From left to right Danelle Black, Leona Schexnayder, Tim Marriott, Sombryn Williams
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Posted On: 29 Aug, 2017

The Utah Education Network is recognizing 20 Youth-in-Care educators throughout Utah, publicly acknowledging them for their outstanding efforts in helping students be successful in school. We are pleased to announce that 4 of our YIC teachers from the Iron County School District have been nominated and will be recognized at the Promising Youth Conference in Snowbird, UT on May 12th, 2017.

Danelle Black teaches Science at the Southwest Education Academy. She has worked with Youth-in-Care for the past 14 years. Before coming to SEA, she taught youth in a local group home and spent 6 years teaching adult learners in the jail. Danelle is motivated to help kids that have given up on themselves. The end reward for her is always watching students graduate after working so hard with them.

Leona Schexnayder has worked with Youth-in-Care for 25 years in several different facilities in Iron County. She currently is the Special Education teacher at the Southwest Utah Youth Center. Her favorite part of her job is when a student earns a high school diploma after he never believed it was possible.

Tim Marriott, counselor for Iron County Alternative Programs, has spent the past 7 years working with Youth-in-Care. Prior to coming to the Iron County School District, he was a probation officer in Ogden for 5 years. Tim enjoys helping kids realize their potential. He also looks forward to watching kids walk across the stage to accept their diplomas every year.

Sombryn Williams taught Social Studies at the Southwest Education Academy before spending the last 3 years teaching Youth-in-Care at the Southwest Utah Youth Center. With small class-sizes, Sombryn appreciates being able to get to know her students. Building relationships with them allows her to know how she can best help her students succeed.

Visit UEN’s link to see what people are saying about these deserving educators!

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