Utah Teacher Earns National Accolades


Karen Gorringe, a sixth grade teacher at Bluffdale Elementary in Jordan School District, was named one of five 2011 recipients of The Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence. The awards are presented to five outstanding teachers nationally by The NEA Foundation.

Each winner receives a $10,000 check from Horace Mann at The NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on February 11, 2011. That same evening, one of the five Teaching Excellence finalists will be named The NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence winner and will receive $25,000 courtesy of NEA Member Benefits. In 2010, this award was presented to former Dilworth Elementary (Salt Lake City School District) teacher and current UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh.

“To have educators from Utah win this award in two consecutive years speaks volumes about the quality of teachers and UEA leaders we have here,” said Gallagher-Fishbaugh. “Karen is a fantastic educator, a dedicated UEA member and very deserving of the Teaching Excellence Award.”

Each finalist also receives a gift from Smart Technologies, Inc. In addition, the Pearson Foundation will visit Bluffdale Elementary in the fall to train staff and students in digital arts technology and create a videotape about Gorringe that will premiere at the February gala. Recognizing that no educator works in isolation, the NEA Foundation will also send a $650 check to Bluffdale Elementary this fall.  

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