PSD staff achievements - degrees, published articles, awards and more!

Congratulations to the following staff for their amazing accomplishments and successes!

    Staff shout-outs and work achievements

    • "Amy Currier continues to be the solid rock at our school. She is there for all students and staff. She gets the brunt of most behaviors and complaints, yet she is always ready to be encouraging and supportive. This year has been hard, but she is a bright spot everyday. She goes above and beyond." Submitted by Tama Clapper, Blevins Middle School
    • Marni Klamm, Poudre High School career, college and military coordinator, recruited the highest student attendance in the state for a virtual Colorado College fair in October. 
    • Submitted by PSD IT executive director Dustin Reintsma: ALL PSD school websites have been transitioned to the Drupal 9 platform! The effort to transition all school websites to the Drupal 8, and now 9 platform, began fall 2018. It was a huge collaborative effort involving multiple departments, teams and all schools. The project entailed design, development and implementation of all school websites with security, maintainability and a focus on good content for all audiences. A huge thank you and congratulations to all involved!
      • A special shout-out to all site content editors and administrators that made implementation of the school websites a success.  A special recognition to staff listed below for their work: 
      • Information Technology and Communications/Graphics

        • Kat Gebhart
        • Byron Ellsworth
        • Adam Pettine
        • Kayle Hoehn
        • Brad Randall
        • Bryan Lamoreaux

        Supporting staff

        • Sarah Siple
        • Dougy Wond
        • Betsy Westberry
        • Natasha Michaud
        • Matt Mike
        • Amber Wallace
        • Bri Thompson
        • Nate Long
        • Casey Johnson
        • Wes Wood
        • Mike Valdez

         

    Degrees, grant awards and honors

    • Kara Quinlan, Poudre High School technology, engineering and trades teacher, finished a Master of Science in Space Studies, Aerospace Science from the American Military University and it was conferred on October 1, 2021. 
    • Sheri Furlott, PSD school nurse consultant, received her Masters in Education with School Nurse emphasis from Cambridge College-Boston.
    • Jasmine Faulkner, Music Polaris Expeditionary Learning School music teacher was awarded an EdTech Digital Tools grant from the PSD Professional Learning Team for two high powered desktop computers to use with Pro Tools, a sound editing software. (Two more deadlines exist for PSD EdTech Digital Tools grants (January and March) - more information at edtech.psdschools.org.)
    • Sam Gengler-Colburn, Wellington Middle School media specialist, was awarded an EdTech Digital Tools grant from the PSD Professional Learning Team for a class set of Sphero robots to help students learn more about coding and robotics. (Two more deadlines exist for PSD EdTech Digital Tools grants (January and March) - more information at edtech.psdschools.org.)alt=""


    Published books, articles and conference presentations

    • Suzanne Dickens, Fort Collins High School social studies teacher, published a peer-reviewed paper called "Vernacular sacred spaces: rethinking the roadside memorial in the United States" in the Journal of Cultural Geography. The paper represents a new spatial theory in sacred geographies.
      • She also presented a session on Reading the Cultural Landscape - Fieldwork Exercise for High School Students at the 2020 National Conference for NCSS/NCGE (National Council of Social Studies/National Council for Geography Education) in December 2020. The session guided participants through the art of reading a geographic landscape as text then introduced them to using Google Earth Street View and Google Earth Projects to create virtual field trips for students. 
    • Lilly Halboth, Fossil Ridge High School English teacher, co-authored the article "What the Students Taught the Teacher in a Graduate Autoethnography Class" in the published book Self+Culture+Writing: Autoethnography for/as Writing Studies. 
    • High school drug and alcohol counselors Kate Sherrill at Fort Collins High School, Lauren Kiel at Poudre, Joel Bekken at Fossil Ridge and Katrina Boschmann at Rocky Mountain
      currently on the School Health Professional Grant (SHPG), recently presented at the Colorado School Counselor Association annual conference about marijuana and the implementation of the alternative to suspension programming in PSD.  
    • Erin Austin, Poudre High School French teacher, had her book, The Ultimate Guide to Selling Your Original World Language Resources (for World Language teachers), published by Routledge in June. She also recently presented at several conferences including:
      • WAFLT (Washington Association For Language Teaching) in October; conference session "How to Open, Grow, and Fill an Online Curriculum Store"
      • ICTFL (Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) in October; conference session "How to Open, Grow, and Fill an Online Curriculum Store"
      • CIEE International Education & Exchange Summit: Catalyst for Inclusion, Equity, and Progress in November; conference session "Creating a Global Connection Plan with an Equity Lens"
    • Tom Sweeney, Bennett Elementary fifth-grade teacher, recently published a memoir entitled Lisbon to Shanghai in Four Summers, which chronicles a solo bicycle trek across Europe and Asia between 2015 and 2018. More information is available on the Lisbon to Shanghai website. 

       

      Staff awards

      • Dr. Yajaira Fuentes-Tauber, Rocky Mountain High School science teacher, was selected for the Colorado Association of Science Teachers 2021 AVS Teaching Award for Excellence in Secondary Science Education. This award is sponsored by the American Vacuum Society, a supporting physics organization, and is presented annually to a teacher in each teaching level who demonstrate exemplary science teaching talents and accomplishments. She will receive the award at the CAST conference where she will also present a session related to a National Geographic Grant.
        Lesher Middle School Teacher Matt Moeller
        Matt Moeller
      • Matt Moeller, Lesher Middle School teacher, was named the Colorado Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year for 2021. Moeller has a unique ability to connect and communicate using a student-centered approach that fosters self-awareness, reflection, expression, communication, and leadership. He is also a head wrestling coach at Lesher and an assistant football coach. 
      • Cathy Bowles, McGraw Elementary teacher of the deaf, was selected for the Colorado Hands and Voices’ 2021 Families First Award for going above and beyond to improve systems or services for families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
      • Emily Vangermeersh, Kruse Elementary teacher, was selected for a 2021 excellence in mathematics teaching award by the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

      • Eryn Burge, Olander Elementary teacher, was selected for a 2021 excellence in mathematics teaching award by the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

      • Kathy Sampson, Preston Middle School teacher, was selected for a 2021 excellence in mathematics teaching award by the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
      • Elissa Pitts, Poudre High School teacher, was selected for the 2021 mathematics leadership award by the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics.