EducatiONAL Excellence Begins with Each Teacher
Dr. David Benson Teacher of the Year Awards
In 2004, BVEF created outstanding teacher awards to honor retiring Blue Valley Superintendent Dr. David Benson. The awards were expanded in 2010 to include the Blue Valley NEA Master Teachers of the Year and the district's Kansas Master Teacher of the Year finalists. Since 2005, Commerce Bank has generously funded these awards, which provide $1,250 to each recipient to fund classroom projects or programs.
Molly Gafney - Heartland Elementary
Alison Crane - Blue Valley North High
Donna Szymkowski - Harmony Elementary
Abby Cornelius - Blue Valley North
Innovative Educator of the Year Awards
Blue Valley parents Ken Selzer and Deb Grimes created this annual award to support and honor classroom educators using innovative and creative teaching practices. In 2014, this award was expanded to honor two recipients, each of whom receives $1,250 to support programs or projects in their classroom or school.
Cara Martin, Wolf Springs Elementary
Blue Valley Northwest Honors Algebra Team:
Laura Deffer, Michele Ratigan, and Michelle Williams