KUED is honored to recognize Utah’s top ten educators

Press Release

KUED has been committed to education since its inception over 60 years ago, and is pleased to recognize and support Utah’s outstanding educators. As a media partner of the UEA Excellence in Teaching Awards, KUED is proud to produce video profiles highlighting the award recipients.

The UEA Excellence in Teaching Awards are presented to Utah public school teachers whose efforts in the classroom significantly impact the life of an individual child or group of children.

KUED is excited to honor these deserving individuals with video profiles. The video profiles are sponsored in part by the Utah Education Network (UEN).

In partnership with the Utah Education Association (UEA), KUED conducted interviews with each of the winners and the person who nominated them.

“The videos are a moving tribute to educators across Utah who are committed to ensuring Utah’s children receive a quality education,” said KUED Education Coordinator Elise Brimhall. UEA Excellence in Teaching Award recipients were recognized and presented with their awards at the KeyBank Superstars in Education banquet on May 16 at The Leonardo in downtown Salt Lake City. Video profiles were shown at the banquet awards ceremony and are available online at KUED.org/TEACHERS.

Charles Bell’s dedication to his students is remarkable. Jeannie Fernandez is a champion for the students. Under Lori Bullock’s rigorous and nurturing tutelage, students make life-changing progress. Students in Peter Haslam’s classes are expected to show responsibility and respect towards their fellow classmates and school.

Bell, Fernandez, Bullock, and Haslam are four of the ten educators honored with the 2019 UEA/ doTERRA Excellence in Teaching Awards. These educators are nominated for more than just their commitment to teaching. A hallmark quality of every winner this year is their ability to cultivate authentic and supportive relationships with their students. They are shining examples of educators who bring out the best in their students and recognize each student’s unique potential.

The Excellence in Teaching Award recipients for 2019 are:

  • Charles Bell, Sixth-Grade Teacher at Granger Elementary School, Granite School District
  • Lori Bullock, Resources and English Teacher at Pleasant Grove Junior High School, Alpine School District
  • Jeannie Fernandez, Librarian at Fossil Ridge Intermediate School, Washington County School District
  • Christa Green, Art Teacher at Grand County High School, Grand County School District
  • Peter Haslam, Fifth-Grade Teacher at Wasatch Elementary School, Salt Lake City School District
  • Elizabeth Julian, Kindergarten through Sixth-Grade Teacher at Boulder Elementary School, Garfield County School District
  • Jon Lindberg, Life Skills Teachers at Lehi Junior High School, Alpine School District
  • Gregg Smith, History Teacher at Maple Mountain High School, Nebo School District
  • Laura Taylor, Science Teacher at Riverton High School, Jordan School District
  • Randall White, Science Teacher at Valley High School, Jordan School District

View award winner profiles, photos, and videos.

About KUED

KUED is Utah’s PBS station, providing the state with access to exceptional content that entertains, informs, and enriches viewers. KUED airs PBS programming plus award-winning, locally produced documentaries, and series. Recognized as one of the leading public television stations in the country, KUED is committed to serving and engaging with the Utah community through its diverse productions, as well as its educational and outreach programs. KUED is always evolving to provide Utahns with relevant programming and services while maintaining its core values of integrity, fairness, independence, education, and innovation. KUED also provides three additional broadcast channels: WORLD, PBS Kids 24/7 and Create.

About the Utah Education Network (UEN)

UEN is one of the nation’s premier education networks for higher education, technical education and public education. UEN broadcasts on station KUEN and connects public schools, colleges and libraries via broadband. Since 2014 UEN has been the education services provider of the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) that also provides broadband and technical support to hospitals, clinics and health departments throughout the state.

About the Utah Education Association (UEA)

For more than a century, the Utah Education Association has been dedicated to preserving and enhancing Utah public education. The UEA represents 18,000 active classroom teachers, retired educators, administrators, licensed educational support personnel, and campus education students. The UEA has local affiliates in each of the state’s 41 school districts, Applied Technology Colleges, and the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 5:27pm