Boulder Valley School District

​25th annual Impact Awards honors representatives from every school

Randy Barber
Columbine Elementary Interventionist receives lifetime achievement award
Some of the best teachers and staff in the Boulder Valley School District were honored during the 25th Annual Impact Awards, organized by BVSD’s foundation, Impact on Education.

The event, held at the Boulder Jewish Community Center was an opportunity for everyone to get dressed up and to celebrate the amazing work done at our schools every day to support students.

READ MORE: 2018 Impact Awards Program

This year, each school selected one teacher or staff member to be honored. Below is a list of all of the awardees:



Carl Sanchez

Alicia Sanchez International

Barb McGraw

Angevine Middle

Carmen Faucette

Arapahoe Ridge High

Eric Reetz

Aspen Creek PK-8

Thia Walser


Letty Abila

Bear Creek Elementary

Dora Solano

Birch Elementary

Monique Guidry

Boulder High

Leah Arvanitis

Boulder Prep High

Marcia Burns

Boulder Universal

Paula Coffman

Broomfield Heights Middle

Charlene Orvis

Broomfield High

Emily Meraqui

Casey Middle

Brian Thomas

Centaurus High

Hillary Culbertson

Centennial Middle

Sara Remington

Coal Creek Elementary

Claudia Urrutia

Columbine Elementary

Mariathas Solomon

Community Montessori

Alissa Sims

Creekside Elementary

Becky Houghton

Crest View Elementary

Nicky Kroge

Douglass Elementary

Toni Estoque

Eisenhower Elementary

MarLynn Carson

Eldorado K-8

Jo-Lynn Daly

Emerald Elementary

Susie Ashbee

Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer

Kathy Hicks

Fairview High

Amber Billington

Fireside Elementary

Rhonda Simpson

Flatirons Elementary

Grace Matthews

Foothill Elementary

Jojo Morrison

Gold Hill School

Sylvia Ray

Heatherwood Elementary

Valerie Seiler

High Peaks Elementary

Lynn Pence

Horizons K-8

Beth Brotherton

Jamestown Elementary

Therese Lutkus

Kohl Elementary

Debbie Eck

Lafayette Elementary

Pat Stahl

Louisville Elementary

Shelagh Turner

Louisville Middle

Daniel Tomlin (DT)

Manhattan Middle

Claudia Flores

Mapleton Early Childhood Center

Denise Pfnister

Meadowlark K-8

Heidi Orr

Mesa Elementary

Rudy Sumpter

Monarch High

Dan Pinkston

Monarch PK-8

Randy Sachter

Nederland Elementary

Mark Mabbett

Nederland Middle/Senior High

Stephen Shepherd

New Vista High

Renay Ulibarri

Peak to Peak Charter

Andy McCullough

Ryan Elementary

Regina Hoskins

Southern Hills Middle

Paul Jimenez

Summit Middle Charter

Jose Silva

Superior Elementary

Mary Gilreath

University Hill Elementary

Tamar VanVliet

University Hill Elementary



Blake Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award Silvia Latimer, Interventionist, Columbine Elementary Additionally, Columbine Elementary Interventionist Silvia Latimer was named the first-ever winner of the Blake Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award.


Designed in 2017 to honor the legacy of past Impact on Education Board Chair, Blake Peterson, the award celebrates an individual who has, consistently over the course of many years, catalyzed positive change within BVSD, leaving an indelible mark, similar to that of the award's namesake. Blake deeply valued public education as the son of a university professor and a Whittier Elementary teacher in Boulder, and he devoted his life to community service and the support of quality public education for all students. \


Silvia Latimer, the 2018 and first winner of the Blake Peterson Lifetime Award, has taught at Columbine since 2007 and has served as an educator for the past thirty years. Her work to include and empower Latino families at Columbine and at the district level has blazed a trail for others to follow, and that charisma she shows in her family and leadership roles originates in the magic she displays working with her students, guiding them to be readers and to love learning.


In the words of Blake's family, who selected her out of a pool of 27 highly qualified individuals throughout BVSD, "Silvia Latimer stood out as a lifetime educator who has committed her career to transforming students' lives and building bridges that elevate and enhance the entire school community. She forges strong and enduring relationships with students through love, respect and high expectations. Referred to as a 'teacher whisperer', Ms. Latimer quietly and humbly mentors other teachers and administrators....[and] for decades, she has selflessly shared expertise, modeled extraordinary commitment to educating and empowering students, and has inspired a caring and cohesive learning community."


Learn more about Impact on Education at their website



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