The State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson named sixth-grade teacher John Arthur as 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year.
Arthur teaches at Salt Lake City’s Meadowlark Elementary School. He is from Bluffdale and was presented with a check for $10,000. He will now compete with his state fellow teachers of the year in a national competition and participate in a number of state and national leadership opportunities.
Copper Hills High School (Jordan School District) American Sign Language teacher Rae Boren and Eastmont Middle School (Canyons School District) Career and Technical Education teacher Emma Moss were each named runners up and will receive $4,000, a press release stated.
A committee with representatives from the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah State Charter School Board, parents, teachers, principals, and 2020 Utah Teacher of the Year Lauren E. Merkley selected Arthur from among local teachers of the year for the honor.
Felicia Raybourne, the mother of one of Arthur’s former pupils, was quoted in the news release as saying:
He is not a normal teacher. He is there to help kids through life. He makes sure his students understand everything they are learning no matter how much extra time it takes. Mr. Arthur took my daughter to chess and debate tournaments, opportunities I never thought she’d have. She also learned to take school seriously, and now she enjoys school so much.
Arthur succeeds Merkley, an English teacher at Granite School District’s Cottonwood High School, as 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year.