42 teachers honored for impact on 2016 Boettcher Scholars

12 Aug 42 teachers honored for impact on 2016 Boettcher Scholars

25th-anniversary event to recognize five-time award recipients

August 12, 2016 — Forty-two Colorado teachers will be recognized this evening for the significant impact they have had on some of Colorado’s top students, while two others will receive special honors for being multi-year recipients of the award.

The Boettcher Foundation is hosting its 25th annual Teacher Recognition Awards Program this evening at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The program allows each recipient of the 2016 Boettcher Foundation Scholarship to acknowledge the teacher who has impacted him or her the most. At the event, each Boettcher Scholar will deliver remarks about his or her teacher, and each teacher will receive a $1,000 grant from the foundation to be used toward an educational program or project to benefit students at his or her school.

“These 42 teachers have played a significant role in shaping the educational experiences of our Boettcher Scholars,” said Tiffany Anderson, the Boettcher Foundation’s scholarship program director. “We are proud to honor these individuals for championing excellence in their classrooms.”
In addition to celebrating the 42 teachers, the Boettcher Foundation will honor two teachers who have each been recognized five times over the 25-year history of the Teacher Recognition Awards. Richard Ransome, a retired teacher from Pueblo South High School, and Peter Mehlback from Lakewood High School, will be recognized at the event. In their honor, the Boettcher Foundation will make a donation to the Colorado nonprofit of each teacher’s choice.
“It is a significant achievement for a teacher to be recognized as the most influential educator in a Boettcher Scholar’s life,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “In its history of recognizing roughly 1,000 teachers, only a small number of teachers have been honored more than once, so it is truly remarkable for a teacher to be recognized five times.”

This year’s Teacher Recognition Award recipients are:

Teacher School District Nominating Student
Cindy Calder Horizon High School  Adams 12 Five Star Schools Leilani Osmundson
Steve Lash Horizon High School  Adams 12 Five Star Schools Lina Osmundson
Amy Stern Legacy High School Adams 12 Five Star Schools Lauren Plomer
Adrienne Pere Adams City High School Adams County 14 Fernando Chavez
Tammy Strouse Rangeview High School  Adams-Arapahoe 28J Alexis Wall
Megan Noonan Aspen High School Aspen 1 Harriet Pryor
Nathaniel Smith Grandview High School  Cherry Creek 5 Camilla Hallin
Courtney Hendricks Cherokee Trail High School Cherry Creek 5 Janaye Matthews
Eric Eidson Overland High School Cherry Creek 5 Jasmine Middleton
Jim Techau Smoky Hill High School Cherry Creek 5 Eric Paricio
Michael Mazenko Cherry Creek High School Cherry Creek 5 Grace Rooney
Bette Anterra Colorado Springs School Cheyenne Mountain 12 Michael Gohde
Hayley Raitz William Mitchell High School Colorado Springs 11 Jessica Perea
Will Forrest Paonia Senior High School Delta County 50 (J) Chelsea Meilner
Laura Marschke Southwest Early College Denver County 1 Cesar Caraveo
Keith Oxman Denver East High School Denver County 1 Ethan Greenberg
Michael Wylde George Washington High School Denver County 1 Maureen McNamara
Lisa Nolte Chaparral High School Douglas County RE 1 Kellyn Dassler
Staci Stech Mountain Vista High School Douglas County RE 1 Pranathi Durgempudi
Brian Wood Mountain Vista High School Douglas County RE 1 Noah Hirshorn
Lindsey Pahs Chaparral High School Douglas County RE 1 William Holtzmann
Tina Stroman Legend High School Douglas County RE 1 Erin Jones
Emily Franks Highlands Ranch High School Douglas County RE 1 Paula Pulido
Robert Hazlehurst Castle View High School Douglas County RE 1 Kelly Winn
Laurie Schlekeway-Burkhardt  Elizabeth High School Elizabeth C-1 Marianne Hughes
Penny Grasmick Fowler High School Fowler R-4J Brennan Bates
Marguerite Yowell Genoa-Hugo High School Genoa-Hugo C113 Kaeli Humphrey
Charlotte Camp Crested Butte Community School Gunnison Watershed RE1J Benjamin Swift
Eric Friesen Columbine High School Jefferson County R-1 Peter Heller
Julie Dill Arvada West High School Jefferson County R-1 Korissa Straub
Kait Cumsille Palmer Ridge High School Lewis-Palmer 38 Tanner Bobak
Julie Larsen York International High School Mapleton 1 Kali Horn
Jennifer Dickson Eyler* Grand Junction High School Mesa County Valley 51 Mari McCarville
Nancy Jirka South Park High School Park County RE-2 Jesus Banuelos-Rivera
Brad Beauprez Poudre R-1 Poudre High School Gillian Breuer
James Glenn Rocky Mountain High School  Poudre R-1 Analise Iwanski
Tony Filpi Pueblo South High School Pueblo City 60 Kaylene Khosla
Andrew Roberts Niwot High School St. Vrain Valley RE 1J Rohan Baishya
David Lavender Telluride High School  Telluride R-1 Madison Alexander
Gregory Morrison Loveland High School Thompson R-2J Richard Ortecho
Lori Birch West Grand High School West Grand 1-JT Jill Wilkinson
Kelley Rebis Wray High School Wray RD2 Lauren Soehner


* Jennifer Dickson Eyler teaches at North Fork Community Montessori School. She is being honored by a student who graduated from Grand Junction High School.

About the Boettcher Foundation
At Boettcher we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org.About the Boettcher Foundation


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