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The Impact Awards honor individuals in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) making an extraordinary impact on student learning. 


  • School Impact Awards

    Each year, each of the 56 schools in BVSD choose an impactful person in their school community demonstrating exceptional collaboration, innovation, and dedication to our students.

    A school community does not only include those who work in the building! Schools may nominate anyone creating a positive impact on the work and people inside their building, including classroom teachers, specialists, administrators, classified employees, or volunteers.

    What do we mean by impactful?

    Impactful individuals show an ongoing commitment to professional and personal growth and have powerful, often life-changing, effects on students and/or the rest of the education community through unfaltering and purposeful effort.

    How individuals are selected

    • Schools solicit Impact Award nominations from their educators and staff
    • A small committee from the school reviews the nominations (we recommend the school’s Principal, a parent, and a teacher or past Impact Award winner be included)
    • The school committee notifies Impact on Education of their selected Impact Award recipient

    Questions we ask each school to consider:

    1. How does your nominee work collaboratively with others in your school community? What level of partnership does this individual inspire within your school community?
    2. In what ways does your nominee create, inspire, or encourage innovative learning opportunities within your school community?
    3. How does your nominee display a talent for supporting youth within your school community?

    Celebrating the awardees

    March 2022

    This year, we’re relying on schools to host a celebration for their awardee in March 2022. We are here to help with resources and ideas, should you need any, and encourage you to collaborate with your school PTO/PTA. We will provide the Impact Award poster and plaque to all schools by March 1st so you can plan your celebration anytime that month.

    May 2022

    We are planning to honor all 2021-22 Impact Award winners at a community-wide celebration in the spring of 2022.

  • Blake Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award

    Established in 2017, the Lifetime Achievement Award honors the legacy of one of our most fervent supporters, Blake Peterson. This award recognizes and celebrates an individual who, consistently over the course of decades, catalyzes positive change within Boulder Valley School District, and whose own passion for education and learning mirrors that of the award’s namesake.

    The son of two educators, one a teacher at Whittier Elementary and the other a university professor, Blake deeply valued public education. He devoted his life to community service and supporting quality public education for all students. 

    The Blake Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award winners are viewed as leaders, mentors, problem solvers, and motivators of their peers and students, as demonstrated within the parameters of their role. 

    The nominee must:

    • be a difference maker and student advocate in BVSD
    • demonstrate passion for and a commitment to tackling barriers to equity and student opportunity
    • positively impacts students’ lives and experiences
    • have/held role(s) inside or outside the classroom, formal or informal
    • have worked with BVSD for a significant period of time
  • Imogene “Jean” Maxon Early Educator Award

    The Imogene “Jean” Maxon Early Educator Award is awarded to a BVSD teacher with up to three years of classroom experience who demonstrates the drive, stamina, and vision of a career educator. Given the attrition of beginning educators, this award is inspired and supported by Jean Maxon, a lifetime teacher whose own legacy extends beyond the BVSD classroom. Imogene believed in inspiring and supporting teachers and teacher education. This award is designed to provide encouragement and added motivation for classroom teaching and to remind all educators that they are valued and appreciated in our community.

    Eligible educators must:

    • Have one to three years of classroom experience
    • Be currently employed by the Boulder Valley School District
    • Hold a current Colorado teaching license

Impactful individuals show an ongoing commitment to professional and personal growth. They have powerful, often life-changing effects on students and/or the rest of the education community through unfaltering and purposeful effort.

Impact Awards 2021: Community Edition

We’re recognizing every single person involved in education—educators, parents, and students—for demonstrating their commitment to education this year.

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Celebrating Early Career Teachers

Congratulations to Emily Trujillo, the inaugural winner of the Imogene Maxon Early Career Teacher award. Emily is a kindergarten teacher at Emerald Elementary and a BVSD graduate.

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Sue Taddeucci: Blake Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Sue is a Special Education Multi-Intensive Learning Center Teacher at Southern Hills Middle School and has changed the lives of countless individuals in our district and throughout the state.

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