Board and District Award Winners
LtoR Bottom: Board Members Jill Weight, Board Vice Chair Kelly Taeoalii, Board Chair Jaren Cooper, Superintendent Jennifer Covington, Board Member Kami Anderson, Board Member Elizabeth Payne; LtoR Top: Morgan Lami, Robert Wood,

Murray City School District (MCSD) appreciates the hard work of all employees. Over the years, the District has recognized one licensed classroom teacher and one education support professional from each school. This year we are adding one licensed educator from each school. This includes counselors, social workers, school psychologists, instructional coaches, SLPs, and librarians who were not eligible for previous award programs.

This year’s winners and nominees are:

Teacher of the Year: Morgan Lami, Hillcrest

Nominees: Charli Quinonez, Grant; Kristie Short, Horizon; Cindy Larsen, Liberty; Anee Kjar, Longview; Meghan Fe’iloaki, McMillan; Quinn Drury, MHS; Emily Cox, Parkside; Haley Johnson, Riverview; Jessica Felt, Viewmont

Licensed Employee of the Year: Becky Behunin, Horizon

Nominees: Keri Alder, Hillcrest; Michelle Bouwman, Liberty; Becky Powell, Longview; Amy Koehler, McMillan; Brady Smith, MHS; Brandi Sandoval, Parkside; Gina Dansie, Riverview; Christy Vuyk, Viewmont; Sierra Marsh, District Office

Education Support Professional of the Year: Robert Wood

Nominees: Debra Spackman, McMillan; Kelly Sandness, Grant; Carrin Bridgewater, Liberty; Robert Wood, Riverview; Tyler Wallace, Viewmont; Sue Mohlman, Horizon; James Richart, MHS; Michelle Simmons, Hillcrest; Michelle Cross, Parkside; Amy Seiter, District Office

MCSD recognition programs honor employees who have demonstrated exceptional dedication, leadership, and service to the district and its students. Nominations are accepted among district employees, and committees of peers select the overall winners. The Teacher of the Year selection will go on for consideration for the state’s Teacher of the Year award.

This program is in addition to the Murray Education Foundation’s (MEF) Pinnacle Awards, which accepts nominations across the entire Murray Community and recognizes seven or eight individuals each year. It’s also in addition to the Murray PTA and a myriad of other state and national organizations that recognize teachers and employees from MCSD schools each year.

The MCSD program, along with other recognition given through MEF, the PTA, and other organizations, are important ways for professional educators and support professionals to be recognized among their peers. All employees in Murray are valued and appreciated for their hard work, team-oriented collaboration, and dedication to the Board of Education’s mission of optimizing “every student, every opportunity, every day.” 

Congratulations to each winner, we appreciate you, and are proud of your we-are-murray spirit!