The Utah Council of Teachers of English has honored a teacher and an administrator for their contributions in the field.
Sharon Williams, a teacher in the St. George West Elementary School, received the highest award given by the council, including a cash grant of $500. Beverly Cook, principal of Upland Terrace Elementary school in the Granite District was recognized for her support of English/language arts instructors.Williams was cited for creative assignments that "make learning an adventure," including news broadcasts, letters to famous people, putter shows, poetry, short stories and other literary efforts for the school newspaper. She is especially noted for developing problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in her students, nominators said.
Cook has been involved with the Utah Writing Project for 10 years and has presented more than 150 workshops across the state. As a principal for the past two years, she has promoted writing in the curriculum and invited four nationally known writers to her school, besides encouraging the Volunteer Readers Program.
Others honored during the council's spring meeting were V. Beth Clark Burdett, associate professor of English, University of Utah, who also was the conference guest speaker.
Other nominees for teacher of the year were Ruth Darrington, Ogden District; Nancy Frederickson, Calvin Smith Elementary, Granite District; Jeff Metcalf, Valley High School, Jordan District; and Judy Nash, Rosamond Elementary, Jordan District. Administrator nominees were Judy Mainard, Carbon District, and Gail Mladejovsky Johnson, State Office of Education.