She has a passion for teaching, inspiring students to succeed every day and Cindy Smith says she loves every minute of her time in the classroom. Now this dedicated 6th grade teacher at Hayden Peak Elementary School is being recognized along with other outstanding teachers around the state.
Mrs. Smith has been selected as a recipient of the KSL News Radio Zions Bank Teacher Feature, which awards the best and brightest educators in Utah. Hayden Peak Principal, David Butler, says Mrs. Smith was nominated because she has a gift for teaching and will stop at nothing to make sure her students succeed. Mrs. Smith is known for her hard work on behalf of students and staying after school tutoring whenever needed. This devoted educator, who is also the mother of nine children, says her classroom is like family and there is no place she’d rather be than helping students achieve.
Congratulations, Mrs. Smith! Keep up the great work in education.
Join us in congratulating Rebecca Kirkman, Social Studies Department Chair at South Hills Middle School. Ms. Kirkman was recently named “Outstanding Teacher of American History 2018” by the Utah Daughters of the American Revolution.
Ms. Kirkman was chosen because of her enthusiastic style and focus on student learning. She took first place in the Salt Lake Valley Chapter in addition to the State award.
The Utah Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonprofit, volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to preserving history and securing America’s future through education.
Eastlake 4th, 5th and 6th grade students took everyone on a little adventure with their holiday performance of ‘A Pirates Christmas.’ The play follows the journey of Santa and his elves, who decide to head to a warm island for a little rest and relaxation. However, when Santa arrives on the island with a sleigh full of presents, he encounters pirates who want to take the gifts away.
But the pirates’ plans to get away with the gifts quickly change after Santa and the elves teach them about the joy of Christmas. Santa explained Christmas is a time of giving and receiving friendship. It was a lesson the pirates embraced and the sleigh full of presents was saved.
It is a Herriman High School DECA project hoping to help put people on the path to financial wellness and having less stress in their lives. The project started with a survey, which revealed nearly half of all teachers at Herriman High don’t have a savings plan for their children and they don’t feel confident about their retirement.
So, the DECA students decided to organize a Financial Wellness Day at the school. They are bringing in more than a dozen financial experts, volunteering their time to provide workshops and meet individually with teachers, faculty and staff from schools throughout Jordan School District. The goal is to help participants become better educated and feel more secure about their financial plans and retirement.
The Financial Wellness Day is free and open to all Jordan School District faculty and staff. It is being held Friday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Herriman High School Tech Atrium.