The Excel Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing and encouraging educational excellence, congratulated six outstanding Granite District teachers recently with cash and commendations.

Honored for their loving and caring service to students were Carole Cannon, Barbara McConnell, Nona Miller, Paul Shepherd, Janet Winger and Nellee Woodland.

REST} Larry Bradshaw, foundation board member and former member of the Granite board, made the presentations, which were based on nominations from the district schools.

Cannon was cited for her above-and-beyond services as a counselor in Kennedy Junior High School. Because she is the only female counselor, young women's problems often are referred to her.

Known as the "grandma in sneakers," Woodland jogs with her Hill View Elementary sixth graders and planned an exceptional field trip to southern Utah Anasazi ruins during which the youngsters were allowed to participate in a "dig."

Winger, a fourth/fifth grade teacher at Stansbury Elementary, involves herself in many extracurricular activities, having produced a drug abuse prevention play and spearheaded student participation in community and school projects.

Shepherd teaches at Copper Hills Elementary where he goes the extra mile for students to promote a "whole child" concept. He is president of the Federated Teachers Association of Utah.

McConnell promotes self-love and self-esteem among her fifth graders at Valley Crest Elementary, helping them set and meet academic goals as well as personal and social improvement. Her personal attention is a prod for lifelong learning.

Miller was commended for her work with handicapped students at Cottonwood High School, particularly her efforts to integrate them into the mainstream. She promoted a handicapped awareness week to involve and educate other students to the needs and worth of her special students.