Outstanding social studies instructors have been honored by the Utah Council for the Social Studies.

At the elementary level, Marlene A. Bodrero, a fifth-grade teacher at Valley View Elementary, Davis District, is the Teacher of the Year. She was chosen for her "special gift" for teaching children, particularly in the area of social studies. She encourages children to be creative and uses community resources to enrich her curriculum. She was recognized by the National Freedoms Foundation and also has received the George Washington Honor Medal.Stuart W. Howell, teacher and department chairman at Logan High School, was selected at the secondary level. He teaches advanced-placement American history and has involved students in government through the CloseUp Program, which takes selected students to Washington D.C., for a first-hand experience. "He tries to bring social studies to life for students, which will cause them to think, examine, analyze and make decisions," his nominator said.

Both teachers will be honored during the Utah Education Association Convention Oct. 13 and will receive $100 awards.