Teacher of the Year: An adventure of a lifetime

Gay Beck_2011 Utah Teacher of the Year

This past year has been one of the most powerful and unforgettable years of my life. I have represented our educators as the 2011 Utah Teacher of the Year. I began my year of recognition last October and began a series of incredible opportunities and experiences. My first trip was to Dallas, Texas, where I met the entire TOY group from all over the U.S. I began to build relationships and learn the many ways I can be a voice for teachers and students. I also gained an increased awareness of educational issues on a national level. . . . → Read More

Space Center to Space Camp, Utah Teacher of the Year awards scholarship

2011 Utah Teacher of the Year_Space Camp Scholarship Recipient

As Utah Teacher of the Year, Gay Beck was given an opportunity to go to Space Camp last month. There she picked up some new teaching tools, learned she has a knack for building bottle rockets and found a newfound love of everything “space.” But what really made her excited about the experience was what Space Camp allowed her to give away: a week’s free tuition to a Utah student. . . . → Read More

Utah Teacher of the Year awards University of Phoenix scholarship

Utah Teacher of the Year awards University of Phoenix scholarship

Each year, the University of Phoenix awards a scholarship to the Utah Teacher of the Year to give away. The 2011 Teacher of the Year, Gay Beck, chose to give it to her son’s friend and coworker, Brody Bates, who is completing a degree to help others as a counselor. . . . → Read More