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: Sarah Paul, Horizon 3rd Grade English DLI Teacher
Nominees: Kim Tavares, Grant; Jennifer Allred, Hillcrest; Daphne Davis, Liberty; Annie Dow, Longview; Jodi Jessop, McMillan; April Warby, MHS; Teresa Porter, Parkside; Jen Duehlmeier, Riverview; Kristen Snow, Viewmont.
Licensed Employee of the Year: Jill Hansen, Riverview Jr. High Librarian
Nominees: Lawren Martin, Grant; Courtney Nolan, Hillcrest; Karen Peterson, Horizon; Sarah Wilson, Liberty; Cole Robinson, McMillan; Carolyn Martinez-Ross, MHS
Education Support Professional of the Year: Mary-Ann Anderson, Viewmont Secretary
Nominees: Marsha Wilson, McMillan; Ada Glines, Longview; Joyce Lopez, Grant; Karina Rodriguez-Perez, Riverview; Mary-Ann Anderson, Viewmont; Jennifer Horne, MHS; Sydney Baird, Hillcrest; Meme Jensen, Parkside; Shay Lavallee, Liberty; Jessica Rackham, Horizon; Kristen Millet, ECEC; Shela Barker, 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!