Boettcher scholars honor teachers that influenced them

August 24, 2012

Many students and teachers don’t spend much of their summer thinking about school, but earlier in August this year’s 40 Boettcher Scholars honored teachers and other school staff members who made an impact in their lives.

Seven Boettcher Scholars are from the Pikes Peak region, and each is allowed to honor one person — principal, counselor, superintendent or teachers — who made a difference in his or her life.

The teachers honored by local scholars are:

• Sharon Bruce, lead math teacher at Colorado Springs Christian School, has been at the private school for 35 years, and was nominated by Suzanne Luff.

• Jennie Kiser, science teacher at Discovery Canyon campus, has worked in Academy School District 20 for three years. She was nominated by Alexandra Morgan.

• Doug Fackelman, Liberty High School science teacher, was hired in 1996. Colleen McCollum nominated him.

• John Spengler, Pine Creek High School science teacher, has worked in D-20 for 21 years. He was nominated by Jessica Craver.

• Rick Champion is starting his sixth year at Saint Mary’s High School. Cameron Hickert nominated Champion, the senior theology teacher and also the moderator for the student government organization at the private school. Every student take theology every year, and it covers a range of topics including world religions, social justice and contemporary Catholicism.

• Christopher Hartman, an English teacher at Wasson High School in Colorado Springs School District 11, had been teaching for 15 years and was nominated by two Boettcher Scholars, Daniel DeVinney and Athena Wallace.

Every Boettcher Foundation Teacher Recognition Award recipient received a $1,000 grant for educational programs or projects at their schools, and a plaque honoring their achievement.

The Boettcher Foundation has awarded nearly $55 million in undergraduate scholarships to many of Colorado’s best and brightest students through the Boettcher Scholarship Program since 1952. The merit-based awards are a full tuition ride to any four-year institution in Colorado. It is the oldest scholarship program in the state.

Contact Kristina Iodice: 636-0162 Twitter @GazetteKristina Facebook Kristina Iodice

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