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.

SAVE THE DATE! The 26th Annual IMPACT AWARDS will be held on THURSDAY, MARCH 14th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Boulder Jewish Community Center.  

Tickets will go on sale in mid-February

The Blake Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award

Blake Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award

We are proud to be on our second year of 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.



We are currently accepting nominations for the 2018-2019 Blake Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award.

A nominee must be a current or former employee or or volunteer with the Boulder Valley School District. Any member of our community may make a nomination. To complete our nomination form, please click HERE.

The nomination process closes on February 7th, 2019.

Please contact Jen Biegen with questions.

This award was presented for the first time at the Impact Awards 25th anniversary on March 15th, 2018 to Silvia Latimer! Referred to as a “teacher whisperer,” Silvia has committed her career to transforming students’ lives and building bridges that elevate and empower the entire school community. You can learn more about Silvia and her commitment to excellence in the video below.


2018 Event

26th annual Impact Awards Celebration

Thursday March 14, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Boulder Jewish Community Center

2019 marks the 26th 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.

Past Recipients

2018 Impact Award Recipients

Carl Sanchez
School Counselor – Alicia Sanchez International
“Dedicated, compassionate, and tireless advocate for our students, staff, and school”

Barb McGraw
Language Arts Teacher – Angevine Middle
“An outstanding educator, mentor, and friend to everyone in our school”

Carmen Faucette
Community Liaison – Arapahoe Ridge High
“A support to numerous families in BVSD both in and out of school with her ginormous heart!”

Eric Reetz
Daytime Custodian – Aspen Creek PK-8
“An integral heart of our school, caring about every single human here!”

Thia Walser
Special Education Teacher – BCSIS
“Inspires all who work with her to be the best they can be”

Letty Abila
Paraeducator – Bear Creek Elementary
“Supports all our students in a consistent, caring, kind, and thoughtful manner”

Dora Solano
Registrar, Front Desk – Birch Elementary
“Learns each student’s ‘story’ and inspires a culture of inclusion, compassion, and professionalism”

Monique Guidry
Teacher – Boulder High
“A driving force that makes students and the community view physical education as an integral part of lifelong living”

Leah Arvanitis
Dean of Students – Boulder Prep High
“A reliable social/emotional support and life advisor for our students”

Marcia Burns
Registrar, Boulder Universal and BVSD Online Program – Boulder Universal
“Supports sudents’ and families’ health needs, dreams, and goals”

Paula Coffman
Teacher – Broomfield Heights Middle
“No limits to what she will do to connect with her students and inspire change”

Charlene Orvis
Athletic Secretary – Broomfield High
“The enthusiastic face of Broomfield High School!”

Emily Meraqui
Teacher – Casey Middle
“Sets a high standard of excellence with her growth mindset”

Brian Thomas
Teacher – Centaurus High
“Has really given our students a chance to see that their dreams can indeed come true”

Hillary Culbertson
Teacher – Centennial Middle
“Created a positive difference in our student affect, caring, grades, behavior, and attendance”

Sara Remington
Principal’s Assistant – Coal Creek Elementary
“An amazing, caring, efficient, intelligent, strategic, and humorous individual”

Claudia Urrutia
Family Outreach Coordinator – Columbine Elementary
“Connects with everyone everyday and empowers others to also make an impact”

Mariathas Solomon
Head Custodian – Community Montessori
“Understands the importance of student and self-education and dedication”

Alissa Sims
Parent Volunteer – Creekside Elementary
“Our Roman candle, steadfast in her belief that every child deserves the best education”

Becky Houghton
Third Grade Teacher – Crest View Elementary
“Has the ability to notice and bring out the light shining in each individual child everyday”

Nicky Kroge
Literacy/Special Education Resource Teacher – Douglass Elementary
“Working always with the greater good in mind to help all students reach their potentials”

Toni Estoque
Kindergarten Teacher – Eisenhower Elementary
“The bedrock of our Kindergarten program and foundation setter for teaching and learning”

MarLynn Carson
Paraeducator – Eldorado K-8
“Embodies the heart and soul of Eldorado K-8 with her positive light and commitment”

Jo-Lynn Daly
Social Worker – Emerald Elementary
“Ensures every person in our community has support to be emotionally and socially happy and healthy”

Susie Ashbee
Principal’s Assistant – Escuela Bilingue Pioneer
“Biggest attribute is her heart, caring deeply for everyone in our learning community”

Kathy Hicks
Teacher – Fairview High
“An influential person in the lives of all students, caring for them as learners and as individuals”

Amber Billington
3rd Grade Teacher – Fireside Elementary
“An exceptional ability to create a safe, inclusive environment and empower students”

Rhonda Simpson
Principal’s Assistant – Flatirons Elementary
“The first welcoming face we see in the building!”

Grace Matthews
Nutrition Services, Cafeteria Lead – Foothill Elementary
“Fiercely protective and committed to sstudents getting the fuel they need to succeed”

Jojo Morrison
Gold Hill School Manager – Gold Hill School
“Does everything at Gold Hill, working in so many supportive roles”

Sylvia Ray
ILC Teacher – Heatherwood Elementary
“Inspires all with her dedication and skill in supporting students with intense needs”

Valerie Seiler
Parent Volunteer – High Peaks Elementary
“Could not ask for a more supportive, committed, calm, and kind parent”

Lynn Pence
Teacher – Horizons K-8
“Believes that all students can accomplish great things”

Beth Brotherton
Principal’s Assistant – Jamestown Elementary
“The heart of our school, impacting every single person in it”

Therese Lutkus
Teacher – Kohl Elementary
“Consistently creates an innovative classroom and impacts students outside it”

Debbie Eck
Principal’s Assistant – Lafayette Elementary
“Consistently ensures that all students, staff, and parents have what they need to succeed”

Pat Stahl
ILC Teacher – Louisville Elementary
“The leader and model of inclusion in our community”

Shelagh Turner
Teacher – Louisville Middle
“Empowers students to be empathetic, adventurous learners for life”

Daniel Tomlin (DT)
Science Teacher – Manhattan Middle
“A human uniqueness, motivating students to do their best and find the fun in science and life”

Claudia Flores
Health Room Paraeducator – Mapleton Early Childhood Center
“Works to ensure students’ health needs are met to give them a strong start”

Denise Pfnister
Principal’s Assistant – Meadowlark School
“Always puts student success at the forefront of every decision”

Heidi Orr
Teacher – Mesa Elementary
“A humble, unsung hero and heart”

Rudy Sumpter
Teacher – Monarch High
“Everything driven by kids’ best interests no matter the work!”

Dan Pinkston
Instrumental Music Teacher – Monarch PK-8
“Brings a high level of integrity to his work”

Randy Sachter
Teacher Librarian – Nederland Elementary
“Embodies innovation and collaboration to help us grow!”

Mark Mabbett
Librarian – Nederland Middle/Senior
“Continuously supporting and creating innovative opportunities for all students”

Stephen Shepherd
Teacher – New Vista High
“Tirelessly dedicated to bringing out students’ very best any and every way he can”

Renay Ulibarri
Lead Custodian – Peak to Peak Charter
“Inspires each of us to aim higher with her partnership, innovation, and compassion”

Andy McCullough
Volunteer – Ryan Elementary
“An amazing leader, volunteer, and support for our students”

Regina Hoskins
Teacher Librarian – Southern Hills Middle
“A model of 21st century lifelong learning and collaboration for our community”

Paul Jimenez
Custodian – Summit Middle Charter
“Transformed our school, modeling the importance of doing one’s best and valuing community”

Jose Silva
Custodian – Superior Elementary
“The best and most dedicated there is!”

Mary Gilreath
Teacher – University Hill Elementary
“Always strives to become better for her school and her students”

Tamar VanVliet
ELD/Title One Teacher – Whittier Elementary
“A gentle yet powerful voice always willing to do the needed for our school”

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