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doTERRA named title sponsor of statewide teacher recognition awards


The Utah Education Association (UEA) recently announced doTERRA International, the world’s leading essential oils company, as the title sponsor of the annual Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Teachers share 'Classroom Realities' with policymakers at UEA event


In an effort to inform those who make education policy decisions, the UEA invited legislators, superintendents, school board members and state administrators to hear from teachers. About 30 policymakers gathered at the UEA Office Dec. 13 to hear from teachers.

Jennifer Boehme

New director at Jordan UniServ


The Jordan UniServ announced the hiring of Jennifer Boehme as a UniServ Director. She replaces Laura Black Arnold who will be retiring at the end of January 2017.

UEA says Governor's proposed 4% WPU increase "falls far short" of effort needed


The governor’s budget calls for $68 million to fully fund the more than 10,000 new students expected next fall and $116 million to increase the Weighted Pupil Unit, the basic public school funding mechanism, by 4 percent.

UEA joins Utah business leaders as they launch Our Schools Now campaign to raise taxes and improve student performance


UEA President Heidi Matthews and Executive Director Lisa Nentl-Bloom are among a group of prominent business and community leaders spearheading a ballot initiative campaign designed to increase revenue for public education and improve student performance.

'Take Charge!" Early Career Educators Event


Join us for a discussion on EARLY ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION POLICY and how to build power while being a provisional teacher!

Former UEA president elected vice chair of the Board at National Board for Professional Teaching Standards


The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced that Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) has been elected the organization’s new board vice chair. Gallagher-Fishbaugh will be replacing Christy Levings, whose term as vice chair ends November 5, 2016.

Tracey Watson

UEA General Counsel Named ‘Lawyer of the Year’


“Tracey (Watson) is the James Brown of lawyers - she's the hardest working lawyer in the business,” wrote Kass Harstad, of the law firm Strindberg & Scholnick, LLC about the UEA’s director of Legal Services and general counsel. Watson was recently named Employment Lawyer of the Year by the Utah State Bar.

Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh

The NEA Foundation names educator leader Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh chair


Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, an award-winning National Board-certified educator with more than 37 years in public education – 32 of them in the classroom – and a two-term former president of the Utah Education Association, will chair the NEA Foundation’s Board of Directors, the NEA Foundation.

UEA President steps down July 15 - Dynamic leader leaves her mark on public education in Utah


Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh was elected to a three-year term as UEA president in 2010 by her fellow educators in a statewide vote and re-elected in 2013. Her second term, the maximum allowed by UEA Bylaws, ended July 15, 2016.

Kathleen Cheshire

New director at Color Country UniServ


The Color Country UniServ has appointed 24-year teaching veteran Kathleen Cheshire as UniServ director. She replaces retiring Sue Porter who served as director for 25 years, the last six years job sharing with her husband Jim.

Great day for public education: Recommended candidates advance in Utah Primary


Governor Gary Herbert handily defeated his Republican rival, while all recommended candidates for the Utah State Board of Education advance to the General Election

Utah teacher in Washington urging Congress to #DoYourJob


A dozen civics, history and social studies teachers from across the country, including Nebo Education Association member Jim Griffin, were in Washington, D.C. to urge the U.S. Senate to do its job and hold a hearing and an up-or-down vote President Barack Obama’s nominee for the United States Supreme Court.

Ten top educators honored by UEA at Aquarium event


Award recipients were selected based on their impact on individual students or groups of students. Each winner received an award, a poster to display at their school and a check for $1,500, courtesy of award sponsors EMI Health, Jordan Credit Union, the UEA Children At Risk Foundation and the Utah Education Association.

UEA President-elect Heidi Matthews

Park City educator elected UEA president


Treasure Mountain Junior High School media specialist Heidi Matthews was elected by her public school teacher peers to serve a three-year term as president of the Utah Education Association. She was elected in a statewide vote of UEA-member educators held March 24-April 15.

Governor vetoes legislation after request from UEA


In a letter dated March 18, UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, on behalf of the Utah Education Association, requested that Gov. Gary Herbert veto SB87: Administrative Rulemaking Act Modifications.

Mohsen Ghaffari

Salt Lake City educator and Utah Teacher of the Year to tour Peruvian schools


The NEA Foundation named Mohsen Ghaffari, a fifth grade educator at North Star Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, as one the 31 award-winning, public school educators to become this year’s class of Global Learning Fellows.

Legislature gives 3% WPU increase, moves to partisan state school board elections


The 2016 Utah Legislative Session ended March 10 with full funding of new student growth, a minor bump in overall funding, a move to partisan state school board elections and restrictions on the use of SAGE test scores.

UEA Sues State School Board


The Board’s failure to follow the Act has resulted in the implementation of rules that harm licensed educators because the rules deny educators due process and deprive them of certain legal rights, according to the complaint. The UEA believes the rules are in conflict with state law and violate the constitutional rights of Utah teachers.

UEA/KUED Join Forces on Teacher Awards


The Utah Education Association and local PBS affiliate KUED are consolidating their annual teacher awards programs in an effort to provide greater exposure and recognition for teachers.

Salt Lake teacher wins national award, $10,000 cash prize


Mohsen Ghaffari, a fifth grade teacher at North Star Elementary in Salt Lake City, will receive the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, $10,000 and recognition at the NEA Foundation annual awards gala in Washington, D.C. this coming February.

National award shines spotlight on Salt Lake City educator


As a tribute to his diligence and dedication to his students, colleagues, community, and his profession, Mohsen Ghaffari, a fifth grade educator at North Star Elementary School in Salt Lake City, will receive one of public education’s highest honors, the NEA Foundation’s prestigious Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, $10,000, and recognition as one of the nation’s top educators.

Congratulations to Utah's 2016 Teacher of the Year, Alpine Education Association member Melody Apezteguia


Deputy Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson announced today that American Fork High School calculus teacher Melody Apezteguia (ah-pesta-jee-ah) has been named Utah’s 2016 Teacher of the Year.

Teachers gain valuable information about leading their profession, assessment literacy at 2015 UEA Summer Leadership Academy


About 170 teachers representing school districts from across the state gathered at the 2015 UEA Summer Leadership Academy to discuss assessment literacy and other ways teachers are taking the lead in public education.

Mark Openshaw, Utah School Board member

UEA Extends Condolences to Openshaw Family


UEA Leaders and Members Extend Condolences on the Passing of Utah School Board member Mark Openshaw and Family Members