Teacher Evaluation Committee members approved; Volunteers, educators honored

Cedar High School Principal John Dodds presents Coach Scott Kamachi, District building, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 26, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — The Iron County School Board appointed and approved a director and nine committee members to oversee yearly administrator and teacher evaluations as part of a newly created panel called the Educator Evaluation Program Joint Committee.

The new committee is in keeping with a Utah law that requires every educator and administrator be evaluated yearly, school board Vice President Harold Haynie said.

“Within that law there is a requirement that was passed last year by our state legislature,” Haynie said. “And they require that there is a committee that oversees, if you will, the direction of those teacher evaluations.”

In 2011, the Utah State Office of Education adopted an evaluation model called the Utah Educator Effectiveness Project designed to both improve instruction and the educational outcomes for the students involved.

According to their website, this model achieves goals by:

  1. Measuring teaching and leadership with research-based performance standards
  2. Aligning preparation programs to Utah Effective Teaching Standards and Utah Educational Leadership Standards
  3. Evaluating the effectiveness of educators yearly using multiple measures
  4. Recruiting, retaining, promoting, and rewarding the most effective educators
  5. Providing appropriate professional development at all stages of the professional career continuum

The committee must meet specific elements to allow for a fair and balanced evaluation, Haynie said. The first is a chair to oversee and direct committee members, he said, followed by  educators, administrators and community members.

Janette Stubbs was appointed Tuesday night to act as the evaluation committee chair. Community members appointed include: Stacey Cooper, Amy Rigby and Tiffany Neibaur representing Cedar, Canyon View Middle and Iron Springs Elementary schools.

Administrators Roy Matthews of Parowan High School and Bylynda Murray of Cedar Middle School will also join the team. So will educators from East, Enoch and Three Peaks elementary schools and Canyon View High School: Jason Niles, Trudy Savage, Paula Burgyone and Tenille Bailey.

In other news

Left to right: Jennifer Webster, Nicole Carney, Dana Adams and Jeannine Hart, Enoch Elementary 1st grade teaching team awarded Team of the Year award, District building, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 26, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News
Left to right: Jennifer Webster, Nicole Carney, Dana Adams and Jeannine Hart, Enoch Elementary first-grade teaching team awarded Team of the Year award, District building, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 26, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

A timeline for construction of the new North Cedar Elementary building was presented to the board of education. Gene Madsen of Hughes General Contractors told the board that they will begin advertising in a variety of media publications statewide throughout the end of February for a March 2 bid opening.

Daniel Ekker, principal at Enoch Elementary School took time to recognize educators and volunteers whom he says help to make their school a better place. Volunteer of the Year awards went to PTA members Veronica Dearden and Leslie Sorenson. Team of the Year awards were given to each of the four members of the Enoch Elementary first-grade teaching team: Jennifer Webster, Nicole Carney, Dana Adams and Jeannine Hart.

Cedar High School coach Scott Kamachi was honored by The National Federation of State High School Associations in Tuesday night’s board meeting. Kamachi was given the 2015 West Sectional Coach of the Year Award by the national organization for his work with the girl’s soccer team.

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