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Cherry Creek Schools announces honorees for Educator of the Year

Cherry Creek Schools recently announced the 65 honorees for Educator of the Year, a group of talented and dedicated individuals who will be celebrated at the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Elevate Gala and Educator of the Year Event on Thursday, March 30.

The event is an opportunity to recognize these amazing educators and support the Foundation, which supports schools with funding for classroom innovation, emergency relief for families, and mental health programming. 

The 2023 honorees for Educator of the Year are:

  • Susan Engel, Adaptive Programs
  • Melissa McBride, Altitude Elementary
  • Kendra Penchoff, Antelope Ridge Elementary
  • Denise Barry, Arrowhead Elementary
  • Erin Crawford, Aspen Crossing Elementary
  • Jennifer Gorjidooz, Belleview Elementary
  • Erica Knowlton, Black Forest Hills Elementary
  • Nicole Robbins, Buffalo Trail Elementary
  • John Kempsell, Campus Middle School
  • Judith Clayton, Canyon Creek Elementary
  • Tracy Voreis, Challenge School
  • Kevin Wills-Keely, Cherokee Trail High School
  • Josh Polly, Cherry Creek Elevation
  • Johanna Lewis, Cherry Creek High School
  • Dave Williamson, Cherry Creek Innovation Campus
  • Leslie Blauman, Cherry Hills Village Elementary
  • Amy Prutch, Cimarron Elementary
  • Erin Wehrle, Cottonwood Creek Elementary
  • Melissa McClurkin, Coyote Hills Elementary
  • Kelsey Ross, Creekside Elementary
  • Angie McConnell, Dakota Valley Elementary
  • Annie Karr, Dry Creek Elementary
  • Kathryn Wells, Eaglecrest High School
  • Kendra Hinds, Eastridge Community Elementary
  • Elizabeth Orme, Endeavor Academy
  • Rachel Oline, Falcon Creek Middle School
  • Megan Lambert, Fox Hollow Elementary
  • Shannon, Schell, Fox Ridge Middle School
  • Ann Richards, Grandview High School
  • Katie Mclelland, Greenwood Elementary
  • Jane Hutchinson, Heritage Elementary
  • Michelle Koechley, High Plains Elementary
  • Sarah Weyls, Highline Community Elementary
  • Michael Medina, Holly Hills Elementary
  • Kameron Yarian, Homestead Elementary
  • Erica Killham, Horizon Community Middle School
  • Jen Crawford, Independence Elementary
  • Taylor Whitley, Indian Ridge Elementary
  • Taylor Powell, Infinity Middle School
  • Jennifer Eason, Laredo Middle School
  • Rachael Roberson, Liberty Middle School
  • Kristin Tretten, Meadow Point Elementary
  • Alex Hull, Mission Viejo Elementary
  • Chris Palumbo, Mountain Vista Elementary
  • Jessica Palko, Overland High School
  • Keslie Steiner, Peakview Elementary
  • Jeff Nelson, Pine Ridge Elementary
  • Mary Derbish, Polton Elementary
  • Lorrie Yoshinaga, Ponderosa Elementary
  • J.K. Palmer, Prairie Middle School
  • Renee Baptiste, Red Hawk Ridge Elementary
  • Karen Arrowsmith, Rolling Hills Elementary
  • April Biemiller, Sagebrush Elementary
  • Aimee Kroeschen, Sky Vista Middle School
  • Zak Ruffert, Smoky Hill High School
  • Mary Hood, Summit Elementary
  • Jodi Gast, Sunrise Elementary
  • Colleen Holtman, Thunder Ridge Middle School
  • Michelle Austin, Timberline Elementary
  • Elaine Ryan, Trails West Elementary
  • Katherine Hoisington, Village East Elementary
  • Erin Meyer, Walnut Hills Elementary
  • Sarah Mong, West Middle School
  • Marcy Ackermann, Willow Creek Elementary
  • Summer Snyder, Woodland Elementary

Our Impact This Year

  • Grants Awarded to Educators


  • Students Impacted


  • Scholarships Awarded


  • Donated to Mental Health


  • JHL Constructors
  • United Healthcare
    United Healthcare
  • Westerra Credit Union
  • Ed and Kacy Adams
    Ed and Kacy Adams

    Ed and Kacy Adams

  • Margie and Joe Adams
    Margie and Joe Adams

    Margie and Joe Adams

  • DLR Group

    DLR Group

  • Aurora Housing Authority
    Aurora Housing Authority

    Aurora Housing Authority

  • CCA Foundation
  • Johnson Controls
    Johnson Controls

    Johnson Controls

  • Health One
  • Aon
  • 1st Bank
  • MDC Richmond Foundation
  • CCS Facility Services
  • CU Denver
    CU Denver
  • Butler Snow
  • Stifel
  • ANB Bank
    ANB Bank

    ANB Bank

  • Plante Moran
  • Saunders
  • Adolfson & Peterson Construction
  • MA Meyer Construction
  • GTC Construction
    GTC Construction
  • Aurora Chamber of Commerce
    Aurora Chamber of Commerce
  • Kore


  • Kaiser Permanente
    Kaiser Permanente
  • JP Morgan
    JP Morgan

    JP Morgan

  • Alpine Bank
  • Credit Union of Colorado
    Credit Union of Colorado
  • Cuningham Architecture
  • OS Schools
    OS Schools
  • Jacobs
  • Hord Coplan Macht
  • Meteor Education
  • Knoll Team
  • Jacobs
  • CCEA
  • BC Interiors
  • Hilltop Securities
  • Piper Sandler & Co
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • RTA
  • Meteor Education
  • Haselden
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