Friday, August 30, 2013

2013 Fairy Godmother Nominees


We were touched by the nominations we received this year for the Fairy Godmother Award. There are so many kind and talented women in our community! We will announce the winner of the award next week and celebrate all our local volunteers, teachers and community leaders at the Fairy Festival on September 9th.

Nominee: Dr. Ethna Reid
Nominated by: Traci Hopkins and Holly Hawes

Dr. Reid is the principal at the Reid School in Salt Lake. She has opened doors for children and been an amazing example to girls that a woman can become anything she sets her mind to. Her influence has changed many lives by giving teachers the skills to be outstanding and by giving students the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. She has been an administrator and teacher in both public and private schools. She is an author and is quoted in many books on education. She has influenced and touched thousands of children across the country and even around the world in Japan, Korea and Canada.

Nominee: Jana Sorensen
Nominated by: Emilee Ferguson

Jana is a mother of six, musician, and athlete (having run six marathons, including the Boston Marathon) who has inspired many young women in her community through church service. She is a mentor who inspires her students to reach higher and to become their best selves by giving service to others. Her enthusiasm for life and sincere love for her students motivates them to action.

Nominee: Shari Weber
Nominated by: Brenda Finlinson

Ms. Weber is the kind of teacher that we need in all of our classrooms. She loves her students and acts on that love to make sure they receive the best education. She stays after school to tutor her students that need additional assistance at no charge and with no benefit to herself besides wanting to see them succeed in their education. She also comes up with creative ways to teach the children and help them take ownership of their learning.

Nominee: Judy Zone
Nominated by: Kelly Olson


Judy worked for many years as an educator at Murray High School. In 1999, she offered several students the opportunity to travel to Kenya. She encouraged these students to perform service in their own communities and engage others through financial donations. She later founded YouthLINC based on her experiences organizing this trip to Kenya. From the inception of the program in 1999, over 1,500 YouthLINC students have contributed approximately 115,000 hours or service in their own communities all over Utah. The service sites have expanded from Kenya to include Peru, Cambodia, Vietnam, Guatemala and Thailand. This program has made an impact in the lives of young people and those they serve. Judy works tirelessly to make sure the students get the donations they need, that they are supported by mentors, and that the international projects are successful.  See more about her story and her organization at www.youthlinc.org. 

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