Mapleton Elementary principal J. Lynn Jones has been honored as an elementary education leader because of the innovative approach he takes to his job.

The Utah Elementary School Principals gave Jones the Instructional Leader of the Year award, its highest honor, during its semi-annual meeting last week.Jones encourages teachers from his and other schools to meet to discuss curriculum and teaching methods. He also takes the teachers from his Spanish Fork school on field trips to other schools to observe other teachers.

Two other Nebo School District principals, Ray Mecham and Dennis Tuckett, were honored by the association. Mecham, Rees Elementary, was given the Outstanding Principal Award from a Small School Award for good reading and math programs. Tuckett, Brockbank Elementary, was named the Humane Resource Developer of the Year for organizing several state agencies to help the students.