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Excellent Educator Express

PCEF Excellent Educator Awards Sponsored by the Louis Family
The Sarah & Stephen Doilney Award

It's one of the most joyful days of the year! Join PCEF on the morning of April 24th as we tour each school and surprise the Excellent Educator of the Year. 

The PCEF Excellent Educator is voted on by the teachers and staff at each school site. A complete surprise, each school gathers for a special assembly as the PC Bands Dixieland Band leads the Express into the building. Members of the Louis and Doilney families announce the winner, reading the heartfelt comments written by their peers. Flowers, balloons, crowns, and tears of joy abound. A monetary award is given as well.


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.

Each spring, teachers and staff at each of the Park City School District’s seven schools vote for the person they feel best personifies an excellent educator. PCSD’s Board of Education, PTO/PTA officers and PCEF’s Board of Directors may also vote. Since 1996, Jim has funded a cash award for the winner at each school.

In 2019 the Louis Family became sponsors of the Excellent Educator Award. Both families came to Park City in the 70's, are long-time friends and both love the teaching profession. Hank Louis is an architect and taught architecture at the University of Utah and McPolin Elementary! He also was a founder of the Winter School.

In 1996, Jim also created a very special award to honor his parents. 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. This award will continue to be funded by Jim.


Sarah and Stehpen Doilney Award = PCHS Chemistry Teacher Janice Jones

Excellent Educators:

PCHS = Mary Sue Purzycki

TMJH = Mary Kay Becker

EHMS = Summer Marshall

JRES = Sherry Barski

MES = Rodrigo Rivas

PPES = Kara Cook

TES = Allyson McGuire

Your Impact This Year

  • Students Reached


  • Invested in Our Schools


  • Parent Participation


  • Programs Funded


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    Montage Deer Valley
  • Park City Mountain Resort
    Park City Mountain Resort
  • Vail Epic Promise
    Vail Epic Promise
  • Park City Municipal
    Park City Municipal
  • United Way of SLC
    United Way of SLC
  • Zions Bank
    Zions Bank
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