Uintah High Teacher a Winner in International Contest Thanks to Local Support

Uintah High School English teacher Rachelle Durrant has an army in her corner that grows each school year and that army stepped up in a huge way recently to make sure she felt appreciated. Earlier this year, a student nominated Mrs. Durrant for the 2019 Norwegian Cruise Line Giving Joy Contest. Utilizing social media and with help to spread the word, the votes poured in for Rachelle and she made the winners list. Her husband Mark helps put this accomplishment in perspective. “The NCL giving joy contest had an amazing Gala event in Seattle to award 30 teachers with cruises,” shares Mark. “Included in that event was a local teacher, my wife, who has been with the school district for 21 years now. The community support of a small town in Utah allowed her to finish 19th out of 46,000 submissions.” The Durrants have sincerely expressed their gratitude for the votes and support! No word yet when they will enjoy their cruise but you can guarantee Mrs. Durrant’s army of students will be hoping for some souvenirs.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.