2018 Regional Elementary Science Teacher of the Year

Noelle Mauri

5th Grade-South Jordan, UT

Noelle Mauri is a 5th grade teacher at South Jordan Elementary school, a wife and a mother of three children. Noelle graduated from BYU-Hawaii in Elementary and Special Education, and has a Masters degree in Instructional and Curriculum Design from Western Governors University. She has had the opportunities to participate in several ‘abroad’ professional development programs including JHAT, Driven 2 Teach and the National Endowment of the Humanities landmark sites.  Loving the students and teaching the curriculum is the daily mantra Noelle uses to focus on the most important parts of being a teacher.   She is passionate about the subjects she teaches, but especially science and social studies. 

Kim Sauceda

4th Grade- Cedar City, UT

Kim Sauceda teaches fourth grade at North Elementary in Cedar City.  Her passion is teaching science and she especially loves getting her students excited about it.  Her approach is to make science hands-on and fun.  She has also coached a First Lego League team and up to ten Junior FLL teams each year for 4 years.  Each FLL team that she coached has gone to the state championship.  Last year her team won best project at state.  She also created a weekly after-school science club that she has run for 4 years.

Kara E. Paul

5th Grade- Kaysville, UT

Kara E. Paul teaches in a galaxy, but it’s not far, far away. Kara is a fifth-grade teacher in the Starburst Galaxy at Endeavour Elementary, a S.T.E.M. certified public school in Kaysville. Kara graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and is E.S.L. endorsed. She has taught second, third, fourth, and fifth grades. Kara delights in teaching her students and strives to help them become 21st century learners through growth mindset strategies. Kara loves gleaning ideas from her colleagues and relishes being a lifelong learner.

Britney Manderino

6th Grade- American Fork, UT

Britney Manderino was born and raised near Chicago, Illinois.  Always loving the sciences, she attended Brigham Young University declaring Biology as her major.  Britney began to tutor fellow students and decided to shift her career path to education.  She has taught all subjects in third through fifth grade and currently teaches sixth grade science.  While she misses teaching all the core subjects, science is the subject she has always held a passion for.

Jan Farmer

5th Grade-Logan, UT

Jan has been teaching 5th grade for 19 years and the last four years at Edith Bowen Lab School.  In 2015, she was a recipient of the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy Grant. In 2016, she received the Utah Karl Jones Math Award, and this past year she was awarded teacher of the year.  Jan’s favorite part of teaching is integrating curriculum while exploring the Tetons, canoeing, visiting bee farms, and river exploration. Her greatest joy is to see her students in a place based environment where they are engaged and enthusiastic about learning.

Jan loves spending time with her family and especially her four grandchildren.

Amy Sorensen

1st Grade- Eureka, UT

My name is Amy Sorensen.  I have had the privilege of teaching in Tintic School District for 19 years.  I currently teach first grade at Eureka Elementary School.  I spent five years teaching fourth grade, eight years in third grade, and six years in first grade.  First grade is definitely the most challenging but I love it with all my heart!   I have been a long time resident of Eureka, Utah and plan to continue teaching in the school, district, and community I so dearly love.  I have passions for teaching many subjects and science is definitely one of them.  I love watching students learn, explore, and be excited and engaged in their learning.

Taunya James

2nd Grade- Riverdale, UT

This is my twenty-second year teaching elementary students.  I have earned certifications and endorsements in Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education, ESL, and Elementary STEM and believe that students love the learning process when it is presented to them with an innovative, investigative approach.  My flexible learning room is a place where students travel the world through science, technology, and history.  We use scientific exploration to engineer needed solutions, team with experts through Skype, immerse ourselves in big questions using School in the Cloud, and use Google for Education to collaborate throughout our studies. I love learning along with my students!