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  Growing Up in the San Luis Valley I went to junior high and high school in Center, CO. At 18 years old, I knew that I liked science, but getting into it was a shot in the dark. I didn’t have a benefit of an accelerated science courses. My high school had 200 people. It didn’t even have physics. In order to get into Colorado School of Mines, I had to take physics by correspondence through a CU extension. I received a workbook in the mail, I used my study hall at school and worked at home. I also had to do my fourth year of English by correspondence through a CU extension. I applied for the Boettcher Scholarship in high school but was not selected as a Scholar. Attending The Colorado School of Mines Once I was accepted into Mines, I just showed up. This was around 1961. The friends I knew from Center and the new ones I made once I arrived at Mines quickly became a group of mangey engineers-- running around in Levi's and engineering boots, and plaid shirts, and Stetsons and beards. My decision on what to study once I arrived at Mines was not well founded. I don’t regret it, but I ended up studying geophysics basically as the result of a coinflip. Geophysics is the study of the earth using indirect physical measurements. The gravity of the earth varies if you go over large metallurgic deposits. The same goes for the magnetic fields. You can take measurements of the magnetic field and changes in it can determine subsurface deposits of certain materials.  As geophysicists we can also use explosive seismic waves to see how they flow through surface areas and then we can visualize the type of structure that lies beneath the surface.The NASA Fellowship at CU Boulder When I got out of undergrad, I graduated with high honors. I was second or third in the class of several hundred in 1963. I knew I wanted to go to graduate school and thought at that time that I should study space. So I applied to the NASA Fellowship. Once accepted to the fellowship, I chose to attend the astrogeophyscis department at CU Boulder. I was studying space, which was appropriate because I felt that I had found myself on a different planet. First of all, I went from a high school of 200, to Mines where there was around 1,000 students, to CU Boulder where there were 30,000 students. Also, the type of work we were completing in the astrogeophysics department wasn’t what I envisioned when I started. They were more interested in the composition of stars but had they been talking about lunar or Martian landings that required geophysical measurements, that would have really turned my crank. The NASA Fellowship was good for three years. My one year at Boulder was good because it cemented my knowledge and facility with both classical physics and modern physics. And I got really good in math. But I decided I wasn’t happy in Boulder, so I decided to act on that feeling and so something about it. Sputnik Doctorates So I enrolled back at Mines in their geophysics graduate program. After the fellowship ended, I had 2 years left of my grad school. And into the story appears the Boettcher Foundation.  The Boettcher Foundation provided a graduate-level scholarship to finish my PhD in the late 1960s.  It was a nice fellowship. I was happy in Golden. It paid my living expenses and tuition, and at that time I had two children and a wife. Graduating in 1968, I was the first generation of what we then called the "Sputnik Doctorates." The Career I was fortunate that my career allowed me to travel all over the world, from the DMZ in South Korea, to Saudi Arabia, and beyond. It also afforded me the chance to develop a sophisticated metal detector to find buried unexploded ordinance. The Department of Energy group in Grand Junction I was with had a contract with the Army to oversee the tunnel exploration, and we did a lot of geophysics under the DMZ in Korea in an effort to find tunnels. Between 1976 and 1980 I had to become a resident of Saudi Arabia to help them refine their seismic data related to subsurface oil exploration. But my most proud accomplishment was related to developing geophysical electromagnetic methods to identify unexploded ordinance. It took my partner and I from 2003 to 2013 to get this instrument that somewhat appears as a lawn commercialized, and now it is a product sold by a company called geometrics. It is mainly used for unexploded ordinance all over the world. It works by assembling a map that denotes the size and shape of items that are buried. Looking Back, and Ahead This is an exciting time for our new scholars. There are so many problems in all so many scientific fields including, mineral exploration, archeology , engineering, etc. The miniaturization of scientific sensors is opening up all kinds of opportunities and possibilities, and it is just getting started. I can thank Boettcher for my whole career and life. The fellowship really propelled me forward. I want to see Boettcher continue to support Colorado students, and the Boettcher community continue to give back.   We thank Skip for his time spent on this interview, and Boettcher Foundation would like to express our sincere appreciation for his plans to bequest a gift to Boettcher through his will. ...

VIDA Vida is Spanish for life. The name Vida was selected to represent the building’s intent to showcase the relationship between human and animal health and to honor the connections between CSU and the Latin X communities in the surrounding neighborhoods of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea. Vida is made up largely of glass in order to create as much visibility, both literally and figuratively, into the world of veterinary science, equine rehabilitation, and equine therapy programs. Vida hosts a donor subsidized Dumb Friends League animal hospital where pet owners who are facing financial challenges can receive high quality veterinary care at a reduced cost. Visitors to Vida can observe surgical procedures, talk with veterinarians, observe equine rehabilitation, including underwater treadmills, human therapy sessions on horseback, and interact with virtual reality exhibits designed to teach about human and animal health. Vida is home to CSU’s second Temple Grandin’s Equine Center which provides services to individuals with a wide range of disabilities and challenges while conducting research. Vida utilizes a 113-kilowatt, 255 panel voltaic solar energy system which will provide 8% Annual Building Energy Offset. HYDRO Hydro is Greek for water. The name of the building highlights Colorado’s key role as a headwaters state. The architecture of the Hydro building is inspired by the flowing nature water. The outside of the building includes a metal scrim sunshade which originates at the front doors and flows along the entryway. The inside includes a spiral staircase inspired by a swirling river eddy. The Hydro building will be the fourth building on the CSU Spur campus to join the largest sewer-heat recovery project in North America. This means that the building will be primarily heated and cooled by transferring heat from dirty water into the heating system and transferring heat from the building to the dirty water in the winter. The Hydro building includes a greywater catchment system which will provide greywater to flush all of the toilets in the building. Greywater is water which has been used in sinks, showers, or washing machines but never come in contact with feces. This is usually considered wastewater, but systems like those at CSU repurpose the water and increase sustainability efforts. The Hydro building will host Denver Water’s new water quality lab, enabling the number of annual tests to increase from 70,000 to 200,000. TERRA Terra is Latin for earth. The Terra building is dedicated to teaching and connecting individuals to food and agriculture and encouraging collaboration between rural and urban communities. Terra features a “living wall” which is made up of more than 1,600 plants. The architectural palette of the Terra building was selected to represent Colorado’s agricultural landscape. The lower portions of the building features colors and textures drawn from Colorado soils and crops. To provide hands-on educational opportunities to the public and conduct cutting-edge research, Terra is home to kitchens, labs, and gardens that provide space for community cooking and gardening classes, market research, soil, water, and plant analysis, and urban grow spaces. Terra includes an exhibit called CSU Impact which is an interactive digital map displaying the numerous teaching, research, and service sites sponsored by CSU around the world. Terra includes an exhibit called CSU Impact which is an interactive digital map displaying the numerous teaching, research, and service sites sponsored by CSU around the world. The Boettcher Foundation was established on December 22, 1937 by Charles and Claude Boettcher. The Boettcher Scholarship was started in 1952 when 12 students were selected to receive the scholarship. Currently, the Boettcher Foundation awards 50 scholarships each year. In 1959, the Boettcher Foundation donated the Boettcher Mansion to the State of Colorado to serve as the Governor’s Residence. The Boettcher Foundation continues to contribute to the upkeep and preservation of the beautiful, historic mansion. By 1981, the Boettcher Foundation had awarded 1,000 Boettcher Scholarships. Today, the Foundation has awarded over $110 million in undergraduate scholarships to Colorado students. In 2003, the Boettcher Foundation celebrated the milestone of giving $200 million in grants and scholarships designed to invest in the potential of Colorado and Coloradans. By 2011, this number reached $300 million. Tony Frank, the former president, and current Chancellor of CSU, also serves a Trustee for the Boettcher Foundation and currently chairs the board.  $410M+ of total grants and scholarships awarded since 1937   $152,000 in assets in 1937 Since 1952, we have awarded $110M+ in Scholarships   2,763 Boettcher Scholars ...

The year 2022 represents a milestone year for the Boettcher Foundation. Since 1937, we have believed in the promise of Colorado and potential of Coloradans. Through the people, programs, and organizations we have supported, the ripple effect of our investments has shaped Colorado.  On December 15, 2022, we celebrate with the Boettcher community as we reflect on our history and share our vision for a future of transformational impact in Colorado. We will also honor our longtime Trustees Cile Chavez, Kenzo Kawanabe, Sharon Linhart, and Judi Wagner for their dedication and lasting impact they have made on the Foundation. Explore Select Photos from Boettcher's Milestone Soirée Below. To view and download all of the photos from the evening, click here.  CILE CHAVEZ (Term: 2012-21) In recognition of Cile, an education thought leader and retired superintendent, the Boettcher Foundation partnered with Colorado Education Initiative to launch the Rural Superintendent Academy (RSA). The RSA advances the leadership skills of administrators in rural districts to include skilled systems expertise, economic and talent development, and an engaging, inclusive mindset. Additionally, underrepresented applicants selected to participate as Dr. Cile Chavez Fellows receive financial assistance for costs related to participation in the RSA program.KENZO KAWANABE (Term: 2014-22) In recognition of Kenzo, a 1990 Boetcher Scholar and one of only four Boettcher Scholar Alumni to serve as a Trustee, his Trustee Retirement Grant will go back into the Boettcher Scholar Program. Paying it forward is one of Kenzo’s life mottos and he has chosen to do just that with his award. Kenzo is a proud, fourth generation Coloradan from the San Luis Valley who is a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, one of Colorado’s oldest and largest law firms. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder and Georgetown Law School. SHARON LINHART (Term: 2012-21) In recognition of Sharon, a champion of entrepreneurship, financial acumen, and creative confidence, the Boettcher Foundation awarded a grant to support the construction of Junior Achievement’s Free Enterprise Center. The center aims to foster those skills in Colorado students through the construction of a state-of-the-art learning lab that will expand the organization’s influence by an additional 90,000 students by 2025. Spaces within the center, which will also be the future home of the Colorado Business Hall of Fame, will be available for community use.  JUDITH BUCK WAGNER (Term: 2014-22) In honor of Judi, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado will establish an endowment fund in Judith Buck Wagner’s name that will support nonprofit capacity building in Colorado. In addition, the Boettcher Foundation is awarding support for a comprehensive campaign feasibility study. Judi is the founder of an investment management firm, a national bank, a bank holding company, and a state bank, as well as a consultant to high-net-worth families and a community volunteer. She founded Wagner Investment Management in 1975, and the firm grew to managing over $1 billion in private assets. In 2010 she merged the company with Cobiz Investment Management LLC, and in 2012 she retired from the firm....

DENVER, May 19, 2022 —The Boettcher Foundation today announced that it is recognizing a group of standout Colorado teachers for their impact and influence on 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 interview for the scholarship as finalists. “These educators have devoted their careers to motivating and inspiring an incredible group of leaders and learners,“ said Tiffany Anderson, director of programs at the Boettcher Foundation. “We are honored to recognize them for all they do for the young people of our state, their schools, and communities.” This year’s teacher honorees were selected by the 100-plus 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. “As dedicated and passionate educators, these individuals have championed leadership in their classrooms and helped a talented group of students to strive for excellence,” Anderson said. A complete list of the 2022 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. 2022 Teacher Recognition Award Recipients Teacher  School or Institution School District Brett Todd Adams City High School Adams County 14 Jillian Lykens Air Academy High School Academy 20 Sandra Vuletich Air Academy High School Academy 20 Tina Edelein Alexander Dawson School Kristin Leclaire Arapahoe High School Littleton 6 Teresa Gutierrez Arapahoe High School Littleton 6 Lisa Paulek Bayfield High School Bayfield 10 JT-R Jeni Montague Big Sandy School-Simla Big Sandy 100J Kathy Gustad Brighton High School School District 27J Andrea Binion Broomfield High School Boulder Valley RE 2 Ron Tillitson Burlington High School Burlington RE-6J Don Daniels Chatfield Senior High School Jefferson County R-1 Courtney Hendricks Cherokee Trail High School Cherry Creek 5 Cameron Gauthier Coal Ridge High School Garfield RE-2 Tracy Wilson Colorado Rocky Mountain School Private Karen Jordan Colorado Springs Early Colleges High School Charter School Institute Kelly Chappell Colorado State University Eric Friesen Columbine High School Jefferson County R-1 Kyle Yeh Coronado High School Colorado Springs 11 Ryan Christensen Cotopaxi High School Cotopaxi RE-3 Charlotte Camp Crested Butte Community School Gunnison Watershed RE1J Katherine Páez Dakota Ridge High School Jefferson County R-1 Michelle Guerra Dakota Ridge High School Jefferson County R-1 Jakob Meils Denver East High School Denver County 1 John Jonas Denver North High School Denver County 1 Megen Gilman Denver North High School Denver County 1 Moss Kaplan Denver School of the Arts Denver County 1 Lance McClure Denver South High School Denver County 1 Steve Franklin D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High School Jefferson County R-1 Samantha Williams Discovery Canyon High School Academy 20 Kricket Lewis Durango High School Durango 9-R Danelle Rivera Eagle Valley High School Eagle County RE 50 David Frantom Eaglecrest High School Cherry Creek 5 Paul Strode Fairview High School Boulder Valley RE 2 Kristin Shapiro Florence High School Fremont RE-2 Christine Matthie Fort Collins High School Poudre R-1 Kenneth Monks Front Range Community College Kyle Hirsch Gateway High School Adams-Arapahoe 28J Angela Danley George Washington High School Denver County 1 Teacher  School or Institution  School District Christopher Hubble George Washington High School Denver County 1 Thomas Frasier Greeley Central High School Greeley 6 Brian Hayenga Hinkley High School Adams-Arapahoe 28J Jennifer Van Gundy Hinkley High School Adams-Arapahoe 28J Susan Hartley Hinkley High School Adams-Arapahoe 28J Ginna Halverson Kent Denver School David Martin Lakewood High School Jefferson County R-1 Jenna Randle Lamar High School Lamar RE-2 Jennifer Cooper Legacy High School Adams 12 Five Star Schools Joshua Sloane Legacy High School Adams 12 Five Star Schools Tyler Arko Legacy High School Adams 12 Five Star Schools Jenna Butler Legend High School Douglas County RE 1 Rodney Stutzman Littleton High School Cherry Creek 5 Dena Herskind-Palser Lone Star Undivided High School Lone Star 101 Chris Chou Longmont High School St Vrain Valley RE 1J Katharine Ellis Monarch High School Boulder Valley RE 2 Keith Mainland Monarch High School Boulder Valley RE 2 Katie Allison Mountain Vista High School Douglas County RE 1 Mike McGuire Mullen High School Teresa Ewing Niwot High School St Vrain Valley RE 1J Lynnette Weddle North Park High School North Park R-1 Melissa Williford Northglenn High School Adams 12 Five Star Schools Diane Patterson Northridge High School Greeley 6 Dana Hansen Overland High School Cherry Creek 5 Kara Billings Overland High School Cherry Creek 5 Joshua Kurz Pagosa Springs High School Archuleta County 50 JT Kim Popick Palisade High School Mesa County Valley 51 Allen Hankla Peak to Peak Charter School Boulder Valley RE 2 Kurt Schaefer Peak to Peak Charter School Boulder Valley RE 2 Kate Margrave Pine Creek High School Academy 20 Gillian Lange Pomona High School Jefferson County R-1 Kayla Diaz Ponderosa High School Douglas County RE 1 Carrie Gongaware Primero High School Primero Reorganized 2 Jodi Crane-Murphy Pueblo Centennial High School Pueblo City 60 Joanne Griego Pueblo Central High School Pueblo City 60 Joanne Griego Pueblo Central High School Pueblo City 60 Vicki Bowker Pueblo County High School Pueblo County 70 Johanna Woelfel Pueblo West High School Pueblo County 70 Nicole McHenry Pueblo West High School Pueblo County 70 Jenny Braketa Ralston Valley Senior High School Jefferson County R-1 Trisha Anthony Rampart High School Academy 20 Randy Mills Rangeview High School Adams-Arapahoe 28J Tina Phibbs Riverdale Ridge High School School District 27J Teacher  School or Institution School District Julia Dale Rock Canyon High School Douglas County RE 1 Kerry Hinton Rock Canyon High School Douglas County RE 1 Mary Burnham Rock Canyon High School Douglas County RE 1 Kenyon Scheurman Rocky Mountain High School Poudre R-1 Kayla Sommers Roosevelt High School Johnstown-Milliken RE-5J Audrey Gamache Salida High School Salida R-32 Kelly Landgraf Sheridan High School Sheridan 2 Bryon Booher Silver Creek High School St Vrain Valley RE 1J Carmen Rubino Silver Creek High School St Vrain Valley RE 1J Alejandra Larrahona Smoky Hill High School Cherry Creek 5 Kelli Turnipseed Soroco High School South Routt RE 3 Richard Boland South Park High School Park County RE-2 Michelle Hayden St. Mary's Academy Justin Pond Standley Lake High School Jefferson County R-1 Lucas Thomas Stargate Charter School Adams 12 Five Star Schools Gina Wither Steamboat Mountain School Jenny Shea Steamboat Springs High School Steamboat Springs RE-2 Jacob Wunsh Strive Prep-Smart Denver County 1 Bonnie Grossen Swink High School Swink 33 Jessica Pickering Swink High School Swink 33 Jay Klagge Thompson Valley High School Thompson R2-J Deborah Molen Twin Peaks Classical Academy St Vrain Valley Re 1J Theresa James Vista Ridge High School District 49 Tim Cuevas Westgate Community School Adams 12 Five Star Schools Jeff Dennis Westminster High School Westminster Public Schools Michael Saulmon Wiggins High School Brush RE-2 Chelsea Situmeang Young Aspiring Americans for                Social & Political Activism    ...

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  ...

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  ...

In an effort to expand the responsible stewardship of Boettcher Foundation resources, the Foundation is seeking to engage skilled volunteers willing to use their talents to help us expand our mission. The following positions are currently open to alumni members of the Boettcher Scholar community. SKILLED VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ANNOUNCEMENT: 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. We are seeking highly qualified Boettcher Scholars and Alumni to support us in this work through our new volunteer pilot program. Specific positions will be crafted around the areas of need described below in alignment with volunteer interest and experience. OPPORTUNITIES: Successful candidates will actively support Foundation programs and operations, will receive project-specific training, and will have the opportunity to work with Boettcher Foundation Staff and stakeholders on a variety of projects. Volunteers will also gain insight into the Foundation’s mission and values, as well as its brand personality and leadership characteristics. Additionally, Foundation staff will work with successful candidates to create further opportunities within the Foundation for the volunteers to gain additional experience in areas of particular interest as they contribute to strengthening the Boettcher community and assist us in better meeting our mission of supporting the residents of the State of Colorado. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to attend public events as Foundation representatives. EXPECTATIONS: While these part-time, unpaid positions will be designed to accommodate the volunteers’ individual schedules, the Foundation will typically require a minimum duration of three months. Hourly commitments will vary by position. As these volunteer positions are specifically designed for volunteers to make meaningful contributions to the Foundation, we will be relying on those selected to commit to the agreed-upon schedule and to inform their supervisor(s) of any upcoming changes to that schedule or work commitment with at least two weeks’ notice. Some work can be project-specific and may be done remotely. We assume that those seeking to work with the Foundation desire to give back to their communities in meaningful ways, to have a positive impact on the Foundation and on our stakeholders throughout Colorado, and to do so in a manner that produces real outcomes worthy of their investing their time and energy. As such, we will be depending on successful candidates to be reliable, accountable, and proactive in communicating with Foundation staff. We also assume those seeking to volunteer with the Foundation want to leverage their natural talents and professional skills and that they will look for every opportunity to take initiative and contribute. In turn, we will endeavor to co-create projects for volunteers that provide opportunities for them to put their leadership into action, to deepen their learning and to have a fuller impact on the Foundation and the state. GENERAL SKILLS: The Boettcher Foundation is seeking candidates who possess the following: Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize tasks and work independently Team-orientation and a willingness to learn and contribute to the success of the Boettcher Foundation Strong communication skills – written, in person, and on the phone, depending on the role Computer proficiency (internet/e-mail and general computer skills) Reliable transportation for those positions requiring in-office work and staffing off-site events AREAS OF PARTICULAR NEED: Administrative Support The Foundation has a variety of different priorities depending on the time of year, and each is underpinned by sound administrative practices. A volunteer in this position will have the chance to support staff and processes across the Foundation by Assisting with the creation, formatting, and word processing of materials, briefings, and presentations to prepare for and then document various meetings Coordinating, scheduling, and managing responses for internal meetings, retreats, and other offsite functions and events Maintaining files and assisting in the maintenance and organization of permanent records and data management Drafting emails and talking points for pertinent staff phone calls or events Occasionally responding to and following up on telephone and email communications on behalf of staff Optimally, this position would be 8-12 hours/week in the office Data Entry Support Data entry support is essential to the Foundation’s work in operations, finance, scholarship, and grants. The following strengths are highly valued in providing support across all departments: Ability to quickly and consistently follow data entry processes to update and maintain Foundation contacts and program tracking Specific strengths in accuracy and attention to detail Assist in maintaining files and assisting in the maintenance and organization of permanent records and data management Schedule and location for this position can be flexible. Some projects will require in-office hours. Event Management The events coordinator will make sure that all the details are in place for our events, big and small. This individual will: Provide support for internal and external meetings, including logistical set-up, catering, location, and any other needs that arise Staff offsite events to provide support for registration and event coordination Prepare materials and order supplies for both internal and external events Work location and hours for this position will vary according to season. Multiple large events are scheduled for August 2017. Finance and Accounting We are seeking a skilled volunteer to conduct a process flow analysis of our finance/accounting function to increase efficiency and effectiveness long-term. This includes, but is not limited to, reporting, transaction processing, private foundation regulatory compliance, accounting, tax, investment administration, treasury and insurance Work includes mapping out processes and making recommendations regarding efficiency and effectiveness, best practices, best use of resources and related internal controls Knowledge and experience with organizational structure, finance, accounting systems and project management is required Optimally, this position would be 8-12 hours/week in the office Receptionist The receptionist is critical in establishing a sincere, friendly, and welcoming greeting for our guests. We are a very high-touch organization, so making sure we welcome people warmly is incredibly important in our office. This individual Serves as the primary point of contact for all office operations Conducts professional and warm interactions with both internal and external stakeholders (greets, welcomes, and assists all visitors) Responds to all incoming telephone, email, and mail communications, handling them or forwarding them to appropriate staff, as necessary Ideally, this would be one day per week in the office NEXT STEPS: To be considered for one of our pilot positions for skilled volunteers, please email the documents listed below to Lynnea Louison (Lynnea@boettcherfoundation.org) by 5:00 p.m. on June 1. Interviews for selected candidates will be scheduled on an individual basis. If you are interested, please forward: A cover letter that explains your interest in a volunteer position the particular area of need that you’re interested in filling for the Foundation the skills and qualifications that make you a compelling candidate A current resume If you have any questions, please contact Lynnea via email or at 303.285.6206....