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Pictured from left to right:
Donna Villamor, Melinda Ness, Mimi Leonard, Dan Maas, Barbra Kitch, Mike Greibel, Nancy Knight, Ron Booth, Marlys Ferrill, Lary Kleeman, and Deborah Clarke.
Fourteen LPS employees were honored during the May 26, 2011 LPS Board of Education meeting for their recognition and accomplishments at the state and national level during the 2010-2011 school year. They are:
- Ron Booth, Arapahoe High School principal, awarded a 2011 Diversity Award Honorable Mention by the Journalism Education Association. Ron was recognized for his work with tribal leaders to build a bond between the Northern Arapaho tribe of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming and the high school that bears its name.
- Deborah Clarke, Littleton High School Health Sciences program instructor, named the 2011 Colorado Health Occupations Students of America Advisor of the Year. The program serves students in the Littleton, Douglas County, Sheridan, Englewood, and Cherry Creek school districts.
- Marlys Ferrill, Arapahoe High School Language Arts instructor, recognized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as the most influential teacher of former LPS student Thomas Roberts.
- Mike Farrell, Goddard Middle School Music/Band instructor, was named a finalist for the Band Director of the Year award by the Colorado Honor and Association. The award recognizes outstanding band directors for their dedication to reach students through instrumental music education.
- Karen Gerlich, Arapahoe High School Social Studies teacher, was named by Cornell University as one of the most outstanding high school teachers in America. Karen was nominated by former LPS student Dayna Zolle.
- Mike Griebel, Heritage High School P.E. teacher and head varsity football coach, was awarded Teacher/Coach of the Year by the Colorado High School Coaches Association.
- Donna Villamor, LPS director of finance and risk management, received the award of Financial Reporting Achievement from the Government Finance Officers' Association of the United States and Canada. Donna was also part of the finance team awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the same association.
- Barbra Kitch, Arapahoe High School, Spanish teacher, was recognized by Stanford University as an outstanding high school teacher. Barbra was nominated by former LPS student Brian Guymon.
- Lary Kleeman, Arapahoe High School Language Arts teacher, was nominated by Dennison University freshman and former LPS student Meghan Callahan in recognition as an Outstanding High School Teacher.
- Nancy Knight, Heritage High School, Special Education teacher, received the Gary Schmidt Award from the Colorado Chapter of the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. The award is based on ethical standards, degree of excellence in job performance, and professionalism.
- Mimi Leonard, LPS coordinator of Career and Technical Education, was named the Outstanding Career and Technical Education Educator for 2010 by the Colorado Association for Career and Technical Education. It is the highest award in the profession of Career and technical Education recognizing significant contributions toward innovative and unique programs.
- Dan Maas, LPS chief information officer, named Outstanding Technology Administrator of the Year by the Colorado Association of Leaders in Educational Technology. Also under Dan's leadership, the district Information Technology department was recognized as Honorable Mention for Best IT Team in the Country by the National Consortium of School Networking.
- Melinda Ness, LPS coordinator of the Gifted and Talented program and the English language acquisition program, was nominated and accepted membership in the Colorado Academy of Educators for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative. She was inducted into the group in January.
- Brett Wamsley, Heritage High science teacher, returned from a year-long Fulbright Teacher Exchange in Australia.