Mount Jordan. Ben is the reason students willingly wake up…
If Penny Armour’s day wasn’t full enough teaching fifth grade at Oak Hollow Elementary, she fills every free second working as her grade’s Building Team Lead, volunteering on the Writing…
Shannon Davidson is the kind of teacher who cares about everyone in her school. She cares for the individual child. She cares that her students are learning. And she bends…
From the way she arranges her classroom to the way she responds to struggling students, Lindsay Felsted doesn’t do anything halfway. She bought five different kinds of seats to give…
Halley Kirk has a way of sending her influence to every corner of the classroom, down the hall to her fifth-grade team members, and throughout Peruvian Park. She fills the…
One thing Kristie Black teaches her fourth-grade students is how to encourage one another. She provides a hands-on learning environment that is creative and individualized, and her students provide a…
It’s fun to get an answer correct in Yen Ju Chen’s fifth-grade class at Ridgecrest Elementary. First, it means you understood a concept correctly, and you could say it in…
No matter the problem, students and teachers at Sandy Elementary know they can count on Tracy Morris to make things better. Coworkers say she is one of the most positive…
The first time one parent saw Amy Sandgren at Silver Mesa Elementary, the first-grade teacher was dressed as a bumblebee. The image may be a fitting one for Amy, who…
Students in Elizabeth Davies’ classroom at South Park have a unique set of challenges. Elizabeth knows they might have dropped out of school because of teen pregnancy, substance abuse, gang…
Marlene Barbano is willing to give a helping hand to her coworkers and students. Whether it’s before school, after school or even during lunch, Marlene will spend hours preparing for…
Simply put, Shannon Broadhead’s teaching style can be described as “electric.” As one parent says, Shannon “is a positive, upbeat, caring individual, and when you are around her, you can…
The fun in Drew Fosse’s class begins at the door, where he greets each student individually and chats with them about their lives and hobbies — and it gets better…
One person who recommended Suzanne Mart as Willow Canyon’s top teacher first met Suzanne 29 years ago, when she was a student in Suzanne’s first grade class. In the decades…
Paige Mantle’s influence on Willow Springs Elementary begins even before her students set foot in the school, when she mails each member of her class a postcard to say hello…