Faculty Awards

At CA, we celebrate our faculty by giving awards and grants that recognize past accomplishments and encourage future growth. Specifically, we present the following faculty honors each year. Click on each link below to view a description, along with the yearly recipients of each award.

Faculty Awards and Recipients

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  • Head of School's Award

    The Head of School's Award is given from time to time to staff or administrators who have given exemplary service or made an outstanding contribution to the life of the community that is Colorado Academy.

    Albert Archuleta, Operations
    Technology Team: Jared Katzman, Rory Butler, Jonathan Ender, Kimberly Jans, Jennie Kies, Bill Witt

    Jesse Schumacher, Director of Operations
    Admission Office Team: Catherine Laskey, Karen Chavez, Heidi Chesley, Lisa Dean, Caren Salzer, Paige Siemers
    Lower School Interim Principals: Allison Peters Jensen, Kate O'Donnell, Mary Singer


    Catherine Laskey, Director of Admission & Financial Aid

    Eddie Sotolongo, Operations Director

    Rory Butler, Network Administrator

    Theatre Department
  • Yoeman Fisher Award for Teaching Excellence

    Each year, Colorado Academy recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding teacher with the Yoeman Fisher Award. The award was created when proceeds from the 1979 CA Auction were used to establish an endowment in memory of Yoeman Fisher, the beloved faculty member who taught Fourth Grade at CA for 13 years.

    Award Criteria
    • The individual is considered by peers, students, and parents to be a creative, inventive, inspiring, and knowledgeable teacher.
    • The individual is a role model and actively exhibits the qualities of invention, curiosity, and intellectual discipline that we seek to inculcate in students.
    • Peers recognize the individual as a source of sound advice and an intelligent critic of teaching strategy.
    Yoeman Fisher Award Recipients
    2020    Kimberly Jans, US Computer Science; US Technology Coordinator; Academic Webmaster
    2019     Elissa Wolf-Tinsman, US History
    2018     Marcia Richards, LS Physical Education; MS Athletics; Coach
    2017     Meg Hill, US Spanish Instructor; Grade 9 Dean
    2016     Alicia Knox, LS Music
    2015     Jenn AdamsMS Athletic Director; LS/MS Physical Education; Coach
    2014     Barry Simmons, US History
    2013     Paula Osborne, Grades One/Two
    2012     Luis Terrazas, US History
    2011     Jeff Goldstein, Grade Two
    2010     Sue Counterman, MS Science
    2010     Dani Meyers, US Science
    2009     Chip Lee, US English
    2008     Connie Adcock, Grade One
    2007     Beverly French-Strohmeier, US Visual Art
    2006     Judy Zinn, US Mathematics
    2005     Jim Blanas, US History
    2004     Stefanie Bakken, US Spanish; Charles Coleman, US Science
    2003     Milly Nadler, US Mathematics
    2002     Diana Giarusso, Grade One
    2001     Betsey Coleman, US English
    2000     Carole Buschmann, LS Art
    1999     Bob Ulrich, LS/MS Physical Education
    1998     Eileen Headrick, Kindergarten; Richard Kelly, US Mathematics
    1997     Jim Milavec, MS Science
    1996     Anne Strobridge, US English
    1995     Peggy Butler, MS English
    1994     Sandy DuBois, Grade Five; Suzanne Kolsun Jackson, Grade Four
    1993     David Wadsworth, MS Social Studies
    1992     Becky Russell, US Science
    1991     Jan Eckersley, Grade Four
    1990     Warren Saslow, MS English
    1989     Janet Taylor, Grade Five
    1988     Laurie Gibb, Integrated Day; Gary Boehm, MS Mathematics
    1987     Sean Smith, US English
    1986     Cheryl Scheer, LS Librarian
    1985     Sue York, Grade Two; Becky Callaway, MS Social Studies
    1984     Sylvia Wesche, US French
    1983     Mike Simms, MS Science; Cindy Jordan, Vocal Music
    1982     Pat Hogan, US Science
    1981     Paul Krajovic, US English
    1980     Carl Beers, Grade Five
  • Frances Newton Outstanding Faculty Award

    The Frances Newton Outstanding Faculty Award recognizes teachers who model teaching excellence, who render exemplary service on behalf of students and colleagues, and provide examples of the multiple talents and values that are mirrored in the school’s mission. Endowed by an anonymous donor, the first Frances Newton award was presented on April 21, 2003.

    Frances Newton Award Recipients:

    Lindsey Owens, LS Instructor

    Brenda Bartel, LS Music
    Julie Wei, US Chinese
    Kathy Zolla, MS Mathematics

    Nora Golden, LS Music
    Jason Koza, MS Mathematics
    Lisa Boes, US Chemistry

    Phil Jones, Woodwind, Instrumental Music & Band; Recording Studio Manager

    Stephanie Stone, Grade Three
    Sara Monterroso, MS Spanish   
    Elissa Wolf-Tinsman, US Social Studies

    Tom Thorpe, US English
    Allison Peters Jensen, LS Librarian

    Kate O'Donnell, LS Counselor
    Lisa Ruddy, MS Mathematics
    Lisa Todd, US Spanish

    Eric Augustin, MS Core & LS Mathematics
    Jeff Goldstein, LS Science
    Jesse Myers, MS & US Digital Photography

    Becky Burchfield, Instrumental Music Director
    John Threlkeld, US Mathematics

    Meg Hill, US Spanish
    Paul Kim, US History
    Alicia Knox, LS Music

    Lori Noricks, Grade Three
    Erica Shumsky, MS Core & Spanish
    Betsey Coleman, US English

    Donna Farrell, MS Spanish 
    Kimberly Jans, US Computer Science & US Technology Coordinator
    Jay Leeuwenburg, Grade Three

    Suzanne Kolsun Jackson, Grade Four
    Sue Counterman, MS Science
    Chip Lee, US English

    Liston Hills, MS Core & English
    Lori Noricks, Grade Three
    Lisa O’Donnell, MS Librarian

    Kass Patterson, Kindergarten
    Lisa Ruddy, MS Core & Mathematics
    Darnell Slaughter, Admission & US Advisor
    Luis Terrazas, US History

    Theresa Ducayet Clowes, MS Art
    Steven Hammer, US Mathematics
    Paula Osborne, Grades One/Two
    Nancy Landolfi, MS English & Civics

    Connie Adcock, Grade One
    Cate Borden Cohen, MS Spanish
    Stephen Scherer, MS & US Theater
    Scott Schneider, US History
  • Connie Adcock Award for Inspirational Teaching

    The Connie Adcock Award for Inspirational Teaching recognizes a teacher who ignites in students a lifelong love of learning and creative expression through the use of innovative teaching methods, who ensures a nurturing classroom environment that encourages risk taking and appreciates individual style, and who plants within children that seed of confidence that hard work and perseverance will take them far in life and that their successes are worthy of celebration. Endowed by an anonymous family that was fortunate enough to “dance on the tables” with her for one magical year, the Connie Adcock Award for Inspirational Teaching was created in 2011 to honor this one-of-a-kind faculty member upon her retirement from Colorado Academy, after teaching First Grade and Kindergarten for 21 years.

    Stephen Scherer, MS & US Theater and Theater Tech

    Dani Meyers, US Science

    Jessica McCoy, Grade Two

    Peggy Butler, MS Core & English

    Holley McBroom, US Mathematics & Science

    Dani Goldstein, MS English & Social Studies

    Cindy Jordan, Director of Vocal Music

    Erin Galvin, MS Science

    Katy Hills, US Visual Arts

    Diana Giarusso, Grade One
  • McHugh Enrichment Grant

    The McHugh Enrichment Grant was first instituted in 1980 through the generosity of Jerry and Anabel McHugh with the intention of supporting the professional development of the CA faculty. Awarded each year, the grant makes it possible for teachers to pursue an activity during the summer that enhances professional growth, supports advances in curriculum and pedagogy, or stimulates teacher creativity and colleague interaction.
  • Ruth & Ernest Benson Professional Development Fund

    Established in 1995 by Bob and Cynthia Benson to honor Bob's parents who, together, contributed 65 years of service to secondary education, mostly in independent schools. The fund supports opportunities that broaden and deepen the professional learning of Colorado Academy faculty members. The intent is to facilitate the pursuit of excellence in teaching and to thereby benefit students and the school.
  • Considine Family Endowment Grants

    The Considine Family Foundation Endowment Fund was established in 2006 through the generosity of Terry and Betsy Considine, parents of CA graduates, Tay '01 and Tizzie '03.  Their intent was to help CA attract and retain the very best teachers.  The gift has provided funding to increase Upper School teachers' stipends and for awards to Upper School teachers for research and professional development opportunities.
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