Great teachers inspire great learners. In fact, research shows that effective teaching is one of the most significant predictors of a student’s academic success. We reward and recognize the great teachers in the Golden articulation area schools through our annual Teacher Recognition Awards.


Two winning teachers will be awarded $1,000 each to go towards their classroom, a crystal apple, and recognition at their school.  They will also be acknowledged in local press/newspapers and among the Golden community. View the map below to see all the winners from past years. 

The 2021 winners will be announced soon! 


Barb Casanova


"Ms. Casanova sparks musical interest in all of her students, which makes them excited about playing their instruments and being part of an orchestra, a team."

"She teaches us vibrato at an early age so that we will have enough time to develop it. I bet you haven't seen a 6th grade orchestra with almost everyone in the front row doing vibrato."

"I don't think there was a day when I left orchestra without a smile on my face. Mrs. Casanova is such a positive role model in our schools, and I really think she deserves this award because of how she has inspired the people around her."


Sue Gilmore

First Grade

"[Mrs.Gilmore] is constantly evaluating her teaching strategies and is making adjustments although she is a very experienced teacher. She is strong and has high expectations, but is also so incredibly nurturing and kind."


"Remote learning came as a surprise to teachers and Sue jumped right in. She embraced this new dimension in teaching (even as a veteran teacher) and didn't resist. She took this new adventure as an opportunity to challenge her students. She is always questioning, always searching, always pursuing what is best for kids. "

Previous Winners by School

Previous Winners by Year


2020: Barb Casanova (Bell MS), Sue Gilmore (Mitchell)

2019: Natalie Fish (Welchester), Patti Nielson (Mitchell), Rob Phillips (Mitchell)

2018: Jennie Clarke (Kyffin), Andrea Pless (Kyffin)

2017: Jon Bromfield (Ralston), Nicole Perry (Shelton) 

2016: Willow Seely (Kyffin), Laurie Wingert (Shelton)

2015: Shannon Garvin (Golden HS), Joe Johnson (Shelton)

2014: Jayson Haberkorn (Bell MS), Jessica Somers (Ralston)

2013: Kira Jones (Welchester), Robin MacKinnin (Mitchell), Jeanie Maurer (Golden HS), Kara Tice (Ralston), Travis Walters (Kyffin)

2012: Carl Berg (Mitchell), Mary Ford-Doherty (Pleasant View), Cheryl O’Haire (Shelton), Brian Van Voorhees (Bell MS)