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Hillcrest student, teacher honored at Family Links Conference

Published: Monday, May 19 2014 12:09 p.m. MDT

JoAnn Plant, pictured, a special education teacher who works with students with high-functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome, and Peter Conder, a senior at Hillcrest, were chosen as Educator of the Year and Student of the Year, respectively, at the statewide 2014 Family Links Conference.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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MIDVALE — A student and teacher at Hillcrest High were recently recognized at a conference that aims to support people with disabilities and those who work with them.

JoAnn Plant, a special education teacher who works with students with high-functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome, and Peter Conder, a senior at Hillcrest, were chosen as Educator of the Year and Student of the Year, respectively, at the statewide 2014 Family Links Conference.

Plant teaches students academic, life, social and organizational skills and was recognized for her communication skills with students and parents, according to Canyons School District.

Conder was honored for his involvement in mainstream activities and academic improvement, a news release from the district said. He takes several mainstream classes and participates in concert choir and the percussion ensemble group at Hillcrest.

In December, he performed in seven different concerts, including performances at Temple Square and in “Forgotten Carols.”

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