Monticello High math whiz is teacher of year
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Gordon Reeve is the 2015 San Juan School District Teacher of the Year.  Staff photo
Gordon Reeve is the 2015 San Juan School District Teacher of the Year. Staff photo
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Gordon Reeve, a math teacher at Monticello High School, is the 2015 Teacher of the Year for the San Juan School District.

Reeve was presented the honor at a February 23 banquet sponsored by the San Juan School District Education Foundation.

Reeve was honored, in part, for leading the math Professional Learning Community (PLC) at the school. Last year, the Monticello High School math program had the highest SAGE testing scores in the state for traditional high schools.

Reeve was also recognized for his professionalism and dedication to teaching students for nearly three decades. He now goes on to represent the San Juan School District in the Utah Teacher of the Year competition.

Reeve has taught in the San Juan School District for the past 29 years, including three years at the beginning of his career at Monument Valley High School and the remainder at Monticello High.

Reeve said he is pleased, “It is always nice to get recognition.”

He started out with plans to be an Ag teacher or an engineer, but decided to teach math so he could live in the country. “Plus it helps me keep an eye on my kids,”he adds.

“Nothing is more rewarding than to see the light click on and to see the kids understand it,” explained Reeve. Teaching is a good thing.”

According to Monticello Principal Lewis Whitaker, “Gordon is organized and professional. He has tons of experience. He is a teacher who will go out of his way to help kids who seek it.

“Gordon is the head of Monticello High School’s math PLC and is an integral part of the success our school has achieved and math in recent years. Monticello High School had the highest math scores in the state among public schools on our end-of-the-year tests. Gordon plays a big role in that success!”

Reeve is one of a number of teachers and educators in the San Juan School District who were honored for their efforts. Each school names a teacher of the year and a classified employee of the year.

The evening included an address by Matt Baldwin, the 2014 teacher of the year from Whitehorse High School. Baldwin was a finalist for the Utah State Teacher of the Year.

While Reeve is the teacher of the year at Monticello High, the classified employee of the year is secretary Kathleen Ketron.

Ed Reynolds is the teacher of the year at Whitehorse High School, while Sylvia Mitchell is the classified employee of the year.

Jonathan Hoehne is teacher of the year at Montezuma Creek Elementary, while Laurice Pollister is classified employee of the year.

In Bluff, the teacher of the year is Robin Cantrell and classified employee is James Van Reenen.

In Monument Valley, Anna Mae Jim is teacher of the year at the elementary school, while Lorraine Stanley is the classified employee of the year.

Devon Gosney is teacher of the year at Monument Valley High School, while Lahoma Cly is the classified employee of the year.

In Blanding, teacher of the year at the elementary school is Robert Turk and the classified employee of the year is Chandra Hart.

LaDawn Peterson is the teacher of the year at ARL Middle School, and Dee Meyers is the classified employee of the year.

Teacher of the year at San Juan High is Pate Pace and classified employee is Marilyn Palmer.

In Monticello, teacher of the year at the elementary school is Linda Keyes and the classified employee of the year is Leslie Kelley.

Leroy Bedonie teacher of the year at Navajo Mountain High School, while Ceyetano Charlie is the classified employee.

Teacher of the year at La Sal Elementary School is Shelly Thayn while the district office employees of the year are Sherry Porter and Sherry Eldredge.

View profiles of each school's nominees as written by their supervisors.
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