2016 Teacher of the Year Finalists




Meet this year’s finalists for Utah Teacher of the Year. They are: Melody Apezteguia (ah-petsa-jee-ah), a math teacher at American Fork High School. Lois Faber, a music teacher at EskDale High School in EskDale in Millard School District. Shantelle Ford, a fourth grade teacher at West Kearns Elementary in Kearns. Gordon Reeve, a math teacher at Monticello High School in the San Juan School District. Krista Thornock, a language arts and history teacher at Centennial Middle School in Provo. . . . → Read More

Prevention Dimensions Kids’ Day

Superintendent Martell Menlove throws the ceremonial first pitch of the game.




More than 12,000 fifth and sixth grade students celebrated the 11th annual at Smith’s Ballpark on May 20. The event, organized by the Salt Lake Bees and the Utah State office of Education, promotes alcohol, tobacco, other drug and bullying prevention. . . . → Read More

Education News Roundup: March 21, 2014




In today’s ENR: Utah PTA asks Governor for a veto of the curriculum review bill. Utah State Board of Education takes up the matter at noon today. Stateline takes a look at Granite’s preK education program. Utah Foundation forum touts education. Links to these stories and many more are in the Education News Roundup for March 21. . . . → Read More

Teacher of the Year Finalist Stephen Van Orden

Stephen Van Orden




Congratulations to Stephen Van Orden, a finalist for the 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year. Van Orden teaches German at Timpview High School. . . . → Read More

Teacher of the Year Finalist Allison P. Riddle

Allison Riddle, 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year finalist




Allison P. Riddle, a fifth grade teacher at Foxboro Elementary School, is the fourth finalist (in alphabetical order) for the 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year award. . . . → Read More

Teacher of the Year Finalist Catherine H. Praggastis

Catherine Praggastis, Teacher of the Year finalist




Catherine Praggastis (in alphabetical order) is the third finalist for the Teacher of the Year award. She is an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher at East High School. Congratulations and good luck! . . . → Read More

Teacher of the Year Finalist: Aimee Breinholt

Aimee Breinholt




It’s that time again. The Utah State Office of Education will be announcing the 2014 Teacher of the Year award on Oct. 4. I will post one candidate per day starting today (Monday, Sept. 23). Good luck to all the finalists. . . . → Read More

2013 Utah Teacher of the Year

Sara Hacken




Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway today named Alpine School District Lakeridge Junior High English and history teacher Sara Hacken Utah’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching for 27 years. She has been at Lakeridge for 14 years, teaching grade seventh and eighth. . . . → Read More