Cheryl Parkinson, Roosevelt Elementary

Jul 2, 2021, 10:26 PM | Updated: Jul 6, 2021, 2:10 pm
...

“My mom has been a devoted teacher for 35 years in Weber School District. To say she is a lover of learning is an understatement. The majority of her career she has spent with 6th grade students, but she has taught 4th and 5th grades as well in that time. Some of her favorite years teaching were the 11 years she spent teaching the 6th grade gifted and talented class for the school district. She loved teaching kids who loved to learn and she swelled with pride watching them grow! She encourages each student to find their passion and pursue it, recognizing that we all have talents that are unique and help to make this world a better place. In her classroom she makes each child feel seen and heard and encourage them to be each others cheerleaders and work together to succeed. She encourages them to learn about their world through books. She helps to instill a life long love of reading and shows them the world that can be opened to them through books. My mom also believes in a well rounded education. When she is not doing classroom teaching you will find her devoting her free time to the school choir and musical theatre programs that she started. For the last 13 years she has lead groups of 4th, 5th and 6th grade students (sometimes in groups of over 60 children at a time) in finding a love of music. For many of these students this is their first introduction. She spends hours and hours teaching them the importance of accountability with making commitments, public speaking, singing, dancing and working together. Not to mention she does this on a shoe string budget and grant money that she applies for to keep these wonderful programs going. It is SO amazing to watch these kids grow and thrive in the weeks she spends with them. So many of her kids come back years later expressing gratitude and fond memories of these experiences. Her impact is so great in our community!
When summer finally comes and most teachers take a break, my mom gears up to teach a week of PAL camp in their Science category. Again sharing her love of learning with more children.
She is an active member of the UEA and WEA teacher association. She spends time lobbying for teachers and education here in Utah because she believes in investing in children’s futures.
She has spent multiple summers going on History trips for teachers continuing to her quest of life long learning.
My mom is the hardest worker I know, she is the first to show up and the last to leave. She devotes so much of herself to her school and her students. When I think about teachers who make a lasting impact on students she is at the top of the list. I would love to give her a small thank you back for her years of service to her profession, her passion to learning and to “her kids” who she claims as her own. Thanks for being a champion to your kids mom!”

Submitted by: Kyrsten

Submit your teaching hero! Click here to submit your teacher

Today’s Top Stories

spent...
Elizabeth Weiler

Financial infidelity: What does the Utah data look like?

The average Utahn would 'reconsider their relationship' if their partner spent $5k without consulting them first, reveals research from coupon birds.
12 hours ago
A snowy mountain with trees is pictured, avalanche risk is measured often this time of year...
Adam Small

How do forecasters determine avalanche risk?

Determining the avalanche risk for any given day takes coordination between avalanche forecasters and the National Weather Service.
12 hours ago
...
Jeff Zeleny, Eva McKend and Gregory Krieg, CNN

Georgia voters once again have the last word during election season

During a campaign rally for Warnock in Atlanta last week, former President Barack Obama stressed the immediate impact of Democrats potentially winning a 51st Senate seat.
12 hours ago
homes...
Hugo Rikard-Bell

Suspected criminals on Zillow listing Utah homes for sale without homeowners’ knowledge

Be careful when looking at homes on Zillow with the intention of buying or renting them, they may not actually be on the market.
12 hours ago
A memorial is pictured near the scene of the Colorado shooting at Club Q...
COLLEEN SLEVIN Associated Press

Colorado gay club shooting suspect charged with hate crimes

Investigators say Anderson Lee Aldrich entered Club Q, a sanctuary for the LGBTQ community in this mostly conservative city, just before midnight on Nov. 19.
12 hours ago
The Quiet Santa event allows kids with sensory issues to meet Santa. (Photo: Canva)...
Chris Jacobs

“Quiet Santa” provides space for kids with sensory issues

The University Place Mall is hosting a "Quiet Santa" event for kids with sensory issues like Autism. The event runs. through Dec. 10.
12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Cheryl Parkinson, Roosevelt Elementary