Friend of Middle Level Education

Friend Award UMLA
The Friend of Middle Level Award is given to an individual, an agency, or a business that has made a significant contribution to middle level education in Utah. Nominees for this award should

  • Represent parents, business, government, or other community agencies;
  • Be, or have been, actively involved in bringing about middle level education reform or improvement in Utah; and
  • Be known as a person of high personal ethics, reflecting a model of exemplary behavior and reputation.

The following documentation must accompany the nomination

  • Award Nomination Form with contact information for both nominee and nominator
  • Description of professional service as it relates to the award
  • Examples of activities
  • No more than three letters of reference and support that speak directly to the stated criteria

Selection procedures

Selection procedures include a committee review of nominations and materials, with the ultimate decision being made by the Utah Middle Level Association Board Members. ALL AWARDS APPLICATIONS AND DOCUMENTATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY January 31.
Mail award nominations to:
P.O. Box 521286
Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1286

Or e-mail applications to

Past Recipients of the Friend of Middle Level Education Award

  • 1997 Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News Education Writer
  • 1998 Michael Leavitt, Governor of Utah
  • 1999 Gary Carlston, Education Advisor to Governor of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • 2001 Mossi White, School Board Member, Provo School District, Provo, Utah
  • 2005 Lisa Kirchenheiter, School Board Member, Park City, Utah
  • 2007 Kerrie Naylor, Executive Director, Jordan School District
  • 2008 Rob McDaniel, Human Resources Director, Murray School District
  • 2009 Christine Huley, Granite School District
  • 2012 Janet Gibb, USOE Special Education Specialist
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017