Impact Awards

Overview

Overview

This program recognizes individuals in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) who have an extraordinary impact on student learning through exceptional: teaching skills, job dedication, volunteering, and/or leadership. Classroom teachers, specialists, administrators, classified employees, and volunteers are eligible for nomination. Previous Impact Award recipients are not eligible for nomination. Click here to see a complete list of previous Impact Award recipients.

Impact on Education will be suspending the Impact Awards for one year (no awards for the 2016-17 school  year).  We’ve assembled a committee of our Board Members and BVSD staff to review and revamp the nominating process as well as the awards ceremony.

We apologize for the inconvenience and assure you that the Impact Awards will be back and better than ever in 2017!

 

2016 Event

2016 Event

Annual Impact Awards Celebration

March 16, 2016

2016 marked the 24th year that Impact on Education recognizes individuals in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) who have an extraordinary impact on student learning through innovative teaching skills, exceptional job dedication, and inspirational leadership.

24th Annual Impact Awards
Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
The Boulder Theater

2016 Impact Award Recipients

Elizabeth Burrows
School Counselor
Summit Middle School

It is not often that a single person can be identified as the “heart of our school,” but Summit Middle School’s Elizabeth Burrows fits that moniker. The parents, staff, and students who contributed to her nomination all agreed that she is much more than a counselor, with her impact felt in every part of Summit Middle School from classroom to living room. She transcends the conventional norms of counseling work by not only working with students in the social and emotional realm, but also working one-on-one on non-cognitive skills, running small groups at lunch, leading the student council and student ambassador club, coordinating the school’s parent council, and even guest teaching the 8th grade health class! Summit Middle School’s principal said it best, “Her limitless compassion, her graceful selflessness, and her infectious smile embody all that is good and possible in education.”

 

Tracy Halgren
Community Volunteer
Crest View Elementary School

Does she ever sleep? It’s a common question asked of Tracy Halgren thanks to her tireless volunteer efforts in support of Crest View Elementary. A Crest View student astutely noted, “I see her at school a LOT!” One day she is in her boots and covered in mud in the school garden, the next day she is in the classroom helping kids create holiday crafts, and the next day she is fundraising to get iPads in every classroom and writing grants for teachers to attend an annual Google Summit. As a volunteer at Crest View for over seven years Tracy Halgren has done a little bit of everything, ranging from co-chairing the PTO, to creating the Garden-to-Table program, to leading the school’s recovery efforts following the 2013 flood. Her nominator summed it up simply: “She’s unstoppable.”

Chris Mueller
First Grade Teacher
Escuela Bilingue Pioneer

After years of volunteering as a parent and being told, “You’re so good at this, you should work here,” Christine Mueller made a decision that would change not only her life but those of hundreds of her students over the past 13 years at Escuela Bilingue Pioneer in Lafayette. She quit her job as a geologist and began working at Pioneer in 2002 and became a teacher in 2008. Simply put, she found her passion in teaching and it shows. As a lifelong learner herself, currently working towards a second Master’s Degree, she strives to instill a deep love of learning in her students by personalizing instruction for each student. Whether it’s meeting with a family in August before school starts, spending time with a struggling student after school on a Friday, or hosting a Japanese tea party to bring learning to life, Christine Mueller sparks the flame of learning in each of her students. As one of her nominators put it: “The expectations are sky high, but so is her belief in her learners.”

Traci Schoeneweis
Director of the Executive Office
Peak to Peak Charter School

To say that Traci Schoeneweis is the “life support” to Peak to Peak’s community would be an understatement. Her front office position, as Director of the Executive Office, offers her a 360-degree perspective on the entire school, giving her the opportunity to interact and share life with students (from kindergarten all the way through high school graduation), staff, administrators, parents, and guardians. Her days can include everything from a second grade hoedown, to a middle school spelling bee, to a high school pep assembly, and she has yet to miss a day of work in her ten years at Peak to Peak! Her nomination asserted that, “Like the root network of an aspen grove, she nourishes our educational community just below the surface: solid, strong and deep.”

 

Samara Williams
Principal
Emerald Elementary School

From visiting every classroom in her school each day, to providing positive messaging about having tenacity and embracing the challenge of learning in her daily announcements, Samara Williams leads Emerald Elementary School with a zest for learning and compassion for her students and staff. She always knew she wanted to make the world a better place when she grew up and her belief in the power of education, especially for children with economic challenges or learning barriers, drove her to become an educator. Ms. Williams is an authentic, natural leader and over the past four years her infectious energy, positivity, and passion have made Emerald a place that is cherished, celebrated and sought out.

 

Past Recipients

Past Recipients

2016 Impact Award Recipients

Elizabeth Burrows
School Counselor
Summit Middle School

 

Tracy Halgren
Volunteer
Crest View Elementary School

 

Chris Mueller
First Grade Teacher
Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer

 

Traci Schoeneweis
Director of the Executive Office
Peak to Peak K-12 Charter School

 

Samara Williams
Samara Williams
Principal
Emerald Elementary School

2015

Dave Blessing, Judy Gilligan, Katie Graf, Dean Stankovic, Tracy Stegall

2014

Sarah Bennett, Shannon Burgert, Sennen Knauer, Kyle Mathews, Ned Levine

2013

Russ Lucero, Wendy Pearson, Kurt Schaefer, Stephanie Van Horn, John Williams

2012

Cheryl McCarthy, Ray Neiman, Justin Oberndorf, Virginia Schick, Clara Quinlan

2011

Mary Campbell, Renee Cerny, Laurie Jundt Donlon, Maureen Keeney, Cathy Zimmerman

2010

Corby Connolly, Kristen Elder-Rubino, Larry Leatherman, Kristie Letter, Jonathan Warshaw

2009

Laurie Brockway, Devorah Dettloff, Jeri Eurich, Sue Kidder, Bill Smith

2008

Leticia de Lozano, Michele Hibl, Larry Orobona, Al Real, Barb Steiner

2007

D’Ann Boal, Cathy Cohn, Gloria Diaz-Morales, Monica Olguin, Jeannie Robertson

2006

Ron Revier, Becky Russell, Tracy Tuttle, Barbara Watson, Craig Yeager

2005

Barbie Boschen, Cathy Finleon, Michelle Grayson, Frances Matsumoto, Sue Siggs

2004

Bitsy Carlson, Rosemary Lohndorf, Joan Root, Sabine Smead, Bridgid Warnock(V)

2003

Andre Adeli, Mary Jo Bode, Dr. Ellen Miller-Brown, Sylvia South, Christy Speirn-Smith

2002

Barbara Davis, Harriet Edelstein, Sharon Nehls, Valerie Wheeler, Cheryl Winter

2001

Ellen Goering, Rosalind Hanckel, Beverly Meier, Sarah Obermeier, Naomi Salaman

2000

Michelle Carpenter, Jim Keller, Eric Miller, Denise Pearman, Mary Jo Pelanek (V), Don Stensrud

1999

Linda Leners, Judy Lewis (V), Tracy Rowland (V), Brenda Ann Millette, Al Pospahala (V), Barb Puzio

1998

John Kettling, Paige Larson, Cindy McCaskill, Linda Overholser, Martha Retrum

1997

Stephanie Briggs, Sandra Brodie, Lauren Hoyt, Joy Redeker, Mark Sparn

1996

Elise Billingsley, Susan Garnand, Fred Gluck, Willie Knierim, Barbara McDermid

1995

Beth Arnold, Judith Koenig, Scott Miller, Bob Rea, Barbara Spriggs

1994

Steven Armitage, Mina Jaroscak, Ann Kane, Carol Newman, Gil Norris

1993

Phyllis Clarke, Nancy FitzGerrell, Dee Kehl, Cheryl Rapp, Becky Whittenburg

(V) = Volunteer