2018 Speciality Awards

Higher Education Award

University of Utah

Jessica Dwyer

Jess is a Board Certified educator committed to social justice in science education. Her career as a secondary science teacher and instructional coach provided a wide range of experiences in Title 1 settings.  These experiences give her insights into complex classroom challenges, the persistent motivation to address them, and an abiding compassion and gratitude for classroom teachers. Jess’ work at the University of Utah’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education supports teachers to build content knowledge, hone practices, and expand socio-emotional skill sets towards increasing confidence and pedagogical content knowledge.  This work, in turn, supports ALL students to build science-positive identities.

Friends of UtSTA Award

NSTA District XIV Director

Jen Gutierrez

“As a teacher and professional development provider I continue to find that all roads in science and STEM education lead back to the classroom teacher.” Jen is enjoying a 28+ year career in education which has included K-4 teacher, district science specialist, and K-12 STEM education specialist. Her passion is supporting educators in their science and STEM teaching and learning pursuits. Jen is a member of the Next Generation Science Standards writing team, including the Diversity & Equity team. She serves on the Arizona Science Teachers Association Executive Board and the NSTA Council as District XIV Director.

Glencoe Science Teacher Award

Heather Lambert

Heather Lambert has been teaching hands on middle school science for 15 years at Canyon View Middle School in Cedar City.  She loves the age group and hopes to inspire and assist students on their path, while softly nudging them toward careers and a love of science.  She studied and completed her undergraduate work in the physical sciences at Southern Utah University and recently earned her Master’s of Education, focus on the Gifted & Talented, from the same institution.  She has been selected as a Honeywell Educator and completed a week of space science training in Alabama at NASA’s Space Camp.  She is known as the “Science Competition Lady” and as a result has had the opportunity to chaperone students at the national level for both You Be the Chemist and International Science and Engineering Fair.  Being an educator has been a wonderful experience that has opened many doors and opportunities to her life.

Marvin N. Tolman Award

Retired after 34 years of service

Dawn Monson

I have always wanted to know why and how things work so it was natural that I would be drawn to the sciences. I did not really intend to be a teacher and now look at me. I have recently retired after teaching science for 34 years at the middle school level. I always loved the way no two days were the same and even up to the last week I could say, “I never saw that one before.”  I have been involved with the UtSTA for about 10 years and am in awe of the amazing science teachers of this state. Each one of you have taught me. There are so many of you that I think, “I want to grow up to be like you.” My biggest treasure is my family, Todd my husband and best friend, our two boys and their families. My thanks go to them for making my joy complete.

Dick Peterson Award

Glen Westbroek

Glen Westbroek and his wife have three children. He earned a Biological Sciences BS from BYU. Glen served 12 years on the UtSTA board. He presents at state and national conferences. He mentored over 30 student teachers. Glen facilitated Utah’s online “Sci-ber text.” Glen enjoys longarm quilting, gardening, and biking. Glen’s recognitions include: Spirit of Alpine, Utah Governor’s Award for Science and Technology, Runner-up to Utah Teacher of the Year, Alpine District Teacher of the Year, Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award, Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and UtSTA Middle School Science Teacher of the Year.