The State Charter School Board recognized Sara Layton, English high school teacher at Mountain Heights Academy, as the 2015 Utah Charter School Teacher of the Year.
DeLaina Tonks, director at the online charter school, said Layton was the first online teacher to design, write and teach the first concurrent enrollment English course as part of the charter’s Online Early Access, which is done in partnership with Weber State.
Access is a concurrent enrollment program available to qualified students in Utah.
“At the same time, Sara is a champion for our struggling student population and spends copious amounts of time making sure each student gets what they need, when they need it in order to succeed,” Tonks said.
A former college professor, Layton has been teaching for 16 years.
In 2013 she was named American Board Utah Teacher of the Year by the American Board of Certification of Teacher Excellence.
Mountain Heights’ Board of Director Co-Chair Jen Christensen described Layton as “a teacher, mentor, tech specialist, instructional designer, and data analyst all rolled into one.”
Layton and all district teachers of the year will be recognized during a banquet in September.