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Every year, starting in 2012, the Golden Schools Foundation awards two Golden-area teachers with a Teacher Recognition Award. They receive $1,000 to spend in their classrooms, and a beautiful crystal apple to recognize them for their amazing contributions to our schools. 

Congratulations to our 2024 Winners!

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Darilyn Skanderbeg
Shelton Elementary School

"Darilyn Skanderbeg is a teacher who is the epitome of structure and grace. As both a coworker and parent of a child in her class, I get to witness all of the fantastic things that she does in the classroom. She fought for funding so that children could have access to books not only digitally at school but also at home." As quoted by one of her nominators.

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Kim Walter
Shelton Elementary School

Dr. Walter's nomination read that she "strives to work with all grade-level teams at Shelton. She is constantly reaching out to teachers to plan with them and partner with them in various ways. She loves taking what she's learned and sharing her knowledge with her peers. She creates a positive environment by getting colleagues excited about new initiatives. Teachers, parents, kids, and other school staff are positively impacted by Dr. Walter and she is a huge asset to our community

Previous Winners

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Previous Winners by School

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Previous Winners by Year

  • 2023: Shealyn Crocombe (Ralston), Susan Kelly (Kyffin)

  • 2022: Heidi Tietjen (Bell MS), Jesse Swift (GHS)

  • 2021: Gabrielle Heier (GHS), Suzanne Covington (Kyffin)

  • 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)   

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