The Impact Awards honor individuals in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) making an extraordinary impact on student learning. Since 1993 the Impact Awards has recognized hundreds of educators — teachers, custodians, office managers, food service employees, crossing guards, and more — from each school across BVSD.

When we use the word educator, we’re referring to classroom teachers, school employees, paraeducators, parent volunteers — anyone whose work engages and enriches the lives of our students. Recognizing these impactful individuals matters as it supports, validates, and encourages our educators to continue doing what they do best.


Since 1983, we’ve provided supplemental funding and resources to students and educators in order to expand what’s possible in education. Our programs and investments help ensure students who are facing the greatest barriers to success have access to the same learning opportunities as their peers.
  • 2024 Impact Awards – School Honorees


    Every year, each BVSD school chooses an individual making an extraordinary impact on student learning to be honored with an Impact Award. Impact Award honorees are committed to professional and personal growth and have powerful, often life-changing, effects on students and/or the school community.

    Honoree selection:

    • Schools may nominate anyone creating a positive impact on the work and people of their school community, including classroom teachers, specialists, administrators, classified employees, or volunteers.
    • In alignment with our mission we encourage you to choose an honoree who is committed to incorporating equity into their career and finding ways to make education more accessible, engaging, and equitable.

    Who can submit a school honoree:

    • School principals
    • Staff members with permission from their Principal

    2024 Timeline:

    • Honorees must be submitted January 9-31, 2024
    • School celebration kits will be delivered by early March 2024
    • School celebrations held throughout March and April 2024 (ideally before Spring Break)
    • 2024 Impact Awards celebration will be held in person on May 2, 2024 at the Boulder JCC
  • Blake Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award


    Established in 2017, the Blake Peterson 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.

    Blake deeply valued education and devoted his life to community service and supporting quality public education for all students. 

    The Blake Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award provides recognition to an outstanding life-long teacher, administrator, paraprofessional, staff or volunteer that has worked within BVSD. Award winners are viewed as leaders, mentors, problem solvers, and motivators of their peers and students, as demonstrated within the parameters of their role. 

    Nominees must:

    • be a current affiliate of BVSD
    • demonstrate a commitment of significant years to BVSD students
    • demonstrate a commitment to addressing barriers to student equal opportunity and equity in BVSD

    Who can submit a nomination:

    • BVSD staff members
    • Members of the local community
  • Imogene “Jean” Maxon New Teacher Award


    The Imogene “Jean” Maxon New Teacher Award is awarded annually to a BVSD educator with up to three years of classroom experience. The award is inspired and supported by Jean Maxon, a lifetime teacher whose own legacy extends beyond the BVSD classroom. Because Imogene believed in supporting educators, the award is designed to provide encouragement for classroom teaching and to remind all educators that they are valued and appreciated in our community.

    Educators nominated for the award should be committed to incorporating equity into their career and finding ways to make education more accessible, engaging, and equitable.

    Nominees must:

    • Have 1-3 years of classroom experience
    • Be currently employed by BVSD
    • Hold a current Colorado teaching license
    • Be on a regular (not temporary) contract with BVSD  

    Who can submit a nomination:

    • Any BVSD staff member

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.


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2024 Impact Awards honor dedicated BVSD educators

We host the Impact Awards each year to honor educators across the Boulder Valley School District. Recognizing their dedication is essential, as they play a vital role in providing excellent and equitable education to all students. While we’re only able to recognize a small number of BVSD educators at the Impact Awards, we value and appreciate the hard work and dedication of every educator across BVSD.

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