Announcing Utah’s 2013 Teacher of the Year Finalists
The nominations poured in from school districts and charter schools across Utah as many sought to have the hard work of their favorite teachers recognized.
A total of 25 districts submitted candidates. Of those, 23 chose to be considered for Utah’s 2013 Teacher of the Year award.
Representatives from the Utah Education Association, the Utah PTA, secondary and elementary principals, superintendents, the 2012 Teacher of the Year Leigh VandenAkker, a Utah State Board of Education member and Utah State Office of Education Public Relations Director Mark Peterson handled the task of narrowing the list to five finalists.
“It’s always a difficult task to do the selection process given the quality of the teachers and the differences in the environments in which each of them teach,” Peterson said.
Once the five finalists were selected, they were invited for an in-person interview with the selection committee.
Here are the five finalists (in no particular order):
Jennifer Graviet is a ninth grade English teacher at Sand Ridge Junior High in Weber School District. Graviet has been teaching for 17 years.
Britnie Powell is a sixth grade teacher at The Salt Lake Center for Science Education. Powell has been teaching for six years.
Julie Allen teaches grades K-6 at Antimony Elementary School in Garfield School District. Allen has been teaching for 10 years.
Sarah Hacken is a seventh and eighth grade US History and Language Arts teacher at Lakeridge Junior High School in Alpine School District. Hacken has been teaching for 27 years.
Camille Clegg-Patch is a seventh grade science teacher at Clarke N. Johnsen Junior High School in Tooele School District. Clegg-Patch has been teaching for 14 years.
The 2013 Utah Teacher of the Year will be announced during a reception on Oct. 5. The winner is awarded $10,000 and moves on to compete with the teachers of the year from other states in a national competition. The first runner-up will receive a check for $5,000. The second runner-up recieves $3,000.
Good luck to all five finalists.