Congratulations Jordan School District Teacher of the Year!

Rachelle Smith hears she has just won 'Jordan Districts Teacher of the Year' award.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!

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Announcing The 2019 JEF Classified Employees of the Year

The Jordan Education Foundation hands out an award. 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 SchoolAward winners pose for a photo.

West Jordan High Welcomes Former Vocal Point Member, Keith Evans, As New Choir Teacher

Picture of Keith EvansKeith 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.

Welby Elementary School’s Janie Lauritzen is KSL NewsRadio’s Teacher Spotlight of the Year

Picture of Janie with KSL News Radio hostCongratulations 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.

FUN FACT FRIDAY: Superintendent Johnson Joins 2019 Class of Retirees

Flowers being presented to a retiree. This year we celebrate and take pride in the many accomplishments of the 125 Jordan School District employees who are retiring. Collectively they have worked more than 2,873 years in education and we thank them for their hard work and dedication. Our retirees will be recognized during a special dinner in their honor next week.

Superintendent Patrice Johnson is part of the 2019 class of retirees.

  • Dr. Johnson began her career in education as a kindergarten teacher 43 years ago.
  • Superintendent Johnson went on to find much success in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada where she taught in the classroom and then became a middle school principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent and associate superintendent.
  • Dr. Johnson joined Jordan School District in 2011 and has been Superintendent of Schools for the past eight years.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 22 as we say thank you and wish Superintendent Johnson the best as she begins the next chapter of her life in retirement.

The public is invited to a Retirement Reception for Superintendent Johnson:

  • Wednesday, May 22, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • JATC South, 12723 South 2080 West, Riverton

Retirement Reception for Superintendent Johnson: Wednesday, May 22, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. JATC South, 12723 South 2080 West, Riverton