Reid Anderson

Physical Education Teacher, Clayton Middle School Salt Lake City School District

Reid Anderson is a Physical Education teacher at Clayton Middle School, in Salt Lake City School District. In his tenure, he created an Outdoor Adventure Program, collaborating with various organizations such as The Utah Nordic Alliance, Splore, and The Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective, in order to take students on a wide variety of outdoor adventures such as mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, standup paddle boarding, disc golfing, Nordic and alpine skiing, snowshoeing and more. All of these adventures are offered for FREE so that cost is not the restrictive reason why some students wouldn’t participate.

In 2018, Reid Anderson connected with the BLM to spearhead a summer program called Operation Adventure – Utah. Operation Adventure – Utah emulates a program that his father started and his brother (both educators) now runs in Minnesota. Operation Adventure – Utah takes middle school students to Moab for a week of camping, hiking in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, rafting the Colorado river, and standup paddle boarding. Reid has worked tirelessly to support the Outdoor Adventure Program. He has written and received multiple grants and donations as well as making partnerships with other organizations and businesses.

For his efforts, Reid Anderson has received numerous awards and accolades. In 2013, Reid was awarded the state of Utah,and Southwest District, Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year and was 1 of 6 finalist for National Physical Educator of the Year. In 2012, Reid Anderson was 1 of 4 finalists for Salt Lake City School District Teacher of the Year. Reid Anderson attended St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and was the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator for the University Programs Board, planning and running outdoor adventure for college students and adults. Reid Anderson is currently married with one son. They can often be found recreating and enjoying the outdoors.