Utah Teacher of the Year meets President Obama


As part of her official 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year duties, fifth-grade teacher and Davis Education Association member Allison Riddle traveled to Washington, D.C., in April to attend a conference and meet with politicians and policymakers.
“I was so proud to represent Utah's teachers in Washington, D.C.,” said Riddle. “It was an exciting week. I was able to talk with policymakers in the Department of Education and the Domestic Policy Council, as well as with Senator Hatch and Congressman Stewart.
Riddle said she had the opportunity to attend several trainings and educational forums covering discussions about teacher leadership and current education issues. She was able to meet Dr. Jill Biden, Secretary of State Education Arne Duncan, former Utah Teacher of the Year and current NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen Garcia, and of course, President Barack Obama.

“I was proud to tell many other educators and policymakers about the excellent teacher evaluation system being piloted in my district…as well as the UEA Tool Kit,” she said.

In addition to participating in the Washington, D.C., events, Riddle received a check for $10,000, a SMART Board interactive white board from SMART Board Technologies, a laptop computer from PC Laptops, and a $250 Visa gift card from McDonald’s. She will also attend space camp in Alabama this summer.

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