West Hills Middle Teacher is Recognized by KSL Newsradio

Janet Sanders receiving Teacher Feature AwardShe is described as the kind of teacher who always goes above and beyond in her work. That’s just one reason why West Hills Middle School geography teacher, Janet Sanders, received a surprise visit from KSL Newsradio. The radio news team showed up to recognize Ms. Sanders as part of their ‘Teacher Feature” program which honors educators who make a difference in the lives of students and in their community. West Hills Middle Principal Stacy Evans says Janet Sanders is very deserving of the recognition because she is a top-notch teacher who engages students and makes learning fun. Ms. Sanders also supports other educators as a teacher coach.

Congratulations to Janet Sanders! Thank you for your outstanding work educating young people and making a difference in their lives every single day.

District Educators Sweep State Teacher of the Year Awards in Social Studies

Picture of Teachers of the Year in Social StudiesIt was a first in the history of the Utah Council for the Social Studies. All three Teacher of the Year awards winners are from one school district and it happens to be Jordan School District. The social studies teachers were honored at the UCSS conference over the weekend for their devotion to social studies education. Congratulations to the following:

  • Lorna Murray, Copper Hills High – High School Teacher of the Year
  • Laraine Lawes, South Jordan Middle – Middle School Teacher of the Year
  • Janae Barron, Midas Creek Elementary – Elementary School Teacher of the Year

Jamie Vargas Recognized as an American Graduate Champion!

Jamie VargasJamie Vargas, a CTE and School Counseling Program Specialist in Jordan School District is being recognized as a champion among school counselors in the state of Utah. Mr. Vargas was one of 14 educators selected by the Utah Education Network (UEN) as an American Graduate Champion. He was selected because of his dedication in mentoring school counselors and new teachers.

Colleagues say, for Jamie, mentoring is more about showing than telling. With a calm approach, strong listening skills and excellent advice, he coaches school counselors and new teachers, passing along the behaviors and knowledge they need to mentor students more effectively. Jamie’s colleagues say he is “irreplaceable” and that his leadership “raises the bar” in their workplace.

Congratulations, Jamie Vargas.