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Montrose Education Foundation Awards $10,000 Impact Award to Centennial Middle School’s Creation Center STEM Lab


Left to right: Sandy Head, MEF President; Amy McBride, MEF Board; Meghan Waschbusch; Deann Balash, MEF Board; Steve Schiell, MCSD Superintendent

At its American Education Week reception at the Montrose Pavilion on November 17th, the Montrose Education Foundation (MEF) awarded its annual Impact Award and a $10,000 check to the Centennial Creation Center, a permanent lab for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) at Centennial Middle School (CtMS) in Montrose.

MEF created the Impact Award in 2011 to support innovative projects that enhance educational opportunities in the Montrose and Olathe School District. Under the Award guidelines, only recipients of the MEF Teacher of the Year award can apply.

The Centennal Creation Center project will convert an unused classroom and several “pods” to create a state-of-the-art STEM lab, and then outfit it with cutting-edge engineering tools and equipment.  The new lab will be used as a “Makerspace” facility for engineering and shop students. CtMS has seen engineering class enrollment double in the past year. The project also implements a summer camp geared toward Makerspace ideals, including learning, collaboration, problem solving, and self-expression.

“Montrose Education Foundation is excited to support Centennial Middle School’s efforts to impart skills that will inspire careers in engineering,” said Amy McBride, MEF Impact Award coordinator. “We are investing in the makers of the future.”

 2016 Teachers of the Year Announced

TOY 2016

Left to right: Allison Nadel, Alpine Bank; Jeff Blacker, Centennial Middle School; Bonnie Grigg, MEF Board; Donna Brummitt, Northside Elementary School; Tyler Dahl, Alpine Bank; Deann Balash, MEF Board

Tyler Dahl, Alpine Bank; Brian Simpson, Montrose High School; Allison Nadel, Alpine Bank

Tyler Dahl, Alpine Bank; Brian Simpson, Montrose High School; Allison Nadel, Alpine Bank

The Montrose Education Foundation, Inc. hosted a breakfast for the Teacher of the Year nominees on March 22, 2016. Fifty-six teachers were nominated this year and were introduced during the American Education Week Reception which was held on November 19, 2015.  Twenty-six outstanding educators completed the Candidate Questionnaire and were eligible for consideration.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • Elementary – Donna Brummitt, Northside Elementary School First Grade Teacher.  “Donna provides structure and balances this with an atmosphere that promotes her belief that learning is fun.  She is always finding ways to encourage each student to reach their highest potential.”
  • Middle – Jeff Blacker, Centennial Middle School Sixth Grade Teacher/Reading.  “Mr. Blacker is funny and he understands everything really well.  He teaches in an interesting way and also gets the message across.  He is very good with kids and makes learning really fun.”
  • High – Brian Simpson, Montrose High School Engineering, Woods & Project Lead the Way Teacher.  “Brian guides and communicates effectively with his students through humor and storytelling.  He motivates them with subtle but persuasive comments.  He sets a high standard and engaged students strive to reach it.”

Thank you to Alpine Bank for the $500.00 check provided to each recipient for use in their classroom.

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What is the Impact Award?

In 2011, the Montrose Education Foundation created the Impact Award.  In its first year, only the 2011 Teacher of the Year Award recipients were eligible to apply. ...

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