Renee Pay, a teacher at the Jordan School District's technical center, has been named by US WEST as Utah's outstanding teacher for 1989 and will represent Utah in the finals of a outstanding teacher program in Denver.
Pay, who will receive a $5,000 grant to further her education, was selected in the US WEST competition with four other Utah teachers. They will receive $1,000 grants to assist their school programs.Pay has developed an accelerated Business Computer/Management Program, which she uses to train students in a company environment and acts as the company "president" with the students acting as "employees." The program has received national recognition and is now being duplicated in several states. Participating students come from all six Jordan District high schools and are involved three hours each day. They can earn up to 16 college credit hours.
Gov. Norm Bangerter said the program is indicative of the progressive support US WEST gives to education in Utah.
"There is no question that Utah has the most dedicated, hard working and, probably the most underpaid, teachers in the country," Bangerter said.
Mack Lawrence, Utah vice president for US WEST, said his company hopes the annual contest is one step in the right direction in honoring outstanding teachers.
The four other finalists were Carletta Elich, a math teacher at Logan High; Lilia Eskelsen, a sixth-grade teacher Orchard Elementary in West Valley City; John Moss, who teaches English, journalism and television production classes at Wasatch High in Heber City; and Victor Williamson, a sixth-grade teacher at Central Elementary in Pleasant Grove.
Pay will compete May 4-6 in Denver with representatives from 14 states for one of three yearlong paid sabbatical awards from US WEST.