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Clayton Teacher Wins National Award

Stephanie Hunt Named a Top Inspiring Teacher in Utah and Honored With $10,000
from the National University System - Sanford Teacher Award

In recognition of inspirational teaching nationwide, Stephanie Hunt of Clayton Middle School in Salt Lake City School District has been named the Utah recipient of the first-ever National University System-Sanford Teacher Award. Ms. Hunt is one of 51 teachers, representing each state, and the District of Columbia, who each receive $10,000 for demonstrating their commitment to creating inspirational and harmonious classrooms that support student development and achievement.

The award is in the name of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, who is committed to supporting inspiring teaching nationwide through Pre K-12 programs that are being expanded nationally by the National University System. Ms. Hunt now qualifies for a chance to be recognized as the national winner of the Sanford Teacher Award, which will be named in early 2019.

“This is a well deserved award for an exceptional teacher,” said Jared Wright, Clayton Middle School Principal. “Stephanie excels at helping students reach their potential and see the best in themselves.”

The winning teachers were selected by a committee of educators, based on an application process that included nominations and information provided by each teacher to assess how closely they represent characteristics of inspiring teaching, which include: enthusiasm for teaching; empathy and warmth towards all students; fostering positive relationships with all students; creating a positive learning environment; and recognizing student strengths.

About the Sanford Teacher Award

The Sanford Teacher Award is part of the national expansion efforts of the National University System-based Sanford Programs, which in addition to Sanford Harmony and Sanford Inspire also includes a national network of fundraiser training programs anchored by the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University. Mr. Sanford has donated about $130 million toward the National University System in support of the programs’ national expansion, an effort that involves the collaboration of universities around the country that share a similar focus and dedication to the professional support of educators and the nonprofit sector. To date, more than 3 million people have been impacted by the three programs.

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