Hall of Fame

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Celebrating our Community: The Hall of Fame

The Colorado League of Charter Schools annual Hall of Fame is a celebration of members, leaders and supporters of the charter school movement. Each year, we solicit nominations from our community which are then vetted by a committee. Winners are announced at a special ceremony in conjunction with our annual conference, and we are thrilled to spotlight those who already shine as outstanding members of the charter community across Colorado. 

Our 2024 Hall of Fame Nominations are available.

Finalists are announced.

The Hall of Fame award ceremony is scheduled for February 26, 2024 at 6:00 PM on the opening night of the 2024 Annual Conference (location). Hall of Fame winners will be notified in mid-February to make travel arrangements to attend. To attend for free, please register here (under Monday registration)

Each winner will have the opportunity to give a five-minute thank you speech on stage and invite friends and family to our Happy Hour (4-6pm), the ceremony (6-7pm) and the Private Winners' Reception (7-8pm).

Also, be sure to check out our Charter Champions, a diverse group of charter high school students who aspire to be leaders in their community. 

 


2024 Hall of Fame Winners
Keith King

Keith King

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement recognition is awarded to a charter school supporter or leader who has demonstrated dedication which grows, supports or protects the charter school movement. Nominees may be celebrated for a specific action, program or project OR may be nominated for a long-time approach or dedication to charter schools. Winners contribute to overall change in the charter movement.

This past year we lost two stalwarts of the charter school movement here in Colorado who both played critical roles in developing us into what we've become today. They were Keith King and Mike Munier, and in honor of all they did for Colorado charter schools over the course of their storied careers, we are recognizing them each this year with our Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mike Munier

Mike Munier

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement recognition is awarded to a charter school supporter or leader who has demonstrated dedication which grows, supports or protects the charter school movement. Nominees may be celebrated for a specific action, program or project OR may be nominated for a long-time approach or dedication to charter schools. Winners contribute to overall change in the charter movement.

This past year we lost two stalwarts of the charter school movement here in Colorado who both played critical roles in developing us into what we've become today. They were Keith King and Mike Munier, and in honor of all they did for Colorado charter schools over the course of their storied careers, we are recognizing them each this year with our Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cortney Crouch

Cortney Crouch

Chief Financial Officer, Golden View Classical Academy

Most Valuable Charter Contributor

The Most Valuable Charter Contributor Award recognizes a charter school staff member, volunteer or parent who is making a significant impact in their school. Nominees should demonstrate exceptional leadership in and commitment to charter school operational excellence in areas such as finance, human resources, accounting, facilities food services, student activities, etc.

“Mrs. Crouch is a force. She began on our Board of Directors and spearheaded the effort to purchase and renovate our building, bringing together a team of various professionals and overcoming internal hesitation. The result has been financial independence for our school many years ahead of schedule. Then she became the school's CFO and has not only revamped our financial policies and procedures but has done such a good job on them that she is consulting with other schools on their work. At the same time, she is part of the School Accountability Committee, the Safety Team, and ICS, and part of the school's overall advocacy and outreach. She is distinguished by her kindness, care, and determination, and Golden View is doing as well as it is because of her. She is also a parent at the school who has chaperoned extended field trips. She's everywhere, and wherever she is, she is leading the way.” 

Mark Wilson

The Academy of Charter Schools

Most Valuable Charter Contributor

The Most Valuable Charter Contributor Award recognizes a charter school staff member, volunteer or parent who is making a significant impact in their school. Nominees should demonstrate exceptional leadership in and commitment to charter school operational excellence in areas such as finance, human resources, accounting, facilities food services, student activities, etc.

In his nomination it was remarked. 

"Mark started as a classroom aide and moved to become a teacher, a principal, and eventually the school's chief operating officer. At every turn, he has been a respected and beloved presence in our school. Most recently, Mark has made tremendous contributions in his role as chief operating officer. These include helping guide the school through pandemic operations, implementing a new salary schedule to provide dramatic pay increases, improving organizational and financial practices to guide us, tripling our fund reserves, and developing a facilities master plan that will keep our 20-year old building competitive for years to come."

Alfredo Beltran Aguirre

Alfredo Beltran Aguirre

Educator, Colorado Early Colleges, Aurora

Charter School Educator of the Year

The Charter School Educator of the Year Award recognizes a charter school educator who is exceptionally dedicated to closing the achievement gap and preparing students for success. 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.

Here’s part of the nomination: 

"He has been with our school since the very beginning. He is absolutely committed to this school and community. Because of his own background, students identify with him easily and are able to see a bright future. He expects the best in students but understands every student has individual needs and learning styles. The way he is able to meet students where they are is remarkable. Not only does he see each students’ individual future; but also considers the big picture of the school."

"He has developed several CTE pathways based off of students' interests but also workforce needs. He also sponsors several clubs at the school. He also serves on the Denver Commissioners Teaching Cabinet."

"His goal is to shape educational policy to impact as much positive change as possible. You will not meet a more empathetic educator, I guarantee!" 
 

Carol Bowar

Carol Bowar

GALS

Charter School Leader of the Year

The Charter School Leader of the Year Award recognizes an individual directly involved with a charter school (e.g., board member, administrator). Nominees should demonstrate significant influence in developing or maintaining a charter school, improving school accountability and performance, or driving other aspects of school excellence.

In her nomination it was stated:

“Under Carol's influential leadership, GALS has not only empowered over 1000 adolescents but has also amassed national acclaim for its innovative approach to education. Carol's strategic vision and commitment have led to the acquisition of over $6 million in grants and donations, placing GALS at the forefront of reimagining public education for the 21st century."

Shane Voss

Shane Voss

Charter School Leader of the Year

The Charter School Leader of the Year Award recognizes an individual directly involved with a charter school (e.g., board member, administrator). Nominees should demonstrate significant influence in developing or maintaining a charter school, improving school accountability and performance, or driving other aspects of school excellence.

From Shanes nomination:

"This nominee has creatively worked with our board to design one of the most competitive staff composition models in the region, including bonuses for staff returning year over year, and a legacy compensation framework to appropriately reward longevity of employment and educational success within our school.

He has not only led our school to consistent success for 11 years with an intentional and transparent focus on student and staff belonging and growth, but he is also an active advocate of charter schools across the State, maintaining personal relationships with members of the legislative and executive branches of our government to lead initiatives of awareness and support for matters that are unique and important to the entire charter community. 
 
Our school, our town, Colorado, CSI and the League are fortunate to have him as one of our most accomplished Charter School leaders and he thoroughly deserves this award."

Betsy Basch

Betsy Basch

Advocate of the Year

The Advocate of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated significant influence in the public policy arena. The nominee may be working in advocacy, policy, organizing or other areas which grows, supports or protects the charter school movement. Nominees may be celebrated for a specific action, program or project OR may be nominated for a long-time approach or dedication to the space in advocacy and policy.

From her Nomination: 

“Dr. Basch has a passion for educational equity. She believes that all students should be able to succeed in their chosen charter school. She was an amazing Director of Student Services while at Colorado Early Colleges. She was passionate about providing all students the support they need. As a Mental Health Program Specialist at CSI, and with the rising mental health crisis, it is crucial to have Betsy Basch as an empathetic advocate to support charter schools across the state.”

Bill Kurtz

The Lifetime Leader Award

This year honors an exceptional leader. In 2004, they founded Denver School of Science and Technology, now a network of 16 schools. Their genuine leadership created a top workplace, with every graduate accepted to higher education. Despite challenges, their compassionate and foresighted leadership drove DSST's success. After 20 years, with over 17,000 students served, 3,000+ alumni, and 100% college acceptance, they leave a legacy of human-centered and values-driven leadership.

Jen Holladay

The Lifetime Advocate Award

The Lifetime Advocate Award recognizes an extraordinary individual who has dedicated their life to championing the cause of education. Through decades of unwavering commitment, this advocate has tirelessly worked to advance policies and practices that promote educational equity, access, and excellence. Their impact extends beyond the immediate community, influencing positive change at regional, state, and national levels. This award celebrates a lifetime devoted to advocacy, recognizing the profound and lasting difference made in the lives of students, educators, and the broader education community.

 


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