Impact Awards



This program recognizes individuals in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) who have an extraordinary impact on student learning through exceptional collaboration, innovation, and dedication to students. Classroom teachers, specialists, administrators, classified employees, and volunteers are eligible for nomination. These individuals embody this definition of Impactful: an individual who shows an ongoing commitment to professional and personal growth and has powerful, often life-changing, effects on students and/or the rest of the education community through unfaltering and purposeful effort. Previous Impact Award recipients are not eligible for nomination. Click here to see a complete list of previous Impact Award recipients.


NEW! The Blake Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award

Blake Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award

We are proud to announce the creation of what will be the annual Blake Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award. This award, named after one of our most fervent supporters, Blake Peterson, who passed away last year, will recognize an individual whose own passion for education and learning mirrors that of the award’s namesake. The award will be presented for the first time at our 25th anniversary of the Impact Awards on March 15th, 2018. We need your help to honor an individual worthy of this award; please use the link below to submit your nominee. The deadline for nominations is 5:00 PM on February 7th, 2018.



2018 Event

Revamped 25th Impact Awards Celebration

Thursday March 15, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Boulder Jewish Community Center

2018 marks the 25th year that Impact on Education recognizes individuals in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) who have an extraordinary impact on student learning through innovative and collaborative teaching skills with a dedication to supporting students.

Tickets for the Impact Awards will go on sale February 8, 2018.

2018 Impact Award Recipients

Coming Soon!

Past Recipients

Past Recipients

2016 Impact Award Recipients

Elizabeth Burrows
School Counselor
Summit Middle School


Tracy Halgren
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
Emerald Elementary School


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

(V) = Volunteer