District names Teacher of the Year

District names Teacher of the Year

 

Davis School District surprised Woods Cross High's Andrew Bird with its Teacher of the Year designation during what he thought was a pep assembly Thursday morning.

“Bird” as most people at Woods Cross High refer to him, still considers himself a “new” teacher after seven years in the classroom. He came into education after beginning in a health sciences career. He brings those experiences into his classroom where he teaches medical anatomy and other health science topics. He continues to juggle both careers working at a hospital on the weekends. Additionally, he coaches the swim team.

Bird was nominated for the District’s Best of Davis Award by a student, who is also on the swim team. In the nomination, Abel Chomjak said: “Despite his doubtlessly insane personal life, he never talks about his own problems and rarely lets a bad day ruin his demeanor or how he treats other people. Everyone that interacts with Bird comes away, not only happier, but a better person as they see his example and wisdom.”

The district chooses its Teacher of the Year from among 30 Best of Davis Award winners. The Best of Davis Award is the district’s employee recognition program.

Nominations for the Best of Davis Awards are submitted by supervisors, coworkers, parents and students. A committee made up of community members, district staff and former Best of Davis winners narrows hundreds of nominations down to 30 educators.

The Teacher of the Year designation comes with a big prize — a one-year lease of a Kia Sportage and insurance thanks to the support of The Davis Education Foundation, Young Automotive Group, Golden West Credit Union, KSL.com and Young Caring for Our Young.

Bird represents Davis School District in the Utah Teacher of the Year program.