2019 Tribute to Teachers to Honor Outstanding St. Vrain Valley Teachers and Educators

Each spring, the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley hosts the Tribute to Teachers, an event that honors and recognizes the excellence of our teachers and brings out the stories of the superheroes in our district that go above and beyond. On May 4, 2019, the Education Foundation will be hosting the Tribute to Teachers at the Westin Hotel and Conference Center in Westminster.

Students, parents, colleagues, and community members are invited to nominate these exceptional teachers, and three from each school are selected to attend the event as finalists. During the event, one teacher from each school receives Teacher of the Year for their school. Additionally, 4 teachers will be honored as St. Vrain Valley Schools Teacher of the Year Finalist and one teacher will receive the St. Vrain Valley Schools Teacher of the Year for their outstanding efforts on behalf of their school and students. The evening includes dinner and awards and a night of inspiring stories and motivating captions of why teachers are so appreciated.  

Last year, Longmont Estates Physical Education Teacher Mike Newell received the distinguished Teacher of the Year award from the Education Foundation and St. Vrain Valley Schools. Mike recently stated that winning the award was both “overwhelming and an honor.” Mike goes on to say, “I look at  receiving the Teacher of the Year as taking the torch on behalf of my teaching colleagues and the entire education community.” Mike, who played collegiate football for the CSU Rams and later professional football for the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams and Houston Texans, said he got the teaching bug from his wife Kate, who just happens to be a PE teacher at Hygiene Elementary. Mike stated, “I really got to see my wife teach while I was playing for the St. Louis Rams, and decided I wanted to teach when my playing career was done.” Mike credits his success to Mead Middle School English Teacher Kara Davis, “Kara was a mentor when I first came to Mead Middle. She was so patient and taught me how to do the job right. I probably wouldn’t still be a teacher without her guidance.” Mike said the Tribute to Teachers helped raise his awareness of the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley so much so, that he and his family volunteered this past summer to help stuff backpacks for SVVSD students with financial need for  the Crayons to Calculators program. “I was thankful of the Education Foundation for the honor of Teacher of the Year that I wanted to give back and help in anyway I could.”

Teacher Award nominations may be submitted online at www.efsvv.org through March 1, 2019.