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PCEF Excellent Educator Program, funded by the Louis and Doilney Families
The Sarah & Stephen Doilney Award

In 1996, Jim Doilney and PCEF created the Excellent Educator Awards to honor the educators in the Park City School District. Jim was inspired by his mother who was a teacher. Since 2019 he has been joined by the Louis Family to continue this endeavor, as Hank Louis was a former educator. They make this annual commitment to sponsor the Excellent Educator Program because they know how critical educators are in shaping the next generation of leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers.  They see the work first hand, too, with children and grandchildren in our schools

In 2024 we will celebrate our Park City educators with:

  • Excellent Educator Reveal → Every school's teachers, staff, and admin vote for their Excellent Educator, who is surprised with a sweet celebration. Join us as we tour each Park City school the morning of April 26th for the surprise reveals!

  • A sweet treat for every educator --> Every single one of PCSD's employees makes a difference for our students, so every single one will receive a caramel apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

  • Free entry into Running with Ed! -->  The school employee registration fee is $50, but thanks to the Doilney and Louis families, this year it's free! We've heard many times that RWE is our teacher's favorite event of the year.

2024 Schedule Friday 4/26:

  • 7:45 am PCHS
    • Excellent Educator Award
    • Sarah and Stephen Doilney Award 
  • 8:25 am Treasure Mountain Jr High
  • 8:45 am McPolin Elementary
  • 9:15am Trailside Elementary
  • 9:45 am Parley's Park Elementary
  • 10:10 am Jeremy Ranch Elementary

Thursday 4/25:

  • 9:00am Ecker Hill Middle School

PCHS 2023 Excellent Educator Recipient Natalie Starr and Sarah & Stephen Doilney Class of 2023 Most Influential Teacher Recipient George Murphy 


The Excellent Educator Award is voted on by educator peers in each school building. The Excellent Educator recipients for the 2022-2023 school year are:

Ecker Hill Middle School = Jeff Schwalbe

Jeremy Ranch Elementary School = Jennica Paterniti

McPolin Elementary School = Jill Thompson

Park City High School = Natalie Star

Parley's Park Elementary School = Jennifer Shane

Trailside Elementary School = Lesley Rockwood

Treasure Mountain Junior High = Ryan Duca

Sarah and Stephen Doilney Award Winner

The Sarah & Stephen Doliney Award, as voted on by the Senior Class at Park City High, honors the most influential educator of their school career.  The 2023 winner was PCHS Spanish teacher George Murphy!

Many thanks to Jim Doilney, who supports this award in honor of his mother, who was a teacher.


In 1996, developers Jim Doilney and Mike Barnes wanted to give back to the schools that gave Park City such a stellar reputation and made it a desirable place to live. In particular, Jim, the son of a teacher, wanted to honor his mother's profession. Thus, with PCEF's help, the Doliney-Barnes Teaching Excellence Awards were born. 

Over time, the award became the Excellent Educator award, in recognition that anyone; teacher, staff, or administration, can make an impact on student learning. Different sponsors have stepped up to support it, including Deer Valley Resort and more recently, the Louis Family.

In 1996, Jim also created a very special award to honor his parents. The Sarah & Stephen Doilney Award, as voted on by the Senior Class at Park City High, honors the most influential educator of their school career. 

Your Impact This Year

  • Students Reached


  • Invested in Our Schools


  • % Parents Giving 2022/23


  • Programs Funded


  • Ascent Fund
    Ascent Fund
  • Beard Charitable Foundation
    Beard Charitable Foundation
  • Byrne Family Foundation Trust
    Byrne Family Foundation Trust
  • Dan & Terese Heintzelman Family Foundation
    Dan & Terese Heintzelman Family Foundation
  • Garen Family Foundation
    Garen Family Foundation
  • Lewis Family Foundation
    Lewis Family Foundation

    Lewis Family Foundation

  • Kelsi and John Mellor
    Kelsi and John Mellor
  • Montage Deer Valley
    Montage Deer Valley
  • Park City Mountain Resort
    Park City Mountain Resort
  • Park City Municipal
    Park City Municipal
  • Parker Family Charitable Fund
    Parker Family Charitable Fund
  • Tatiana and Matthew Prince
    Tatiana and Matthew Prince
  • The Efrusy Family Foundation
    The Efrusy Family Foundation
  • United Way of SLC
    United Way of SLC
  • Zions Bank
    Zions Bank
  • Anonymous
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