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Spanish Fork teacher wins second major award

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 fellowship funds.

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.

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