Excel Awards

2023 Nominations Have Closed

Each year, nine classroom teachers and one school administrator are honored for their efforts in forging a “Legacy of Leadership & Learning” in the difficult and vital work that they do. The nine 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 then represents 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.

2022 marks the 33rd year of Granite Education Foundation's Excel Award, the oldest and longest running teacher recognition award in the state.

Once again, nine educators and one administrator receive $1,000 each as well as additional prizes honoring the difficult and vital work they do.

2022 Excel Award Winners

  • Heidi Baer, Driggs Elementary
  • Lynsey Butler, Post High
  • Principal Brenda Byrnes, Woodstock Elementary
  • Kirsten Federico, Woodrow Wilson Elementary
  • Kathleen Hess, Cottonwood High
  • Michele Jones, Cyprus High
  • Colette Madsen, Twin Peaks Elementary
  • Grace Morrell, South Kearns Elementary
  • Ruben Núñez Gutiérrez, Eisenhower Jr. High
  • Pamela Tafili, Jefferson Jr. High

2021 Excel Award Winners

  • Rebecca B. Monson, Administrator, Thomas W. Bacchus Elementary
  • Albert Ferrarons Font, West Lake Junior High
  • Jennette Fordham, Woodstock Elementary
  • Jennifer Bond-Foulke, William Penn Elementary
  • Tayler T. Khater, Skyline High
  • Michael C. Kraniski, Olympus High
  • Samuel K. Noyce, Thomas Jefferson Junior High
  • Cynthia Pearson, Howard R. Driggs Elementary
  • Amy M. Roper, Bennion Elementary
  • Rachel Sorensen, West Valley Elementary



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