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District Teacher of the Year: Deanna Coates

Each year we award a Teacher with the District Teacher of the Year Award for creating a rich school culture and excellence in teaching. We award Lead Facilitator Deanna Coates the District Teacher of the Year Award this year.

Deanna Coates has a storied career in education, earning this year’s Teacher of the Year award, the KSL teacher feature in November 2021, and the RC Willey Extra Mile Award in fall 2020. She has belonged to the Student Success Team for at-risk students, the Department Chair Committee, and the Instructional Leadership Team. She’s participated in Running Start training for new Special Education Teachers and currently serves on the Advisory Steering Committee and as a Compliance Coach and Mentor for Special Education Teachers and new Teachers.

Coates does not work for awards or praise. On top of her work mentoring and instructing, she spends two-to-three evenings a week helping run extracurricular activities, and as a Vice President of the Parent Committee for Ballroom at Provo High School, she works every day because she genuinely loves her students and wants to watch their talents grow, both in school and out.

Deanna Coates believes that teaching is all about learning through small steps and celebrating the victories along the way. Her reward is working with various students as they earn these “I get it” moments, which makes the struggle worthwhile. Coates always tries to find fun new ways to teach concepts, finding methods of teaching that causes students to interact more with one another. Her goal is to create a space where students can feel free to make mistakes and test new concepts.

Deanna Coates’s ability to make others feel welcome isn’t exclusive to her students. Below is an excerpt from her Teacher of the Year Recommendation Letter:

“Deanna fills one of the most challenging positions at our school, yet you would never notice it on her face or demeanor. Despite the many challenges, demands, and personalities she faces each day, Deanna is always positive and professional. As the Lead Facilitator at Provo High, Deanna oversees all special education services, personnel, and compliance. She is exceptional in these roles and has a vision that benefits all students and parents as they navigate their high school experience. All of our staff members appreciate Deanna’s passion and commitment to her work. Whether she is mentoring a teacher, meeting with a parent, or taking tickets at a PHS event, Deanna is a breath of fresh air to everyone she meets.

“However, what often goes unspoken is her knowledge and expertise in what she does. Not many people can manage the complexities and expertise that her position requires. In addition to her kindness and compassion, Deanna is an expert in her field. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience that guides us at Provo High School. She has made a significant footprint on our school, and this influence will remain long after she leaves our school. Provo High School is a better place because of her!”

Thank you, Deanna Coates, for enriching our school and the lives of our students and staff.

Profesor del año del distrito: Deanna Coates

Cada año premiamos a un profesor con el Premio al Profesor del Año del Distrito por crear una rica cultura escolar y excelencia en la enseñanza. Este año otorgamos a la Facilitadora Principal Deanna Coates el Premio al Profesor del Año del Distrito.

Deanna Coates tiene una carrera histórica en la educación, ganando el premio al Maestro del Año de este año, la característica de maestro KSL en noviembre de 2021, y el Premio RC Willey Extra Mile en el otoño de 2020. Ella ha pertenecido al Equipo de Éxito Estudiantil para los estudiantes en riesgo, el Comité de Jefes de Departamento, y el Equipo de Liderazgo de Instrucción. Ella ha participado en la formación de Running Start para los nuevos maestros de Educación Especial y actualmente sirve en el Comité Directivo de Asesoramiento y como Entrenador de Cumplimiento y Mentor para los maestros de Educación Especial y los nuevos maestros.

Sin embargo, la Sra. Coates no trabaja para recibir premios o elogios. Además de su trabajo como mentora e instructora, pasa de dos a tres tardes a la semana ayudando a dirigir las actividades extracurriculares, como vicepresidenta del Comité de Padres del Salón de Baile de la Escuela Secundaria de Provo, trabaja todos los días porque ama genuinamente a sus estudiantes y quiere ver crecer sus talentos, tanto en la escuela como fuera de ella.

La filosofía de enseñanza de Deanna Coates dirige sus acciones. Cree que la enseñanza consiste en aprender a través de pequeños pasos y celebrar las victorias en el camino. Su recompensa es trabajar con varios alumnos cuando ganan esos momentos de “lo entiendo”, lo que hace que la lucha merezca la pena. Coates siempre trata de encontrar nuevas y divertidas formas de enseñar conceptos, encontrando métodos de enseñanza que hagan que los estudiantes interactúen más entre sí. Su objetivo es crear un espacio en el que los alumnos se sientan libres para cometer errores y probar nuevos conceptos.

La capacidad de Deanna Coates para hacer que los demás se sientan bienvenidos no es exclusiva de sus alumnos. A continuación, un extracto de su Carta de Recomendación del Profesor del Año:

“Deanna ocupa uno de los puestos más desafiantes en nuestra escuela, pero nunca se notaría en su cara o comportamiento. A pesar de los muchos desafíos, demandas y personalidades que enfrenta cada día, Deanna es siempre positiva y profesional. Como facilitadora principal en Provo High, Deanna supervisa todos los servicios de educación especial, el personal y el cumplimiento. Ella es excepcional en estas funciones y tiene una visión que beneficia a todos los estudiantes y padres mientras navegan su experiencia en la escuela secundaria. Todos los miembros de nuestro personal aprecian la pasión y el compromiso de Deanna con su trabajo. Ya sea que ella sea mentora de un profesor, se reúna con un padre, o tome las entradas en un evento de PHS, Deanna es un soplo de aire fresco para todos los que conoce.

“Sin embargo, lo que a menudo no se dice es su conocimiento y experiencia en lo que hace. No hay mucha gente que pueda manejar las complejidades y la experiencia que su posición requiere. Además de su amabilidad y compasión, Deanna es una experta en su campo. Ella tiene una riqueza de conocimiento y experiencia que nos guía en Provo High School. Ella ha dejado una huella significativa en nuestra escuela, y esta influencia permanecerá mucho tiempo después de que ella deje nuestra escuela. Provo High School es un lugar mejor gracias a ella”.

Gracias, Deanna Coates, por enriquecer nuestra escuela y las vidas de nuestros estudiantes y personal.

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New Assistant Principal Positions

The district has announced three new assistant principals in the district. These new positions will begin on July 1. Mary Allison James and Martin Yablonovsky will be assistant principals at Timpview High School. David Kent will be an assistant principal at Provo High School.

Mary Allison James

Mary Allison James is a veteran educator of over 30 years.  Mary is originally from Tucson, Arizona, where she worked as a district work based learning coordinator, computer technology and art teacher, and softball coach.  She began working at Provo City School District in 2001 as a business and technology teacher and new teacher mentor at Dixon Middle School until 2012.  She then served at Independence High School as a computer science and accounting teacher, as well as their dean of students until joining Provo High School as an assistant principal in 2018. She has an undergraduate degree in business and marketing education from Prescott College, and a master’s degree in educational technology and learning sciences, and her administrator license from Utah State University.  She is also currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership from BYU. Though she is sad to leave the Bulldog community, she is excited about working with the Timpview High School students and staff and all its stakeholders!

Martin Yablonovsky

Martin’s career in education has embraced diverse cultures and responsibilities. After a one-year internship at Springville Junior High School, he began teaching math and coaching high school sports to Yup’ik students in rural Alaska, served for 19 years in various positions in Utah, and currently serves as Principal of Friday Harbor Middle and High Schools on San Juan Island in Washington state.

His experience in Utah also includes: Director of Transportation, Salt Lake City School District; Principal of Open Classroom, SLCSD; Assistant Principal at East High, SLCSD; and teacher at Payson Middle School.

He completed his undergraduate BA in Math Education and MA in Educational Leadership at Brigham Young University. He earned his MBA at the University of Utah. If you want to know what color he bleeds, you’ll have to ask him.

Originally from northern California, Martin is honored to return with his wife and three children to the beautiful state they now call home, and in particular to Provo, where he spent so many happy years attending BYU. He is especially excited to become a part of the exemplary Timpview High community. Martin enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities and is always up for a game of chess.

David Kent

David grew up in Southeast Idaho.  He attended Utah State University and Wichita State University, where he earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Secondary Education/Biological Sciences. Upon completion of this degree, David started teaching Biology, Earth Science, and Environmental Science at Independence High School in Provo. While teaching there, he started a Masters Degree in Science Education Research at BYU and earned that degree in 2010. In 2012, he left PCSD and moved out of state to teach Biology and Honors Biology at a private Catholic High School in Wichita, Kansas, as well as Biology and Geophysical Science at Grand Junction High School in Colorado. After 2 years, David brought his family back home to Provo to teach Biology and Earth Science at Provo High School. During these 6 years, he served as Department Chair and on the Instructional Leadership Team. David then went back to school and earned another Masters Degree from Western Governors University in Educational Leadership. The past 2 years he has served the Provo High School community as the Dean of Students. 

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Child Nutrition Program – 2022 Summer Meals

Hunger doesn’t take a Summer Vacation!

Locations for summer meals can be found at the bottom of this post. There are new locations available.

Beginning Monday, June 6th, ALL children ages 1-18 can enjoy FREE breakfast and lunch to accompany days of summer fun and educational activities through Provo City School District’s Summer Child Nutrition Program!

Assuring that all children have access to wholesome food during the summer when schools are not in session, the Summer Meals Program helps youths continue to learn and grow. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the federally funded nutrition program is open to all kids aged 1-18 years. No application is necessary to drop in for a meal and all children and teens are welcome!

The Provo Board of Education, Superintendent Rittel, and the Child Nutrition Program are committed to ensuring our children have access to safe and nutritious meals during the summer months when they can’t eat at school. Serving as a key building block of our community, the Summer Meals Program helps kids return to school healthy, happy and ready to learn!

The Summer Meals Program is available to all children and teens 1-18 years old. Children must eat their meal in the school cafeteria. Parents/Adults may purchase a breakfast for $2.00 and/or a lunch for $4.00 and enjoy a meal with their child(ren). Please be aware that the menu may change due to product availability.

Administered by USBE Child Nutrition Programs, the Summer Meals Program is located at approved sites that are in low-income areas or serve a group of children most of whom are low income. These meals must meet the same nutritional standards as the other Child Nutrition Programs.

Following is a list of schools with the dates and times they will serve breakfast and lunch during the summer break. Each school provides meals Monday through Thursday only. There is no program on Monday, June 20th and July 4th, 2022.

  • Franklin Elementary School. 350 S. 600 W., Provo UT.
    • June 6 to July 21, 2022. CLOSED June 20th and July 4th. 
    • Breakfast: 8:30 to 9:30 am. Lunch: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
    • This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
  • Provo Peaks Elementary School. 665 E. Center Street, Provo UT.
    • June 6 to July 21, 2022. CLOSED June 20th and July 4th. 
    • Breakfast: 8:30 to 9:30 am. Lunch: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
    • This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 
  • Provost Elementary School. 629 S. 1000 E., Provo UT.
    • June 6 to July 21, 2022. CLOSED June 20th and July 4th. 
    • Breakfast: 8:30 to 9:30 am. Lunch: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
    • This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 
  • Spring Creek Elementary School. 1740 S. Nevada Avenue, Provo UT.
    • June 6 to July 21, 2022. CLOSED June 20th and July 4th. 
    • Breakfast: 8:30 to 9:30 am. Lunch: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
    • This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
  • Sunset View Elementary School. 1520 W. 600 S., Provo UT.
    • June 6 to July 21, 2022. CLOSED June 20th and July 4th. 
    • Breakfast: 8:30 to 9:30 am. Lunch: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
    • This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
  • Timpanogos Elementary School. 449 N. 500 W., Provo UT.
    • June 6 to July 21, 2022. CLOSED June 20th and July 4th. 
    • Breakfast: 8:30 to 9:30 am. Lunch: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
    • This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
  • Independence High School. 636 N. Independence Avenue, Provo UT.
    • June 6 to July 28, 2022. CLOSED June 20th, July 4th and 25th. 
    • Breakfast: 8:00 to 9:00 am. Lunch: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
    • This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
  • Provo High School. 1199 Lakeshore Drive, Provo UT.
    • June 6 to July 21, 2022. CLOSED June 20th and July 4th. 
    • Breakfast: 8:00 to 9:00 am. Lunch: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
    • This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Provo School District’s Summer Child Nutrition Program is a wonderful opportunity for ALL children to enjoy amazing and nutritious meals during the summer. Exciting fresh fruits and veggies are on the menu regularly and occasional surprise specialty day activities light up the lunchrooms with health, wellness, fun and excitement!

We look forward to serving your children this summer!

Additional information about the Child Nutrition Program is located on our website at itsmealsprovo.com and our Facebook page at ITSMeals at Provo School District.

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Programa de Nutrición Infantil Verano 2022

¡El hambre no toma vacaciones de verano!

Comidas Nutritivas de Verano para Niños y Adolescentes de 1-18 años

¡Por favor tenga en cuenta la adición de un sitio NUEVO de comida de verano!

¡Este verano, los niños pueden disfrutar de los almuerzos gratuitos a través del Programa de Nutrición Infantil de Verano del Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de Provo comenzando el lunes 6 de junio de 2022!

El Programa de Comidas de Verano asegura que todos los niños cuando estén de vacaciones durante el verano tengan acceso a alimentos saludables, para seguir aprendiendo y creciendo. El programa de nutrición está patrocinado por el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA), está financiado por el gobierno federal e incluye a todos los niños de 1-18 años. ¡No se necesita llenar una solicitud para recibir las comidas, todos los niños y adolescentes son bienvenidos! Además del almuerzo, todos los lugares que ofrecen comidas de verano en Provo, también ofrecen desayunos gratuitos para hacer un día de actividades divertidas y educativas.

El Consejo Educativo con el Superintendente del Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de Provo, Keith Rittel, y el Programa de Nutrición Infantil, reconocen la necesidad de las comidas nutritivas para nuestros niños durante los meses de verano, cuando ellos no pueden comer en la escuela. ¡El Programa de Comidas de Verano sirve como un componente clave en nuestra comunidad para ayudar a asegurar que los niños regresen a la escuela sanos, felices y listos para aprender!

El programa de comidas de verano está disponible para todos los niños y adolescentes de 1-18 años de edad. Los niños deben comer su comida en la cafetería de la escuela. Los padres/adultos pueden comprar un desayuno por

$2.00 y/o un almuerzo por $4.00 para disfrutar de una comida con sus hijos. Tenga en cuenta que el menú puede cambiar debido a la disponibilidad de los productos.

El Programa de Nutrición Infantil de Verano, administrado por los Programas de Nutrición Infantil de la Oficina de Educación del Estado de Utah (USBE), se encuentra ubicado en los lugares aprobados en las áreas de bajos ingresos o que sirven a un grupo de niños cuya mayoría son de bajos ingresos. Estas comidas deben cumplir con los mismos estándares nutricionales que otros Programas de Nutrición Infantil.

A continuación hay una lista de las escuelas con las fechas y horarios en las que servirán los desayunos y almuerzos durante las vacaciones de verano. Cada escuela ofrece comidas solamente de lunes a jueves. No hay programa el lunes, 20 de junio y 4 de julio de 2022.

  • Escuela Primaria Franklin. 350 S 600 W, Provo UT.
    • Del 6 de junio al 21 de julio de 2022. CERRAMOS el 20 de junio y el 4 de julio. 
    • Desayuno: de 8:30 am a 9:30 am. Almuerzo: de 11:30 am a 12:30 pm.
    • Esta institución es un proveedor de igualdad de oportunidades.
  • Escuela Primaria Provo Peaks. 655 E. Center Street, Provo UT.
    • Del 6 de junio al 21 de julio de 2022. CERRAMOS el 20 de junio y el 4 de julio. 
    • Desayuno: de 8:30 am a 9:30 am. Almuerzo: de 11:30 am a 12:30 pm.
    • Esta institución es un proveedor de igualdad de oportunidades.
  • Escuela Primaria Provost. 629 S. 1000 E., Provo UT.
    • Del 6 de junio al 21 de julio de 2022. CERRAMOS el 20 de junio y el 4 de julio. 
    • Desayuno: de 8:30 am a 9:30 am. Almuerzo: de 11:30 am a 12:30 pm.
    • Esta institución es un proveedor de igualdad de oportunidades.
  • Escuela Primaria Spring Creek. 1740 S. Nevada Avenue, Provo UT.
    • Del 6 de junio al 21 de julio de 2022. CERRAMOS el 20 de junio y el 4 de julio. 
    • Desayuno: de 8:30 am a 9:30 am. Almuerzo: de 11:30 am a 12:30 pm.
    • Esta institución es un proveedor de igualdad de oportunidades.
  • Escuela Primaria Sunset View. 1520 W. 600 S., Provo UT.
    • Del 6 de junio al 21 de julio de 2022. CERRAMOS el 20 de junio y el 4 de julio. 
    • Desayuno: de 8:30 am a 9:30 am. Almuerzo: de 11:30 am a 12:30 pm.
    • Esta institución es un proveedor de igualdad de oportunidades.
  • Escuela Primaria Timpanogos. 449 N. 500 W., Provo UT.
    • Del 6 de junio al 21 de julio de 2022. CERRAMOS el 20 de junio y el 4 de julio. 
    • Desayuno: de 8:30 am a 9:30 am. Almuerzo: de 11:30 am a 12:30 pm.
    • Esta institución es un proveedor de igualdad de oportunidades.
  • Escuela Secundaria Independence. 636 N. Independence Avenue, Provo UT.
    • Del 6 de junio al 28 de julio de 2022. CERRAMOS el 20 de junio, y el 4 y 25 de julio. 
    • Desayuno: de 8:00 am a 9:00 am. Almuerzo: de 11:30 am a 12:30 pm.
    • Esta institución es un proveedor de igualdad de oportunidades.
  • Escuela Secundaria Provo High. 1199 Lakeshore Drive, Provo UT.
    • Del 6 de junio al 21 de julio de 2022. CERRAMOS el 20 de junio y el 4 de julio. 
    • Desayuno: de 8:00 am a 9:00 am. Almuerzo: de 11:30 am a 12:30 pm.
    • Esta institución es un proveedor de igualdad de oportunidades.

¡Nuestro Programa de Nutrición Infantil de Verano es una maravillosa oportunidad para que los niños disfruten de comidas saludables y asombrosas durante el verano! ¡Las frutas y verduras se proporcionan todos los días, y las actividades sorpresivas ocasionales iluminan las cafeterías con salud, bienestar, diversión y emoción!

¡Esperamos poder servir a sus hijos durante el verano!

Para mayor información sobre el Programa de Nutrición Infantil de Verano visite nuestro sitio web itsmealsprovo.com y nuestra página de Facebook ITSMeals at Provo School District.

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