Wasatch district's Terry Shoemaker is Utah Superintendent of the Year

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Wasatch School District Superintendent Terry Shoemaker has been named Utah School Superintendent of the Year.

Shoemaker will receive the award Monday at a meeting of the Utah School Superintendents Association, which gives out the award.

The honoree has been a public educator since 1979, a news release said, adding Shoemaker has worked in the Jordan and Provo districts in addition to Wasatch.

He was a teacher, curriculum specialist, principal and personnel director before his appointment as Wasatch superintendent in 2001, the release said.

Notably, Shoemaker is behind a digital conversion effort in his district that equips students in grades five through eight with laptops they use for school and homework.

"As important as the access to computers is, the excellent digital curriculum and the job embedded professional development in digital friendly classrooms are critical to the success of Wasatch educators and students," Patti Harrington, executive director of the USSA, said in the news release. "This initiative is typical of the innovation that Terry has always advanced in his career."

In addition to his work as a superintendent, Shoemaker is a member of the Utah Valley University board of trustees, according to the release. He also is on the board of Wasatch Community Foundation and serves on the Joint Legislative Committee representing superintendents and school board members statewide.