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Salt Lake school district grants two awards for "Teacher of the Year"

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4Utah) - The Salt Lake City School District has named the two teachers who will receive awards for “Teacher of the Year” in 2014.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4Utah) - The Salt Lake City School District has named the two teachers who will receive awards for “Teacher of the Year” in 2014.

Catherine Praggastis was recently named the 2014 District Teacher of the Year by the Salt lake City School District and Salt Lake City School District Board of Education. Amy Gutting was also awarded the 2014 District Special Education Teacher of the Year.

Through a rigorous interviewing and screening process, these teachers were selected by a special committee that includes community representatives, district employees and Salt Lake Education Foundation members.

Praggastis teaches the Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) class at East High School. Her class helps underserved, first generation, college-bound students get ready for their college exams. She will receive $2,000 from the Salt Lake Education Foundation and represent the district in the State Teacher of the Year competition.

Gutting, who teaches special education at Escalante Elementary school, will receive $1,000 from the district. According to the person who nominated her, Gutting is often called “the best teacher ever” by her students.

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