Strawberry Park Elementary School was recently honored as a finalist for The Succeeds Prize for Transformational Impact in an Elementary School for Excellence in STEM Education at an awards ceremony in Denver. It received a $5,000 cash prize for being a finalist, and teacher Katie Weeks was awarded $1,000 for her educational leadership. As a part of The Succeeds Prize, Strawberry Park’s successful STEM practices and techniques will be shared with educators statewide to positively impact students across Colorado’s public schools. Our schools and educators are setting the standard for education regionally, nationally, and globally.
It was great to see the public recognition of one of our schools for its high-quality learning experiences and the commendation of one of our teachers for her leadership. From The Succeeds Prize to the 2017: 20 under 40 list and the annual Teacher of the Year awards, seeing Steamboat Springs School District educators and staff receive the recognition they deserve for all that they do for the students in our community is wonderful.
We know that while the spotlight calls our attention to just a few educators, many more across the district are making a difference for students every day. Our exceptional educators are designing lessons and relevant experiences that motivate and prepare students to be productive global citizens. They are redefining the traditional classroom and providing opportunities for real-world applications of learning. They are helping students build character and communication skills, and offering opportunities for students to lead and collaborate.