2012-2013 Teachers of the Year

Scott Bedley

Elementary School Teacher of the Year

A teacher for nearly 20 years, Bedley is considered a model of innovation and student engagement, exemplified by his successful efforts to establish Plaza Vista’s first Technology Applied Science Fair. That contest, with judges from Blizzard Entertainment, Broadcom, Google and Honda, challenged nearly 100 students in grades three through eight to develop their own software, apps and websites.

Bedley has also co-authored a standards-based character curriculum book and served as a keynote speaker for teacher trainings.

Brendan McBrien

Middle School Teacher of the Year

McBrien has inspired instrumental music students for more than 25 years, including 23 at Venado, where he has taught band, orchestra and guitar classes.

A talented musician and composer in his own right, McBrien has written or arranged hundreds of original pieces, including more than 30 published songs. In fact, he has arranged or composed much of the music that his students perform, considering carefully the interests and abilities of his middle school musicians.

Joe Huber

High School Teacher of the Year

A Uni staff member since 1996, Huber presents science lessons with enthusiasm and passion, differentiating instruction and assessments to meet the needs of each student.

As state and national requirements have changed over the years, Huber has been integral in efforts to modify the freshman and sophomore curriculum. His colleagues say he collaborates effectively to maintain an appropriate level of rigor, and he prepares his students for higher level science courses by promoting critical thinking skills.


Erin Clarke
Teacher of Promise
Greentree Elementary School

John Beckman
Teacher of Promise
Venado MiddleSchool

Allison Lewis
Teacher of Promise
Westpark Elementary School

Dana Kramer
Teacher of Promise
University High School