FUN FACT FRIDAY: Riverton High Principal is Huntsman Excellence in Education Award Winner

Principal Carolyn Gough poses with her parents.
Congratulations to Riverton High School Principal Carolyn Gough who is a proud recipient of the prestigious Huntsman Excellence in Education Award. Karen Huntsman and Jennifer Huntsman Parkin, along with teachers, staff and District Administrators surprised Ms. Gough with the award this morning. Carolyn’s parents were also on hand for the surprise.

Colleagues responsible for the nomination say Carolyn Gough motivates teachers to improve their teaching practices, content knowledge and student interaction in order to be the best educators possible. They say her priority is student learning with a focus on student well-being – Ms. Gough is present in her school constantly visiting classrooms, attending after-school activities, being involved in student assemblies, with a focus on taking care of all students.

The Huntsman Excellence in Education Awards were established to reward bright and capable individuals working in Utah’s public schools. By celebrating these individuals, the awards seek to inspire current educators and to rekindle interest in the teaching profession among young people.

Eleven winners are selected each year in recognition of their outstanding contributions to Utah’s public school system and each receives $10,000, donated by the Huntsman family.

Thank you, Carolyn Gough, for your hard work and dedication to Riverton High School, the education of ‘Every Child, Every Day’ and Jordan School District.

We are grateful to the Huntsman family for their commitment to honoring outstanding educators!

JATC South Web Design Program Big Winner in National Information Technology Competition

Picture of award winnersIt is a prestigious competition involving students from around the country and this year four of the winners are in the Web Design Program at JATC South. The students and their instructor, Melinda Mansouri, walked away with significant recognitions in the National Center for Women & Information Technology AiC awards. The Aspirations in Computing awards honor young women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, encouraging them to pursue their passions. AiC recipients are chosen for their demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education. To date, more than 12,000 women have been honored with the National Award for AiC.

The following are this year’s State winners in Web Design Program at JATC South:

  • Estela Newton – State Winner, Herriman High School
  • Madi Katwyk – State Runner-up, Bingham High School
  • Tea Flores – Certificate of Distinction Award, Herriman High School
  • Melinda Mansouri- Educator Award Winner

Congratulations on your impressive accomplishments!

Oquirrh Hills Middle Teachers Recognized as Best Teaching Team in State

Picture of 'Almost Hogwarts' teaching teamTheir ability to collaborate and work well together has influenced the entire culture in a positive way at Oquirrh Hills Middle School. That is just one reason why the school’s 7th grade language arts team was recently honored as ‘Collaborative Team of the Year,’ by the Utah Middle Level Association (UMLA).

Principal Donna Hunter says Jade Weinheimer, Sarah Strachan, Kimberly Stewart, Julie Chamberlain and Becca Marrott join forces in a well-functioning and fun PLC team. She says they have a Harry Potter theme and call themselves “Almost Hogwarts,” with a goal of finding ways to make learning fun for everyone.

Congratulations and keep up the great work!

Educators Recognized by the Jordan Association of Elementary School Principals

Picture of winning principalsCongratulations to the 2018-19 award winners for the Jordan Association of Elementary School Principals!

Each year principals are nominated by teachers, staff, parents, and administrators in seven different categories.

The following are this year’s winners.

  • Innovator of the Year – Carolyn Bona
  • Principal Mentor of the Year – Shelly Davis
  • Instructional Leader of the Year – Karen Gorringe
  • Rookie of the Year – Amanda Bollinger
  • Community Leader of the Year – Kathe Riding
  • Student Advocate Principal of the Year – Jennifer Fisher
  • JAESP Principal of the Year – Tami Bird

Tami Bird will also be the JAESP’s nominee for the National Distinguished Principal Award. She will be recognized this weekend at the UAESP conference in St. George.

All JAESP award winners have been nominated for the Utah Association of Elementary School Principal (UAESP) awards.

Congratulations to these amazing JSD educators!

Lawmakers Recognize Educators Who Have Achieved National Board Certification

Teachers recognized in State House of RepresentativesIt was a special day at the State Capitol as lawmakers took time to recognize teachers who have obtained or renewed their National Board Certification.

In Jordan School District three teachers received renewal of their National Board Certification. Congratulations to JATC South’s Tami Clevenger, Herriman High School’s Janet Fotu and West Jordan High’s Shauna Robertson.

National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification in K-12 education. It means that teachers have met the profession’s highest standards for accomplished practice.

Jordan School District currently has 44 teachers who have achieved National Board Certification.