Dedicated Oakcrest Elementary Teacher Recognized for Changing Lives

Picture of Mrs. Munot with KSL NewsRadio and Zion's BankPrincipal Joel Pullan says she represents everything that you expect a teacher should be, an educator who truly focuses on every child, every day. That is why 4th grade teacher, Rupali Munot was surprised by KSL NewsRadio and Zions Bank as part of the Teacher Feature campaign to recognize outstanding teachers in Utah.

The nomination was submitted by a parent who described Mrs. Munot as an educator who literally changed her son’s life, turning obstacles into opportunities for him to thrive. The parent added that Mrs. Munot has reframed education from a one-way street from teacher to student to a synergistic partnership involving student, teacher and parents.

Mr. Pullan says Mrs. Munot is the 4th grade team leader and she works closely with parents and builds relationships in order to meet the needs of all students academically and behaviorally.

Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition, Mrs. Munot. You are a shining example to all. Keep up the good work!

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A Thanksgiving Message from the Board of Education

Greetings Jordan District Employees and Colleagues:

2017 Thanksgiving Letter Sample Printed VersionIn the last few days, the Jordan Board of Education dedicated our two newest elementary schools, Golden Fields and Bastian. Students were the highlight of each program. They spoke about the strengths and legacies which their new schools were already developing, and they sang with enthusiasm and appreciation about the opportunities which their schools, their homes, and their country opened to them. In each case, families, friends, and neighbors filled the audience and cheered our students on. These were moments to savor.

Both events gave members of our Board of Education occasion to reflect once again on the essential contributions each of you, our employees, make to see that our schools are welcoming, effective, safe, and thriving. From the maintenance teams to bus drivers, nutrition workers, classroom teachers and aides, office and business staffs, administrators, and every other employee who contributes on a daily basis to student success, we want to say “thank you.” You are critical members of our district team, and the truth is, our schools could not function without you.

As we approach the holiday season, we wanted to let you know how much we appreciate and value what you do for students–more than 53,000 of them in 59 different school settings. Few jobs make such a positive difference to our society. Together, all of us open the doors of education to the children of our community. As we express to you our gratitude for the remarkable skills and talents you share with our students, you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for making a difference to every child, every day.

Happy Holidays to Each of You and to Those You Love,

The Jordan School District Board of Education
Janice L. Voorhies, President – Precinct 6
Matthew Young, Vice President – Precinct 2
Jen Atwood, Secretary – Precinct 7
Bryce Dunford, Member – Precinct 5
Tracy J. Miller, Member – Precinct 3
Marilyn Richards, Member – Precinct 4
Darrell Robinson, Member – Precinct 1
Patrice Johnson, Superintendent
John Larsen, Business Administrator

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.