Outstanding Educator Awards

28th Annual

Awards Recognition Banquet

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Embassy Suites, South Jordan

Jordan Education Foundation recognizes and honors superior teachers with a track record of improving student achievement, using innovative instructional strategies and making a difference in the lives of their students. These teachers are among a select few highlighted as Outstanding Educators who are making a difference in the classroom. The annual JEF Outstanding Educators Awards publicly honor and recognize educators who raise the bar of their profession.


2020 has certainly brought its share of challenges.  We recognize with so many unique educational & life situations, a 2021 JEF Outstanding Educator may look much different compared to previous years.  

Please reference the new 2021 application questions as a guideline for your 2020-21 outstanding educator nomination from your school, not the rubric from previous years.  

Higher consideration and scores will go to nominations that include specific, compelling stories describing your nominee and show clear evidence with specific instances, examples, situations where the teacher has made an impact on students, classroom, school and the community.  These examples & stories can come from colleagues, parents and/or students. The members of the JEF Awards Recognition Committee will read each nomination and rate each of the following 7 categories below from 1 to 5.

Who Nominates
Recipients can be nominated by a principal, school administrators and/or colleagues.

All nominations must be approved by the school principal.



ONE nomination will be accepted per school.

The nomination may be an educator OR a special educator.

Educators may be nominated more than once during their teaching career 

but may only win once.  (See list of Past Recipients)


Due Date

Nominations open January 4, 2021

Nominations due by 11:59 pm Monday, January 25, 2021.


Review Process

Nominations will be reviewed and scored by committee based on new guidelines for 2021. 

(See examples of nominations that have scored well and won in the past.) 
Every nominee will be recognized by Jordan Education Foundation at their school.



The top 10-15 nominees will be recognized at JEF's Annual Awards Banquet held in April and sponsored by area business partners. The Awards Banquet will also celebrate one Outstanding Principal (selected by district administrators) and one scholarship recipient from the seven 

District high schools.  A $1,000.00 check is awarded to each recipient by a local business leader.​