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Boettcher Foundation recognizes outstanding teachers

2019 Boettcher Teachers Six Cherry Creek Schools teachers are among 104 Colorado educators who have been recognized by The Boettcher Foundation for their impact on and dedication to students. Congratulations to:

•    Tamara Johnson, Social Studies teacher, Cherokee Trail High School
•    Katie Kleeman, Science teacher, Smoky Hill High School
•    Erica Padzik, Business teacher, Cherry Creek High School
•    Nathaniel Smith, Social Studies teacher, Grandview High School
•    Alana Stevenson, Science teacher, Cherokee Trail High School
•    Stephanie Swenson, Drama teacher, Eaglecrest High School

As part of the Boettcher Scholarship program, which provides Colorado’s most talented students with scholarships to attend a Colorado college or university, the Boettcher Foundation also honors the teachers who have committed themselves to supporting the high-achieving students who compete for the scholarship.

“We know that teachers are a critical component in the success of Colorado’s students,” said Tiffany Anderson, programs director for The Boettcher Foundation. “For every student who leads a club or organization, there is a teacher who works late to supervise that organization. For every student who takes an independent study, there is a teacher who is spending extra hours guiding and supporting that student.”

This year’s teacher honorees were selected by finalists for the Boettcher Scholarship. Each educator will receive a plaque, a personalized tribute from the student who selected them and a $500 grant to be used for a project or activity to benefit students at their school.

“These dedicated and passionate educators have championed excellence in their classrooms, and we are proud to recognize them for helping Colorado students to achieve their goals and prepare for their futures,” Anderson said.

Students selected as 2019 Boettcher Scholarship recipients will be announced in early May.

Posted 4/2/2019.