The Brigham Young University Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Board have presented excellence in teaching awards to six Salt Lake Valley teachers.
Marian G. Martin and Donald E. Ward of Alta High School; Julie H. Hewlett of Highland High School; and Jacquelyn S. Chavis, Leland E. Flinders and Helen Ward (now retired) of Murray High School are the recipients.This is the fifth year the association has commended high school teachers for their commitment to preparing students for work, university study and life.
More than 100 graduates of each high school now attending BYU were asked to list, in preferential order, the three high school teachers who had the greatest impact on their education.
Students from Alta rated Martin and Ward equally. In addition, Brent Palmer received an honorable mention citation.
Martin has taught Advanced Placement English classes for the past 13 years--three at Jordan High School and 10 at Alta High School. She has also served as Department Chairman at Olympus, Jordan and Alta high schools.
Over her 20-year teaching career, Martin has been the recipient of two outstanding teacher awards. She has also been the secretary and social chairman of the Fta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of women educators.
Martin received a bachelor of science and master's degrees from BYU. She has also taught English at the BYU Salt Lake Center.
Ward, a History Department chairman, has taught Utah Advanced Placement American History for the past 10 years at Alta High School. More than 90 percent of his students have passed the Advanced Placement American history exam to earn college credit. This year, 98 of his students passed the test.
For the past five years, Ward has taken history students to Washington, D.C., to study government. While in the nation's capital, students have attended classes taught by senators, congressmen, lobbyists and political party leaders.
Highland graduates picked Hewlett, a 1988 recipient of the Golden Ram Award for excellence in education. A choral and humanities teacher, Hewlett has taught at Highland High School since 1976. She is a two-time recipient of the Golden Ram Award, and she was honored with an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Kiwanis Club in 1979.
She is a graduate of BYU, where in 1963 she was named the Outstanding Music Student. Hewlett also began her teaching career that same year as a choral instructor at HIllside Jr. High, in Salt Lake City.
The Murray graduates named 19 teachers, with the three honored teachers receiving the highest marks.
Chavis, a Murray School District Teacher of the Year in 1981-82, has taught English in Murray City schools since 1969. From 1972 to 1982, she chaired the English Department. A graduate of the University of Utah in 1969, Chavis has also participated in the Utah Writing Project and has coordinated several writing seminars for teachers.
Flinders, also a former Murray School District Teacher of the Year, is the director of choral activities at Murray High School. He is a former member of the Salt Lake Symphonic Choir, the Tabernacle Choir and the Jay Welch Chorale. A graduate of Utah State University, Flinders has taught for 28 years. He also breeds Clydesdale horses and collects horse-drawn vehicles.
Ward, an English and jornalism teacher, served as the adviser to the school paper for 33 years. In her teaching career, Ward taught a variety of English courses from seventh grade English to Advanced Placement English classes. She also created a grammar and vocabulary program, which she considers beneficial to college-bound students.