Congratulations to Jorge Ibanez, 2015 MESA Teacher of the Year. Ibanez, a math and resource teacher at West Jordan Middle School, was presented with the honor during an award banquet in February.
Here is what nominators had to say about Ibanez’ work with MESA students:
“He is a mentor and teacher too many. He has made some serious impacts on the students by his ability to connect with them both in group and individual settings. He gives positive feedback to assist his students along the way no matter if it pertains to school, school work, friends or other situations that the students may be coping with.”
“He has shown time and time again to his students how to help them gain power to overcome their fears and gain self-confidence. ”
“Mr. Ibanez’s attitude toward his students, peers, and job is one that is genuine, always maintaining a positive attitude has toward the MESA program has impacted his classrooms allowing the students freedom to know they are capable of doing anything they want and implementing new ideas in their classrooms.”
Ibanez, who is in his seventh year of teaching, moved to the United States in 1992. He worked and attended Utah Valley University, where he completed a Bachelor of Science. He received his post baccalaureate teaching certificate from Brigham Young University. He plans to go back to school for his master’s in education.
The award is given to recognize outstanding K-12 educators who promote and inspire students to strive for excellence in the MESA programs across the state.
Nominations are sent to Utah State Office of Education and the winner is selected by a committee. Ibanez also was presented with $500 by the Utah Engineers Council.