Grand County educators honored for service

Rep. Christine Watkins, Christa Green, Ryan Anderson and Hank Postma (left to right) at the 2019 UEA Superstars in Education banquet on May 17 in Salt Lake City. [Photo courtesy of Ryan Anderson]

Two Grand County educators were honored at the 2019 Utah Education Association Superstars in

Education banquet on May 17 in Salt Lake City.

Christa Green, art teacher at Grand County High School, and Ryan Anderson, a former Grand County School District teacher, were each recognized for their service in education.

Green was the recipient of an award for Excellence in Teaching. Anderson was presented with the Elaine Tzourtzouklis Service to Association Award.

“The UEA is honored to recognize these outstanding educators,” said Utah Education Association (UEA) President Heidi Matthews. “They are shining examples of the great work happening in our public schools each day.”

The UEA recognized that over the years, Green’s students “have consistently produced high-quality artwork. She works hard to get public recognition for her students’ by helping them set up gallery showings and publishing a calendar and a coloring book that contain their artwork.”

Green organized a Humanities Club as an effort to expose her students to great works of art, with

purpose of the club to facilitate a field trip to Los Angeles,California, to see artwork from around the world in area museums. In addition to her work in the classroom, Green is currently a mentor to two new teachers.

The UEA said Anderson has applied his knowledge in education to support educators. Anderson represented Utah as a National Education Association (NEA) director for eight years.

The UEA recognized Anderson for his work to lobby Congress and to build relationships with representatives and their staff “which he has used to support bills that benefit our teachers and students.”

Alanna Simmons-Cameron contributed nominations comments to this report.