Ecker Hill Middle School librarian recognized at National Education Association Foundation Gala

PARK CITY, Utah — Lara Rude, a librarian at Ecker Hill Middle School, was recently honored as a winner of the National Education Association Foundation’s Travelers Award for Teaching Excellence.

The award, which was presented at the NEA’s annual gala in Washington D.C. on May 3, honors educators who demonstrate excellence, commitment to equity, community engagement and leadership. Rude was one of 40 recipients of the award.

“It’s been a remarkable experience, being here among so many dedicated educators,” said Rude. “It’s a humbling reminder of the impact we can have when we bring our passion and creativity to the classroom every day.”

Dr. Jill Gildea, Park City School District Superintendent, said in a press release that this recognition serves as a testament to the pivotal role educators play in shaping minds and creating inclusive, engaging learning environments.

Gildea hopes that Rude’s achievements will inspire other educators both locally and nationally, underscoring the vital importance of dedication and innovation in striving for educational excellence.

“We in Park City are immensely proud and fortunate to have Lara Rude recognized on a national scale at the NEA Foundation gala,” Gildea said. “Her accolade not only showcases her remarkable contributions but also casts a spotlight on the exceptional quality of educators within our community, especially during National Teacher Appreciation Week.”

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