Doug Jolley, Westfield Elementary

Mar 12, 2019, 5:42 PM | Updated: Jan 15, 2021, 6:22 am

The following was submitted by Dan Peay.

“School year 2017-2018

Mr. Jolley changed a rowdy class of diverse 6th graders into “Learning Team.” My daughter Tova, came home from the first day of 6th grade. She was anxious; I was anxious about her teacher. Tova said, “He says as of today, we are all employee’s and we are going to work together to learn, to play, and to succeed!” I replied, “Wow, that’s an exciting challenge.” Though I didn’t say it, I thought to myself, “Right, just wait until everyone discovers he can’t ‘fire’ any of his team.”

By the end of the school year, Mr. Jolley had transformed this class. He taught much more than sixth grade curriculum. He became a coach. The students helped each other. They learned, because they wanted to learn. Equally, or more importantly, he taught life-value principles that changed my daughter and changed me.

Mr. Jolley constantly reinforced that EVERY voice was important, every student mattered, every answer was treated with respect; a wrong answer is the path to learning, and “everyone will have the opportunity to stand and present their view many times throughout the year.” He taught that life is a giant classroom, where we are always learning.

The thought terrified my daughter. However, Mr. Jolley instilled into his “employee class” that they were all in this together and every students style and input will be valued. Several times during the year, each class member stood in front of class and presented, shared their view, and learned about facing fears. From my view, the class really did become a team. They were loyal to each other. A few times throughout the year, the entire class was invited to various birthday parties and the class was invited to gather for an end-of-year activity.

My daughter is a sensitive person; a little anxious about herself, others, the lights, the room, the color of her pencil, and many other things. She learned not worry to about whether she was right or wrong, but to respond in class. Mr. Jolley treated each student as an important learner, whose voice matters. Speaking in front of peers is never easy, but they did it. And when I attended various school assembly’s and activities, I observed a unique and special trust between this “coach” and his “team.”

Today’s Top Stories

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Sacheen Littlefeather on stage at AMPAS Presents An Evening...
Toyin Owoseje, CNN

Sacheen Littlefeather, Native American activist and actress, dead at 75

In August, the Academy formally apologized to Littlefeather for the mistreatment she experienced during her speech and in the years that followed.
6 hours ago
FILE: The sun sets as a rainstorm blows over Delicate Arch in Arches National Park near Moab on Sat...
Devin Oldroyd

Body found in Arches National Park Saturday

rand County Sheriff's Office reports the body of a female was found in Arches National Park Saturday, Oct. 1.
1 day ago
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said that he will vote against any potential congressional d...
Devan Cole, CNN

Rubio vows to oppose potential Hurricane Ian aid package if lawmakers ‘load it up with stuff that’s unrelated to the storm’

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said he will vote against any potential congressional disaster aid for victims of Hurricane Ian if lawmakers "load it up with stuff that's unrelated to the storm."
1 day ago
Photo credit: Lisa Wall Jones...
Devin Oldroyd

Fatal car crash closes southbound I-15 in Washington County

Southbound I-15 closed at mile marker 34, following a fatal car crash Sunday. Closure time is estimated to be two to three hours.
1 day ago
The National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm warning in parts of Grand County. Photo c...
Devin Oldroyd

NWS issues severe thunderstorm warning in Grand County

The National Weather Service sent out a severe thunderstorm warning in parts of Grand County. Half-dollar-sized hail is being reported.
1 day ago
Temple Square...
Devin Oldroyd

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announces the construction of 18 new temples

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the construction of 18 new temples.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Doug Jolley, Westfield Elementary