Charter Friend Awards

Each year at the Colorado Charter Schools Conference, we take time to recognize individuals in our community who give extra time and dedication to help ensure that today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders. Charter Friend Award recipients show a commitment to charter schools and student achievement in Colorado. Their contributions help ensure that every child in Colorado has access to a high-quality, public school.

The Colorado League of Charter Schools is excited to announce the 2016 Charter Friend Award Winners. The following winners will be honored during the Colorado Charter Schools Conference at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield on Friday, February 26 during the general session. 
Congratulations to the following Charter Friend Award Recipients!

Charter School Leadership Award
The Charter School Leadership Award recognizes an individual directly involved with a charter school (e.g., board member, administrator, parent). Nominees should demonstrate significant influence in developing or maintaining a charter school, improving school accountability and performance, or driving other aspects of school excellence.
  • Irene German, Principal/Executive Director, Belle Creek Charter School
  • Cindee Will, Principal, James Irwin Charter Academy
Charter School Operational Excellence Award
The Charter School Operational Excellence Award recognizes a charter school business/operations manager or CFO. Nominees should demonstrate exceptional leadership in and commitment to charter school operational excellence in areas such as finance, human resources, accounting, facilities, etc. The ideal nominee should also demonstrate a passion for charter school excellence and growth at large, and be engaged in the Colorado charter school operations management community.          
  • Kim Hurt, Business Manager, Frontier Academy

Outstanding Charter School Teacher Award
The Outstanding Charter School Teacher Award recognizes a charter school teacher who is exceptionally dedicated to closing the achievement gap and preparing students for success now and into the future. Nominees should demonstrate a superior ability to teach and inspire in students a love of learning, and lead in collaboration with their colleagues and their charter school community to put student success in the forefront of their work.
  • Carrie Talcott, High School Program Director, Compass Montessori School

Charter School Authorizer Award

The Charter School Authorizer Leadership Award recognizes an active or retired charter school authorizer (school district or Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI)) employee or administrator with a strong commitment to charter school success. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to high levels of student achievement and advocacy on behalf of charter schools.

  • Ruth Smith, Senior Contract Specialist, Colorado Springs School District 11 

Keith King Award for Public Policy
The Keith King Award for Public Policy recognizes an individual (e.g., state/local government official) who has demonstrated significant influence in the public policy arena. Nominees should be focused on promoting school choice, charter school development, funding equity, student achievement or other forms of support for charter schools and their students.
  • Anne Rowe, Board President, Denver Public Schools 

Click here to learn more about the 2016 Charter Friend Award Recipients.