Two Utah teachers have been honored for exceptional efforts to inspire their students in the areas of music and the visual arts. The Utah Alliance for Arts and Humanities Education noted the outstanding teachers.

Linda Wilson, Iron District, was named Outstanding Elementary School Teacher of the Year, and Patricia Wade of Ogden District the Outstanding District Specialist of the Year.Wilson, assistant principal of Cedar High School, taught at South Elementary in Cedar City during the period for which she was honored. She fostered a curriculum "bursting with hands-on, exploratory learning." She helped establish the annual May Fest and a City Art Walk, as well as implementing a traveling student art exhibit and visits by renowned artists.

Wade has developed an innovative program that enables every fifth-grader in Ogden district to learn to play violin. The effort has increased enrollment in the district's middle and senior high school programs as well as in the elementary band.

The association also honored Melinda Sherrell, principal of Shelley Elementary in American Fork, as Elementary School Administrator of the Year and Gail Bock, gifted/talented instructor and social studies director in Davis District, as District Administrator of the Year. Ririe-Woodbury Dance Co. was selected as Artist of the Year.