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Huntsman Awards Honor Educators Who Do Whatever It Takes
Salt Lake Tribune 30Apr00 B2
By Katherine Kapos: Salt Lake Tribune

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Six teachers, three principals and a volunteer were among the 10 winners of this year's Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education. The ten educators were chosen from among nearly 150 nominations and received a cash award of $10,000. It is the eighth year that Jon M. Huntsman, a wealthy industrialist and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints honored educators for extraordinary compassion, enthusiasm and dedication to their students.

"Utah is very fortunate to have such outstanding public school teachers, administrators and volunteers," Huntsman said. "We honor each of them...who have been so valiant in shaping today's youth and tomorrow's leaders." Huntsman's father and grandfather were teachers. Each year colleagues, parents, students and the public are encouraged to nominate educators they believe have shown excellence in their profession and enriched the lives of their students.

Elementary-school winners included Larry Rock, a fourth grade teacher at park Elementary in Richmond; Dorma Lindsay, a kindergarten teacher at Bonneville Elementary; and Julie Miller the principal of Edison Elementary, Salt Lake City.

Middle school educators included Judy Jackman, an English teacher at West Jordan Middle School; Paulette Birdsall, a Spanish teacher at South Davis Junior High; and Dan Johnson, a principal at Mount Logan Middle School.

High School winners included Joyce Oldroyd, an English teacher at Timpview High School; David Brown, a history teacher at Ogden High School; and Doug Nielson, the director of the alternative school in the Alpine District.

A volunteer award goes to Ernest Maes, a former Postmaster from Sandy, who volunteers at Dixie Middle School in Santa Clara. The 10 winners were recognized at a banquet on Friday, May 5th at the Salt Lake City Marriott Hotel.


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