2019 Teacher of the Year:

Kellie May

West High School
Subject Area
Social Studies/History, Specialist/Interventionist
Grade Level
9, 11, 12
More about Kellie May

"Be the teacher who believes in the kids who don't yet believe in themselves." Kellie May is one such teacher. It is easy for her to believe in her students because as their teacher she can see the future in each of them. She feels so fortunate to be fueled by the student potential that fills her classroom every day.

One of the highlights of May’s career has been her involvement with AVID, a college preparation program for underrepresented students. Being an AVID elective teacher and site-coordinator is a dream job involving first-generation high school and college graduates. Many of her former AVID students are currently pursuing degrees in education.

May loves teaching and works to spread that passion along to others. She actively mentors new and provisional teachers, hosts practicum students and student teachers and is also an instructor for an introduction to teaching course at the local university. May wants others to know that through teaching can be challenging, you will not find a career more rewarding to be a part of.

May is a life-long learner that has dedicated her life to public education. Even as a veteran teacher of more than two decades, she understands that there is always more to learn. May is currently pursuing her National Board certification. 1 district, 3 degrees, 5 schools, 7 classrooms, 10 principals, 11 student teachers, and thousands of students later, May is certain that her students are and will always be her greatest teachers.

May holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy, and a Masters in Educational Studies from the University of Utah.



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