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`THANKS TO TEACHERS’ BANQUET HONORS TOP UTAH INSTRUCTORS

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Teachers who go far beyond their job descriptions to involve the community and enrich education for their students were honored Friday during a "Thanks to Teachers" program.

Honored during a banquet were the five finalists, who will represent Utah in a national contest. They are J. Mike Cottam, Lehi High School counselor and sociology teacher; Barbara A. Lewis, Jackson Elementary School gifted/talented teacher; Barbara M. Naanes, Bonneville Elementary first-grade teacher; Kathryn A. Taylor, Tooele Junior High School science teacher; and Brandon Thacker, Bountiful High School computer science teacher.Also honored were five others who reached the semi-final level of the contest. They are Elwyn Hayes, South Summit High School, Kamas; Glenn R. Martin, Dixon Middle School, Provo; Shelly Randolph, Willow Canyon Elementary, Sandy; Jane Beckwith, Delta High School; and Gordon T. Rees, Highland High School, Salt Lake City.

The five finalists will receive computers and printers from Apple Computer, one of the competition's sponsors. The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, the National Alliance of Business and Group W Television are co-sponsors of the national event. In Utah, the Utah Association of Private Industry Councils and KUTV were also sponsors.

All of the teachers were honored for extra-mile contributions to their schools.

Cottam helped put together an anti-drug program that won the Lehi school national attention as a Drug-Free School this spring. He has been instrumental in bringing school, parents, students and community together in a variety of activities.

Lewis has developed a student involvement program that has been spotlighted nationally by several groups. Her students undertook an environmental cleanup in their westside neighborhood several years ago and have continued to select environmental concerns for such actions as tree planting and pushing for legislative remedies to problems they identify.

Thacker solicited community partnerships to give his computer students experience beyond the classroom. He is a master teacher at Bountiful High and won an award of excellence in 1984 for helping to establish computer labs at the school. His goal is to make classroom instruction relevant for students.

Naanes, a 13 1/2-year teacher in Utah, used a summer research grant from the Salt Lake Education Foundation to create programs that help her students understand that all of life's experiences can contribute to their education, not just those that occur in the classroom.

Taylor has helped initiate a positive behavior reinforcement program at Tooele Junior High with significant help from the community. Students earn rewards ranging from candy and soda pop to trips. She also takes students on desert survival trips that contribute to their understanding of science while enhancing their self-sufficiency.