Boettcher Scholars, Teachers, Investigators and Grantees in the News

DENVER, May 20, 2021 — The Boettcher Foundation today announced that it is recognizing a group of standout Colorado teachers for their exemplary influence in educating some of the state’s top students. As part of the Boettcher Scholarship Program, which provides Colorado’s most talented students with scholarships to attend a Colorado college or university, the Boettcher Foundation also honors the teachers who have committed themselves to supporting the high-achieving students who compete for the scholarship. “Teachers bring education to life for young people,” said Tiffany Anderson, director of programs at the Boettcher Foundation. “They provide motivation, inspiration, and a commitment to excellence that their students experience and we get to hear about every year when we interview candidates. The life-long influence of these educators is immeasurable." This year’s teacher honorees were selected by the 100 finalists for the Boettcher Scholarship. Each educator will receive a plaque, a personalized tribute from the student who selected them, and a $500 grant to be used for a project or activity to benefit students at their school. “These dedicated and passionate educators have championed leadership in their classrooms, and we are proud to recognize them for helping Colorado students to achieve their goals and prepare for their futures,” Anderson said. A complete list of the 2021 Teacher Recognition Award recipients follows. About the Boettcher Foundation: At the Boettcher Foundation, 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. 2021 Teacher Recognition Award Recipients School District High School Educator Name Denver County 1 Abraham Lincoln High School Greg Gallegos Alamosa RE-11J Alamosa High School Matthew Relyea Private Alexander Dawson School Melissa Barker Durango 9-R Animas High School Kyle Edmondson South Conejos RE-10 Antonito High School David Jackson Jefferson County R-1 Arvada West High School Christine Fry Jefferson County R-1 Arvada West High School Lindsey Welsh Boulder Valley RE-2 Boulder High School Ryan O'Block Canon City RE-1 Canon City High School Steven Carter Douglas County RE-1 Castle View High School Michael Schneider Brush RE-2 Cedaredge High School Craig Cerise Cherry Creek 5 Cherokee Trail High School Julie Scheffel Cherry Creek 5 Cherry Creek High School David Rowe Cherry Creek 5 Cherry Creek High School Jodi Best Private Colorado Springs School David Benson Jefferson County R-1 Columbine High School Eric Friesen Jefferson County R-1 Conifer High School Jeremy Barnett Denver County 1 Denver East High School Thomas Anderson Denver County 1 Denver East High School Casey Hudson Denver County 1 Denver School of Science & Technology: Montview Kateri Williams Denver County 1 Denver School of Science & Technology: Green Valley Ranch Evan Goodrich Denver County 1 Denver School of the Arts Mark Mallaney Denver County 1 Denver South High School Kyle Dobbins Denver County 1 Denver South High School Jennifer Rinaldi Durango 9-R Durango High School Kristina Bruton Englewood 1 Englewood High School Phil Emery St. Vrain Valley RE 1J Erie High School Greta von Bernuth Boulder Valley RE 2 Fairview High School David Rutherford Poudre R-1 Fort Collins High School Enrique Blas Poudre R-1 Fossil Ridge High School Todd Pfeifer Mesa County Valley 51 Fruita Monument High School Trent Wuster Adams-Arapahoe 28J Gateway High School Nicole Burdick Denver County 1 George Washington High School Joseph Bolz Denver County 1 George Washington High School Richard Leeds Mapleton 1 Global Leadership Academy Christine Patten Mesa County Valley 51 Grand Junction Central High School Sarah Keen Garfield 16 Grand Valley High School Jason Arthur Cherry Creek 5 Grandview High School William Baird Greeley 6 Greeley Central High School Flor Varela Greeley 6 Greeley Central High School Steven Burch Greeley 6 Greeley West High School Beth Dent Greeley 6  Greeley West High School Lea Sanford Harrison 2 Harrison Wesley Brown Adams 12 Five Star Schools Horizon High School Steve Lash Jefferson County R-1 Jefferson Academy High School  Mary Ferbrache East Otero R-1 La Junta High School Kellie Buhr East Otero R-1 La Junta High School Julia Barta Lake County R-1 Lake County High School Karl Remsen Jefferson County R-1 Lakewood High School Whitney Barnes Adams 12 Five Star Schools Legacy High School Matthew Cirbo Lone Star 101 Lone Star Undivided High School Saralynn Vetter Thompson R2-J Loveland High School Gregory Morrison Thompson R2-J Loveland High School Rebecca Lewis Thompson R2-J Loveland High School Christine Marshall St. Vrain Valley RE 1J Lyons Middle/Senior High School Jeffrey Klipstein Denver County 1 Manual High School Whitney Weathers Denver County 1 Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College Heather Williams St. Vrain Valley RE 1J Mead High School Chris Reynolds St. Vrain Valley RE 1J Mead High School Benjamin Holskin Buffalo RE-4J Merino High School Luann Koester Boulder Valley RE 2 Monarch High School Kathleen Hein Douglas County RE 1 Mountain Vista High School Heather Riggs Adams 12 Five Star Schools Northglenn High School Kathryn Zaleski Adams 12 Five Star Schools Northglenn High School Kasey Nunn Montrose County RE-1J Olathe High School Cheryl Jackson Cherry Creek 5 Overland High School Kara Billings Cherry Creek 5 Overland High School Kara Billings Mesa County Valley 51 Palisade High School Laura Meinzen Colorado Springs 11 Palmer High School Robert Gilliam Lewis-Palmer 38 Palmer Ridge High School Tyler Dall Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Jake Lehr Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Kurt Schaefer Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Meghan Lukens Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Elizabeth Tarbutton Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Jake Lehr Colorado Springs 11 Peetz Plateau High School Brian Kurz Academy 20 Pine Creek High School Valerie Babbitt Academy 20 Pine Creek High School Maria Boyczuk Academy 20 Pine Creek High School April Pierce Platte Valley RE-7 Platte Valley High School Julie Thomas Jefferson County R-1 Pomona High School Gillian Lange-Kemper School District 27J Prairie View High School Veronica Randall Pueblo City 60 Pueblo South High School Karen Olson Academy 20 Rampart High School Gregory Andersen Private Resurrection Christian School Christopher Krueger Roaring Fork RE-1 Roaring Fork High School Matt Wells Poudre R-1 Rocky Mountain High School Kelsey Mauch Johnston-Milliken RE-5J Roosevelt High School Leticia Garcia Salida R-32 Salida High School Heidi Slaymaker Centennial R-1 San Luis Centennial High School Helen Seay Sheridan 2 Sheridan High School Kelly Landgraf St. Vrain Valley Re 1J Skyline High School Amanda Giulani Mapleton 1 Skyview Academy Kirsten Schuman Cherry Creek 5 Smoky Hill High School Thomas Tafoya Steamboat Springs RE-2 Steamboat Springs High School Deirdre Boyd Strasburg 31J Strasburg High School Cliff Smith Denver County 1 STRIVE Prep -- RISE Anna Steed Denver County 1 Thomas Jefferson High School Amber Wilson Thompson R2-J Thompson Valley High School Jon Cooley Greeley 6 University High School JoEll Matthews Greeley 6 University High School Beryldell Parker Westminster Public Schools - District 50 Westminster High School Kathleen Herter Westminster Public Schools - District 50 Westminster High School Josh Linenberger Widefield 3 Widefield High School Emily Molina Windsor Re-4 Windsor High School Phil Weiser Wray RD-2 Wray High School Angela DePue  ...

Press Release Governor's Office, State of Oregon Salem, OR — Governor Kate Brown announced today that she will appoint Justin Kidd to the Marion County Justice Court. Mr. Kidd will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Justice of the Peace Janice Zyryanoff, who is retiring at the end of June. The appointment is effective July 1, 2021. “Justin Kidd brings patience, compassion, and experience to the Justice Court,” Governor Brown said. “Both his personal and professional experiences with the legal system have provided him with the empathy necessary to be Marion County’s next Justice of the Peace. I am confident that he will help ensure that all people in Marion County have access to justice, regardless of their circumstances.” ...

By Hannah Halusker CSU Source The Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging at Colorado State University has amassed one of the largest archives of longitudinally collected human samples of COVID-19 through their research in skilled nursing facilities. In the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when other researchers were in the throes of developing diagnostic tests for COVID or assessing the virus’ infectivity in the population, the Center for Healthy Aging was thinking long-term: How does COVID-19 spread in nursing facilities, and how will the virus behave in the same nursing facility several months from now? These initial research questions prompted the Longitudinal COVID-19 Screening Study in Senior Care Facilities. Researchers working on the study have now completed nearly 40,000 COVID-19 tests in senior residential care communities throughout Colorado, poising the Center as a national leader in research on how COVID-19 affects older adults and rehab patients in senior nursing facilities. ...

Press Release Governor's Office DENVER — Governor Jared Polis today announced the recipients of the 2020 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medals, an annual award stewarded by CiviCO on behalf of the sitting Governor of Colorado to recognize top community leaders from around the state. The 2020 recipients will be honored during a private ceremony in November with the Governor to comply with current Covid-19 guidelines regarding large gatherings. Created by Executive Order in 2015 and supported by all living Colorado Governors, the Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal is one of the highest honors bestowed upon citizens and organizations of Colorado for their significant contributions to communities across the state. A special virtual program paying tribute to this year’s recipients will be streamed online Thursday, November 12, 2020. ...

Press Release Rep. Jason Crow WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Reps. Jason Crow (CO-06) introduced the Teacher, Principal, and Leader Residency Access Act alongside Reps. Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Scott Tipton (CO-03), Lori Trahan (MA-03) and Rodney Davis (IL-13). The bipartisan-led bill would expand Federal Work-Study funds to pay for costs associated with participating in teacher and principal residency programs, which have proven effective to improve teacher demand, quality, and retention. The bill would add teacher and principal residencies to the Federal Work-Study program ensuring no added cost to the taxpayer. “Providing our teachers with the resources and training they need should be one of the most important priorities for this country. When our teachers are supported, they succeed and their success is our children’s success,” said Crow. “Residency programs are an excellent way for teachers to gain valuable on-the-job experience before setting off on classrooms of their own.  As Congressman, I recognize this as good policy, but as a father of two school age kids, I know this is the right thing to do for our teachers and students and I’m proud to champion this commonsense bill.” ...

By Laurie Laker Colorado College "Bringing together fantastic kids with fantastic minds, in less than fantastic circumstances, it really couldn't have gone much better," says Jordan Baker, inaugural member of Colorado College's Stroud Scholars Program and a student at Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Fountain, Colorado. Named in honor of two of the earliest Black students to graduate from Colorado College, siblings Kelly Dolphus Stroud '31 and Effie Stroud Frazier '31, the Stroud Scholars Program helps prepare and engage high-promise students from across the Pikes Peak Region in pursuing their ambitions to attend college. These students, who face a range of barriers to college, will earn admission to Colorado College and receive a financial aid package that will enable them to attend once they complete the three-year program. Students are able to kickstart college-level academic work while they're still in high school, completing annual summer courses and focusing on qualitative and quantitative critical thinking skills. ...

By Chris Yankee University of Colorado Boulder The PI Academy is designed to orient new faculty to campus research and creative work resources. Through a series a workshops and webinars, tenure-track faculty engage with core research topics, connect with peers from departments across campus, interact with campus leadership, and develop individualized research plans. Oana Luca, assistant professor of Chemistry and graduate of the program, notes that the workshops are “designed to be an opportunity to learn, ask questions and make connections as you begin building your academic portfolio." These connections are an important part of the program, which has grown to include more than 80 faculty members representing departments spanning the campus. In addition to forging connections with fellow early career faculty members, participants in the program have used opportunity-specific workshops and webinars to secure internal funding from programs such as the Research & Innovation Seed Grant, and external funding such as the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award. ...

By John Wenzel The Denver Post Dee Bradley Baker has squawked, snarled and squeaked his way through so many jobs that he relies on his Internet Movie Database page to keep track of them. Even that’s not always right, since his career spans hundreds of movies, TV series, and video games over the last three decades. “I was never involved with the live-action ‘Last Airbender’ movie, and I was never involved with ‘Frankenweenie,’ ” Baker said as he scanned, at The Denver Post’s request, some of his credited roles. “But it looks like most of the rest seems to be accurate.” It’s hard to be sure. Since 1995, an average of a dozen new projects each year have been released featuring his vocal talents. In some years, it’s more than 30, from well-known shows such as “American Dad!” (for which he received a 2017 Emmy nomination) and “Family Guy” to kids’ fare like “Muppet Babies,” “Steven Universe,” SpongeBob SquarePants” and “The Lion Guard.” ...

By Denver Metro Chamber Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Although metro Denver has seen COVID-19 cases decline, the region is still in the midst of a pandemic that requires a collaborative response from citizens, local governments and the business community. That was the sentiment shared by three mayors, including Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Annual State of the City on Wednesday, Aug 12, 2020. Mayor Hancock gave the keynote address at the virtual event, which had over 550 attendees. Then, Kelly Brough, Chamber president and CEO, moderated a Q&A discussion where Mayor Hancock was joined by Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet and Arvada Mayor Marc Williams. “Our goal is to bounce back better than before,” Mayor Hancock said, noting that the suddenness of this economic downturn presents different challenges than the nation experienced during the Great Recession. “We will bounce back, but it’s going to take all of us.” ...

By Jennifer Jones Paton Boulder Daily Camera Beating COVID-19 requires an unprecedented, multi-front global health care response. Colorado BioScience Association salutes the tens of thousands of health care workers and first responders on the front lines of this crisis. We also must shine a spotlight on health researchers and innovators — hidden heroes working to save lives with new tests, treatments and eventually, a COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 crisis offers a crash course on the challenges of creating new, reliable and effective treatments for a devastating disease. Biomedical research and development programs offer hope for significant, lasting medical and economic recovery. It’s no surprise that Colorado’s vibrant and growing life sciences ecosystem has such a large footprint in this critical work. Life sciences companies and organizations around the world are leading work to detect, prevent and treat COVID-19. Close to 40 Colorado companies and organizations, many of them Boulder based, are part of the global effort. Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and our state’s other nationally ranked academic and research institutions are running dozens of projects to better understand how to identify and treat the disease. ...