In past years, 10 educators have been honored with a crystal obelisk and a $10,000 personal check, but this year an 11th award will be given to recognize an educator who has shown outstanding performance in working with children with mental disabilities.
“We are excited that from 2012 forward, a Mark H. Huntsman Award will be presented to a principal, teacher or volunteer who has shown outstanding performance in the field of special education,” said Karen Huntsman, in announcing the award.
“This critical area of service demands patience, as well as specialized training, and we want to acknowledge those who apply their talents to helping students whose ability to learn is different from that of other children.”
Mark Huntsman is the youngest member of the Karen and Jon Huntsman family, and has mental disabilities “that illustrate the importance of excellence in the field of special education,” according to information provided.
The awards will also go to six teachers, three administrators and an education volunteer in Utah.
Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. A board of judges will review nominations in mid-April and the honors will be presented at a banquet in Salt Lake City in May. Karen Huntsman will personally visit each of the eleven recipients throughout Utah to notify them and their schools of their selection.
Nomination forms are available through any public school, PTA, or by visiting www.huntsman.com/haee. A map to the Huntsman office is available online with the nomination instructions.