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Native of Iran who moved to US at age of 18 selected as Utah's 2015 Teacher of the Year


SALT LAKE CITY — A native of Iran who spoke very little English when he moved to the United States at the age of 18 has been selected as Utah's 2015 Teacher of the Year.

Mohsen Ghaffari, a fifth-grade teacher at North Star Elementary School in Salt Lake City, was chosen from a field of 21 candidates statewide for the honor.

Parent Antonia Scott says both of her children had him as a teacher and thought he was a "most amazing" educator.

North Star Principal Lew Gardiner calls him a natural-born educator and hard worker.

Ghaffari won $10,000 and will advance to the national competition.

Ghaffari told The Salt Lake Tribune that while both of his parents had very little education, they were "highly intelligent people" who inspired him to get an education.

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