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KSL NewsRadio and Zions Bank are proud to honor Utah’s best teachers with the KSL Teacher Feature Awards! Since 1994, Teacher Feature has highlighted outstanding teachers throughout the State of Utah.

Winning teachers are announced every Tuesday morning, September through June, on Utah’s Morning News with Brian & Amanda.

Each winning teacher is honored with a plaque from Zions Bank, an overnight stay at Anniversary Inn, a gift certificate for dinner at the beautiful Roof Restaurant at Temple Square and a pair of season tickets from Hale Centre Theater! New this year – each featured teacher will also receive a $200 gift card for school supplies courtesy of Walmart!

All winners are also invited to attend an end-of-year banquet at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in their honor. In addition, one lucky teacher will win the grand prize 2-year lease on a new car courtesy of Burt Brothers Tire and Service.

A panel of judges from Zions Bank, the State Office of Education, and KSL NewsRadio judge the hundreds of nominating letters. The letters can be sent in by anyone – students, peers, former students and even relatives. If you would like to nominate a deserving teacher, fill out the form below.

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    Mark Landeen, South Jordan Middle School

    The following was submitted by JR Landeen. “I know it may seem weird that I am nominating my own father but I truly believe he is deserving of this award. I was never his student in the classroom or even attended his school but I know what kind of teacher he is. I remember growing […]
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    Janie Lauritzen, Welby Elementary

    The following was submitted by Jon P. Lauritzen. “Janie Lauritzen has taught kindergarten at South Jordan’s Welby Elementary for 19 years. She’s that special teacher that has parents jockeying with the school administration to make sure their children get into her classes. Over the years, she has taught children with learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, and […]
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    Jen Lightfoot, Viewmont Elementary

    The following was submitted by Emily Chandler. “This year my child was diagnosed with Rheumatic fever in early September. Rheumatic fever is a rare disorder and a noncontagious acute fever marked by inflammation and pain in the joints. It chiefly affects young people and is caused by a streptococcal infection. Rheumatic fever will go after […]
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    Shanalee Sadler, Alta High School

    The following was submitted by Shana Davis. Shanalee Sadler is a special education teacher at Alta High School. She has been my son’s teacher for the past 3 and a half years. My son has autism and is a senior at Alta High School. Mrs. Sadler has gone to great lengths to teach my son […]
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    Alice Erickson, Willow Canyon Elementary

    The following was submitted by Amourette Bradley. “Have you ever had a teacher that stood above the rest? What if thirty years later, your child shared that same teacher? And what if he or she proved not only as extraordinary as you remembered, but even more so? Alice Erickson is that most extraordinary teacher. Many […]
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    Alex Barlow, North Sampete High School

    The following was submitted by Jamie Navarrete. “North Sanpete High School incorporates 9th to 12th grade students from all the towns in the northern half of Sanpete County. This is a widespread community of mostly low income working class families. The school doesn’t have much money so many of the teachers have several roles. Alex […]
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    Timothy McNeil, Corner Canyon High School

    The following was submitted by Kristin Carter. “I want to send this application in for a teacher at Corner Canyon High School . Mr McNeil is an art, wood working teacher at Corner Canyon High School. Mr McNeil is a teacher that goes beyond helping his students. He fosters hard work, creativity, independence, confidence, and […]
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    Heather White, Hawthorn Academy

    The following was submitted by Kelli Vorwaller. “I have a son that was born with mild cerebral palsy. Although he has some physical limitations, His challenges are mostly academic. McKay is a very sweet boy and tries very hard to please everyone. He is in 4th grade and has become aware of his short comings […]
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    Erin Teuscher, Herriman high school

    The following was submitted by Alexia Arredondo. “Walking into my senior year I decided to challenge myself with a concurrent enrollment English class. I have struggled as a writer over my years as a student and this was a challenge that I feared. Meeting my new teacher made me feel comfortable in the class and gave me […]
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    Marie Miller, Wooddruff Elementary

    The following was submitted by Nicole Izatt. “Teachers can make or break a child’s love for learning. They are so much more than someone teaching math or English, they become part of our “village”. As parents we hope and pray our kids are doing well and are accepted at school. We hope that the teacher […]