Excel Educator Award Program

"Legacy of Leadership & Learning"


Nominate a teacher or school administrator for a

2024 Excel Educator Award



Each year, 9 classroom teachers and 1 school administrator are honored for their efforts in forging a “Legacy of Leadership & Learning” in the difficult and vital work that they do every day at an Excel Evening of Honors event with a dinner, videos of their accomplishments, a $1,000 check, and gifts from community sponsors. To be a sponsor, contact the Granite Education Foundation office.


The application process begins in the Fall, with nominations by community members, students, parents, and administrators submitting names of applicants who are making a difference every day. Throughout the winter, applicants interested in receiving the award follow a rigorous application/evaluation/observation process by a 30 member selection committee comprised of community members, retired educators, administrators, and business partners to determine the 10 Excel Educator Award winners. The 9 winning classroom teachers will then have the opportunity to apply for the Granite School District Teacher of the Year award, along with past Excel Award winners who are current classroom teachers. The GSD Teacher of the Year award winner will then represent Granite School District as the applicant for the Utah Teacher of the Year award. We are honored to be a part of the nomination process to honor Utah’s top educators.


If you know of a Classroom Teacher who would be an "Excel"-lent candidate to represent the Granite School District as the Teacher of the Year and Utah Teacher of the Year nominee, or a remarkable administrator, please submit your nomination by clicking the button below. All nominees, whether qualified to apply for Teacher of the Year or not, will receive your kind words and nomination information with a thank you from the Granite Education Foundation. Thank you for nominating today!


All nominations are due Friday, October 20th, 2023.

Fill out your nomination by clicking the button below.


Nominations Open October 1, 2023. Applications will be sent to nominees November 1st, due November 26th. Evaluations begin December 1st - 18th. Applicants will be notified of their placement in the process January 3rd. Observations of the thirty top applicants will take place January 9th - 26th. Excel Award winners will be announced mid-March, with the Excel Evening of Honors event in May. 

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