Published May 15, 2020

Amidst the many challenges facing our community right now, we are excited to share good news about a virtual celebration we held on May 7 during Teacher Appreciation Week. We had the joy of honoring seven BVSD early career teachers and recognizing one first-year teacher as our inaugural Imogene Maxon Early Career Teacher award (IMA) winner! We originally intended to recognize and award these educators in person during our annual Impact Awards event in March, but we rescheduled the event for September, when we will honor them all in person with our Impact Award winners.

This year, we received a bequest in the form of 5% of the estate, from the family of Imogene Maxon, a lifelong educator who taught in BVSD and believed strongly in the impact of teachers who spend a lifetime honing instruction and learning practices and positively impacting countless students within the classroom.

This year’s amazing nominees, chosen for their commitment to the teaching profession and their passion and stamina reflecting those of a veteran educator, represent Boulder High, Emerald Elementary, University Hill Elementary, Eldorado K-8, Transitions Center, Manhattan Middle, and Nederland Middle/Senior.

And the winner is…

Our first-ever IMA winner, Emily Trujillo, kindergarten teacher at Emerald Elementary and a BVSD graduate herself, announced by BVSD Board of Education President Tina Marquis, stood out from the pool of incredible early career teachers with her wise-beyond-her-years demeanor, natural leadership, and dedication to each student individually. As a teacher of color herself, she has dedicated herself to showing students how they can be represented in their teachers.

The virtual celebration included all the nominees, their principals, BVSD Board of Education members, and BVSD Administration leaders and was broadcast on BV22 simultaneously.

Video of the celebration can be viewed here, and we encourage the entire community to view it as a celebration of the future of BVSD educators!  Because of the Maxon bequest, we were able to offer all the nominees and the winner, Emily Trujillo, kindergarten teacher at Emerald Elementary, a monetary award.

For more information on this event as well as planned giving and how to make meaningful change and opportunities such as these, please contact Darcy Morel at

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