2019 Utah Teacher of the Year
The Utah State Board of Education has named our very own Kellie May the 2019 Utah Teacher of the Year!
May was presented with a check for $10,000 and will compete with her fellow teachers of the year in a national competition. She will meet with fellow teachers of the year at a national conference, meet with the President in Washington, D.C., and attend space camp in Alabama next summer.
A committee with representatives from the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah State Charter School Board, parents, school teachers, principals, and 2018 Utah Teacher of the Year Aaryn Birchell selected May from among local teachers of the year for the honor. All 30 local teachers of the year were honored at a banquet at the Salt Lake City Marriott City Center.
“While her role with teachers is noteworthy, of greater significance is Ms. May’s position as an AVID instructor at West High School,” wrote Urban Institute for Teacher Education Director Mary D. Burbank. “To say that she is a student advocate is an understatement. In her classroom, Ms. May provides traditionally underrepresented students with opportunities that allow them to achieve the academic success necessary for college access.”
“I have been in AVID since freshman year and have learned life-long skills like creating a resume and learning how to speak confidently in public,” wrote West High student Martina Martinez. “Ms. May has urged me to continue with higher education. She has motivated me at my darkest points to never give up on my dream. She is an amazing teacher who inspires her students to thrive and become the best they can be.”