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Roy High School students surround longtime teacher Michele Kersey-Smith, center, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, inside the school. The Standard-Examiner's Apple for the Teacher contest received about 1,500 nominations, and Kersey-Smith ultimately won the contest with 139 votes.

Hundreds of talented Northern Utah teachers were nominated for our 2018 Apple for the Teacher award, and we’ve narrowed the pool down to 25 finalists.

Now it’s time to vote for the educator you think should take home this year’s award.

  • Scroll down to vote for the teacher you think should win

Look through the photos of the finalists below to see what subjects they teach, as well as the stories behind why they were nominated. 

The contest’s voting round will run through 11 p.m. April 22, and each person can vote once per day.

We’ll announce this year’s winner in the newspaper and online Sunday, April 29. In addition to his or her story appearing in the newspaper, the winner will get $500 in prizes.

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All of the teachers nominated deserve this award. I work with Mary Schaffner, and I have personally witnessed her dedication to OHS students. I am inspired by the active role she takes in student succes, saying she goes above and beyond is an understatement. Her heart and passion are evident in her actions, I can't say enough about how much she represents what this award is about. She is more than deserving, we are lucky to have her at OHS.


I vote for Kim Price teacher at Canyon View Elementary who teaches special needs children whom has gone above and beyond in taking care of not only our daughter but the other students in her class. She exemplifies what a teacher is and deserves to be on this list. The only reason she isn't is because not enough people understand that the school exists and I'm sure the Standard Examiner didn't reach out to the school's students. I think Ms. Kim and the other teachers at Canyon View deserve to be on this list or at least recognized for their efforts.

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