Awards & Recognitions


Lance HatchSuperintendent Lance Hatch

Tami PyferTami Pyfer
Tami Pyfer is the VP External for UNITE, a national impact initiative that brings together diverse partners to form alliances and craft solutions to some of the country’s most complex challenges. She leads UNITE’s partnership development and communications.
Before joining UNITE, Tami served as Education Policy Advisor to Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert. As a member of Governor Herbert’s executive leadership team, Tami was responsible for coordinating with the state’s various education stakeholders, including regular outreach to district superintendents, teachers, parents, and many other school and community organizations including the Utah Rural Schools Association.
Prior to her appointment in 2014 by Governor Herbert, Tami served for four years on the Utah State Board of Education, and worked as a clinical instructor in the Special Education Department at Utah State University, teaching a variety of courses in the teacher preparation program and supervising student teachers. 
Her broad experience in community service includes not only her time in the Governor’s Office and on the State Board of Education, but eight years as an elected municipal council member where she served on variety of city, community, and nonprofit boards ranging from cultural arts, parks and recreation, and education to municipal power, environmental health, economic development, and community mental health services.
Tami and her husband Aaron are the parents of 5 kind and talented children, and grandparents to 8. They now make their home in South Jordan.

CUES Region
Sally JamesSally James
Sally James is originally from Delta and has lived in Marysvale for 17 years.  She has been married for 17 years to Clay James, the most handsome man alive, and she is the mother to four outstanding children. Sally considers her family and her relationship with her husband as her greatest accomplishments. There is nothing she loves more than being on a mountain with her family.
Sally has spent her 13 year teaching career at Piute School District. She has spent those 13 years following her students and her own children from kindergarten to third and fourth grade, and then made the big switch to high school. She received her technology endorsement in 2017 and she recently earned her master’s degree in special education. She currently runs the special education program at Piute High School. She has implemented a highly collaborative special education program. In addition, she is acting as the district technology coach, helping teachers and students work with computers, apps, and teaching all types of technology. Her progressive approach to education and technology is an outstanding contribution to the teaching profession. To the students and teachers with whom she works, her greatest contributions are her uplifting, encouraging demeanor and commitment to lifelong learning and willingness to pass along her knowledge and wisdom. Sally is always looking for new ways to connect and collaborate with the students and teachers in and outside of the district.  She is innovative, resourceful, and resilient.
Sally James is humbly honored by this award and sincerely grateful to be able to rub shoulders with the best of the best in her district and the CUES region.
NUES Region
Sue WoodSue Goodrich Wood
Sue Goodrich Wood attended Brigham Young University where she met her husband Jack Wood. Jack and Sue have raised their family in Bluebell Utah. They have five children and eight grandchildren. Sue enjoys hiking, biking, snow skiing, and being in the mountains. Sue has been a kindergarten teacher at Altamont Elementary School for the past 14 years, and has worked for Duchesne County School District for 19 years. She loves being a kindergarten teacher and is grateful to get to spend her days with sweet little people that love to learn. She has the privilege of working with an amazing team of people at Altamont Elementary School.
SEDC Region
Devney PaceDeveny Pace
Deveny is the Business and Computer Teacher at Parowan High School where she teaches 7th grade through 12th grade students. Her classes include: College & Career Awareness, Digital Literacy, Digital Business Applications, Business Office Specialist, Digital Graphic Arts, CTE Internship, and Web Development.
Deveny enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, camping, gardening, and watching movies. Her favorite book is Jane Eyre; her favorite movie is Pride & Prejudice, and her favorite place to camp is Kent's Lake up Beaver Mountain. Deveny has traveled to Russia, Germany, England, Japan, Switzerland, France, New York, Mexico, Florida, and Hawaii. Someday she would like to travel to Alaska.
Deveny is married to David Pace and has three children - Preston, Brooklyn, and McKay. They have lived in Parowan for 16 years. Before moving to Parowan, they lived in Veyo Utah. Deveny taught at Dixie High School for 7 years before taking a break from teaching to be home with her children. She just completed her 19th year of teaching.

SESC Region

Doug JohnsonDoug Johnson

Interests/Hobbies: Loves to spot and hunt game such as deer, mountain lions, bears, and especially elk. Loves spending time on the mountain setting and checking trail cameras. Camping and four wheeling. Spending time with family, especially his granddaughter. Volunteers with Emery County Search and Rescue.
Always busy – whether helping someone, fixing something, or spending time with family and friends.
Education: Associate’s Degree from College of Eastern Utah (USU Eastern), Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education/Information Systems from Southern Utah University
Tech Background:  Internship at Pacificorp, Tech at UDOT, Tech / Technology Director at ECSD for 26 years
Various side jobs and volunteer work helping local businesses, church, family and community members – he is the go-to guy for many people when it comes to computer help.

Diane BybeeDiane Bybee
Diane was born in November of 1959 in Richfield Utah. She was the 5th of 6 children. She has 4 sisters and 1 brother. She was raised in Richfield and graduated from Richfield High school in 1978. She attended Utah State in Logan and returned to Richfield where she married Lee Bybee and started her family.
Diane worked at First Security Bank in Richfield for 16 years before she came to work at CUES. She worked at CUES for 24 years where she served as Office manager, Purchasing Secretary and Executive Secretary. During her time at CUES she became involved with the URSA Conference. She loved going to Cedar City for the conference and helping each year but she especially loved the people that she came in contact with through the URSA conference.
Diane is a mother of 3 and grandma of 5. Her grandchildren, whom she absolutely adores, take up a lot of her time now and she would not have it any other way. She enjoys the outdoors, watching (kids) ball games and riding ATV’s. She likes to travel and has been to Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Israel and hopes to travel more. Her family is her everything, and she is always looking for ways to provide service to others. She is never one to dwell on her problems, but instead looks for the need’s others may have and how she can help them. She is a true example of love and service and all who have worked with her have been uplifted by her example.