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Teachers get an A+ from students, peers

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

Wednesday morning was filled with smiles, balloons and tears of joy at each of the schools in the Park City School District. The prize patrol — a contingent including members of the Park City Education Foundation and Board of Education, parents, donors and community supporters presented seven unsuspecting teachers with the Doilney-Barnes Teaching Excellence Awards and one with the coveted Sarah & Stephen Doilney Teaching Excellence Award.

The Doilney family has long been a major contributor to Park City’s education system. Sarah and Stephen Doilney’s son, Jim, explains that education was one of the most important things to his parents. "They never passed up a chance to get involved," he says. Jim carries on the tradition of his parents’ generosity by donating to the Park City schools.

The Sarah & Stephen Doilney Teaching Excellence Award, which started 15 years ago, gives the graduating class an opportunity to recognize a teacher who has made a difference in their school careers.

This year, Park City High School seniors selected biology and environmental science teacher Ed Mulick as the recipient. "This is a prized award because it’s from the students, and they speak from the heart," said Doilney. "It’s a huge honor." Recipients are also granted $4,500 to use as they wish.

Mulick was en route to a class field trip when Principal Hilary Hays called to demand that he return to school. "I thought I was in big trouble," he says. The relief washed over him as he was greeted with cheers and congratulations. "I have the luckiest job in the world because I get to come here every day and do what I love," Mulick said.

Seniors aren’t the only ones who get to bestow honors on their faculty favorites. Staff members at each school in the district also have the chance to acknowledge someone who has gone the extra mile and inspired others.

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The Doilney-Barnes Teaching Excellence Award is made possible by the generosity of Jim Doilney and Mike Barnes. Since 1994, the award has paid tribute to teachers and counselors whose colleagues vote to recognize them for their outstanding efforts in education. One teacher or counselor at each school is honored with the distinction and a check for $1,500.

Recipients of the 2008-2009 Doilney-Barnes Teaching Excellence Awards include PCHS math teacher Donna Hall, McPolin special education and resource teacher Susan Tabke, Treasure Mountain International School special education teacher Kara Brechwald, Parley’s Park Elementary School physical education teacher Jennifer Wheelwright, Jeremy Ranch Elementary School third-grade teacher Patricia Fulmer, Ecker Hill International Middle School technology teacher Robert "Bud" Crowther, and Trailside Elementary School music teacher Linda Crowther.

To read more and view photos from the awards presentation at each school, see page A-14.