The 2024 Utah Teacher of the Year is Advanced Placement Psychology Educator, Carly Maloney

The 2024 Utah Teacher of the Year is Advanced Placement Psychology Educator, Carly MaloneyCarly Maloney, an educator whose passion for teaching transcends the boundaries of the classroom, has been crowned the 2024 Utah Teacher of the Year. Her journey from a determined child to an inspiring educator mirrors her unwavering commitment to student success and well-being.

Maloney, who teaches concurrent enrollment English, Advanced Placement Psychology, student government, and English Language Development at Viewmont High School in the Davis School District, embodies the essence of educational excellence. Her dedication to fostering inclusivity and empowerment among her students has earned her accolades both within her district and across the state.

“I don’t think it’s about the content for me. I think it’s about connecting with students and helping them to feel like they belong, helping them to feel like they have a safe place and helping them through those connections to feel like they’re capable,” Maloney expressed.

Maloney’s teaching philosophy revolves around creating a nurturing environment where every student feels valued and supported. Her classroom is not merely a space for academic learning but a sanctuary for personal growth and resilience.

“I want all of my students to know that they have a safe place at school where they belong, their voice matters, and they can connect with others,” Maloney emphasized.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Maloney is a staunch advocate for multilingual learners, mental health awareness, and teacher leadership. Her holistic approach to education emphasizes the importance of addressing diverse needs and fostering a community of support within the teaching profession.

“I think lessons that help them to see grit in action, help them to apply it back to their life, I think those are always really powerful,” she stated.

Maloney’s recognition as the 2024 Utah Teacher of the Year not only celebrates her individual achievements but also shines a spotlight on the transformative impact of education. As she prepares to represent Utah in the National Teacher of the Year competition, Maloney’s dedication serves as an inspiration to educators nationwide.

Among the finalists for the 2024 Utah Teacher of the Year were Maxwell Eddington, an eighth-grade math teacher at Midvale Middle School, and Stephanie Parish, a kindergarten teacher at Mountainside Elementary. Their commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching reflects the caliber of educators within the state.

Carly Maloney succeeds Chad Warnick, the 2023 Utah Teacher of the Year, in carrying forward the torch of educational excellence. As she embarks on this new chapter, Maloney’s impact extends far beyond the confines of her classroom, illuminating the path for future generations of educators committed to making a difference in the lives of their students.

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