KSL Radio and Zions Bank honored Sunya Osborn, an English teacher at Landmark High in Spanish Fork and a Nebo District literacy specialist, for the "Teacher Feature" program this week. This program was developed to recognize outstanding teachers who have gone the extra mile, not only in the classroom, but who have also made a significant impact on many young lives.
Mrs. Osborn is honored with a plaque from Zions Bank, an overnight stay at Anniversary Inn, a gift certificate for dinner at the beautiful La Caille Restaurant, and a pair of season tickets from Hale Centre Theater, West Valley. All winners are invited to attend an end of the year banquet at La Caille in their honor.
Michael Osborn submitted the application and his letter read in part: “After teaching for many years at Payson Junior, Mrs. Osborn took a job at the school district as a literacy specialist. She has helped to implement several literacy improvement strategies for the Nebo School district. She has also been an advocate for literacy across the curriculum and has helped to train educators in a variety of fields how to teach literacy in their respective subjects. She also assists in training new teachers, several of whom are my peers and friends from college. I have received amazing feedback from these teachers about what a great job my mother does in this process and about what a great teacher she is. But amid the administrative roles she holds, my mom voluntarily took the responsibility of teaching English to the students at the alternative high school in the district. She has described what a difficult environment it is to teach in, but is dedicated to helping these students gain a quality education. More than helping them learn, I have witnessed her sincere desire for these students to succeed in life and her efforts to help them achieve their goals.
“Outside of the classroom, my mother has also been a dedicated teacher: she has spent time tutoring individuals with reading impairments; she volunteers her time to teach the youth in church and other settings; and was an amazing teacher in our home. I now live in Texas where I am attending medical school, and my mother is still willing to help me with my literacy skills. I am 100% positive that I would not be where I am now academically (or otherwise) without the amazing teaching of my mother; and I am confident that there are many of her other students who would express the same sentiment. Because of Mrs. Sunya Osborn's dedication to teaching, and her impressive efforts in so doing, I feel she deserves to be recognized as one of Utah's most outstanding teachers!”
Congratulations Sunya and thank you for inspiring so many Nebo School District students!