Principals and parents, family and friends and even past and present students paid tribute to 34 exceptional educators during the 2017 Distinguished Teacher Tea. The event, hosted by the Colorado Awards Cherry Creek Chapter, was held March 14 at Grandview High School.
See more photos from the event on the Cherry Creek Schools Facebook page.
Chapter chairman Emmett Cruson welcomed past and present honorees and their guests to the event. Congratulations and words of thanks were delivered by Randy Perlis, Board of Education president, Sheryl Cunningham, Cherry Creek Education Association president and Jennifer Melton, Parents’ Council president.
Dr. Harry Bull, superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools, told the honorees that they are the people who have made a positive and lasting impact in the lives of others. He thanked them for their commitment to children and their passion for learning.
Then principals introduced their schools’ 2017 Distinguished Teachers, describing the fun and creative ways they engage students, how they develop positive relationships with parents and how they support their colleagues.
• Shannon Arellano, Antelope Ridge Elementary
• Jill Jesch, Aspen Crossing Elementary
• Rebecca Buell, Cottonwood Creek Elementary
• Alissa Powell, Coyote Hills Elementary
• Betsy Kostelecky, Highline Community Elementary
• Stephanie Kelly, Homestead Elementary
• Erin Davis, Ponderosa Elementary
• Lisa Kirk, Summit Elementary
• Joanna Gates, Sunrise Elementary
• Mike McCorry, Campus Middle School
• Cathy Walker-Gilman, Campus Middle School
• Nancy Croft, Falcon Creek Middle School
• Pauline Matson, Falcon Creek Middle School
• Lindsay Chou, Fox Ridge Middle School
• Eric Lownsberry, Fox Ridge Middle School
• Jason Wiemelt, Horizon Community Middle School
• Jennifer Eason, Laredo Middle School
• Seth Rouch, Liberty Middle School
• Philip Drozda, Prairie Middle School
• Jolene Whitaker, Prairie Middle School
• Monica Techau, Sky Vista Middle School
• Katelin "Katie" Kidd, Thunder Ridge Middle School
• Jennifer Polland, West Middle School
• Eric Olsen-Dufour, Cherokee Trail High School
• Leah Wagner, Cherokee Trail High School
• Greg Critchett, Cherry Creek High School
• Pamela Matthews, Cherry Creek High School
• Jason Mabrey, Eaglecrest High School
• Carol Di Nezza, Endeavor Academy
• Mary Danielson, Grandview High School
• Lisa Rodgers, Grandview High School
• Danny Barocas, Overland High School
• Jim Riesenman, Smoky Hill High School
• Jim Techau, Smoky Hill High School
Congratulations to the Cherry Creek Schools 2017 Distinguished Teachers!