Barry L. Bishop, a science teacher at San Rafael Junior High School, has been named winner of the Utah PTA's 1989 Outstanding Educator Award, and Harold J. Trussel, West High School, was named Principal of the Year.
The awards were announced as state PTA leaders began their annual state convention Friday at Brigham Young University. Sessions continue Saturday.Friday evening, the annual Education Awards Banquet will be held, with honors presented to individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to education.
Bishop, for many years the only science teacher in the small school, developed a positive and resourceful department and has helped to build it by assisting other teachers and coordinating the program. He has provided many enrichments for his science students, including contests, trips and other activities.
Trussel was cited by his nominators for being the "driving force of leadership in turning several urban intermediate schools with problems of at-risk students, low performance and lack of esteem into thriving, award-winning schools. His school was recently announced as a winner in the national Drug-Free Schools competition.
Other awards will go to:
- Bingham High School, Outstanding Local PTA Unit, for an effective AIDS education program and child advocacy.
- Murray Council, Outstanding Local Council.
- Esther Landa, Outstanding Advocate for Children, in recognition of her work in helping children from all backgrounds come together in understanding and friendship.
- KSL Television, the Advocate for Children Award for their production of "Weather School," supplementing school programs in a time of tight finances.
- Jim Campbell, Utah Education Association president, a lifetime PTA membership for constant support and interest in Utah.
Saturday at noon, the PTA and Geneva Steel will sponsor a luncheon for state winners of the Reflections contest, which recognizes student abilities in the arts.
PTA delegates also will consider a number of resolutions, including proposals for stronger laws regarding after-school detention, pornography, drug-related or vehicular deaths and warning labels on smokeless tobacco products. The group proposes suspension of driving privileges for students involved in alcohol and drug possession offenses and may push for more recognition of outcome-based education.