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Tribute to Teachers

Awards program providing the opportunity for students, parents, volunteers, fellow educators, school staff, community members and business partners to recognize and honor individual teachers at the Pre-K – 12th grade levels in the St. Vrain Valley Schools who exemplify excellence in teaching.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Nominations open January 10, 2024

Nominations close February 15, 2024 at 11:45 pm

2024 St. Vrain Valley Schools District Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to our 2024 St. Vrain Valley Schools Teacher of the Year Acadia Gurney, Mathematics Teacher at Sunset Middle!


2024 Tribute to Teachers Announcement Video


About Tribute to Teachers

This awards program, sponsored by the St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation, provides the opportunity for students, parents, volunteers, fellow educators, school staff, community members and business partners to recognize and honor individual teachers at the Pre-K – 12th grade levels in the St. Vrain Valley Schools who exemplify excellence in teaching. By paying tribute to teachers who have an extraordinary impact on the achievements of students, the Education Foundation and the community hope to honor the accomplishments of all teachers.

One teacher from each St. Vrain Valley School will receive the Teacher of the Year recognition for their school. Two other teachers from each school will be honored as Teacher of the Year finalists. The recipients and finalists all receive a certificate of recognition during the Tribute to Teachers event on April 20,2024. From the school Teacher of the Year honorees, a district wide Teacher of the Year and four finalists will be chosen. All St. Vrain Valley Schools are eligible for these awards!


Sponsor Tribute to Teachers

The recognition the Education Foundation is able to give to our fantastic teachers is only possible with the financial support and contributions of our business and community partners. For sponsorship information, contact Michelle Phelan at sponsors@stvrainfoundation.org or by phone at 720.652.8208.


Nomination Criteria

Exemplary St. Vrain Valley Schools Teachers of the Year embody the following 5 characteristics:

  • Innovator – Introduces new methodologies or ideas to support student learning
  • Goal-Setter – Sets and maintains high standards for learning
  • Motivator – Is enthusiastic about teaching and encourages students to excel in learning
  • Subject Matter Expert – Understands content and possesses excellent communication skills to deliver classroom topics
  • Life Connector – Utilizes real-world examples/current topics in the classroom to emphasize the lesson’s importance

Nominations are accepted from students, parents, volunteers, fellow educators, school staff, community members and business partners. In order to qualify as a nominee, the teacher must be a licensed educator in the State of Colorado and employed at a St. Vrain Valley School District campus for the current school year.  If a teacher won the Teacher of the Year honor for their school the previous year they are not eligible.  All nominations must be received electronically no later than February 15, 2024 at 11:45pm. Nominations received after this date are not eligible.


Teachers, Administrators and Supporters
Save the Date

Date/Time: Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 5:00 pm

Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Loveland Hotel, Conference Center & Spa, 4705 Clydesdale Pkwy, Loveland, CO 80538

Discounted hotel rooms available at the Embassy Suites By Hilton Loveland Hotel starting at $155/night. Reserve by April 5th by calling 970.593.6200 and mention Tribute to Teachers (group code is CES90S). Click here to book online.

We look forward to celebrating the outstanding teachers in St. Vrain Valley Schools.


Past Award Recipients