“Some teachers just do the basics. Some teachers go above and beyond. She is one of those.” Those were the words of Garland Elementary School principal David Lee on third grade teacher Robyn Esplin, who was recently presented with the “Excellence in Teaching” plaque by the Utah Education Association. The award is sponsored by the Arch Coal Foundation and was announced at a dinner with educators from throughout the state last week. Esplin also received a check for $1,500. She was one of ten teachers in Utah to earn the prestigious honor.
Lee said Esplin, who has a 27-year career in education, has been at Garland for the past two years and taught at North Park Elementary prior to that. She was nominated for the award because of her commitment to her students and her support of the school.
“She is a great teacher for kids because she believes all kids can learn,” he said. “She wants to give them a good experience.”
Lee said she puts in a lot of extra time and uses her own resources to make sure that happens. Her efforts are seeing rewards, as test results with her students always seem to be positive, even with students who have challenges.
Esplin has also written several grants for the school, providing books for the library and additional materials for her own classroom, as well, Lee added.
At the awards dinner, the following was said of her teaching, “Robyn is a great master teacher, always willing to serve, share and advocate for what is best for children. A short observation of Esplin’s teaching makes it clear that she loves what she does and she loves her students…and they know it.”