Educator of the Year Awards


The nomination deadline has been extended to January 15, 2021 before midnight. Each year, TEF offers the opportunity for people in the community to nominate a teacher or Thompson School District staff person they feel exemplifies excellence in education. Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Elementary Teacher of the Year (early childhood - grade 5)

  • Secondary Teacher of the Year (grade 6 - Grade 12)

  • Principal of the Year

  • TSD Staff of the Year (Classified, APT, Nutrition Services, Counseling, Transportation, etc.)

    2020 has been an incredibly challenging year in education and we know each TSD educator and staff member has gone above and beyond their regular job description. We are excited to learn how the person you may nominate has risen to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you knew or worked with this person before March 2020, we are equally excited to hear how they excelled in their educator or staff role before COVID-19.

2020 Educator of the Year Recipients

From left to right: TSD Superintendent Dr. Marc Schaffer, TSD Board of Education President Lori Hvizda Ward, Secondary Teacher of the Year, Kyle Freesen, TSD Staff Member of the Year Patricia Connelly, TEF Educator of the Year Donald Kotnik, Secondary Teacher of the Year Jessica May, Elementary Teacher of the Year Jennifer Preusse, Principal of the Year, Eric Harting, TEF Executive Director Kim Akeley-Charron

Educator of the Year sponsor, King Buick GMC, feels the best way to give back to the community is through eduction support: building strong programs that will produce a highly trained workforce that can increase innovation and energy for American manufacturing. To Honor Thompson School District educators, King Buick GMC provides a new loaner car for 60 days to each teacher of the year winner in all categories and a 24 month new loaner car to The TEF Educator of the Year. 

Thompson Education Foundation 

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Loveland, CO 80537



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