Boettcher Scholars, Teachers, Investigators and Grantees in the News

DENVER, May 18, 2020 — 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. “We know that teachers are a critical component in the success of Colorado’s students,” said Tiffany Anderson, director of programs at the Boettcher Foundation. “For every student who leads a club, organization, or excels in the classroom, there is an inspirational educator behind the scenes who is motivating and accelerating that student's thinking." 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 excellence 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 2020 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. 2020 Teacher Recognition Award Recipients School District High School Educator Name Academy 20 Discovery Canyon High School Janelle Watkins Academy 20 Pine Creek High School Kelly Newcomb Academy 20 The Classical Academy Kurt Mueh Adams 12 Five Star Schools Horizon High School Jason Stevens Adams 12 Five Star Schools Legacy High School Beth Bynarowicz Adams 12 Five Star Schools Northglenn High School (nominated by finalist from Stargate Charter School ) Kelly Lamsal Adams-Arapahoe 28J Rangeview High School Lorenzo Brown Boulder Valley RE 2 Boulder High School Nathan Hobbs Boulder Valley RE 2 Broomfield High School Zachary Hindman Boulder Valley RE 2 Broomfield High School Andrea Binion Boulder Valley RE 2 Fairview High School Peter Szameitat Boulder Valley RE 2 Fairview High School Paul Strode Boulder Valley RE 2 Fairview High School Tracy Brennan Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Jacob Lehr Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Andy Matthews Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Allen Hankla Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Nathaniel Kingsbury Boulder Valley RE 2 Peak to Peak Charter School Robert Hettmansperger Charter School Institute Animas High School Sara Price Charter School Institute Colorado Early Colleges Fort Collins High School Collin Turbert Cherry Creek 5 Cherokee Trail High School Stephen Fromme Cherry Creek 5 Grandview High School Lise Olsen-Dufour Cherry Creek 5 Smoky Hill High School Katherine Palmer Cherry Creek 5 Smoky Hill High School Catherine Keller Colorado Springs 11 Doherty High School Jeff Neumeyer Colorado Springs 11 Doherty High School Rob Duensing Delta County 50(J) Cedaredge High School Craig Cerise Delta County 50(J) Delta High School Tonya MacKendrick Delta County 50(J) Hotchkiss High School Jeannette Carey Denver County 1 Bruce Randolph High School Melodie Koss Denver County 1 Denver East High School Angela Rivas Denver County 1 Denver Montessori Junior Senior High School Rachel Balkcom Denver County 1 Denver School of Science & Technology: Byers High  School Casey Andree Denver County 1 Denver School of Science & Technology: Green Valley Ranch Madison Perry Denver County 1 Denver School of Science & Technology: Montview Kailey Buttrick Denver County 1 Denver School of Science & Technology: Montview Hannah Hathaway Denver County 1 Denver School of the Arts Miranda Popp Denver County 1 Denver South High School Jennifer Redlin Denver County 1 George Washington High School Laurie Buchanan Denver County 1 John F. Kennedy High School Paul Mahoney Denver County 1 Skinner Middle School Christopher Martin Denver County 1 STRIVE Prep – SMART Grant Thomas District 49 Sand Creek High School Nathan Wood Douglas County RE 1 Castle View High School Tia Yaryan Douglas County RE 1 Castle View High School Monte Sutton Douglas County RE 1 Douglas County High School Kelsey Faletra Douglas County RE 1 Douglas County High School Matt Leach Douglas County RE 1 Highlands Ranch High School Deborah Lynch Douglas County RE 1 Mountain Vista High School Shannon Vance Douglas County RE 1 Mountain Vista High School Jody Lanterna-Lewis Douglas County RE 1 Rock Canyon High School Susanne Petri Douglas County RE 1 Rock Canyon High School (Note: now at Cherry Creek HS) Sanae Popplewell Eagle County RE 50 Battle Mountain High School Timothy Caudill Eagle County RE 50 Eagle Valley High School Hannah Shapiro Elizabeth C-1 Elizabeth High School Robyn Poirier Estes Park R-3 Estes Park High School Barton Tofany Garfield 16 Grand Valley High School Julie Lana Garfield RE-2 Coal Ridge High School Michael Schwager Greeley 6 Greeley West High School Lea Sanford Greeley 6 Northfield High School Peter Wright Greeley 6 Northridge High School Darrin Ekern Gunnison Watershed RE1J Gunnison High School Bob Howard Harrison 2 Atlas Preparatory School Christopher Novak Hoehne Reorganized 3 Hoehne High School Constance Hass Home School Saguache County Karen Hoffner Jefferson County R-1 Chatfield Senior High School Cathy Galindo Jefferson County R-1 D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High School Becky Paschke Jefferson County R-1 D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High School Briant McKellips Jefferson County R-1 Jefferson Academy High School Eric Thimsen Jefferson County R-1 Ralston Valley High School Marcus Pennell Jefferson County R-1 Standley Lake High School Jeremiah Coraggio Jefferson County R-1 Wheat Ridge High School Arik Heim Lake County R-1 Lake County High School Cody Jump Lewis-Palmer 38 Palmer Ridge High School Debra Breazzano Lewis-Palmer 38 Palmer Ridge High School Tyler Dall Limon RE-4J Limon High School Greg Scherrer Littleton 6 Heritage High School Nathan Ubowski Mesa County Valley 51 Palisade High School Jeff Mason Pawnee RE-12 Pawnee High School Bret Robinson Platte Valley RE-7 Platte Valley High School Tonya Davies Poudre R-1 Fort Collins High School Chris Lee Poudre R-1 Poudre High School Wendi Miller Private School Colorado Academy Luis Terrazas Private School Colorado Rocky Mountain School Jeremy Wolf Private School Faith Christian Academy Courtney Waters Private School Kent Denver School Bradley Jackson Private School Mullen High School Katie Abeyta Private School Resurrection Christian School Angela Smith Private School Saint Mary's Academy Anne Evans Private School Valor Christian High School Denise Paswaters Pueblo City 60 Pueblo Centennial High School Cheryl Farrer Pueblo City 60 Pueblo Central High School Joanne Griego Pueblo City 60 Pueblo East High School Christine Kurtz Pueblo City 60 Pueblo East High School David Henderson Pueblo County 70 Pueblo West High School Sheila Sloan Salida R-32 Salida High School Todd Bright Springfield RE-4 Springfield High School Renee Loflin St. Vrain Valley RE1J Apex Homeschool Shelly Cox-Robie St. Vrain Valley RE1J Niwot High School Teresa Ewing Swink 33 Swink High School Judy Jenkins Telluride R-1 Telluride High School Derek Engebretsen Thompson R-2J Berthoud High School Allison Lanter Thompson R-2J Loveland High School Gregory Morrison Walsh RE-1 Walsh High School Joe Mundell  ...

By Ray Mark Rinaldi Confluence Denver Colorado’s Space to Create program is a bet on the power of creatives, not just a gamble on the hard-to-define way that painters, poets, chefs and brewers can make a community more interesting, but an investment in the quantifiable idea that having artists and makers on the ground can spark development, bring jobs, lure tourists and help educate children. From New York’s SoHo to Denver’s RiNo, artists have proven themselves dependable gentrifiers, moving into urban neighborhoods that need a lift, upping the amenities, and acting as a magnet for development. Space to Create hopes to harness that economic might and apply it to rural and mountain areas of the state. Plans call to back nine live/work projects that will draw creatives to less populated cities and towns and, at the same time, make it possible for those already there to stay as the surroundings evolve.    ...

By Alasyn Zimmerman KOAA.com A multi-million dollar project from private and public funds is focusing on revitalizing a section of Trinidad's Main Street. The 'Space to Create' is the 1st of 9 projects in Colorado. Through a state-funded program aimed at bringing creative work spaces and affordable housing to rural Colorado, Trinidad is leading the charge. In 2015, the state announced the program would begin in Southern Colorado. Among the funding partners: Corazón de Trinidad Creative District, City of Trinidad, Space to Create, Boettcher Foundation, History Colorado, Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Colorado Housing Finance Authority, and the Gates Family Foundation.    ...

By Valerie Strauss Washington Post A recent report by the nonprofit Learning Policy Institute in California found that longstanding teacher shortages were becoming more acute in some states, and that teacher education enrollment has been dropping significantly in recent years.  Colorado is one of those states with a big problem — especially in its rural areas. In fact, the state government earlier this year allocated $300,000 for programs designed to attack this problem in rural areas.    ...

By Carla Jean Whitley Glenwood Post Independent The Western Slope now has 13,000 square feet of state-of-the-art conference space available in the heart of Glenwood Springs. Colorado Mountain College's Morgridge Commons celebrated its grand opening Monday. It was the culmination of a number of partnerships between funders, the college and the communities it serves. "When I started a little over four years ago, this was 13,000 square feet of concrete shelled space. There was nothing in here," said CMC President Carrie Besnette Hauser. Debbie Wilde and Tresi Houpt hosted planning charettes so the college could gather community feedback on how the space could best address needs.  "It was meeting space. It was collaborative space," Hauser said.    ...

By Amy Hamilton  The Daily Sentinel Two Grand Junction nonprofit agencies recently received a financial boost from the Boettcher Foundation. Mind Springs Health is the recipient of a $120,000 grant for the agency to build its new West Springs Hospital, and Grand Valley Catholic Outreach received $30,000 for improvements to its Day Center building, 302 Pitkin Ave.    ...

By The Valley Courier The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees has awarded $615,000 in capital grants to 15 nonprofit organizations that are working to support Colorado communities including two in the San Luis Valley. “These organizations work hard every day to provide important services to Coloradans in need,” said Katie Kramer, president and CEO of the Boettcher Foundation. “From providing meals to those who are struggling with food insecurity to helping our communities improve mental health treatment, we’re happy to support organizations that are positively impacting our state and its diverse residents each day.”    ...

By Joanne Ostrow  Contributing Writer, Denver Business Journal An empty darkroom used for storage at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has been refashioned into a state-of-the-art digital lab, open to the public and offering classes for all ages, thanks to a collaboration among public/private, arts, business and philanthropic sources. The new Digital Creative Arts Lab (DCAL) at the Arvada Center offers classes in animation, digital printmaking, green screen technology, Photoshop, wearable art and more in a lab stocked with 3D printers, laptops and tablets.    ...

By Jenny Brundin  Colorado Public Radio Colorado needs teachers. Thousands of them. Colleges in state are graduating 25 percent fewer licensed teachers than they did six years ago. The crisis is most acute in rural Colorado, where turnover is high. Which brings us to Dusty Mars of Ignacio. After spending years as an oil production foreman, where he oversaw a dozen operators and 1,000 wells, an even bigger challenge presented itself. He was tapped to teach middle school math on an emergency credential. Soon enough, he found himself with a teary student.    ...

By Joe Vaccarelli  YourHub Reporter Kids Club night at the Joshua Station transitional housing complex can be a hectic event that sometimes sees nearly 50 kids pile into a converted hotel room to do activities. Jodi Henni has two children, younger than 10, who participate in Kids Club and said it can be tough to focus. The family has lived at Joshua Station for about a year. “It’s hard for them, it’s just chaos,” Henni said. But things are about to change at the facility that helps homeless families transition from the street to stable living environments as $356,000 in renovations will bring along a new kids programming area about 10 times the size of the current space.    ...