SANDY — Michele Law, who teaches third grade at Sprucewood Elementary School, has been named the 2014 Canyons School District Teacher of the Year.
Law received a $1,000 check, plus another $1,000 for Sprucewood Elementary, courtesy of the Canyons School District Education Foundation.
The Board of Education honored Teachers of the Year from all 46 schools and recognized, as finalists for the district teacher award, Debbie Delliskave of Midvale Middle School, and Diana Haggerty of Draper Elementary.
The finalists received $500 checks from the foundation, which this year tripled its investment in the Teacher of the Year program.
The board also honored two other semifinalists for the top prize: Jody Cheever of Sunrise Elementary School and Cassie Hill of Midvale Elementary School.
"(Law) cares about her students, and that shows through in how she interacts with them, in how she cares for them. If there's a sick student, she calls them and follows up with them until they get back," Sprucewood Principal Garth Anderson said. "She also communicates well with parents and makes them a part of the learning environment."
"The most important determining factor for a child's success is what they think about themselves and what they themselves are capable of doing," Law said. "I feel like the most important thing I can do as a teacher is capitalize on that, and make sure every child in my classroom believes they can succeed."
Law, who also is involved in her School Community Council and Building Leadership Team, is Canyons' nominee for Utah Teacher of the Year. All teachers of the year will be honored at halftime at the May 17 Canyons Night at the Real Salt Lake game. Discount tickets for the Canyons community are available at www.canyonsdistrict.org. For each discount ticket sold, RSL will donate $5 to the Foundation to benefit students.
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