Summarized by Vickie Speek
Spanish Fork teacher wins second major award
Utah co Journal 20Aug99 L5
By Janis Nielsen: Journal Publications
LuAnn Staheli of Spanish Fork, a teacher at Payson Junior High School, has
received two prestigious awards in only a few weeks. A couple of months ago,
Staheli was named Utah Teacher of the Year, she has now won the prestigious
Crista McAuliffe Fellowship Award.
The McAuliffe Fellowship, is given annually to only one person in each
state. Applicants submit proposals detailing their plans for using the
Staheli will be assembling a handbook about young adult literature aimed at
students, parents and teachers. Her handbook will let students and adults
know what a book is about before they read it. It will feature summaries of
books, suggest extension activities, theme topics and discussions, and will include
areas of possible concern such as language and situational content.
Staheli has taught English and creative writing at Payson Junior High since
1984. Before coming to Utah, she taught at Rockville Junior-Senior High
School in Rockville, Ind. An accomplished author, Staheli has been published
in several magazines, has submitted two fictional young-adult novels for
publication, and is working on a third. She has written three film
scripts, one about the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
She currently serves on the Utah Council of Teachers of English, and is a
past president of the League of Utah Writers. The wife of Mike Staheli of
Spanish Fork, She is also a member of the Spanish Fork Arts Council.