Grand Valley School District 16 honors four as teacher of the year |

Grand Valley School District 16 honors four as teacher of the year

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Patti Pitts, Amber Scott, Beau Williams and Dora King were named District 16 teachers of the year.

PARACHUTE, Colorado – The annual Teacher of the Year Awards for Grand Valley School District No. 16 in Parachute were presented April 9.

Mr. Roy Brubacher, who initiated the program several years ago, acted as master of ceremonies for the celebration. The event was organized and sponsored by the Grand Valley Educational Foundation.

The evening began with students from the Grand Valley schools providing music as the audience arrived. This was followed by a variety of choirs and musical groups from the elementary, middle and high schools providing special music while the audience took advantage of a buffet dinner. A short segment of “There Once Was a Man” from “The Pajama Game” was presented by school actors highlighting their performance of the play to be held on April 15-17 at the Grand Valley High School.

The buffet, catered by Creekbend Bistro and hosted by B and V Construction of Rifle and Alpine Bank, included a wide variety of foods with chocolate-covered strawberries and a special cake for dessert. Flower arrangements were provided by Rhonda Dillon from the Flower Shop.

Cheri Witt-Brown, president of the Grand Valley Educational Foundation, shared the mission of the foundation, which is “to improve the quality of education by enhancing the learning opportunities for students and teachers within Garfield County School District No. 16 through increased community awareness and support.”

She also gave a short summary of the efforts and contributions of the foundation during the past year and gave a special thank-you to Linda Levine, who contributed much to the organization of the evening’s events.

Cheri then introduced the foundation board members: the Rev. E.J. Rivet, vice president; Linda Levine, secretary; Jason Fletcher, treasurer; Susan Hoover, Dr. B.J. Lindauer, and Dr. Ken Haptonstall, ex officio, superintendent of District No. 16 schools.

The school principals in attendance were Ryan Frink, Jory Sorensen, Brian Berg and Scott Pankow. The president of the school board, Sarah Orona, was then asked to say a few words from her perspective to the audience and to introduce the school board members.

Three teachers from each of the schools were identified as candidates for the award, and provided with certificates and the winner from each school was given a golden apple, an engraved plaque and $1,000. An additional $6,000 was distributed to all the schools to be allocated by the administrators and the recipients of the awards.

The primary level included both Bea Underwood Elementary School and the Center for Family Learning. The finalists in this category were Robin McMillan, Patti Pitts and Jennifer Hanners, with Patti Pitts being chosen as the winner.

The intermediate level finalists were Amber Scott, Elaine Callister and Mindy Campbell, with Amber Scott being chosen as the winner.

The middle school finalists were Alissa Branson, Dan Glover and Beau Williams, with Beau Williams being chosen as the winner.

The High School finalists were Dora King, Travis Porter, and Alliston Teter, with Dora King being chosen as the winner.

The Aspen Community Foundation provided funds for the Teacher of the Year awards. The program ended with Mr. Brubacher thanking everyone for their attendance and for their continued support of the students and teachers in the Parachute schools.

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