By Kelsey Keener
Iron County Today
CEDAR CITY–Genevieve Draper, a substitute teacher in the Iron County School District, was awarded the Utah Substitute Teacher of the Year Award for the 2017-2018 school year last Friday. Draper was chosen out of more than 3,000 substitute teachers in the state of Utah by Kelly Educational Staffing, part of Kelly Services.
Brigitte White, Staffing Supervisor for KES in Cedar City, presented Draper with her award and a $250 bonus, and said she was nominated for her abilities as a substitute teacher.
“She was nominated because she cares about the kids, she’s on time and she does her research before she shows up,” White said. “Being a substitute teacher, you never know what you’re going to be teaching. She’s done a great job and showed some great leadership.”
White said Draper has also demonstrated her ability to perform at the level KES expects.
“We actually expect them to keep up with the curriculum so when the teacher comes back, they can pick up right where they left off,” she said. “That’s what (Draper) has done–she’s just shown that she can handle that.”
Draper has been a substitute teacher for one year and is one of 115 substitute teachers in Iron County, and White said KES fills an average of 30 classrooms a day with substitutes.
“That just gives an idea of how much substitute teachers are needed and valued,” White said.