Dear Outstanding Employees, Patrons and Board Members of Jordan School District,
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Superintendent. I have learned much from you over the past eight years and will take those lessons learned and implement them into my life as I interact with the lives of others.
Thank you for the incredible impact you all have had on my life with your great passion for and advocacy of public education. I am grateful for your genuine hearts and incredible desires to provide the very best education possible for the young people of Jordan School District.
I am excited to watch and cheer as Superintendent Godfrey launches JSD into its next chapter of greatness! Enjoy the incredible journey and continue to reach for excellence as you strive to serve Every Child, Every Day!
With gratitude and great appreciation,
Patrice A. Johnson, Ed. D.
Jordan School District
Please join us in congratulating Blackridge Elementary School’s Rachelle Smith who is the 2019 Jordan School District Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Smith is a first-grade teacher who has been an educator in the District for 11 years. Colleagues describe her as an unbelievable talent and a teacher who is brilliant with technology.
Principal Steve Giles says Ms. Smith is innovative, dynamic, students adore her and learning outcomes in her classroom are amazing.
Ms. Smith will now represent Jordan School District in the competition for Utah Teacher of the Year.
Thank you, Rachelle Smith, for your incredible work in education and for making JSD proud!
Each year the Jordan Education Foundation receives hundreds of nominations from people sharing stories about hard working and truly amazing classified employees throughout Jordan School District. Narrowing the field down to the top eight is a difficult task, but this year’s winners have been selected.
Congratulations to the 2019 Jordan Education Foundation Classified Employees of the Year. We are very proud and appreciative of the valuable work you do every single day!
- Trina Child, Columbia Elementary School
- Anne Gould, Jordan Education Foundation
- Amanda Hansen, Department of Teaching and Learning
- Paul Hansen, Riverton Elementary School
- Brenda Landeen, South Jordan Elementary School
- Tiffany Page, Eastlake Elementary School
- Cyndi Pellegrino, Sunset Ridge Middle School
- Marci Stewart, Foothills Elementary School
Keith Evans has been working to inspire young people in the performing arts for more than a decade. He was actively involved in music and performing groups at BYU as a member of Vocal Point and the director of Noteworthy. Keith has offered music and acting workshops around the country and he co-founded a music youth summer camp that is now one of BYU’s official summer programs.
Now Mr. Evans is bringing his incredible music and acting talents to West Jordan High School where he is beginning his official duties as the new choir teacher. Keith Evans says he has already witnessed the dedication, enthusiasm and love of good music among West Jordan High students.
Congratulations to Welby Elementary School kindergarten teacher, Janie Lauritzen.
This incredible educator has been teaching kindergarten students at Welby for 19 years. She is devoted to making a difference in the lives of all children in her classroom, including those with special needs. Every day Mrs. Lauritzen goes about laying a solid foundation for her students to succeed as they move on to the next level in their young lives. Janie’s husband says the most important aspect of all is that she simply loves the children!
Because of her dedication to students and education, Janie Lauritzen was recently recognized by KSL NewsRadio, Governor Gary Herbert and business leaders at the 2019 Teacher Feature Spotlight banquet.
\Keep up the great work Mrs. Lauritzen! We are proud of your accomplishments in Jordan School District.