Utah PTA hon­ors Maple­ton teacher with out­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tor award

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Lana Hiskey

Maple­ton teacher Sherry Sand­berg was re­cently pre­sented the 2015 Utah PTA Golden Ap­ple Award for Out­stand­ing Ed­u­ca­tor. She was pre­sented with a small cash award from Moun­tain Amer­ica Credit Union as well as a cash Award from McDon­ald’s Cor­po­ra­tion.

Se­lected out of hun­dreds of ed­u­ca­tors from more than 600 schools across the state of Utah, Sand­berg was cho­sen for this pres­ti­gious award for her out­stand­ing abil­i­ties in cre­at­ing mean­ing­ful re­la­tion­ships with stu­dents, par­ents and with the PTA and com­mu­nity dur­ing her 24-year teach­ing ca­reer at Maple­ton Ele­men­tary School. She now teaches at Maple Ridge Ele­men­tary, which is also lo­cated in Maple­ton.

Sherry Sand­berg was nom­i­nated by Kim Heaps, PTA pres­i­dent, with a let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion from Prin­ci­pal Julie Perry.

From Sand­burg’s own words: “My role as a teacher is to love, ap­pre­ci­ate and in­spire chil­dren. I base my re­la­tion­ship with my stu­dents on hon­esty, trust and mu­tual ad­mi­ra­tion. I feel I can’t go wrong if my stu­dents know that they are gen­uinely val­ued for who they are and the good each brings to my class­room daily. I am to bring a healthy dose of hu­mor, cre­ativ­ity, cu­rios­ity and amaze­ment to the class­room each day.”

One mother stated, “Mrs. Sand­berg is amaz­ing be­cause she is not afraid to fl y her true col­ors. She is a master at in­te­grat­ing cur­ricu­lum and the stu­dents can see ap­pli­ca­tion of what they are learn­ing in their ev­ery­day, real- life ex­pe­ri­ences.”

Dur­ing the past 24 years, Sand­berg has started, led and sup­ported the fol­low­ing pro­grams: Sand­berg Su­per­stars, Ger­man Sci­en­tist Honorary Pro­fes­sor, Par­ent Link, Un­der­wa­ter Re­mote Op­er­ated Ve­hi­cles (ROV’s), Ger­man Christ­mas Car­ols at Christ­mas Tree Light­ing and City Of­fice Rib­bon Cut­ting Events.

In the PTA pro­gram, Sand­berg served as the vice pres­i­dent and vol­un­teered and sup­ported more than 20 school pro­grams in­clud­ing the school car­ni­val, chess club, jump-rop­ing club and room mother’s sup­port.

Pic­tured from left to right are: Dawn Davies, pres­i­dent, Utah State PTA; Nebo School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Rick Nielsen; Teacher Sherry Sand­berg; Rhonda Wall, Awards Spe­cial­ist from PTA Re­gion 10; Rox­ane Whyte, PTA vol­un­teer; Spencer Carver, Moun­tain Amer­ica Credit Union Man­ager, Span­ish Fork; and Bran­don Martin, Moun­tain Amer­ica Credit Union Rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

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