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Do you know a teacher or school employee who is Remarkable, Inspiring, Selfless, and/or Encouraging? Please nominate them for the new ASD RISE Award. Nominees will be recognized at their school, and a few each month will be selected for Board Recognition during a Board meeting at the District Office. 

Congratulations to the following nominees! Thank you to those who completed the nominations.

September 21, 2022 Nominees

Diane Lewis, Highland Elementary; Teacher

My son is new to the school and as timing would have it, registered the day before school started. With hours notice, Mrs. Lewis made sure he was on every labeled list and decoration, just like the other kids. Going to back to school night and seeing this made him feel included right from the start.

“And to go an extra mile, at first recess he didn’t know anyone and was standing to the side trying to figure out what to do. Mrs. Lewis noticed him and then introduced him to a group of boys in his grade that he instantly connected with. She is incredible and really cares at an individual level.”

Nominated by: Laura Gelder, parent

Annie Simmons, Snow Springs Elementary; Lunchroom Worker

My daughter has an autoimmune disorder and has to have special food accommodations. School lunch is something that has brought a lot of anxiety for my child and myself. Annie Simmons has been very accommodating and encouraging. She has made my daughter feel very comfortable in the lunch room, which in return means I’m not stressing out as much. She is quick to respond to my questions and is always positive and reassuring. Annie Simmons has all of the characteristics RISE stands for and is very deserving of this award.

Nominated by: Cami Richards, parent

Tianna Morrison, Black Ridge Elementary; Counselor

Hard working, organized, caring, passionate, pro-active, researcher, selfless, empathic, relatable, fun, joyful, kid-centered, makes a difference, supportive, energetic, kind, committed, genuine, compassionate, thoughtful, listener, engaged, determined, optimistic, looks for moments. Wow! We are very lucky to have her, and she really works hard to make connections with those kids that need it the most.

Nominated by: Heather Jensen, district employee

Megan Stoddard, Riverview Elementary; Teacher

She is the most loving, personal, inspiring, friendly teacher ever!!

Nominated by: Noah Taylor, student

Jalaire Terry, Dry Creek Elementary; Teacher

I have consistently been impressed with Mrs. Terry’s genuine love for her students and ability to teach and inspire in numerous age appropriate ways. She truly loves her students and is an excellent educator.

Nominated by: Hillary John, parent

Annie Whiting, Mountain Trails Elementary; Teacher

Mrs. Annie was our preschool teacher and she was ALWAYS happy and excited for school. She instills a love of learning at such a young and impressionable age. She called me before school started to make sure I didn’t have any questions and made sure I knew the pick up/drop off process. She takes time to get to know her students and their families. I really appreciate her encouragement that we can all learn no matter what disabilities we have.

Nominated by: Erin Smith, parent

Kathy Woodward, Greenwood Elementary; Teacher

Mrs. Woodward is such an amazing teacher. She is so patient, kind and encouraging to her students. She keeps parents well informed and my son loves having her for second grade. One of my son’s summer bucket list items was to go make cookies with Mrs. Woodward (she makes beautiful royal icing sugar cookies). She loves her students and my son learned so much from her. She truly is an amazing teacher, and we are so happy that my son got to have her for his teacher.

Nominated by: Tawnnie Forbush, parent

Lisa Dunn, Dry Creek Elementary; Teacher

Mrs. Dunn is amazing! Last year she was so patient and helpful with my son. Always going above and beyond in trying to find different ways to help him succeed in her class. He loved having her as his teacher.

Nominated by: Danielle Gutierrez, parent

Heather Rockwood, Greenwood Elementary; Teacher

Miss Heather is absolutely amazing. The energy that she brings is unreal. What is most impressive is the love she has for her students in her class and the other students at Greenwood. My son says that she ‘makes learning fun.’ He looks forward to going to school each day because he knows Miss Heather is there.

Nominated by: Jim Harvey, parent

Maegen Merrell, Fox Hollow Elementary; Aide

Maegan is the Wellness Center Aide at our elementary school. My son had debilitating anxiety with school last year and she was a lifesaver. Other support staff were helpful too, but they weren’t at our elementary school every day. Maegan went above and beyond to be caring, understanding, supportive, and informative to help my son improve his emotional wellness regarding school. And I know she provides this for many other students at the school as well. What she does is so important and she deserves to be recognized.

Nominated by: Meghan Posner, parent

Melanie Dodge, Lindon Elementary; Teacher

Melanie is always super positive towards her students and parents. She loves to see her kids succeed and lets them know just exactly what makes them awesome and unique. She has made her students feel loved, appreciated and valued.

Nominated by: Gavin and Tiana Phillips, parent

Lisa Young, Pleasant Grove High; Receptionist

Lisa has created a positive relationship with my special needs teen. She has cheered for his success and encouraged his continual efforts towards progress. On many days during non-class hours, my student is at a desk working on his assignments near her. She has been one to deescalate volatile emotions and helped him remember that he has people on his “success team” ready to help him. She talks with him about his interests, including musicians & football teams. She meets him where he is at. Lisa Young is a remarkable staff member who exemplifies the RISE award. She is his hero!

Nominated by: Chrys McCumber, parent

Tiffany Nielson, Mountain Trails Elementary; Office Assistant

Tiffany has been amazing. When my daughter started school 3 years ago I was so nervous because she is a Type 1 diabetic. Tiffany has been there since day one. She has listened to everything I said, taking notes, while letting me know she understood. I was instantly comfortable. She still takes good care of my daughter every day at school. She helps the teachers feel more comfortable and doesn’t make my daughter feel bad when she is having a bad day needing a lot of attention. She takes A LOT on and God Bless her for that!

Nominated by: Lisa Hansen, parent

Heather Logan, Dry Creek Elementary; Teacher

Mrs. Logan is an amazing teacher. She was a miracle for our son and I can tell that every student of hers feels loved and cared for. She builds students’ confidence in their ability to work hard and learn tough subjects. I’ve been impressed with the amount of work she puts in, including making a personalized book of pictures and artwork for every student at the end of the year.

Nominated by: Tonya Allen, parent

Stacie Bishop, Black Ridge Elementary; Office Staff

Amazingly, Stacie always has a smile and a warm welcome for parents and children coming into the school. She remembers parents and students and makes them feel welcome. Despite the busy atmosphere of school she is never short or unkind – she cares for students and their families and it shows that her kindness is genuine! It is so refreshing to experience!

Nominated by: Emily Smith, parent

Steven Acker, American Fork Junior; Teacher

Last year he was my math teacher and he was very Outstanding!”

Nominated by: Nathan Kunze, student

Sojin Mortimer, Deerfield Elementary; Secretary

Since day one, she welcome us and my kids with such a big desire to help. Even after a year of attending Deerfield Elementary, Sojin is always there to answer to our questions, even through the phone, and is always willing to do all that she can to help the kids.

Nominated by: Yananci Porras, parent

Marcie Alcorn, Ridgeline Elementary; Teacher

Mrs. Alcorn isn’t just a teacher, she is a dedicated advocate in the lives of the children that enter her classroom. I have yet to find another teacher that is more creative, dedicates more time, or is more loving and truly connected with her students. She challenges all students at their individual levels and meets a wide array of emotional and academic needs. My kids have been blessed to start their elementary school years in her loving hands. She also is an active part of our community and is a mother we should all look up to.

Nominated by: Samantha Daniel, parent

Heather Pulley, Mountain Trails Elementary; Teacher

“Miss Pulley is kind and very patient with all of her students. She teaches things slowly and effectively so every student can understand! My daughter loved being in her class! I wish every teacher cared and worked with their students like Miss Pulley does!

Nominated by: Angela Hanna, parent

Peggy Lowry, Cedar Ridge Elementary; Teacher

To put it simply, Mrs. Lowry is absolutely wonderful. She really cares about her students. She loves all children, sees the best in them, and recognizes their potential. She encourages her students in a kind, loving way that increases confidence and fosters growth. Having her as a teacher was such a blessing in my daughter’s life. My daughter looked forward to going to school each day because of Mrs. Lowry. As a mother, it meant so much to me to know I was sending my child to such a loving, caring, happy, safe, and encouraging environment each day.

Nominated by: Kelsie Roberts, parent

Jennifer Dajany, Cedar Ridge Elementary; Teacher

Mrs Dajany is one of the most kind-hearted, loving, and caring teachers I have ever had the privilege of interacting with. She cares deeply about her kindergartners and goes above and beyond to help them succeed academically, emotionally, and socially. I feel so grateful my daughter was able to learn from her. She does a great job preparing kids to become independent, confident, and resilient grade-schoolers. Mrs Dajany’s students can feel how much she cares about them. She radiates kindness and love. Thank you, Mrs. Dajany!

Nominated by: Kelsie Roberts, parent

Heidi Doxey, Rocky Mountain Elementary; Teacher

Besides going above and beyond as my child’s kindergarten teacher last year, she was there on the first day of school lining up with the 1st graders (her old class) showing them so much love and support. She is genuinely so so good.

Nominated by: Vanessa Alves, parent

Johnathan Hale, Parkside Elementary; Teacher

Mr. Hales had my son two years in a row. My son is a harder student, but Mr. Hale’s helped him through his ADHD problems and gave my son the confidence he needed to keep pushing. He was always there to listen and to help find a solution. He is that teacher that has helped my son grow and love school. He helped him be a stronger person and to remember his diagnosis is who he is and that it’s okay to be different. My son knows even to this day he can go to him for help even though he isn’t his teacher this year and I love that. He will help shape and save many kids he teaches!

Nominated by: Amanda Pacas-Woolley, parent

Randy Ockey, Highland Elementary; Teacher

He is the best teacher I’ve ever known. He was my teacher when I was in elementary school and he was my son’s teacher as well. I have lasting memories of learning in his class that I will never forget. He goes above and beyond for his students. He cares so much and puts so much of his time into helping students. He really is the best!

Nominated by: Michelle Paswaters, parent

September 7, 2022 Nominees

Casey Connelly, Freedom Elementary; Custodian

Casey makes every child feel special. He sings to every child on their birthday and helps them feel special/recognized. He has endless patience with opening containers, milk, etc. He is always multitasking by greeting individual children, lending a hand, cleaning a mess, and keeping the cafeteria in top shape. Freedom is better place because of Casey.

Nominated by: Jaclyn England, parent

Josh Buss, Centennial Elementary; Teacher Aide

Mr. Josh is the best aide! He is so kind and fun and funny. The kids love when he plays with them at recess, he’s amazing at soccer, and he is the kids’ favorite substitute. The kids look forward to seeing him everyday and we can’t imagine Centennial without Mr. Josh!!

Nominated by: Tate Liechty, student

Leslie McCleery, Lake Mountain Middle; Student Advocate

Leslie works tirelessly with many of our students that are most at-risk. She encourages, motivates, inspires and teaches them to be better than even they think they can be. Many of these students look to her as a mentor, model, and sometimes, mother, as they try to find their place in the world. As a school counselor I have seen Leslie touch the lives of students that I struggle to connect with. She truly gives her heart and soul to these students.

Nominated by: Thomas Wiltbank, district employee

Marcela Olsen, Westmore Elementary; Lead Secretary

I had the pleasure of working with Marcela last year. She was always upbeat, happy and just a joy to be around. She treated the parents and students with great respect and they all adore her. She was new to her job last year, but always found the time to help others when she could. I wish all schools had a Marcela. There would be happier places to work, the students would be happier just from knowing her, she simply is a ray of sunshine! I highly recommend Marcela for the RISE award. She exemplifies the traits for Remarkable, Inspiring, Selfless and Encouraging!

Nominated by: Michelle Hartzell, district employee

Kylie Ingalls, Vineyard Elementary; Teacher

Mrs. Ingalls is one of a kind! She takes the time to get to know each one of her students and their needs. She attends students extra curricular activities and makes sure they know they are special and loved. She makes her class magical and all the kids leave with the best year they have ever had. They actually don’t want their year to end with her but it’s nice that they are able to come back the next year and visit her.

Nominated by: Arlynn Lawrence, parent

Steve Millward, North Point Elementary; Teacher

Mr Millward was my daughter’s 4th grade teacher two years ago. My daughter was nervous for a male teacher and this was the best year she has had. Mr M went out of his way to make her 4th grade year amazing. The way he taught (even with a mask) made her enjoy school more. He had encouraging games and rewards which she loved them most. While in 5th grade she went and visited Mr M each day after school. Mr M is the reason why my daughter started to succeed in reading and wanted to read. On back to school night this year she wanted to visit Mr M before her new 6th grade teacher.

Nominated by: Lindsay Barker, parent

Mike Gowans, Westlake High; Teacher

Mr. Gowans has been a savior to so many kids. He listens, encourages, helps, makes them smile and laugh, he is an inspiration to many, and at any time, would drop anything to help his students! He has taught all of his students not only life skills, everything to deal with FFA, but also that graduating is so important, and that anything he can do to help to let him know! I’m so blessed to know my daughter has Mr. Gowans as a teacher, I can honestly say he has changed her outlook on life and has lifted her up to have such a positive outlook! Thank you, Mr. Gowans!

Nominated by: Shanna Norman, parent

Michelle Brady, Aspen Elementary; Teacher

Mrs. Brady is hands down the most phenomenal teacher I have ever seen (that includes any I had as kid). I have never seen a teacher with so much dedication to teaching the kids, making them feel extraordinarily loved, and spending so much of their own time outside of school to make sure her students excel. Mrs. Brady does all this and so much more. She is so genuine and you can tell she loves the kids (even the difficult kiddos). I wish she could be my child’s teacher through every grade.

Nominated by: Shantel Veater, parent

Stephanie Olsen, Viewpoint Middle; Student Advocate

As an academic counselor, Stephanie was instrumental in providing excellent care for my 8th grade daughter during a scary phase of truancy, self-harm, depression, academic failure, and substance use. Her frank, straightforward, and compassionate approach went a long way toward gaining my daughter’s trust. Knowing Stephanie was available for check-ins and goal setting with my child provided incredible peace of mind. She gave me hope when I had none left. My daughter has completely transformed into a mature and responsible 9th grader, and I credit Stephanie with helping her get there.

Nominated by: (name withheld), parent

Brison Dodge, Black Ridge Elementary; Teacher

Mr. Dodge is the absolute best teacher! He is always bringing out the best in his students. He even thinks of them years after they are done with his class. My son who is in 8th grade had him in 5th grade. He struggled with Chinese the next year and Mr. Dodge gave him advice and encouraged him all year long. In fact, he still thinks of him now and asks my younger kids how he is doing. He knows my son is a 49’ers fan and Mr. Dodge has a friend who played for the 49’ers. Well one day I was brought to tears when Mr. Dodge sent me an email with a video just for my son from his 49’er friend.

Nominated by: Jen Burge, parent

Erica Staples, North Point Elementary; Teacher

I am blown away by Erica and her gift with children. My son came to her class after a very hard time in another class. He cried every day. The first day he came to Mrs. Staples class she had prepped the class to give him a huge welcome which was everything to him. Under her guidance, my son excelled and was accepted to the gifted program. She helped with confidence, anxieties, and our son was a new kid. We will forever be grateful for her.

Nominated by: Tracy Cook, parent

Timothy Stokes, Thunder Ridge Elementary; Teacher

Mr. Stokes was my son’s teacher last year. He was inspiring to my son because he was a male and my son could relate to him. He encouraged my son to find books that interested him and loaned him several books that he recommended for him. He made sure his students knew that he had their back. He was an excellent teacher in his very first year and I’m excited to see the amazing things he does in the future!

Nominated by: McCall Carson, parent

Diane Knight, North Point Elementary; Teacher

Mrs. Knight has been a wonderful teacher for over 30 years. I have known her my whole life and her patience with children is remarkable.

Nominated by: Kiersten Kizerian, parent

Shanlee Herrin, Vineyard Elementary; Teacher

Ms. Herrin shows genuine concern and love for her kids. She takes time out of her life to attend student events outside of the classroom and helps each child feel safe, smart, and valued. She encourages and expects growth in her students.

Nominated by: Laci Harper, parent

Cali Burgess, Timberline Middle; Teacher

Mrs. Burgess is deserving of this award because she teaches in a phenomenal way. She cares about every one of her students and thrives for them to have a brighter future. She teaches in a creative and energetic way and is an amazing person!

Nominated by: Eliza Neal, student

Makayla Needs, Harbor Point Elementary; Teacher

Ms. Needs is continually learning and progressing as a teacher. She creates an incredible classroom environment. She is encouraging, kind, a leader, and a great teacher. She puts in so much personal time to become a better teacher. She helps coach other teachers and helps with tricky kids. She is incredible!

Nominated by: Patrice Hiskey, parent

Malana Clayson, Cascade Elementary; Assistant Secretary

Ever since I met Malana, she has been finding ways to serve our family; particularly our eight year old son. She got to know him a couple of years ago when he was experiencing pretty bad anxiety about school. She was always on the lookout for my son and encouraged her own son to befriend him. My son needed the support of her and other fantastic school aides at Cascade, and he is doing so much better now. Every time I see Malana, she is smiling, friendly, and coming up with ways to serve and lift those around her.

Nominated by: Savannah Krumwiede, parent

Stacey Kirtley, Hidden Hollow Elementary; Teacher

My son Tyven is on the spectrum, and needed to repeat kindergarten to catch up. My son had her both times, I strongly believe if he did have her he wouldn’t have succeeded like he did and move on to first grade fully ready and prepared.

Nominated by: Mikayla Harper, parent

Amy Luiz, Harvest Elementary; Teacher

Amy Luiz is excellent at her job because she truly believes that she can not leave any child behind. She teaches, reteaches, and then tries to find different ways to teach those students that still have not understood the concepts. She gives individual attention to a lot of each of her 65-75 students every year to make sure that they can and will succeed. She doesn’t give up on anyone. She has brought up so many students test scores and end-of-year RISE scores as well through her efforts.

Nominated by: Jennifer Canar, parent and district employee

Jesus Valladolid, Central Elementary; Custodian

Jesus V is the best head custodian ever. He’s super nice and always willing to help the teachers and kids. He also takes a lot of time to polish and wax everything to make it look extra nice.

Nominated by: Taylor Nielson, district employee

Jesus is one of the janitors at Central and has made a big impact on teachers, parents, and students. He’s been there around three years and has been a big asset to the school in encouraging kids who struggle. He notices those that misbehave and gives them small responsibilities to encourage responsibility, accountability, and self-confidence. He is Central’s biggest cheerleader and goes out of his way to help with events going on in the school. Despite some difficult challenges in his life, he is ALWAYS smiling and looking for ways to lift others and bring a smile to their face.”

Nominated by: Sherrie McDaniel, parent

Deanna Mendez, Valley View Elementary; Teacher

My kid needed special attention last year and Deanna didn’t think twice about it, attending to his needs. Also, she so creative with her teaching! She’s always working on things at home to help her students feel special and makes the classroom environment a fun place to be. She is patient and kind and loving to students and engages her students with fun incentives to earn. She also went above and beyond helping out with our school play! Her efforts are truly above and beyond and all her students love her! Mrs. Mendez is truly remarkable!

Nominated by: Alea Bynes, parent

Tiffany Williams, Orem Elementary; Teacher

Ms. Williams goes above and beyond for her students as well as the parents. She is always in high spirits and is so positive. My daughter loved having her as her kindergarten teacher and we appreciate all she has done for our daughter.

Nominated by: Kalen McCoy, parent

Randy Brady, Westlake High; Teacher

Randy is the band director at Westlake. Of course he encourages his students to work hard as musicians, but just as importantly, he inspires them to be good human beings. He teaches them to be kind and respectful, to connect with and watch out for each other. The students learn how to manage time and prioritize. He cares about each individual kid and learns their names. He loves his students and helps them be the best they can be!! He donates more time than anyone will ever know! He is one of the best teachers I’ve had the privilege of working with.

Nominated by: Cindi Arnold, parent

Megan Pachner, North Point Elementary; Teacher

Megan is a ray of sunshine! She greets each student with a big smile and makes them all feel so loved and so important. Along with the momentous task of teaching the core standards, she finds ways to incorporate life lessons, and is constantly instilling positivity into her students. She embodies every aspect of the RISE acronym.

Nominated by: Dani Sorensen, parent

August 24, 2022 Nominees

Madison Larson, Cedar Valley High; Teacher

“Madi excels at everything she does! Not only does she take such great care of her students, she rises above and beyond to push them with opportunities outside of the classroom. Every single time I am in Madi’s classroom, her students are engaged in a rich learning activity. I reach out to her frequently to collaborate and she is excited and says yes with enthusiasm every time. Madi is in inspiration for what teachers can be when they put their whole heart into what they do.”

Nominated by: Korryn Coates

Mandi Olson, Saratoga Shores Elementary; PLC Coach

“Mandi is always willing to help other teachers. She is supportive and willing to step in no matter what the situation. She has used her expertise to help teachers develop their own confidence and improve their practice.”

Nominated by: Marissa Wade and Saratoga Shores Employees

Jennifer Shepherd, Lehi Junior High; Registrar

“Jennifer, our Registrar, not only always gets me reports and information that I need, she does it quickly and always with a genuine smile. She is reliable, resourceful and friendly to parents, teachers, students, and admin. She’s great!”

Nominated by: Bryce Shelley

Michael Pehrson, Lehi Junior High; Custodian

“Michael is our cheerful and soft-spoken custodian. I have yet to find a request for supplies, borrowing equipment, or information that I need about the building that he hasn’t been able to answer. And he is never bothered by my requests regardless of when I ask or where he is when I need the items or info. I love having a custodian who is so consistently helpful in getting me what I need to help the kids. “

Nominated by: Bryce Shelley

Cari Greer, Willowcreek Middle; Teacher

“Cari has been my mentor this year and has helped me so much!!! I have texted her about so many silly little things, and she’s always been positive and encouraging. She’s uplifted me everyday and helped me know that I can be the best teacher!!”

Nominated by: Kristi Bingham

Hannah Grover, Centennial Elementary; Teacher

“Hannah is truly a remarkable educator who is inspiring, selfless and encouraging. She especially embodies the characteristic of encouraging as Hannah often finds herself in situations needing encouragement. From the pressures of assessment to ever-growing class sizes, Hannah stays positive and encouraging through it all. She uplifts her 1st grade team and the school as a whole. She is a bridge-builder and a magic-maker.”

Nominated by: Hailey Hamblin

Jennifer Jones, Hidden Hollow Elementary; Aide

“Jenn is my classroom aide. I work from a wheelchair and she helps when I can’t do things alone. If there is anyone in this district that exemplifies RISE it is Jenn. She is remarkable in what she is willing to do and the passion she puts behind it. She is inspiring in the face that she will do even the dirtiest of jobs with a smile and positive attitude. She is selfless in the time she gives, she came in during the summer to help me when she didn’t get paid or really had no obligation to! And she is encouraging. I have never had a better cheerleader than Jenn.”

Nominated by: Chelsie Gustafson

Lindsay Casper, Summit; Teacher

“Lindsay is constantly coming up with fun and challenging activities in her science class. She prioritizes getting students outside the classroom and helps them have hands on learning experiences. Some of the different experiential learning activities include visiting the fish hatchery at Strawberry Reservoir, hiking outings to study different trees and plants, and visiting the Provo river to sample water. She builds relationships with students and works hard behind the scenes to advocate and support them.”

Nominated by: Tanner Renshaw

Taylie Thomas, American Fork Junior; Teacher

“Taylie exemplifes RISE in our school. She is a remarkable English teacher who balances rigor with adaptation for each student. She Inspires her students through connection and feedback. She is one of the most selfless educators who seems to always have a listening ear and empathetic approach to helping her students. She encourages students and faculty with her positive perspective and happy demeanor. I fully endorse Taylie Thomas for a RISE award.”

Nominated by: Dane Hanvey

Hailey Stewart; East Shore Online; Teacher

“Haylee is an incredible teacher who builds interactive and engaging modules for students. She is the coworker who is always there to answer questions and offer a helpful opinion. She organizes and puts on the best professional development I have seen as an educator. It is useful, engaging, purposeful and has revolutionized my teaching. I’m a better teacher because I work with Haylee.”

Nominated by: Katie Pickett

Shaylee Richardson, Horizon; Teacher

“Shaylee lifts EVERYONE around her. She exudes kindness, positivity, and selflessness. She creates a remarkably positive learning environment for her students, many who have severe behavior concerns. Regardless of how the day goes she gives every student a clean slate to start every day and encourages students to be their best selves in an assertive yet caring manner. She inspires our team to be champions for every student. She carries the Horizon School banner proudly and represents our school and district community incredibly well. Shaylee is one-of-a-kind and deserves every accolade!”

Nominated by: Dan Heaps

Kelli Eisenhart, Willowcreek; Assistant Principal

“Since coming to our school, Kelli has brought a fun positive energy. She was also asked to take on some challenging situations and has done a great job solving difficult problems in a way that everyone has been happy.”

Nominated by: Asa Nielson

Mitch Hall, Cedar Valley High; Teacher

“Mitch has built a terrific music program and has helped hundreds of students to grow their skills. More importantly, he grows their confidence. He shows up with a great attitude and a phenomenal work ethic every day and our school is a much better place because of him!”

Nominated by: Nate Crandall

Elisabeth Anderson, Harbor Point Elementary; Speech Language Pathologist

“Beth works incredibly hard to help ALL students in our school, validate parents’ concerns, and help other educators. She makes learning fun for her students and work fun for her coworkers. She often volunteers to help others despite how busy she always is. She also always makes time for the one student in need.”

Nominated by: Hannah Beus

Jason Langlois, Lake Mountain Middle; Teacher

“Jason Langlois is the most incredible worker I have ever seen! I am so impressed by the work ethic that he has. This theater teacher has gone FAR above and beyond the scope of his teaching duties. He is has a multi-award winning team for the last 3 years. Our school has only been open for three years. The students absolutely look up to him. He is so remarkable with the amount of work he puts on. His talents are endless and he has SEVEN different preps. He is a multi-tasking master, a leader, a master teacher & is very respected in our community. I’m under-selling this guy. You need to meet him!”

Nominated by: Jordyn Earl

Amanda Goodman, Cedar Valley Elementary; Librarian & Assistant Secretary

“Amanda goes above and beyond for EVERYONE! Not only is she the school librarian and assistant secretary, she is ready to help any staff member or student that needs her! She is creative, funny and caring. She will brighten your day the minute you see her! Her emails not only enlighten us, but they entertain us and bring us joy! We appreciate her so much and are so lucky to have her at CVE! The students look forward to their time in the library with Mrs. Goodman and enjoy her lessons and the attention she gives them. She is a ray of sunshine!”

Nominated by: Traci Morenos

Allison Northcott, Meadow Elementary; Teacher

“Allison makes her students her main priority at work. She makes the effort to get to know them individually and invest time in them. She is always smiling and has a loving demeanor. You are so important when you are with her and colleagues, parents, and students feel it.”

Nominated by: Chéla Jenkins

Kenneth Bryson, American Fork Junior; Teacher

“Because he was an outstanding teacher!”

Nominated by: Nathan Kunze

Brooklyn Jones Jorgensen, Eagle Valley Elementary; Custodian

“Crystal is an amazing woman and always goes above and beyond for those kids. Brings a smile to your face everyday and works so hard to make sure all is well with the school and staff. We are so grateful to have met her. “

Nominated by: Crystal Dorrall

Becky Struthers, Meadow; Teacher

“Mrs. Struthers went above and beyond to make my son’s second grade year great! She had so many fun activities (many of which took a lot of prep time outside of work) for the kids that made them love learning. She also made her students feel loved and important. My son was sad to see his second grade year end because he loved his teacher so much!”

Nominated by: Julie Strong

Nicole Goodman, Greenwood Elementary; Office Technician

“Nicole is an integral part of Greenwood. She is patient and loving towards every kid that walks through the doors and an absolute pleasure to talk to and work with as a parent. Greenwood is seriously lucky to have her as the first person people come in contact with when they enter their doors.”

Nominated by: Alex Bosley

Sherry Du Moulin, River Rock; Teacher

“I have never met a teacher who shows such a genuine love toward each student in their class. This lady is amazing with kids, and goes above and beyond EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. to make the kids feel like they matter and are important to her. She’s the type of teacher that makes me want to stop everything I have going on to nominate her. Kids thrive in her classroom and I count my family lucky for having had the privilege for one of us to be in her classroom. She gives 110% every day. Love her!”

Nominated by: Lacey Hammond

Lynn Meek, Skyridge; Counselor

“Mr. Meek is the BEST. He has taken such good care of me and my older brother. We love Mr. Meek! I’ve never felt so supported, seen and heard from a school counselor. He’s already made a huge impact on me and it’s only my first year in high school.”

Nominated by: Kate Andrews

Jamie Sam, Bonneville Elementary; Teacher

“Last year, Mrs. Sam really took the time to help our daughter feel comfortable, recognized, appreciated, and safe. By providing this environment, our daughter was able to thrive in her kindergarten year and build a love for school, learning, socializing, and especially reading. We are so grateful to Mrs. Sam. Thank you!”

Nominated by: Andy Gowans

Emily Toronto, Bonneville Elementary; Teacher

“Emily Toronto is a new employee in Alpine School District. This past summer she collaborated well with her team. She contributed amazing ideas especially in science and social studies. Emily looks after individual student needs and is focused on making every moment count with her students. On the first day of school, Emily helped a first grader find her parent pick-up after school even though that student was not in her class. Emily makes Bonneville Elementary a happier place to be!”

Nominated by: Hannah Wold



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