This fund is to help cover the cost of Lu Ann Brobst Staheli's medical bills incurred in her fight against cancer. Over the past several months the family had to buy a van that would fit her wheelchair. Her husband, a nurse, has been unable to work as he needed to stay home with LuAnn whose health rapidly deteriorated.
LuAnn is the mother of five adopted sons and two foster sons. There has never been anyone who has come to her house that has been turned away.
LuAnn taught junior high school English for 33 years and then moved to the school library. She was the recipient of the Christa McCullough fellowship, a national teaching award. She has won best of state for secondary education and is a two-time recipient of best of state for her writing projects in young adult literature
She is a teacher of teachers. Two of her former students teach with her at Payson Jr. High, one is an administrator there, and numerous others have entered the education field. She has been a mentor to four student-teachers, all of whom have continued in the field. In addition to helping students become teachers, she also has moved students to careers in creative writing and journalism, but perhaps the most successful thing she has done is encouraged a generation of lifelong readers.
She has taught thousands of children in her classroom the importance of reading and the love of reading. One of her goals in life was to create libraries for those that don't have them. She is doing that by offering her personal collection to various schools to help them build their collection so that the students may have more opportunities to see the world through reading.
In addition to teaching, Lu Ann has long served her local community. As a member of the staff at Alan Osmond Productions, Lu Ann was an Associate Producer for Stadium of Fire, a member of the Spanish Fork Arts Council, State Coordinator for the National Council of Teachers of English’s Promising Young Writers program, on the Speaker’s Bureau for the League of Utah Writers, and has been on the Middle Level and Young Adult Book Selection Committees for the Children’s Literature Association of Utah.
Lu Ann served as coordinator for the Spanish Fork City Arts Council Writer’s Workshop and the Nebo Young Writer’s Conference. She is often called upon by church groups, book clubs, and other members of the local and state community to present workshops on literacy, give book reviews, or serve as a judge in writing contests. She has worked on district and state textbook and media adoption committees, as well as helping to write the previous state CORE for Secondary English Language Arts.
As the past-President of the Utah Council of the Teachers of English Language Arts and the League of Utah Writers, Lu Ann currently serves on the board of the Nebo Reading Council and the UVSC Forum on Children’s Literature. Through her newspaper column and personal donations, she helped the Nebo Reading Council build a library collection for the Nebo School District Young Mother’s School in 2008.
She is a published author of many books and articles, and helped authors of publishers including Deseret Book, Shadow Mountain, Covenant Communications, and other regional publishers, including several winners and finalists for the Whitney Award, and USA Today and New York Times best-sellers. A former Associate Producer of Alan Osmond's Stadium of Fire, Lu Ann resides in Spanish Fork, Utah, with her husband, and tries to keep track of their five sons.
Anything you can donate to this amazing woman and her family in their time of need will help immensely.