We are a group of Utah Teachers of the Year who are interested in promoting quality educational opportunities for all Utah students by elevating authentic teacher voice and leadership.


Lauren Merkely


Lauren Merkely, English teacher at Cottonwood High School, was named 2020 Utah Teacher of the Year by the Utah Board of...read more


UTSTOY invited to Governor’s Education Summit
UTSTOY chapter members were invited to Governor Herbert's 2020 Education Summit held at the University of Utah. The theme was Transforming Public... read more
UTSTOY team at 2019 Teach to Lead Summit
Members of our UTSTOY chapter authored a project for the 2019 Teach to Lead Summit in Salt Lake City. Our team's project focused on trauma-informed... read more
UTSTOY hosts Teacher Leader Training
UTSTOY and NNSTOY collaborate with the USBE to host Utah’s first Teacher Leadership training in June, 2018. From left to right: Daniele Massey... read more
UTSTOY Mentors Collaborate with UT HSG Fellows
UTSTOY Mentors take a moment to pose for a pic between sessions at the Hotel Monaco. STOYs met again with Utah HSG Fellows to review results of the... read more
UT STOYS & HSG Fellows at UT Legislative Training
UT STOYS and HSG Fellows attended a Legislative Training for Educators on January 15, 2018. Governor Herbert's education gurus Tami Pyfer and Karen... read more

2020 UTAH STOY State Teacher of the Year Finalists:

  • Kelland Davis
  • Xaviera Ma
  • Andrea Lynn Melnick
  • Lauren Merkely
  • Rebecca Richardson